Patrick K. Safo

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Long-term depression (LTD) of the granule cell to Purkinje cell synapse is thought to contribute to motor learning. According to the Marr/Albus/Ito model, sensory inputs drive granule cells to fire, thereby exciting Purkinje cells and influencing motor output. Inappropriate motor output causes neurons in the inferior olive to fire and activate Purkinje(More)
At many central synapses, endocannabinoids released by postsynaptic cells inhibit neurotransmitter release by activating presynaptic cannabinoid receptors. The mechanisms underlying this important means of synaptic regulation are not fully understood. It has been shown at several synapses that endocannabinoids inhibit neurotransmitter release by reducing(More)
The functional properties of most sodium channels are too similar to permit identification of specific sodium channel types underlying macroscopic current. Such discrimination would be particularly advantageous in the nervous system in which different sodium channel family isoforms are coexpressed in the same cell. To test whether members of the(More)
The regulation of Purkinje cell activity is important for motor behavior and motor learning. As the sole output cell of the cerebellar cortex, Purkinje cell firing is controlled by parallel fibers and climbing fiber synapses, and by inhibitory interneurons. Depolarization of Purkinje cells evokes endocannabinoid release that activates cannabinoid CB1(More)
Fibroblast growth factor receptors (FGFR) are widely expressed in many tissues and cell types, and the temporal expression of these receptors and their ligands play important roles in the control of development. There are four FGFR family members, FGFR-1-4, and understanding the ability of these receptors to transduce signals is central to understanding how(More)
Benzodiazepine pharmacology at the GABA(A) receptor is dependent on the alpha and gamma subunit isoforms present. Ligands with higher affinity for certain isoforms--selective compounds--have been classified into benzodiazepine type I and II and into diazepam-sensitive and diazepam-insensitive receptors. A single amino acid position (alpha1G201/alpha3E225)(More)
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