Rita M Cowell

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Missense mutations in leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2) cause late-onset Parkinson's disease (PD), and common genetic variation in LRRK2 modifies susceptibility to Crohn's disease and leprosy. High levels of LRRK2 expression in peripheral monocytes and macrophages suggest a role for LRRK2 in these cells, yet little is known about LRRK2 expression and(More)
The effects of complex motor task learning on subsequent motor performance of adult rats exposed to alcohol on postnatal days 4 through 9 were studied. Male and female Long-Evans rats were assigned to one of three treatments: (1) alcohol exposure (AE) via artificial rearing to 4.5.g kg-1 day-1 of ethanol in a binge-like manner (two consecutive feedings),(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Macrophage inflammatory protein (MIP)-1alpha is a well-characterized monocyte chemoattractant; its role in regulating monocyte and microglial recruitment and activation in the injured neonatal brain is unknown. We evaluated the impact of acute hypoxic-ischemic (HI) brain injury on the expression of MIP-1alpha in neonatal rat brain. (More)
Mutations in the leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2) gene cause late-onset Parkinson's disease (PD). Emerging evidence suggests a role for LRRK2 in the endocytic pathway. Here, we show that LRRK2 is released in extracellular microvesicles (i.e. exosomes) from cells that natively express LRRK2. LRRK2 localizes to collecting duct epithelial cells in the(More)
The transcriptional coactivator peroxisome proliferator activated receptor gamma coactivator 1alpha (PGC-1alpha) can activate a number of transcription factors to regulate mitochondrial biogenesis and cell-specific responses to cold, fasting, and exercise. Recent studies indicate that PGC-1alpha knockout mice exhibit behavioral abnormalities and progressive(More)
Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ coactivator 1α (PGC-1α) is a transcriptional coactivator that regulates diverse aspects of energy metabolism in peripheral tissues. Mice deficient in PGC-1α have elevated metabolic rate and are resistant to diet-induced obesity. However, it remains unknown whether this alteration in energy balance is due to the(More)
We have reported that inhibition of protein kinase C blocks the Ca(2+)-independent reverse transport of dopamine mediated by amphetamine. In this study we investigated whether activation of protein kinase C by 12-O-tetradecanoyl phorbol-13-acetate (TPA) would mediate dopamine release through the plasmalemmal dopamine transporter. TPA, at 250 nM, increased(More)
Conflicting data have emerged regarding the role of complement activation in the pathophysiology of cerebral ischemia. On the basis of considerable evidence implicating inflammatory mediators in the progression of neonatal brain injury, we evaluated the contribution of complement activation to cerebral hypoxic-ischemic (HI) injury in the neonatal rat. To(More)
Chemokines are a family of structurally related cytokines that activate and recruit leukocytes into areas of inflammation. The "CC" chemokine, monocyte chemoattractant protein (MCP)-1 may regulate the microglia/monocyte response to acute brain injury. Recent studies have documented increased expression of MCP-1 in diverse acute and chronic experimental(More)
BACKGROUND Our previous studies indicated that N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) deletion from a subset of corticolimbic interneurons in the mouse brain during early postnatal development is sufficient to trigger several behavioral and pathophysiological features resembling the symptoms of human schizophrenia. Interestingly, many of these behavioral(More)