Silvia Magyar

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Regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) in healthy controls and non-demented, non-depressed Parkinsonian patients was measured using H2(15)O PET while subjects performed a prelearned pattern recognition task with delayed response. To investigate differences between the two groups in response to reward, the experimental design consisted of three reinforcement(More)
Many studies indicate a role of the cerebral dopaminergic reward system in addiction. Motivated by these findings, we examined in opiate addicts whether brain regions involved in the reward circuitry also react to human prototypical rewards. We measured regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) with H(2)(15)O positron emission tomography (PET) during a(More)
Tobacco smoking is the most frequent form of substance abuse. Several studies have shown that the addictive action of nicotine is mediated by the mesolimbic dopamine system. This system is implicated in reward processing. In order to better understand the relationship between nicotine addiction and reward in humans, we investigated differences between(More)
This article reviews neuronal activity related to reward processing in primate and human brains. In the primate brain, neurophysiological methods provide a differentiated view of reward processing in a limited number of brain structures. Dopamine neurons respond to unpredictable rewards and produce a global reinforcement signal. Some neurons in the striatum(More)
Monthly monitoring of fawns collected from an area in Texas endemic for Theileria cervi and Babesia odocoilei showed that transmission of T. cervi occurred during July and August, a time period consistent with the occurrence of Amblyomma americanum. Seroconversion to B. odocoilei occurred during October to December and possibly continued through January and(More)
Gene silencing experiments in difficult-to-transfect cells are often hampered by the presence of a background of untransfected cells. We present proof-of-concept data from two different strategies for enrichment of siRNA-transfected cells. In the first approach, a heterologous surface antigen is expressed from a plasmid that is co-transfected with an siRNA(More)