Katharine J Webb

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Addiction is a pathological dysregulation of the brain's reward systems, determined by several complex genetic pathways. The conditioned place preference test provides an evaluation of the effects of drugs in animal models, allowing the investigation of substances at a biologically relevant level with respect to reward. Our lab has previously reported the(More)
All subdivisions of the adult zebrafish brain maintain niches of constitutive neurogenesis, sustained by quiescent and multipotent progenitor populations. In the telencephalon, the latter potential neural stem cells take the shape of radial glia aligned along the ventricle and are controlled by Notch signalling. With the aim of identifying new markers of(More)
Plant secondary metabolites, particularly flavonoids, are key components in the early stages of nitrogen-fixing symbiosis. Despite their importance, the endogenous secondary metabolites involved in symbiosis have not yet been identified in the model legume Lotus japonicus. We therefore determined changes in the secondary metabolic profile of Lotus japonicus(More)
We report the synthesis of the fluorescent 2'-deoxycytidine analogue 5-methylpyrimidin-2-one nucleoside, its incorporation at three specified sites in a single 60-nucleotide DNA molecule, and the use of its total and polarized intrinsic fluorescence to characterize RecA-DNA complexes. [reaction: see text]
The 41-amino acid peptide corticotropin releasing factor (CRF) is a major modulator of the mammalian stress response. Upon stressful stimuli, it binds to the corticotropin releasing factor receptor 1 (CRF(1)R), a typical member of the class-B G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) and a prime target in the treatment of mood disorders. To chemically probe the(More)
A partial sucrose synthase clone was isolated from a nodule cDNA library of Lotus japonicus, which had strong homology to sucrose synthase genes from Vicia faba and other plant species. The transcript was 2.7 kb in size and expression was enhanced in nodules compared to roots of L. japonicus. Two overlapping genomic clones containing sucrose synthase(More)
Neurogenesis control and the prevention of premature differentiation in the vertebrate embryo are crucial processes, allowing the formation of late-born cell types and ensuring the correct shape and cytoarchitecture of the brain. Members of the Hairy/Enhancer of Split (Hairy/E(spl)) family of bHLH-Orange transcription factors, such as zebrafish Her3, 5, 9(More)
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