R. Dan Jacobson

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Development or regeneration of axons in several systems is accompanied by 20-100-fold increases in the synthesis of an acidic, axonally transported membrane protein with an apparent molecular weight of 43-50,000 (Benowitz and Lewis, 1983; Skene and Willard, 1981a, b), which we designate GAP-43. We have proposed that some step(s) in axon growth require(More)
The Pax-6 gene encodes a DNA-binding transcription factor essential to normal development of the mammalian eye. We have found that in the chick embryo, the Pax-6 gene is first expressed in a crescent-shaped region of future head ectoderm that adjoins the anterior margin of the early neural plate. As development proceeds, this region of Pax-6-positive(More)
Nerve regeneration and developmental outgrowth of axons are both correlated with increased synthesis of an axonal membrane protein designated GAP-43. Phosphorylation of an apparently identical protein, present at lower abundance in adult brains, has been correlated with long-term potentiation, a form of synaptic plasticity. We have now isolated a cDNA clone(More)
Growth cones are specialized structures that form the distal tips of growing axons. During both normal development of the nervous system and regeneration of injured nerves, growth cones are essential for elongation and guidance of growing axons. Developmental and regenerative axon growth is frequently accompanied by elevated synthesis of a protein(More)
We applied functional magnetic resonance imaging (FMRI) to map the somatotopic organization of the primary motor cortex using voluntary movements of the hand, arm, and foot. Eight right-handed healthy subjects performed self-paced, repetitive, flexion/extension movements of the limbs while undergoing echo-planar imaging. Four subjects performed movements of(More)
Mutations in the GTP-cyclohydrolase I (GCH) gene have been identified as a cause of two disorders: autosomal dominant hereditary progressive dystonia/dopa-responsive dystonia (HPD/DRD) and autosomal recessive GCH-deficient hyperphenylalaninemia (HPA). Detailed clinical descriptions and genetic analysis of patients with phenotypes intermediate between(More)
GIS, with their predominantly visual communication of spatial information, may appear to have little to offer people with visual impairments or blindness. However, because GIS store and manage the spatial relations between objects, alternative, nonvisual ways to communicate this information can be utilized. As such, modified GIS could provide people with(More)
To determine if there is abnormal phenylalanine and biopterin metabolism in patients with dopa-responsive dystonia (DRD), we measured plasma levels of phenylalanine, tyrosine, biopterin, and neopterin at baseline, and 1, 2, 4, and 6 hours after an oral phenylalanine load (100 mg/kg). Seven adults with DRD, two severely affected children with DRD, and nine(More)