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Activation of GSK-3beta is presumed to be involved in various neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease (AD), which is characterized by memory disturbances during early stages of the disease. The normal function of GSK-3beta in adult brain is not well understood. Here, we analyzed the ability of heterozygote GSK-3beta knockout (GSK+/-) mice(More)
(1) The blood-brain barrier (BBB) characteristics of cerebral endothelial cells are induced by organ-specific local signals. Brain endothelial cells lose their phenotype in cultures without cross-talk with neighboring cells. (2) In contrast to astrocytes, pericytes, another neighboring cell of endothelial cells in brain capillaries, are rarely used in BBB(More)
The blood-brain barrier (BBB) is composed of endothelial cells, pericytes and astrocytic foot processes. Most research for the in vitro BBB is performed endothelial cells with or without astrocytes. Hypoxia damage to the BBB induces vasogenic brain edema. We have generated a new model of the BBB with brain endothelial cells and pericytes and have examined(More)
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