Patrick Swan

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An increasing body of evidence points to a key role of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress in acute and chronic neurodegenerative conditions. Extensive ER stress can trigger neuronal apoptosis, but the signaling pathways that regulate this cell death remain unclear. In the present study, we demonstrate that PUMA, a Bcl-2 homology 3 (BH3)-only member of the(More)
Oxidative stress has been implicated as a key trigger of neuronal apoptosis in stroke and neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The Bcl-2 homology 3 (BH3)-only subfamily of Bcl-2 genes consists of multiple members that can be activated in a cell-type- and stimulus-specific manner to(More)
Huntington's disease (HD) is an autosomal-dominant neurodegenerative disorder caused by a polyglutamine expansion in the huntingtin protein (Htt). Group I metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluRs) are coupled to G(alphaq) and play an important role in neuronal survival. We have previously demonstrated that mGluRs interact with Htt. Here we used striatal(More)
Neurogenesis persists in the adult brain and can contribute to learning and memory processes and potentially to regeneration and repair of the affected nervous system. Deregulated neurogenesis has been observed in neuropathological conditions including neurodegenerative diseases, trauma and stroke. However, the survival of neural precursor cells (NPCs) and(More)
Pancreatitis is a debilitating disease of the exocrine pancreas that, under chronic conditions, is a major susceptibility factor for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). Although down-regulation of genes that promote the mature acinar cell fate is required to reduce injury associated with pancreatitis, the factors that promote this repression are(More)
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