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The mRNA expression levels of GDNF, GDNFR-alpha and RET were examined in the muscles of amyotrophic lateral screlosis (ALS) and X-linked spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA). GDNF mRNA levels were significantly elevated to variable extent in the diseased muscles compared to control muscles, although they were not specific to the type of the diseases.(More)
The mRNA levels of RET and GDNFR-alpha were studied in the spinal cord of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) by reverse transcription followed by polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and in situ hybridization (ISH). Semiquantitative RT-PCR analysis revealed that RET mRNA levels in the ALS spinal cord anterior horn were reduced to one fifth of(More)
Reception and interpretation of environmental stimuli is critical for the survival of all organisms. Here, we show that the ablation of BBS1 and BBS4, two genes mutated in Bardet-Biedl syndrome and that encode proteins that localize near the centrioles of sensory neurons, leads to alterations of s.c. sensory innervation and trafficking of the thermosensory(More)
The phosphodiesterase inhibitor, ibudilast, has many effects on lymphocytes, endothelial cells, and glial cells. We examined the neuroprotective role of ibudilast in neuron and microglia co-cultures. Ibudilast significantly suppressed neuronal cell death induced by the activation of microglia with lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and interferon (IFN)-gamma. To(More)
Relapse and remission are characteristics of multiple sclerosis (MS). The underlying mechanisms, however, remain uncertain. Interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) disturbs the immunological privilege of the central nervous system (CNS) by inducing major histocompatibility complex antigen expression in CNS cells and activating microglia to become antigen-presenting(More)
The steady-state mRNA levels of glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF), GDNFR-alpha and RET were examined in various human peripheral neuropathies to determine the relationship with myelinated fiber pathology, and T cell and macrophage invasions in the diseased nerves. GDNF and GDNFR-alpha mRNA levels were elevated to variable extent in the(More)
Spinocerebellar ataxia type 6 (SCA6) was recently identified as a form of autosomal dominant spinocerebellar ataxia associated with a small CAG repeat expansion of the gene encoding an alpha 1 A-voltage-dependent calcium channel gene subunit on chromosome 19p13. In this study 50-microm-thick sections of cerebellar tissue from one patient with SCA6 were(More)
Interferon-beta (IFNbeta) reduces exacerbations of the relapsing-remitting form of multiple sclerosis (MS), but the exact mechanisms by which it exerts its beneficial effects are unknown. In this study, we examined the effects of IFNbeta on microglial functions, as either antigen presenting cells or effector cells for inflammatory demyelination. IFNbeta(More)
The mRNA expression pattern of the neuropoietic cytokines, interleukin-11 (IL-11), oncostatin M (OSM) and cardiotrophin-1 (CT-1), and their receptor components (IL-11Ralpha and OSMRbeta) was examined in peripheral nerves on two different types of injury, crush and transection. The IL-11 mRNA increased after nerve damage and immediately returned to control(More)
The mRNA levels of nerve growth factor (NGF), glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF), ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF), leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF), and interleukin-6 (IL-6) were examined in sural nerves of 22 patients with chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP). The mRNAs for NGF, GDNF, LIF, and IL-6 were upregulated,(More)