Keith M Fournier

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The neuronal glutamate transporter, EAAC1, appears to both limit spillover between excitatory synapses and provide precursor for the synthesis of the inhibitory neurotransmitter, gamma-aminobutyric acid. There is evidence for a large intracellular pool of EAAC1 from which transporter is redistributed to the cell surface following activation of protein(More)
The neuronal glutamate transporter, excitatory amino acid carrier 1 (EAAC1), has a diverse array of physiologic and metabolic functions. There is evidence that there is a relatively large intracellular pool of EAAC1 both in vivo and in vitro, that EAAC1 cycles on and off the plasma membrane, and that EAAC1 cell surface expression can be rapidly regulated by(More)
Glutamate transporters may exist as homomultimers, but little is known about the mechanisms that ensure proper assembly and surface expression. In the present study, we investigated the mechanisms that contribute to posttranslational processing of the GLT-1 subtype of glutamate transporter. An extracellular leucine-based motif was identified that after(More)
Levels of the mRNA NAC-1 are increased in the rat forebrain weeks after cocaine exposure. This long-term neuroadaptation occurs during the expression of behavioral sensitization, a model of psychostimulant-induced paranoia. NAC-1, the protein encoded by this cocaine-regulated mRNA, contains a Pox virus and zinc finger/bric-a-brac tramtrack broad complex(More)
POZ/BTB proteins influence cellular development and in some examples act as oncoproteins. However, several POZ/BTB transcription factors have been found in terminally differentiated neurons, where their functions remain unknown. One example is NAC1, a constitutively-expressed protein that can regulate behaviors associated with cocaine use. The present study(More)
A family of high-affinity transporters controls the extracellular concentration of glutamate in the brain, ensuring appropriate excitatory signaling and preventing excitotoxicity. There is evidence that one of the neuronal glutamate transporters, EAAC1, is rapidly recycled on and off the plasma membrane with a half-life of no more than 5-7 min in both C6(More)
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