Rubens Chang

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Neurotrophin-3 (NT-3) and its receptor TrkC are known to be important for neuronal survival. More recently, NT-3 has been implicated as playing a role in oligodendrocyte (OL) proliferation and survival in vitro. Examination of NT-3 and TrkC knockout mice revealed a reduction in NT-3-dependent neurons. To date, no study has examined alterations in glial cell(More)
Myelin-deficient (md) rats and their unaffected littermates were injected at postnatal day 4 either with a single dose of transferrin (Tf) or insulin-like growth factor one (IGF-1) singly or combined. Two weeks later, their brains were perfused and coronal sections were analyzed for MBP by in situ hybridization and for transferrin and myelin basic protein(More)
It has been established that oligodendrocytes, the myelin forming cells, participate in iron homeostasis through the synthesis and secretion of transferrin. Here we investigated whether a correlation exists between myelination, the commonly studied function of oligodendrocytes, and that of transferrin synthesis and secretion. We used a proteolipid protein(More)
Even though nicotine has been shown to modulate mRNA expression of a variety of genes, a comprehensive high-throughput study of the effects of nicotine on the tissue-specific gene expression profiles has been lacking in the literature. In this study, cDNA microarrays containing 1117 genes and ESTs were used to assess the transcriptional response to chronic(More)
Transplantation of oligodendrocyte (Ol) progenitor cells into the central nervous system is a promising approach for the treatment of myelin disorders. This approach requires providing adequate numbers of healthy cells with myelinating potential. We recently showed the successful transplantation of Ol progenitors into the myelin-deficient (md) rat brain. In(More)
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is an age-related condition characterized by accumulation of neurotoxic amyloid β peptides (Aβ) in brain and retina. Because bone marrow transplantation (BMT) results in decreased cerebral Aβ in experimental AD, we hypothesized that BMT would mitigate retinal neurotoxicity through decreased retinal Aβ. To test this, we performed BMT(More)
The 4e transgenic mouse is characterized by overexpression of the PLP gene. Heterozygous littermates containing three PLP gene copies develop and myelinate normally. However, a progressive CNS demyelination begins at 3-4 months of age. Despite focal demyelination, these animals survive for one year with hind limb paralysis. We used this CNS demyelination(More)
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