Pierce Hua

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Drosophila Enabled (Ena) was first identified as a genetic suppressor of mutations in the Abelson tyrosine kinase and subsequently was shown to be a member of the Ena/vasodilator-stimulated phosphoprotein family of proteins. All members of this family have a conserved domain organization, bind the focal adhesion protein zyxin, and localize to focal(More)
Estrogen alters neurite outgrowth, neuritic spine development, and synaptogenesis in estrogen-responsive areas of the rat brain. However, examination of the specific effects of estrogen on neurons in vivo has been difficult. An in vitro model for the effects of estrogen on neurons was developed, using the PC12 rat pheochromocytoma cell line. Wild-type cells(More)
Sex hormones influence neurite outgrowth and synaptogenesis in certain hormone-dependent areas of the rat brain during neonatal development. These alterations are thought to mediate changes in brain structure and function between the sexes. Growth-associated protein 43 kDa (GAP-43) gene expression is estrogen-regulated in the adult ventromedial hypothalamus(More)
Androgen alters neurite outgrowth, synaptic organization, and cell survival in various portions of the brain and spinal cord. However, examination of the specific effects of androgen on neurons in vivo has been difficult. Previously, an in vitro model for the effects of estrogen on neurons was developed and characterized, using an estrogen receptor(More)
Thirst and antidiuretic hormone secretion occur during hyperthermia or hypertonicity to preserve body hydration. These vital responses are triggered when hypothalamic osmoregulatory neurons become depolarized by ion channels encoded by an unknown product of the transient receptor potential vanilloid-1 gene (Trpv1). Here, we show that rodent osmoregulatory(More)
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