Margaret Ishak

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Nerve growth factor (NGF) increases expression of nitric oxide synthase (NOS) isozymes leading to enhanced production of nitric oxide (NO). NOS inhibitors attenuate NGF-mediated increases in cholinergic gene expression and neurite outgrowth. Mechanisms underlying this are unknown, but the mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase pathway plays an important(More)
Immunohistochemical and immunofluorescence staining approaches are powerful tools for characterization of the endogenous protein expression and subcellular compartmentalization. However, several technical problems hamper identification of low-abundance nuclear proteins in archival formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded human neural tissue. These include loss of(More)
Cholinergic neurons express choline acetyltransferase (ChAT) which synthesizes acetylcholine. We show here for the first time that primate-specific 82-kDa ChAT is expressed in nuclei of cholinergic neurons in human brain and spinal cord; isoform-specific antibodies were used to compare localization patterns and temporal expression of the more abundant(More)
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