Magdalena M Jagla

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Mutations in genes encoding chromatin-remodeling proteins, such as the ATRX gene, underlie a number of genetic disorders including several X-linked mental retardation syndromes; however, the role of these proteins in normal CNS development is unknown. Here, we used a conditional gene-targeting approach to inactivate Atrx, specifically in the forebrain of(More)
ATRX is a SWI/SNF-like chromatin remodeling protein mutated in several X-linked mental retardation syndromes. Gene inactivation studies in mice demonstrate that ATRX is an essential protein and suggest that patient mutations likely retain partial activity. ATRX associates with the nuclear matrix, pericentromeric heterochromatin, and promyelocytic leukemia(More)
Several X-linked mental retardation syndromes are caused by mutations in the ATRX gene. Common clinical features associated with ATRX mutations include severe mental retardation, characteristic facial anomalies and variable degrees of urogenital defects and alpha-thalassemia. Although the ATRX protein is a member of the SWI/SNF family of chromatin(More)
In recent years, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) have been detected at increasing levels in the environment due to their widespread use as flame retardants. PBDEs can affect thyroid hormone homeostasis and the cholinergic neurotransmitter system. In this study, several PBDE congeners were detected in whole brain samples and neuronal cells of herring(More)
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are used as flame retardants in a wide range of consumer products. Previous studies have suggested that PBDEs can disrupt thyroid hormone homeostasis and the developing central nervous system in rodents, but few studies have determined whether PBDEs cause similar effects in birds. An in vitro method was used to(More)
Herring gulls (Larus argentatus) bioaccumulate mercury (Hg) but it is unknown whether they are exposed at levels of neurological concern. Here we studied brain tissues from gulls at five Great Lakes colonies and one non-Great Lakes colony during spring of 2001 and 2003. Total brain Hg concentrations ranged from 0.14 to 2.0 microg/g (dry weight) with a mean(More)
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