Michael R. Weisspapir

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Organotypic brain slice cultures have been used in a variety of studies on neurodegenerative processes [K.M. Abdel-Hamid, M. Tymianski, Mechanisms and effects of intracellular calcium buffering on neuronal survival in organotypic hippocampal cultures exposed to anoxia/aglycemia or to excitotoxins, J. Neurosci. 17, 1997, pp. 3538-3553; D.W. Newell, A. Barth,(More)
Severe hypoglycemia constitutes a medical emergency, involving seizures, coma and death. We hypothesized that seizures, during limited substrate availability, aggravate hypoglycemia-induced brain damage. Using immature isolated, intact hippocampi and frontal neocortical blocks subjected to low glucose perfusion, we characterized hypoglycemic(More)
The ketogenic diet (KD), used successfully to treat a variety of epilepsy syndromes in humans and to attenuate seizures in different animal models, also provides powerful neuroprotection in various CNS injury models. Yet, a direct role for ketone bodies in limiting seizure and neuronal damage remains poorly understood. Using organotypic hippocampal slice(More)
Diazepam, a lipophilic drug with CNS activity, serves here as a model to investigate the efficacy of SubMicron Emulsion (SME) as a novel transdermal vehicle. Diazepam was formulated in various topical regular creams and SubMicron Emulsion creams of different compositions. The different formulations were applied topically and protection against(More)
In mice, 4-nitrobenzylidene malononitrile (AG1714), which belongs to the tyrphostin family, reduced toxicity induced by doxorubicin and cisplatin without impairing their antitumor efficacy. AG1714 reduced mortality induced by doxorubicin and cisplatin. It prevented, in a dose-dependent manner, cisplatin-induced nephrotoxicity as assessed by measurement of(More)
Significant improvement is demonstrated for transdermal delivery of steroidal and nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAID), including betamethasone valerate and dipropionate, indomethacin, diclofenac, piroxicam, and naproxen, when formulated in a submicron Emulsion (SME) vehicle rather than in standard creams. SMEs comprise oil droplets, with mean size(More)
Purpose. Desmopressin acetate (DDAVP) is used parenterally and intranasally in the control of several diseases. Oral administration of DDAVP, while most desirable, is not practical presently due to low bioavailability. The objective of the present study was to explore the feasibility for employing oil-in-water MucoAdhesive SubMicron Emulsion (MA-SME), a(More)
The brain is heavily dependant on glucose for its function and survival. Hypoglycemia can have severe, irreversible consequences, including seizures, coma and death. However, the in vivo content of brain glycogen, the storage form of glucose, is meager and is a function of both neuronal activity and glucose concentration. In the intact in vitro hippocampus(More)
The mitochondrial permeability transition (MPT) is a converging event for different molecular routes leading to cellular death after excitotoxic/oxidative stress, and is considered to represent the opening of a pore in the mitochondrial membrane. There is evidence that the outer mitochondrial membrane protein porin is involved in the MPT and apoptosis. We(More)
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