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Bacteria artificial chromosome (BAC) transgenic mice expressing the reporter protein enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) under the control of the D1 and D2 dopamine receptor promoters (Drd1-EGFP and Drd2-EGFP) have been widely used to study striatal function and have contributed to our understanding of the physiological and pathological functions of(More)
Several laboratories recently have reported that melatonin may possess neuroprotective properties. The present paper presents the results of our studies on the long term in vivo neuroprotective effects of melatonin in a well-defined neurotoxicity model using 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) in the C57BL/6 mouse. MPTP is bioactivated by(More)
Renin plays a critical role in fluid and electrolyte homeostasis by cleaving angiotensinogen to produce Ang peptides. Whilst it has been demonstrated that renin mRNA is expressed in the brain, the distribution of cells responsible for this expression remains uncertain. We have used a transgenic mouse approach in an attempt to address this question. A(More)
It is well documented that dopamine can increase or decrease the activity of the Na+,K+-ATPase (NKA, sodium pump) in an organ-specific fashion. This regulation can occur, at least partially, via receptor-mediated second messenger activation and can promote NKA insertion or removal from the plasma membrane. Using co-immunoprecipitation and mass spectrometry,(More)
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