Karlene T Barrett

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The human female reproductive tract (FRT) must balance the requirements of procreation with the demands of protection from pathogen invasion. We hypothesize that the FRT expresses functional pattern recognition receptors (PRRs), including Toll-like receptors (TLRs) and nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain (NOD) proteins that may mediate these tasks.(More)
We hypothesized that absence of the 5-HT(1A) receptor would negatively affect the development of cardiorespiratory control. In conscious wild type (WT) and 5-HT(1A) receptor knockout (KO) mice, we measured resting ventilation (Ve), oxygen consumption (Vo(2)), heart rate (HR), breathing and HR variability, and the hypercapnic ventilatory response (HCVR) at(More)
AIM Stress peptide, pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide (PACAP), has been implicated in sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The aim of this exploratory study was to determine whether variants in the gene encoding the PACAP-specific receptor, PAC1, are associated with SIDS in Caucasian and African American infants. METHODS Polymerase chain(More)
The neuropeptide pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide (PACAP) has emerged as a principal and rate-limiting regulator of physiological stress responses in adult rodents and has been implicated in sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Recent studies show that PACAP plays a role in neonatal cardiorespiratory responses to hypoxia, hypercapnia, and(More)
Febrile seizures (FS) are the most common seizure disorder to affect children. Although there is mounting evidence to support that FS occur when children have fever-induced hyperventilation leading to respiratory alkalosis, the underlying mechanisms of hyperthermia-induced hyperventilation and links to FS remain poorly understood. As transient receptor(More)
UNLABELLED Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) cases often have abnormalities of the brainstem raphe serotonergic (5-HT) system. We hypothesize that raphe dysfunction contributes to a failure to autoresuscitate from multiple hypoxic events, leading to SIDS. We studied autoresuscitation in two transgenic mouse models in which exocytic neurotransmitter(More)
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