Katherine Larivière

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Both glutamate and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) are involved in pituitary hormone release in fish. Glutamate serves 2 purposes, both as a neurotransmitter and as a precursor for GABA synthesis. Glutamate can be catabolized to GABA by the actions of 2 distinct but related enzymes, glutamate decarboxylase 65 (GAD65) and GAD67. They derive from 2 different(More)
Sitosterolemia is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by mutations in the ABCG5 or ABCG8 half-transporter genes. These mutations disrupt the mechanism that distinguishes between absorbed sterols and is most prominently characterized by hyperabsorption and impaired biliary elimination of dietary plant sterols. Sitosterolemia patients retain 15-20% of(More)
GABA, the major inhibitory neurotransmitter of the vertebrate brain, has been shown to play an important role in vertebrate reproduction by regulating LH release and sexual behavior. We have studied the expression of the GABA-synthesizing enzyme, glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD), in goldfish throughout the reproductive cycle in May (mature), November(More)
The secretory vesicle protein secretogranin-II (SgII), a precursor for the bioactive peptide secretoneurin, is expressed at all levels of the goldfish reproductive axis, including the hypothalamus, pituitary and ovaries. These findings led us to hypothesize that SgII is involved in reproduction and is physiologically regulated. We investigated the effects(More)
The role of catecholamine neuronal input on GABAergic activity in the hypothalamus, telencephalon, optic tectum, and cerebellum was investigated in early recrudescent female goldfish (Carassius auratus). A new quantitative technique was developed and validated, permitting concomitant quantification and correlational analysis of glutamic acid decarboxylase(More)
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