Sabina Giannotta

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Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) messenger RNA (mRNA) expression in the rat visual cortex of young and postnatal day 90 (P90) animals is developmentally regulated and influenced by visual experience. In the present paper we compared the expression of BDNF mRNA to the actual changes of BDNF protein occurring during postnatal development and verified(More)
Phenotypic knockout of nerve growth factor (NGF) activity in transgenic anti-NGF mice (AD11 mice) results in a progressive neurodegenerative phenotype resembling Alzheimer's disease. In this article, we examine whether and how the progressive neurodegenerative phenotype of AD11 mice could be prevented or ameliorated by pharmacological treatments with NGF or(More)
This paper introduces improved techniques for multichannel extracellular electrophysiological recordings of neurons distributed across a single layer of topographically mapped cortex. We describe the electrode array, the surgical implant techniques, and the procedures for data collection and analysis. Neural events are acquired through an array of 25 or 100(More)
Cerebral deposition of beta-amyloid (Abeta) is an invariant event of Alzheimer's disease (AD). We recently described that the brain of aged transgenic mice expressing anti-nerve growth factor (NGF) antibodies (AD11 mice) show a dramatic neurodegenerative phenotype, reminiscent of AD, which includes neuronal loss, cholinergic deficit, and tau(More)
Ganstigmine (CHF2819) is an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor that increases acetylcholine in rat hippocampus and ameliorates scopolamine-induced amnesia. In this article, we examined whether and how ganstigmine might prevent or rescue the neurodegenerative phenotype in AD11 antinerve growth factor (anti-NGF) mice, a transgenic model for Alzheimer's disease.(More)
Deposition of extracellular deposits of amyloid precursor protein (APP), tau hyperphosphorylation, neurofibrillary tangles and cholinergic deficits have been described in aged mice expressing anti-nerve growth factor (NGF) recombinant antibodies. We used antibodies recognising different phosphorylationdependent epitopes of the microtubule associated protein(More)
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