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Thirteen families have been described with an autosomal dominantly inherited dementia named frontotemporal dementia and parkinsonism linked to chromosome 17 (FTDP-17), historically termed Pick's disease. Most FTDP-17 cases show neuronal and/or glial inclusions that stain positively with antibodies raised against the microtubule-associated protein Tau,(More)
Alcohol dependence is characterized by tolerance, physical dependence, and craving. The neuroadaptations underlying these effects of chronic alcohol abuse are likely due to altered gene expression. Previous gene expression studies using human post-mortem brain demonstrated that several gene families were altered by alcohol abuse. However, most of these(More)
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 60-70% of cases in subjects over 65 years of age. Several postulates have been put forward that relate AD neuropathology to intellectual and functional impairment. These range from free-radical-induced damage, through cholinergic dysfunction, to beta-amyloid-induced toxicity.(More)
A method for the rapid (1-1.5 h) preparation of nerve ending particles (synaptosomes) from rat cerebral cortex is described. The synaptosome fraction has been characterized by quantitative electron microscopy and enzyme distribution studies. By these criteria, the fraction showed a degree of enrichment in synaptic structures which was comparable to that of(More)
Alcoholism is a major health problem in Western countries, yet relatively little is known about the mechanisms by which chronic alcohol abuse causes the pathologic changes associated with the disease. It is likely that chronic alcoholism affects a number of signaling cascades and transcription factors, which in turn result in distinct gene expression(More)
Glutamate-mediated neurotransmission may be involved in the range of adaptive changes in brain which occur after ethanol administration in laboratory animals, and in chronic alcoholism in human cases. Excitatory amino acid transmission is modulated by a complex system of receptors and other effectors, the efficacy of which can be profoundly affected by(More)
Chronic alcohol exposure induces lasting behavioral changes, tolerance, and dependence. This results, at least partially, from neural adaptations at a cellular level. Previous genome-wide gene expression studies using pooled human brain samples showed that alcohol abuse causes widespread changes in the pattern of gene expression in the frontal and motor(More)
Samples of rat and human cerebral cortex were frozen, stored, and thawed under a variety of conditions to define further the optimal procedure for storing human brain samples for subsequent metabolic and functional studies that use incubated synaptosomes. Tissue samples were best preserved by immersing them in isotonic sucrose prior to slow freezing, but(More)
In addition to its definitive pathological characteristics, neuritic plaques and neurofibrillary tangles, Alzheimer's disease (AD) brain exhibits regionally variable neuronal loss and synaptic dysfunction that are likely to underlie the symptomatic memory loss and language abnormalities. A number of mechanisms that could give rise to this localized damage(More)
The use of human brain tissue obtained at autopsy for neurochemical, pharmacological and physiological analyses is reviewed. RNA and protein samples have been found suitable for expression profiling by techniques that include RT-PCR, cDNA microarrays, western blotting, immunohistochemistry and proteomics. The rapid development of molecular biological(More)