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Hereditary hyperekplexia, an autosomal dominant neurologic disorder characterized by an exaggerated startle reflex and neonatal hypertonia, can be caused by mutations in the gene encoding the alpha 1 subunit of the inhibitory glycine receptor (GLRA1). Spasmodic (spd), a recessive neurologic mouse mutant, resembles hyperekplexia phenotypically, and the two(More)
It is known that serotonin exerts its different nociceptive and motor functions by interacting with distinct receptors subtypes, which could be either G-protein coupled or ionotropic. Previous reports demonstrated the early activation of serotonin receptor transcripts during rat development, suggesting a potential role of the serotoninergic system during(More)
The mechanism underlying impaired learning and memory in Alzheimer's disease is not fully elucidated. The phosphorylation of cyclic-AMP response element binding protein (pCREB) in the hippocampus is thought to be a critical initiating step in the formation of long-term memories. Here, we tested CRE-driven gene expression following learning in mice harboring(More)
Steady-state levels of mRNAs for the three surfactant-associated proteins, SP-A, SP-B, and SP-C, were measured in a primate model of premature birth and survival. These values were determined by Northern and quantitative slot blot analyses of total lung RNA during both in utero and extrauterine development of the fetus as well as in response to hyperoxic(More)
In recent years, the delta opioid receptor has attracted increasing interest as a target for the treatment of chronic pain and emotional disorders. Due to their therapeutic potential, numerous tools have been developed to study the delta opioid receptor from both a molecular and a functional perspective. This review summarizes the most commonly available(More)
The incidence and prevalence of intestinal parasites in children is most likely due to lack of natural or acquired resistance and differences in behavior and habits closely related to environmental and socioeconomic determinants. The most important protozoa that parasitize humans are Giardia, Entamoeba, Blastocystis, and Cryptosporidium. These parasites(More)
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