Sira Angela Franchi

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The mechanism of cGMP production in olfactory sensory neurons (OSNs) is poorly understood, although this messenger takes part in several key processes such as adaptation, neuronal development, and long-term cellular responses to odorant stimulation. Many aspects of the regulation of cGMP in OSNs are still unknown or highly controversial, such as its(More)
The type of neuronal activity required for circuit development is a matter of significant debate. We addressed this issue by analyzing the topographic organization of the olfactory bulb in transgenic mice engineered to have very little afferent spontaneous activity due to the overexpression of the inwardly rectifying potassium channel Kir2.1 in the(More)
Interneurons are essential modulators of brain activity and their abnormal maturation may lead to neural and intellectual disabilities. Here we show that cultures derived from murine medial ganglionic eminences (MGEs) produce virtually pure, polarized γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA)-ergic interneurons that can form morphologically identifiable inhibitory(More)
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