Mehmet Bakircioğlu

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The development of the human cerebral cortex is an orchestrated process involving the generation of neural progenitors in the periventricular germinal zones, cell proliferation characterized by symmetric and asymmetric mitoses, followed by migration of post-mitotic neurons to their final destinations in six highly ordered, functionally specialized layers.(More)
We investigated three families whose offspring had extreme microcephaly at birth and profound mental retardation. Brain scans and postmortem data showed that affected individuals had brains less than 10% of expected size (≤10 standard deviation) and that in addition to a massive reduction in neuron production they displayed partially deficient cortical(More)
We report genomic analysis of 300 meningiomas, the most common primary brain tumors, leading to the discovery of mutations in TRAF7, a proapoptotic E3 ubiquitin ligase, in nearly one-fourth of all meningiomas. Mutations in TRAF7 commonly occurred with a recurrent mutation (K409Q) in KLF4, a transcription factor known for its role in inducing pluripotency,(More)
Ubiquitin C-terminal hydrolase-L1 (UCHL1), a neuron-specific de-ubiquitinating enzyme, is one of the most abundant proteins in the brain. We describe three siblings from a consanguineous union with a previously unreported early-onset progressive neurodegenerative syndrome featuring childhood onset blindness, cerebellar ataxia, nystagmus, dorsal column(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the effect of pregnancy and delivery on the function and ultrastructure of the bladder and urethra in rats. Material and methods The study comprised six virgin and 18 pregnant rats; both groups underwent cystometry (at the 19th day of gestation, and 2 days and 6 weeks after parturition). Tissues from the bladder and urethra were(More)
PURPOSE Because decreased trabecular smooth muscle content is reportedly associated with vasculogenic impotence in men, we performed a rodent study to investigate the effect of aging on trabecular smooth muscle content and caveolin-1 protein expression in penile smooth muscle cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS In 6 young (age 3 months) and 6 old (age 24 months)(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate urethral replacement by a free homologous graft of acellular urethral matrix in a rabbit model. MATERIALS AND METHODS In 30 male New Zealand rabbits, a 0.8 to 1.1 cm. segment of the urethra was resected, replaced with an acellular matrix graft of 1.0 to 1.5 cm. (mean 1.3 cm.), and placed on an 8F feeding tube. Additionally 4 animals(More)
PURPOSE We examine the effect of a Chinese herbal medicine mixture on erectile function in a rat model of hypercholesterolemic erectile dysfunction. MATERIALS AND METHODS In this study 32, 3-month-old Sprague-Dawley rats were used. The 8 control animals were fed a normal diet and the remaining 24 were fed 1% cholesterol diet for 4 months. After 2 months(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate alterations of neuronal structure and the mRNA expression of nitric oxide synthase (NOS) and adrenoceptor alpha 1 in young and old rat penile tissues, and assess the importance of these factors in erectile dysfunction (ED) associated with ageing. MATERIALS AND METHODS NOS was determined in the pelvic ganglia of 32 rats using(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the use of an acellular matrix graft of the tunica albuginea for functional penile reconstruction in severe cases of Peyronie's disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS In 18 rabbits, an acellular matrix graft of the tunica albuginea was used to cover a 4 x 8 mm tunical defect, and six animals each were killed 1, 3 and 6 months later; four(More)