Josée Wong

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In this report, we have examined the requirement for the retinoblastoma (Rb) gene family in neuronal determination with a focus on the developing neocortex. To determine whether pRb is required for neuronal determination in vivo, we crossed the Rb-/- mice with transgenic mice expressing beta-galactosidase from the early, panneuronal Talpha1 alpha-tubulin(More)
Quantitative in situ hybridization and RNA blotting methods were used to define the time course and magnitude of changes in expression of mRNAs encoding peripherin and the neurofilament (NF) triplet proteins in rat dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons during axonal regeneration. mRNA levels in adult rat L4 and L5 DRGs were examined in autoradiograms after in(More)
In the mature rat dorsal root ganglion (DRG), only one tau isoform is expressed, and this protein (110 kDa in apparent molecular weight) is considerably larger in size than the predominant tau isoforms found in brain. The size of the mRNA encoding the "big" tau mRNA in DRG [approximately 8 kilobases (kb)] is also much larger than that of the major rat brain(More)
A reduction in the supply of retrogradely transported NGF has been proposed as a possible signal for the axotomy response in dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons. Components of the axotomy response that have previously been well characterized in axotomized DRG cells include changes in cytoskeletal gene expression and changes in the expression of(More)
The effect of axotomy on the expression of the 57 kDa neuronal intermediate filament (IF) protein in adult rat dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons was examined. This IF protein is known to have an exclusively neuronal localization but is considerably more limited in its distribution in the nervous system than the neurofilament (NF) triplet proteins. The 57(More)
Neurofilaments (NFs) are predominant elements in large myelinated axons, where they are thought to serve the important function of maintaining axonal caliber. Previous studies have shown that changes in NF synthesis and axonal transport occur after axonal injury in rat dorsal root ganglion (DRG) cells. The resulting reduction in the NF supply to DRG axons(More)
The expression of major cytoskeletal protein mRNAs was studied in adult rat dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons after crushing either their central or peripheral branch axons. mRNA levels in DRG neurons were examined by quantitative in situ hybridization with radiolabeled cDNA probes specific for the low-molecular-weight neurofilament protein (NF-L) and(More)
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