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Pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide (PACAP) is a widely distributed neuropeptide that has various different functions in the nervous system and in non-neural tissues. Little is known about the effects of PACAP in endothelial cells. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of PACAP on endothelial cell survival and apoptotic(More)
Pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide (PACAP) is a pleiotropic neuropeptide with a wide range of effects in the central and peripheral nervous systems. PACAP has well-documented neurotrophic and neuroprotective actions in both in vitro and in vivo models of different neuronal injuries. The aim of the present study was to investigate the(More)
Severe perinatal hypoxia-ischemia is an important cause of brain injury in both full-term and premature newborns, with a high risk of future behavioral and neurological deficits. The most commonly used animal model of neonatal hypoxia-ischemia is the unilateral ligation of the common carotid artery followed by exposure to hypoxia in 7-day-old rats. In spite(More)
Pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide (PACAP) is a neurotrophic and neuroprotective peptide that has been shown to exert protective effects in different neuronal injuries, such as traumatic brain injury, models of neurodegenerative diseases and cerebral ischemia. We have provided evidence that PACAP is neuroprotective in several models of(More)
Pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide (PACAP) is a neurotrophic and neuroprotective peptide that has been shown to exert protective effects against different neuronal injuries, such as traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, models of neurodegenerative diseases, and cerebral ischemia. PACAP and its receptors are present in the retina. In this(More)
The aim of this study was to show the presence, distribution and function of the pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide (PACAP) and its receptors in the CNS and peripheral nervous system of the mollusk, Helix pomatia. PACAP-like and pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide receptor (PAC1-R)-like immunoreactivity was abundant both in(More)
Pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide (PACAP) is a neuropeptide with highly potent neurotrophic and neuroprotective effects. PACAP and its receptors occur in the retina and PACAP has been applied in animal models of metabolic retinal disorders to reduce structural and functional damage. Furthermore, PACAP has been implicated as a potential(More)
To correlate presence or absence of a 7q11 microdeletion with the clinical picture of the Williams-Beuren syndrome (WBS), we investigated 29 patients with a clinical diagnosis of WBS or WBS-like features, aged 1–30 years, using molecular analysis and/or fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH). Deletions at 7q11 were found in 75% of the patients (22 out of(More)
Pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide (PACAP) is a pleiotropic and multifunctional peptide exerting its effects via 3 main receptors (PAC1, VPAC1 and VPAC2). PACAP is now considered to be a potent neurotrophic and neuroprotective peptide. It plays an important role during the embryonic development of the nervous system. PACAP also protects(More)
Pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide (PACAP) and its receptors are present in the retina and exert several distinct functions. PACAP has well-known neuroprotective effects in neuronal cultures in vitro and against different insults in vivo. Recently we have shown that PACAP is neuroprotective against monosodium glutamate (MSG)-induced retinal(More)