Neema Yazdani

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Gap junctional proteins are important components of signaling pathways required for the development and ongoing functions of all animal tissues, particularly the nervous system, where they function in the intracellular and extracellular exchange of small signaling factors and ions. In animals whose genomes have been sufficiently sequenced, large families of(More)
Oppositely directed projections of some homologous neurons in the developing CNS of the medicinal leech (Hirudo verbana), such as the AP cells, undergo a form of contact-dependent homolog avoidance. Embryonic APs extend axons within the connective nerve toward adjacent ganglia, in which they meet and form gap junctions (GJs) with the oppositely directed(More)
Fifteen of the 21 innexin (Inx) genes (Hve-inx) found in the genome of the medicinal leech, Hirudo verbana, are expressed in the CNS (Kandarian et al., 2012). Two are expressed pan-neuronally, while the others are restricted in their expression to small numbers of cells, in some cases reflecting the membership of known networks of electrically coupled and(More)
Neurons and glia of the medicinal leech CNS express different subsets of the 21 innexin genes encoded in its genome. We report here that the punctal distributions of fluorescently tagged innexin transgenes varies in a stereotypical pattern depending on the innexin expressed. Furthermore, whereas certain innexins colocalize extensively (INX1 and INX14),(More)
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