Mercedes Robinson

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We have investigated the role of trkA, the tyrosine kinase NGF receptor, in mediating the survival response of embryonic neurons to NGF. Embryonic trigeminal mesencephalic (TMN) neurons, which normally survive in the presence of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) but not NGF, become NGF-responsive when microinjected with an expression vector(More)
We compared the survival requirements of early- and late-born motoneurons from E5 chicken spinal cord. Density gradient centrifugation followed by immunopanning using SC1 antibody allowed us to purify two size classes of motoneuron. Large motoneurons retained by 6.8% metrizamide were shown by BrdU labeling in ovo to be born on average 1.5 d earlier than the(More)
The expression of BDNF mRNA by a proportion of embryonic dorsal root ganglion neurons has led to the proposal that BDNF acts by an autocrine loop on these neurons. To clarify the role of BDNF expression in developing sensory neurons, we measured the level of BDNF mRNA in purified populations of cranial sensory neurons that depend on either NGF or BDNF for(More)
Studies of cell lines and some cultured neurons have demonstrated potential cross-talk between neurotrophins and their receptors; high concentrations of neurotrophins can exhibit either agonist or antagonistic actions on heterologous neurotrophin receptors. We have studied neurotrophin discrimination among the sensory neurons of the embryonic chicken(More)
The sensory neurons of the vestibular and nodose ganglia of the chicken embryo have nearby and distant targets, respectively. In vitro studies have shown that these neurons survive independently of neurotrophins when their axons are growing to their targets and become dependent on brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) for survival when their axons reach(More)
Deferoxamine (DF) is an antioxidant molecule because of its ability to chelate iron. This study compared the ability of DF alone or in combination with melatonin, 5-methoxytryptophol or pinoline in preventing lipid peroxidation due to hydrogen peroxide (H(2)O(2)) in rat brain homogenates. Malondialdehyde (MDA) and 4-hydroxyalkenals (4-HDA) in the(More)
Tryptoline and pinoline are two beta-carbolines isolated from the nervous system of mammals. We investigated the ability of these compounds to prevent lipid peroxidation induced by hydrogen peroxide in rat brain homogenates. We also compared their effects with other known antioxidants including melatonin, trolox and ascorbic acid. Lipid peroxidation was(More)
We demonstrate changes in cellular and humoral immunity in animals with experimental hyperthyroidism induced by chronic administration of potassium iodide (KI) solution. KI increased the weight and cellularity of the thymus and spleen and number of antibody-forming cells to sheep red blood cells and modified the relative content of T cell subpopulations.(More)
PURPOSE Transgenic manipulation of mouse physiology facilitates the preclinical study of genetic risk factors, neural plasticity, and reactive processes accompanying Alzheimer's disease. Alternatively, entorhinal cortex lesions (ECLs) model pathophysiological denervation and axonal sprouting in rat. Given reports of anatomical differences between the mouse(More)
We found the peculiarities of the effects of dipeptidyl peptidase IV inhibitor diprotin A on immunological parameters of lymphocytes in lymphoid organs in intact animals and in animals with experimental autoimmune process. In intact animals, diprotin A increased cellularity of the thymus and spleen, number of CD4+, CD8+, and CD4+8+ thymocytes and CD3+(More)