Kevin Oliver

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It is becoming clear that receptors that initiate signal transduction by interacting with G-proteins do not function as monomers, but often require accessory proteins for function. Some of these accessory proteins are chaperones, required for correct transport of the receptor to the cell surface, but the function of many accessory proteins remains unknown.(More)
The decrease in plasticity that occurs in the central nervous system during postnatal development is accompanied by the appearance of perineuronal nets (PNNs) around the cell body and dendrites of many classes of neuron. These structures are composed of extracellular matrix molecules, such as chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans (CSPGs), hyaluronan (HA),(More)
Disrupted In Schizophrenia 1 (DISC1) was identified as a potential susceptibility gene for schizophrenia due to its disruption by a balanced t(1;11) (q42;q14) translocation, which has been shown to cosegregate with major psychiatric disease in a large Scottish family. We have demonstrated that DISC1 exists in a neurodevelopmentally regulated protein complex(More)
The precise involvement of 5-ht(5A), 5-ht(5B), 5-ht(6) and 5-HT(7) receptors in the pleiotropic actions of 5-HT remain incompletely known. To gain insights into their physiological function(s), localization of mRNAs encoding these subtypes was carried out using in situ hybridization on rat brain sections. Localization was heterogeneous. For example,(More)
The heterodimeric CGRP receptor requires co-expression of calcitonin receptor-like receptor (CRLR) and an accessory protein called receptor activity-modifying protein (RAMP) 1 (McLatchie, L. M., Fraser, N. J., Main, M. J., Wise, A., Brown, J., Thompson, N., Solari, R., Lee, M. G., and Foord, S. M. (1998) Nature 393, 333-339). Several non-peptide CGRP(More)
Calcitonin gene-related peptide and adrenomedullin belong to a structurally related neuropeptide family and are potent vasodilators expressed in the trigeminovascular system. The molecular identity of receptors for these proteins has only recently been elucidated. Central to functional binding of these neuropeptides is the G-protein-coupled receptor, the(More)
Many major physiological changes occur within the rodent central nervous system (CNS) during the first few postnatal weeks. These include axonogenesis, synaptogenesis and myelination. Concomitant with CNS development over this period, there is a decrease in susceptibility to many neurotropic virus infections in that infection of suckling animals results in(More)
Calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), adrenomedullin (ADM), amylin and calcitonin (CT) are structurally and functionally related neuropeptides. It has recently been shown that the molecular pharmacology of CGRP and ADM is determined by coexpression of one of three receptor activity-modifying proteins (RAMPs) with calcitonin receptor-like receptor (CRLR).(More)
Neural stem cells reside in the subventricular zone and the dentate gyrus of the hippocampus in adult mammalian brain. In the hippocampus, a number of factors are reported to modulate the rate of neural progenitor proliferation in the hippocampus, such as exercise, corticosteroids, and many pharmacological agents including several classes of(More)
5-Hydroxytryptamine exerts modulatory physiological effects on both the central and peripheral nervous systems by activation of discrete receptor families. 5-ht(5A) is among the recently cloned, novel 5-HT receptors and currently under investigation to identify its pharmacological characteristics and potential physiological function(s). In this study,(More)