Neil A Richardson

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Antisera to mammalian IGFs cross-react with several fish species, suggesting a long phylogenetic history of IGF-like peptides and their functional importance to all vertebrates. In this study, the tissue distribution of IGF-I-immunoreactivity (IGF-I-IR) was studied at various larval and juvenile stages of the life cycle of barramundi (Lates calcarifer). It(More)
OBJECTIVE Dopamine function has been hypothesized to be involved in both producing schizophrenic symptoms and mediating cocaine's reinforcing properties. As a result, cocaine abuse in schizophrenic patients may be seen as a natural experiment that may alter the phenomenology and neurobiology of schizophrenia. This report concerns the clinical effects of(More)
The molecular mechanisms which underlie the development of the olivocerebellar topography are not fully understood. Insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) is a growth factor known to play important roles in neural development and it has been identified within the cerebellum and the inferior olive. To assess the contribution of IGF-I to the development of(More)
In recent years, invertebrate peptides have been identified which share substantial homologies with vertebrate insulin and insulin-like growth factors (IGFs), indicating a high degree of conservation of insulin/IGF systems through animal evolution. In a previous study, we provided evidence for the presence of IGF-I-like peptides in the redclaw (Cherax(More)
Freestanding membranes created from Bombyx mori silk fibroin (BMSF) offer a potential vehicle for corneal cell transplantation since they are transparent and support the growth of human corneal epithelial (HCE) cells. Fibroin derived from the wild silkworm Antheraea pernyi (APSF) might provide a superior material by virtue of containing putative(More)
Silk fibroin provides a promising biomaterial for ocular tissue reconstruction, including the damaged outer blood-retinal barrier of patients afflicted with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The aim of the present study was to evaluate the function of retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells in vitro, when grown on fibroin membranes manufactured to a(More)
Bombyx mori silk fibroin membranes provide a potential delivery vehicle for both cells and extracellular matrix (ECM) components into diseased or injured tissues. We have previously demonstrated the feasibility of growing retinal pigment epithelial cells (RPE) on fibroin membranes with the view to repairing the retina of patients afflicted with age-related(More)
Eph receptor tyrosine kinases and their ligands, the ephrins, regulate the development and maintenance of multiple organs but little is known about their potential role within the cornea. The purpose of this study was to perform a thorough investigation of Eph/ephrin expression within the human cornea including the limbal stem cell niche. Initially,(More)
The New Zealand White rabbit has been widely used as a model of limbal stem cell deficiency (LSCD). Current techniques for experimental induction of LSCD utilize caustic chemicals, or organic solvents applied in conjunction with a surgical limbectomy. While generally successful in depleting epithelial progenitors, the depth and severity of injury is(More)
Limbal microvascular endothelial cells (L-MVEC) contribute to formation of the corneal-limbal stem cell niche and to neovascularization of diseased and injuries corneas. Nevertheless, despite these important roles in corneal health and disease, few attempts have been made to isolate L-MVEC with the view to studying their biology in vitro. We therefore(More)