Natalya Belevych

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Interleukin-1 (IL-1) has been implicated as a critical mediator of neuroimmune communication. In the brain, the functional receptor for IL-1, type 1 IL-1 receptor (IL-1R1), is localized primarily to the endothelial cells. In this study, we created an endothelial-specific IL-1R1 knockdown model to test the role of endothelial IL-1R1 in mediating the effects(More)
Inflammatory cytokine interleukin-1 (IL-1) performs multiple functions in the central nervous system. The type 1 IL-1 receptor (IL-1R1) and the IL-1 receptor accessory protein (IL-1RAcP) form a functional IL-1 receptor complex that is thought to mediate most, if not all, IL-1-induced effects. Several recent studies, however, suggest the existence of a(More)
Peripheral inflammation can trigger a number of neuroinflammatory events in the CNS, such as activation of microglia and increases of proinflammatory cytokines. We have previously identified an interesting phenomenon, termed "euflammation", which can be induced by repeated subthreshold infectious challenges. Euflammation causes innate immune alterations(More)
Interleukin-1 (IL-1) has been implicated in the disease progression of multiple sclerosis (MS). In the animal model of MS, experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), the induction of disease is significantly attenuated in mice lacking the type I IL-1 receptor (IL-1R1). In this study, we created a transgenic mouse (eIL-1R1 kd) in which IL-1R1(More)
Treating acute brain injuries with COX-2 inhibitors can produce both neuroprotective and neurotoxic effects. This study investigated the role of COX-2 in modulating acute brain injury induced by excitotoxic neural damage. Intrastriatal injection of excitotoxin (RS)-(tetrazole-5yl) glycine elicited COX-2 expression in two distinct groups of cells. cortical(More)
Interleukin-1 (IL-1) mediates diverse neurophysiological and neuropathological effects in the CNS through type I IL-1 receptor (IL-1R1). However, identification of IL-1R1-expressing cell types and cell-type-specific functions of IL-1R1 remains challenging. In this study, we created a novel genetic mouse model in which IL-1R1 gene expression is disrupted by(More)
The existence of an immunological homunculus has been proposed, but evidence for location-specific response of the central nervous system to immunological stimulation is lacking. In this study, we show that inflammation induced by injection of casein into one of the causes c-fos expression in the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus (PVN) in an(More)
In a previous study, we found that intracerebral administration of excitotoxin (RS)-(tetrazole-5yl) glycine caused increased neural damage in the brain in an endothelial COX-2 deleted mouse line (Tie2Cre COX-2(flox/flox) ). In this study, we investigated whether prostacyclin might mediate this endothelial COX-2-dependent neuroprotection. Administration of(More)
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