Mary Ann Asson-Batres

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We have shown previously that vitamin A deficiency (VAD) leads to the decreased expression of gene products that are specifically synthesized by mature neurons in the olfactory epithelium (OE) of adult rats. These results support the hypothesis that retinoic acid, a derivative of vitamin A, is required for neurogenesis and neuron replacement in vivo. VAD(More)
Cellular retinoic acid binding proteins, types I and II (CRABP I and II), are cytosolic proteins that exhibit a binding preference for all-trans retinoic acid. As part of a larger study to determine whether retinoic acid plays a role in neurogenesis in vivo, we questioned whether CRABP II is present in rat postnatal olfactory epithelium (OE), a sensory(More)
Work from our laboratory suggests that retinoic acid (RA) influences neuron development in the postnatal olfactory epithelium (OE). The studies reported here were carried out to identify and localize retinaldehyde dehydrogenase (RALDH) expression in postnatal rat OE to gain a better understanding of potential in vivo RA synthesis sites in this continuously(More)
It has been reported that retinoids, such as retinoic acid (RA) and retinol (ROL), dissolved in aqueous solutions are susceptible to oxidative damage when exposed to light, air, and relatively high temperatures, conditions that are normal for culturing stem cells. Thus, questions arise regarding the interpretation of results obtained from studies of mouse(More)
Vitamin A (VA), all-trans-retinol (at-ROL), and its derivative, all-trans-retinoic acid (at-RA), are required for neuron development. The effects of these retinoids are dependent upon the nutritional status of the rat and tissue-specific dynamics of retinoid access and utilization. The purpose of this study was to determine the status of at-ROL and at-RA in(More)
Pluripotent mouse embryonal carcinoma (mEC) and mouse embryonic stem (mES) cells differentiate into several cell lineages upon retinoic acid (RA) addition. Differentiation is facilitated, in part, by RA activation of nuclear RA receptors (RARs) that bind to DNA response elements located in the promoters of target genes. The purpose of the studies reported(More)
The discovery of retinoic acid receptors arose from research into how vitamins are essential for life. Early studies indicated that Vitamin A was metabolized into an active factor, retinoic acid (RA), which regulates RNA and protein expression in cells. Each step forward in our understanding of retinoic acid in human health was accomplished by the(More)
To determine whether hepatic depletion of vitamin A (VA) stores has an effect on the postnatal heart, studies were carried out with mice lacking liver retinyl ester stores fed either a VA-sufficient (LRVAS) or VA-deficient (LRVAD) diet (to deplete circulating retinol and extrahepatic stores of retinyl esters). There were no observable differences in the(More)
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