Nathalie Samson-Desvignes

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Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is caused by the absence of dystrophin, a protein that fulfills important functions in both muscle and brain. The mdx mouse model of DMD, which also lacks dystrophin, shows a marked reduction in γ-aminobutyric acid type A (GABA(A))-receptor clustering in central inhibitory synapses and enhanced long-term potentiation (LTP)(More)
Dystrophin, the protein responsible for X-linked Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), is normally expressed in both muscle and brain, which explains that its loss also leads to cognitive deficits. The utrophin protein, an autosomal homolog, is a natural candidate for dystrophin replacement in patients. Pharmacological upregulation of endogenous utrophin(More)
Melatonin receptor expression exhibits profound developmental changes through poorly understood mechanisms. In mammals, a current model suggests that pubertal reactivation of gonadotrophin-releasing hormone (GnRH) secretion down-regulates MT1 melatonin receptors in pituitary gonadotroph cells, via the induction of early growth response factor-1 (EGR-1).(More)
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