Osefame Ewaleifoh

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Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are zinc-dependent enzymes that play a role in the inflammatory response. These enzymes have been well studied in the context of cancer biology and inflammation. Recent studies, however, suggest that these enzymes also play roles in brain development and neurodegenerative disease. Select MMPs can target proteins critical to(More)
Novel environmental stimuli, such as running and learning, increase proliferation of adult hippocampal neural stem cells (NSCs) and enlarge the population of new neurons. However, it remains unclear how increased numbers of new neurons can be generated in a time frame far shorter than the time required for proliferating stem cells to generate these neurons.(More)
Axon degeneration is a common hallmark of many neurodegenerative diseases. There is now an abundance of spontaneous and genetically engineered mice available to study the mechanisms of axonal degeneration and to screen for axonal protective agents. However, many of these mouse models exhibit slow progressive axonal loss which can span over many months.(More)
Myelin-associated glycoprotein (MAG) expressed by oligodendrocytes promotes the stability of axons but also impedes neural repair by inhibiting axon extension through lesioned white matter. We previously reported exacerbated axon losses in MAGKO as compared to wild type mice, 30days into experimental autoimmune encephalitis (EAE). Here, we report the time(More)
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