Mette Ødegaard Nielsen

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BACKGROUND Various schizophrenic symptoms are suggested to be linked to a dysfunction of the brain reward system. Several studies have found alterations in the reward processing in patients with schizophrenia; however, most previous findings might be confounded by medication effects. METHODS Thirty-one antipsychotic-naïve schizophrenia patients and 31(More)
The type I Ca(2+)-sensitive adenylyl cyclase has been implicated in several forms of synaptic plasticity in vertebrates. Mutant mice in which this enzyme was inactivated by targeted mutagenesis show deficient spatial memory and altered long term potentiation (Wu, Z. L., Thomas, S. A., Villacres, E. C., Xia, Z., Simmons, M. L., Chavkin, C., Palmiter, R. D.,(More)
Previous reports have highlighted a possible link between Huntington's disease (HD) and diabetes mellitus (DM), but the association has not been characterised in detail. A transgenic mouse model for HD, the R6/2 mouse, also develops diabetes. In the present study, we examined the R6/1 mouse, which carries a shorter CAG repeat than the R6/2 mouse, and found(More)
The neurotransmitter serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT) plays an important regulatory role in developing and adult nervous systems. With the exception of the 5-HT3 receptor, all of the cloned serotonin receptors belong to the G protein-coupled receptor superfamily. Subtypes 5-HT6 and 5-HT7 couple to stimulation of adenylyl cyclases through Gs and display(More)
Coupling of intracellular Ca2+ to cAMP increases may be important for some forms of synaptic plasticity. The type I adenylyl cyclase (I-AC) is a neural-specific, Ca2+-stimulated enzyme that couples intracellular Ca2+ to cAMP increases. Since optimal cAMP levels may be crucial for some types of synaptic plasticity, mechanisms for inhibition of(More)
One of best validated findings in schizophrenia research is the association between blockade of dopamine D2 receptors and the effects of antipsychotics on positive psychotic symptoms. The aim of the present study was to examine correlations between baseline striatal D(2/3) receptor binding potential (BP(p)) values and treatment outcome in a cohort of(More)
Specific forms of synaptic plasticity such as long-term potentiation (LTP) are modulated by or require increases in cAMP. The various adenylyl cyclase isoforms possess unique regulatory properties, and thus cAMP increases in a given cell type or tissue in response to converging signals are subject to the properties of the adenylyl cyclase isoforms(More)
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