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Deregulation of glycogen synthase kinase-3 (GSK-3) activity in neurones has been postulated as a key feature in Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathogenesis. This was further supported by our recent characterization of transgenic mice that conditionally over-express GSK-3beta in hippocampal and cortical neurones. These mice, designated Tet/GSK-3beta, showed many(More)
Adhesion molecules are critical players in the regulation of transmigration of blood leukocytes across the blood-brain barrier in multiple sclerosis (MS). Cannabinoids (CBs) are potential therapeutic agents in the treatment of MS, but the mechanisms involved are only partially known. Using a viral model of MS we observed that the cannabinoid agonist(More)
It has been hypothesized that the maternal immune response to infection may influence fetal brain development and lead to schizophrenia. Animal experimentation has supported this notion by demonstrating altered sensorimotor gating (prepulse inhibition, PPI) in adult rats prenatally exposed to an immune challenge. In the present study, pregnant rats were(More)
Increasing evidence associates schizophrenia with prenatal exposure to infection. Impaired ability to "gate out" sensory and cognitive information is considered to be a central feature of schizophrenia and is manifested, among others, in disrupted prepulse inhibition (PPI) of the acoustic startle reflex. We analyzed the effect of a prenatal immune(More)
BACKGROUND VCAM-1 represents one of the most important adhesion molecule involved in the transmigration of blood leukocytes across the blood-brain barrier (BBB) that is an essential step in the pathogenesis of MS. Several evidences have suggested the potential therapeutic value of cannabinoids (CBs) in the treatment of MS and their experimental models.(More)
Theiler's virus infection of the CNS induces an immune-mediated demyelinating disease in susceptible mouse strains and serves as a relevant infection model for human multiple sclerosis (MS). Cannabinoids may act as immunosuppressive compounds that have shown therapeutic potential in chronic inflammatory disorders. Using the Theiler's murine(More)
Glucocorticoids can rapidly affect neuronal function and behaviour in mammals. Several studies have suggested the possible existence of rapid, non-genomic effects of glucocorticoids in the hippocampus. To investigate whether glucocorticoids could affect neurotransmission in the hippocampus through rapid, non-genomic mechanisms, we studied the effects of(More)
Increasing evidence suggests that pre- or perinatal events that influence the immune system contribute to the development of behavioral or neuropsychiatric disorders. For instance, exposure of pregnant rats to the bacterial endotoxin lipopolysaccharide (LPS) disrupts sensorimotor information processing, as assessed by the prepulse inhibition test (PPI), and(More)
Interleukin-1 (IL-1) administered intracerebroventricularly (i.c.v.) to rats significantly reduces the level of immobility in animals forced to swim in a confined space. Immunoneutralization of endogenous CRF (corticotropin-releasing factor) by i.c.v. administration of CRF-antiserum prevents the IL-1-induced sinking in rats. This shows that the release of(More)
Continuous in vitro perifusion of rat hypothalami with interleukin-1 beta (IL-1) increased corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) secretion in a dose-dependent manner, in the range of 1 to 5 U/ml. The stimulatory action of IL-1 was significantly attenuated by dexamethasone, both by addition to the perifusion medium and by in vivo dexamethasone pretreatment.(More)