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Alpha-synuclein is likely to play a role in neurodegenerative processes, including the degeneration of nigrostriatal dopaminergic neurons that underlies Parkinson's disease. However, the toxicological properties of alpha-synuclein remain relatively unknown. Here, the relationship between alpha-synuclein expression and neuronal injury was studied in mice(More)
Gabapentin (Neurontin, Pfizer Global R & D) is a novel anticonvulsant, antihyperalgesic, and antinociceptive agent with a poorly understood mechanism of action. In this study, we show that gabapentin (EC50 2 microM) inhibited up to 70 to 80% of the total K+-evoked Ca2+ influx via voltage-dependent calcium channels (VD-CCs) in a mouse pituitary intermediate(More)
Changes in the expression of alpha-synuclein are likely to underlie its normal function as well as its role in pathological processes. The relationship between toxic injury and alpha-synuclein expression was assessed in the substantia nigra of squirrel monkeys treated with a single injection of MPTP and sacrificed 1 week or 1 month later. At 1 week, when(More)
Dopaminergic cells in the substantia nigra are highly vulnerable to the neurodegenerative process of Parkinson's disease. Therefore, mechanisms that enhance their susceptibility to injury bear important implications for disease pathogenesis. Repeated injections with the herbicide paraquat cause oxidative stress and a selective loss of dopaminergic neurons(More)
This study examines the developmental expression of GABAB receptor subunits (GABAB(1a), GABAB(1b), GABAB(2)) in the pituitary intermediate lobe using in situ hybridization, reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction, immunohistochemistry, and Western blots. Receptor functionality was studied by baclofen-stimulated GTPgammaS binding. In the adult rat(More)
Little is known about the chronology of expression, cellular localization and function of GABA(B) subunits in the developing rat spinal cord. In the present study, in situ hybridization, immunohistochemistry and quantitative RT-PCR analysis were used to examine this issue. At embryonic day 18, in situ hybridization reveals that all three transcripts,(More)
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