Luciano Domenici

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Postnatal development of rat visual cortical functions was studied by recording extracellularly from the primary visual cortex of 22 animals ranging in age from postnatal day 17 (P17) to P45. We found that in the youngest animals (P17-P19) all visual cortical functions tested were immature. Selectivity for orientation and movement direction of visual(More)
The distribution of GABA-like immunoreactivity in glutaraldehyde-fixed pigeon brains was studied by means of a monoclonal antibody. GABA-like immunoreactivity was observed in neuronal perikarya of different sizes as well as in neuropil and in certain fiber tracts. Certain staining patterns indicated the existence of several GABAergic projection systems in(More)
Resveratrol, a natural phytoalexin found in grapes and red wine, increases longevity in the short-lived invertebrates Caenorhabditis elegans and Drosophila and exerts a variety of biological effects in vertebrates, including protection from ischemia and neurotoxicity. Its effects on vertebrate lifespan were not yet known. The relatively long lifespan of(More)
Soluble amyloid-beta (Abeta) peptide is likely to play a key role during early stages of Alzheimer's disease (AD) by perturbing synaptic function and cognitive processes. Receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE) has been identified as a receptor involved in Abeta-induced neuronal dysfunction. We investigated the role of neuronal RAGE in(More)
Temperature variations are known to modulate aging and life-history traits in poikilotherms as different as worms, flies and fish. In invertebrates, temperature affects lifespan by modulating the slope of age-dependent acceleration in death rate, which is thought to reflect the rate of age-related damage accumulation. Here, we studied the effects of(More)
BACKGROUND Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) has been hypothesized to be involved in the neurobiology of major depression. The aim of this study was to assess the possible relationships between depressive symptoms and serum and/or plasma BDNF levels during 1 year of antidepressant treatment. METHODS Plasma and serum BDNF levels were assayed in 15(More)
We analysed the distribution of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BNDNF) and its receptor trkB in the adult rat visual cortex, paying particular attention to a GABAergic neuronal subpopulation - the parvalbumin-positive cells. We found expression of trkB in the cell body and apical dendrite of pyramidal neurons and in the cell body of non-pyramidal(More)
BACKGROUND A laboratory inbred strain of the annual fish Nothobranchius furzeri shows exceptionally short life expectancy and accelerated expression of age markers. In this study, we analyze new wild-derived lines of this short-lived species. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS We characterized captive survival and age-related traits in F1 and F2 offspring of(More)
Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) messenger RNA (mRNA) expression in the rat visual cortex of young and postnatal day 90 (P90) animals is developmentally regulated and influenced by visual experience. In the present paper we compared the expression of BDNF mRNA to the actual changes of BDNF protein occurring during postnatal development and verified(More)
Activity-dependent changes in BDNF expression have been implicated in developmental plasticity. Although its expression is widespread in visual cortex, developmental regulation of its different transcripts by visual experience has not been investigated. Here, we investigated the cellular expression of different BDNF transcripts in rat visual cortex during(More)