Neena Kushwaha

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Inhibition of serotonergic raphe neurons is mediated by somatodendritic 5-HT1A autoreceptors, which may be increased in depressed patients. We report an association of the C(-1019)G 5-HT1A promoter polymorphism with major depression and suicide in separate cohorts. In depressed patients, the homozygous G(-1019) allele was enriched twofold versus controls (p(More)
Negative regulation of neuronal serotonin (5-HT1A) receptor levels by glucocorticoids in vivo may contribute to depression. Both types I (mineralocorticoid) and II (glucocorticoid) receptors (MR and GR, respectively) participate in corticosteroid-induced transcriptional repression of the 5-HT1A gene; however, the precise mechanism is unclear. A direct(More)
p53 is a transcriptional activator which has been implicated as a key regulator of neuronal cell death after acute injury. We have shown previously that p53-mediated neuronal cell death involves a Bax-dependent activation of caspase 3; however, the transcriptional targets involved in the regulation of this process have not been identified. In the present(More)
The 5-HT1A receptor is expressed presynaptically as the primary somatodendritic autoreceptor on serotonergic raphe neurons, and postsynaptically in several brain regions. Signaling of the 5-HT1A autoreceptor was studied in RN46A cells, a model of serotonergic raphe neurons that express endogenous 5-HT1A receptors. In undifferentiated RN46A cells stably(More)
Cyclin-dependent kinase 5 (cdk5) is a member of the cyclin-dependent kinase family whose activity is localized mainly to postmitotic neurons attributable to the selective expression of its activating partners p35 and p39. Deregulation of cdk5, as a result of calpain cleavage of p35 to a smaller p25 form, has been suggested to be a central component of(More)
The importance of specific protein kinase C (PKC) sites for modulation of the inhibitory coupling of 5-HT(1A) receptors to N-type Ca(2+) channels was examined using patch-clamp techniques in F11 rat dorsal root ganglion x mouse neuroblastoma hybrid cells. The PKC activator phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA, 10 nM) reduced by 28.6 +/- 6.8 % 5-HT-mediated,(More)
This study provides the first comprehensive evidence that the second intracellular loop C-terminal domain (Ci2) is critical for receptor-G protein coupling to multiple responses. Although Ci2 is weakly conserved, its role in 5-hydroxytryptamine-1A (5-HT1A) receptor function was suggested by the selective loss of Gbetagamma-mediated signaling in the(More)
The p53 tumor suppressor gene is believed to play an important role in neuronal cell death in acute neurological disease and in neurodegeneration. The p53 signaling cascade is complex, and the mechanism by which p53 induces apoptosis is cell type-dependent. Using DNA microarray analysis, we have found a striking induction of the proapoptotic gene, SIVA.(More)
The Bcl-2 gene is positively regulated by estrogen (E2) primarily through E2-response elements in the coding region and a putative p53 negative regulatory element (NRE) containing a short upstream open reading frame (uORF). The ability of mutant p53 to repress or induce Bcl-2 expression is controversial. In this study E2-receptor positive (ER+)/wild-type(More)
The 5-Hydroxytriptamine 1A receptor (5-HT1A) is expressed both as a pre- and post-synaptic receptor in neurons. The presynaptic receptor preferentially desensitizes compared to post-synaptic receptors, suggesting different underlying mechanisms of agonist-induced desensitization. Using F11 cells as a model of post-synaptic neurons, the present study(More)
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