Luise Pernar

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The membrane properties and receptor-mediated responses of rat dorsal raphe nucleus neurons were measured using intracellular recording techniques in a slice preparation. After each experiment, the recorded neuron was filled with neurobiotin and immunohistochemically identified as 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT)-immunopositive or 5-HT-immunonegative. The(More)
Basic and clinical studies suggest that neurokinin 1 (NK1) receptor antagonists have efficacy in the treatment of affective disorders through effects on the dorsal raphe nucleus (DR), a source of forebrain-projecting serotonin (5-HT) neurons that has also been implicated in affective disorders. To investigate the regulation of the DR-5-HT system by NK1(More)
The dorsal raphe (DR)-serotonin (5-HT) system has been implicated in stress-related psychiatric disorders. Stress may impact on this system through corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF), which densely innervates the DR. CRF binds to CRF-R1 and CRF-R2 receptors in the DR and has complex and opposing effects depending on the dose used and the endpoint(More)
Corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) has substantial effects on brain serotonergic activity, especially in limbic structures related to stress and anxiety. For example, relatively low doses of CRF administered into the dorsal raphe nucleus (DRN) decrease DRN unit activity and serotonin release in the lateral septum (LS), a limbic target of the DRN. In(More)
Barrington's nucleus impacts on bladder and distal colon function and relays pelvic visceral information to the forebrain. This study investigated processing of information from the bladder and the distal colon by Barrington's nucleus in the rat. The responses of individual Barrington's nucleus neurons to bladder and/or colon distention were characterized(More)
BACKGROUND Medical student education is challenging, and concept maps (CMs) can help students link new and existing knowledge, promote critical thinking and identify knowledge gaps. AIMS To study the feasibility, acceptability, and effectiveness of CMs in problem-based learning (PBL) tutorials. METHOD Students and tutors were randomized to tutorials(More)
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