Rebecca Mongeon

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Truncated escape responses characteristic of the zebrafish shocked mutant result from a defective glial glycine transporter (GlyT1). In homozygous GlyT1 mutants, irrigating brain ventricles with glycine-free solution rescues normal swimming. Conversely, elevating brain glycine levels restores motility defects. These experiments are consistent with previous(More)
The ATP:ADP ratio is a critical parameter of cellular energy status that regulates many metabolic activities. Here we report an optimized genetically encoded fluorescent biosensor, PercevalHR, that senses the ATP:ADP ratio. PercevalHR is tuned to the range of intracellular ATP:ADP expected in mammalian cells, and it can be used with one- or two-photon(More)
Fast and slow skeletal muscle types in larval zebrafish can be distinguished by a fivefold difference in the time course of their synaptic decay. Single-channel recordings indicate that this difference is conferred through kinetically distinct nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (AChR) isoforms. The underlying basis for this distinction was explored by cloning(More)
Mutations in muscle ACh receptors cause slow-channel syndrome (SCS) and Escobar syndrome, two forms of congenital myasthenia. SCS is a dominant disorder with mutations reported for all receptor subunits except γ. Escobar syndrome is distinct, with mutations located exclusively in γ, and characterized by developmental improvement of muscle function. The(More)
AIM Cytosolic NADH-NAD(+) redox state is central to cellular metabolism and a valuable indicator of glucose and lactate metabolism in living cells. Here we sought to quantitatively determine NADH-NAD(+) redox in live cells and brain tissue using a fluorescence lifetime imaging of the genetically-encoded single-fluorophore biosensor Peredox. RESULTS We(More)
Slow-channel syndrome (SCS) is an autosomal-dominant disease resulting from mutations in muscle acetylcholine (ACh) receptor subunits. The associated fatigue and muscle degeneration are proposed to result from prolonged synaptic responses that overload intracellular calcium. Single-channel studies on reconstituted receptors bearing human mutations indicate(More)
Fluorescent biosensors are now routinely imaged using two-photon microscopy in intact tissue, for instance, in brain slices and brains in living animals. But most studies measure temporal variation-for example, calcium transients in response to neuronal activity-rather than calibrated levels of biosensor occupancy (and thus levels of the sensed analyte).(More)
Long-term labeled sea urchin embryo (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) DNAs were examined for size of recovered pieces, single-strandedness, and length of continuous double-stranded regions. Sizing on neutral sucrose gradients indicates that morula stage DNA sediments predominantly at 31 S, blastula stage DNA at 27 S, and gastrula stage DNA as a broad range of(More)
Proper brain function requires a substantial energy supply, up to 20% of whole-body energy in humans, and brain activation produces large dynamic variations in energy demand. While local increases in cerebral blood flow are well known, the cellular responses to energy demand are controversial. During brain excitation, glycolysis of glucose to lactate(More)
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