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Recently, a novel glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) has been identified, cloned, and shown to have potent survival- and growth-promoting activity on fetal rat midbrain dopaminergic neurons in cell culture. In this study, we document marked and long-lasting effects on adult rat midbrain dopaminergic neurons in vivo after intracranial(More)
Interleukin-1 beta (IL-1 beta) is thought to act on the brain to induce fever, neuroendocrine activation, and behavioral changes during disease through induction of prostaglandins at the blood-brain barrier (BBB). However, despite the fact that IL-1 beta induces the prostaglandin-synthesizing enzyme cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) in brain vascular cells, no study(More)
Inflammation-induced activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis has been suggested to depend on prostaglandins, but the prostaglandin species and the prostaglandin-synthesizing enzymes that are responsible have not been fully identified. Here, we examined HPA axis activation in mice after genetic deletion or pharmacological inhibition of(More)
Immune-induced prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) synthesis is critical for fever and other centrally elicited disease symptoms. The production of PGE2 depends on cyclooxygenase-2 and microsomal prostaglandin E synthase-1 (mPGES-1), but the identity of the cells involved has been a matter of controversy. We generated mice expressing mPGES-1 either in cells of(More)
The pontine parabrachial nucleus is a major relay area for visceral and other interoceptive information, and has been implicated in mechanisms underlying anorexia and food aversion during disease. Thus, physiological studies have shown that peripheral immune stimuli, as well as the administration of aversive substances such as lithium chloride, evoke a(More)
Peripheral nociceptive stimulation results in activation of neurons in the pontine parabrachial nucleus (PB) of rats. Electrophysiological studies have suggested that noxiously activated PB neurons project to the amygdala, constituting a potential pathway for emotional aspects of pain. In the present study we examined this hypothesis by combining retrograde(More)
Using dual-labeling in situ hybridization histochemistry, the neurotransmitter expression of immune-responsive neurons in the pontine parabrachial nucleus, a major relay for interoceptive information, was investigated. Intravenous injection of bacterial wall lipopolysaccharide resulted in dense c-fos mRNA expression in the external lateral parabrachial(More)
Substance P plays an important role in nociceptive processing in the spinal cord. Substance P is also present in several supraspinal regions, such as the pontine parabrachial nucleus, a major relay for autonomic regulation. In this study we examined in the cat with an immunogold method the presence of substance P-like immunoreactivity in spinoparabrachial(More)
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of nerve growth factor (NGF) conjugated to a monoclonal transferrin receptor antibody (OX-26) on septal transplants in oculo. Three different doses of OX-26-NGF conjugate (0.3, 3, and 50 micrograms/injection) were injected into the tail vein of young adult hosts 2, 4, and 6 weeks following intraocular(More)
By using a dual-labeling immunohistochemical/in situ hybridization technique we examined if enkephalin-expressing neurons in the pontine parabrachial nucleus, a major brain stem relay for ascending visceral and homeostatic information, were activated by systemic immune challenge. While rats subjected to intravenous injection of bacterial wall(More)