Markus Huemmeke

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A synRas mouse model was used expressing constitutively activated Ha-Ras (Val12 mutation) in neurons to investigate the role of Ras-MAPkinase signalling for neuronal connectivity in adult brain. Expression of the transgene in the cortex of these mice starts after neuronal differentiation is completed and allows to directly investigate the effects of(More)
There is emerging evidence that injury of the cerebral cortex is followed by processes of enhanced neuroplasticity. In the present study, we investigate the functional properties of NMDA receptors (NMDARs) in the surround of focal lesions with recordings of extracellular field potentials (FPs) in acute slices of rat visual cortex at survival times of 2-6(More)
Impaired glutamatergic activity and synaptic dysfunction contributing to excitotoxicity and neuronal degeneration has been observed in the diabetic retina. Here we analyzed the expression changes and trafficking abnormalities of the AMPA glutamate receptor 2 subunit (GluR2) and its regulators protein kinase Calpha (PKCalpha) and PKC-interacting protein 1(More)
Long-term-potentiation (LTP) can be induced by application of a standard theta-burst stimulation protocol in slice preparations of the neocortex. This type of LTP is known to be dependent on the activation of NMDA receptors. The present study used specific experimental conditions to evoke a non-NMDA receptor mediated type of LTP. By use of weak theta-burst(More)
We have recently demonstrated that constitutive activation of Ha-Ras in differentiated neurons induces structural remodeling of both axons and dendrites in a transgenic mouse model (referred as synRas mice). Here we show that this activation of neuronal Ras enhances docking of synaptic vesicles to active zones, thereby leading to an increase in the size of(More)
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