Roopashree Narasimhaiah

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The neuropeptide galanin is widely distributed in the central nervous system and plays a role in a number of processes in the adult brain. Galanin also has neurotrophic effects in the developing nervous system and after nerve injury. The current study investigated the mechanism by which galanin promotes neurite outgrowth in the neuronal cell line PC12 and(More)
The mechanisms underlying responses to drugs of abuse have been widely investigated; however, less is known about pathways normally protective against the development of drug reinforcement. These pathways are also important since they may regulate individual differences in vulnerability to addiction. The neuropeptide galanin and its binding sites are(More)
The neuropeptide galanin and its receptors are expressed in brain regions implicated in the rewarding effects of natural stimuli and drugs of abuse. Galanin has been shown to attenuate neurochemical, physiological, and behavioral signs of opiate and amphetamine reinforcement. In the current study, we present evidence that galanin modulates neurochemical and(More)
DNA repair plays a critical, but imprecisely defined role in neuronal survival during cortical neurogenesis. We examined cortical development in mice deficient for the DNA end-joining protein, Ku70. At gestational day 14.5, corresponding to the peak of neurogenesis, the Ku70(-/-) embryonic cerebral cortex displayed 25- to 30-fold more cell death than(More)
Repeated morphine administration leads to molecular alterations of the neural circuitry in the locus coeruleus and nucleus accumbens. These changes include increased activity of several components of the cAMP signaling pathway that are thought to be associated with psychological and somatic signs of opiate withdrawal. The neuropeptide galanin has been shown(More)
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