Michael R. Douglas

Martin Berry7
Ann Logan7
Steven J Jacques2
Vasanthy Vigenswara1
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Advances in molecular biology and virology in recent years have enabled the technology of gene transfer to proceed forward. Parkinson's disease (PD) is a particularly appropriate target for gene therapy since the brain pathology is fully characterized and relatively well circumscribed largely within the nigrostriatal dopaminergic neurons. In addition, the(More)
Inhibition of central nervous system axon growth is reportedly mediated in part by calcium-dependent phosphorylation of axonal epidermal growth factor receptor, with local administration of the epidermal growth factor receptor kinase inhibitors AG1478 and PD168393 to an optic nerve lesion site promoting adult retinal ganglion cell axon regeneration. Here,(More)
In the present study, we investigated the role and mechanism through which activated retinal glia stimulate retinal ganglion cell (RGC) neurite outgrowth. We have found that the level of retinal glial activation correlates directly with enhanced RGC neurite outgrowth after a preconditioning intravitreal Zymosan injection. Reduction in the number of(More)
Adeno-associated viral vectors (AAV) are increasingly used to deliver therapeutic genes to the central nervous system (CNS) where they promote transgene expression in post mitotic neurones for long periods with little or no toxicity. In adult rat dorsal root ganglia (DRG), we investigated the cellular tropism of AAV8 containing the green fluorescent protein(More)
Axon regeneration in the adult central nervous system (CNS) is prevented by inhibitory molecules present in myelin, which bind to a receptor complex that leads to downstream RhoGTP activation and axon growth cone collapse. Here, we compared expression of Citron kinase (Citron-K), a target molecule of RhoGTP in non-regenerating dorsal root ganglion neurons(More)
The reasons for the failure of central nervous system (CNS) axons to regenerate include the presence of myelin- and non-myelin derived inhibitory molecules, neuronal apoptosis and the absence of a potent neurotrophic stimulus. Transactivation of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) has been implicated in signalling inhibition of axon growth in the(More)
Axon regeneration in the injured adult CNS is reportedly inhibited by myelin-derived inhibitory molecules, after binding to a receptor complex comprised of the Nogo-66 receptor (NgR1) and two transmembrane co-receptors p75/TROY and LINGO-1. However, the post-injury expression pattern for LINGO-1 is inconsistent with its proposed function. We demonstrated(More)
We conjecture that a non-flat D-real-dimensional compact Calabi-Yau manifold, such as a quintic hypersurface with D = 6, or a K3 manifold with D = 4, has locally length minimizing closed geodesics, and that the number of these with length less than L grows asymptotically as L D. We also outline the physical arguments behind this conjecture, which involve(More)
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