Peter Dockery

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Studies suggest that activation of phosphoinositide 3-kinase-Akt may protect against neuronal cell death in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Here, however, we provide evidence of increased Akt activation, and hyperphosphorylation of critical Akt substrates in AD brain, which link to AD pathogenesis, suggesting that treatments aiming to activate the pathway in AD(More)
BACKGROUND Angiogenesis occurs by at least three mechanisms: sprouting, intussusception and elongation. Studies to date have failed to identify the mechanisms or timing of endometrial angiogenesis during the menstrual cycle. The aim of this study was to determine if vessel elongation plays a role in human endometrial angiogenesis. METHODS Forty-nine full(More)
Growth/differentiation factor 5 (GDF5) is a member of the transforming growth factor-beta superfamily that is expressed in the developing CNS, including the ventral mesencephalon (VM). GDF5 has been shown to increase the survival of dopaminergic neurones in animal models of Parkinson's disease. This study was aimed at characterising the effects of GDF5 on(More)
BACKGROUND The levonorgestrel intrauterine system (LNG-IUS) is a contraceptive device that is used for treatment of menorrhagia. The system induces inter-menstrual bleeding within the first few months after insertion. We hypothesized that this bleeding might be associated with a change in vascular development. METHODS A randomized, controlled study was(More)
Bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are known to specifically migrate to and engraft at tumour sites. Understanding interactions between cancer cells and MSCs has become fundamental to determining whether MSC-tumour interactions should be harnessed for delivery of therapeutic agents or considered a target for intervention. Breast Cancer Cell(More)
Injured dorsal root axons fail to regenerate into the adult spinal cord, leading to permanent sensory loss. We investigated the ability of intrathecal neurotrophin-3 (NT3) to promote axonal regeneration across the dorsal root entry zone (DREZ) and functional recovery in adult rats. Quantitative electron microscopy showed robust penetration of CNS tissue by(More)
BACKGROUND Colonic mobilization requires separation of mesocolon from underlying fascia. Despite the surgical importance of planes formed by these structures, no study has formally characterized their microscopic features. The aim of this study was to determine the histological and electron microscopic appearance of mesocolon, fascia, and retroperitoneum,(More)
The human ovarian granulosa cell is perhaps the most widely studied endocrine cell, but little quantitative structural information exists for this cell. In the present study new and traditional stereological probes have been employed to provide quantitative structural information on these functionally important cells. Granulosa cells were obtained from(More)
Centrosomes are key microtubule-organizing centers that contain a pair of centrioles, conserved cylindrical, microtubule-based structures. Centrosome duplication occurs once per cell cycle and relies on templated centriole assembly. In many animal cells this process starts with the formation of a radially symmetrical cartwheel structure. The centrosomal(More)
The main objective of the stereological approach is to make estimations of parameters of geometrical structures using sampled information. The nature of the structure under study in itself does not matter. It may include any macro or microstructure in biology, materials sciences or indeed geology. This approach allows inference of geometrical parameters(More)