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The only known albino gorilla, named Snowflake, was a male wild born individual from Equatorial Guinea who lived at the Barcelona Zoo for almost 40 years. He was diagnosed with non-syndromic oculocutaneous albinism, i.e. white hair, light eyes, pink skin, photophobia and reduced visual acuity. Despite previous efforts to explain the genetic cause, this is(More)
Early onset increases in oxidative stress and tau pathology are present in the brain of senescence-accelerated mice prone (SAMP8). Astrocytes play an essential role, both in determining the brain's susceptibility to oxidative damage and in protecting neurons. In this study, we examine changes in tau phosphorylation, oxidative stress and glutamate uptake in(More)
The THBS4 gene encodes a glycoprotein involved in inflammatory responses and synaptogenesis. THBS4 is expressed at higher levels in the brain of humans compared with nonhuman primates, and the protein accumulates in β-amyloid plaques. We analyzed THBS4 genetic variability in humans and show that two haplotypes (hap1 and hap2) are maintained by balancing(More)
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