Philip Beesley

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Neuroplastin-65 and -55 (previously known as gp65 and gp55) are glycoproteins of the Ig superfamily that are enriched in rat forebrain synaptic membrane preparations. Whereas the two-Ig domain isoform neuroplastin-55 is expressed in many tissues, the three-Ig domain isoform neuroplastin-65 is brain-specific and enriched in postsynaptic density (PSD) protein(More)
We have previously described a monoclonal antibody, PAC 1, that recognises two postsynaptic density (PSD)-enriched glycoproteins (pgps) of apparent M(r) 130,000 (pgp130) and 117,000 (pgp117). Immunodevelopment of western blots of rat forebrain homogenate, synaptic membrane (SM), and PSD samples with PAC 1 and an N-cadherin antiserum shows that pgp130 and(More)
In order to study the mechanisms of synaptogenesis in the rat cerebellar cortex, a library of monoclonal antibodies has been generated against proteins of the isolated synapse. One recognizes a glycosylated 38 kDa protein that is concentrated in the synaptic vesicle fraction and resembles synaptophysin biochemically in its molecular weight, charge, and(More)
The neural ganglion of ascidians exhibits a novel and rapid pattern of regeneration whereby within approximately 28-35 days of total ablation an entirely new neural complex is formed. In normal adults, neuronal cell bodies expressing substance P- (SP-Li), neurokinin A-(NKA-Li), CCK/gastrin- (CCK-Li), and insulin-like immunoreactivity exhibit a clearly(More)
Until very recently echinoderm regeneration research and indeed echinoderm research in general has suffered because of the lack of critical mass. In terms of molecular studies of regeneration, echinoderms in particular have lagged behind other groups in this respect. This is in sharp contrast to the major advances achieved with molecular and genetic(More)
The bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) are a family of the transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) superfamily that perform multiple roles during vertebrate and invertebrate development. Here, we report the molecular cloning of a novel BMP from regenerating arms of the ophiuroid Amphiura filiformis. The theoretically translated amino acid sequence of this(More)
Glycoproteins gp65 and gp55 are major components of synaptic membranes prepared from rat forebrain. Both are recognized by the monoclonal antibody SMgp65. We have used SMgp65 to screen a rat brain cDNA expression library. Two sets of overlapping cDNAs that contain open reading frames of 397 and 281 amino acids were isolated. The deduced proteins are members(More)
Neuroplastin-65 is a brain-specific, synapse-enriched member of the immunoglobulin (Ig) superfamily of cell adhesion molecules. Previous studies highlighted the importance of neuroplastin-65 for long-term potentiation (LTP), but the mechanism was unclear. Here, we show how neuroplastin-65 activation of mitogen-activated protein kinase p38 (p38MAPK) modified(More)
Formation, maintenance, and activity of excitatory and inhibitory synapses are essential for neuronal network function. Cell adhesion molecules (CAMs) are crucially involved in these processes. The CAM neuroplastin-65 (Np65) highly expressed during periods of synapse formation and stabilization is present at the pre- and postsynaptic membranes. Np65 can(More)
PURPOSE To examine the expression and localization of the neuroplastins (np), two synapse-enriched members of the immunoglobulin (Ig) superfamily of cell-adhesion molecules, in the developing and adult retina and optic nerve. METHODS Expressions of the two isoforms np55 and np65 and carboxyl-terminal splice variants were investigated by(More)