Susan M. Sullivan

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Glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) is an enigmatic protein; it currently has no unambiguously defined role. It is expressed in the cytoskeleton of astrocytes in the mammalian brain. We have used co-immunoprecipitation to identify in vivo binding partners for GFAP in the rat and pig brain. We demonstrate interactions between GFAP, the glutamate(More)
Astrocytes play a vital role in the brain; their structural integrity and sustained function are essential for neuronal viability, especially after injury or insult. In this study, we have examined the response of astrocytes to hypoxia/ischemia (H/I), employing multiple methods (immunohistochemistry, iontophoretic cell injection, Golgi-Kopsch staining, and(More)
Reduction in microtubule-associated-protein-2 (MAP2) immunoreactivity is a sensitive and quantifiable early marker of neural injury in rats. This study assessed the reliability of MAP2 as an early marker of neural injury following hypoxia/ischaemia in neonatal piglets, and compared the effects of perfusion and immersion fixation on MAP2 immunoreactivity.(More)
White matter damage is a significant problem in the human pre-term baby. Damage to white matter is usually associated with injury or insults to babies born prematurely, typically before 32weeks' gestation, however there is increasing evidence of both grey and white matter damage occurring after 32weeks' gestation. Astrocytes play a vital role in white(More)
In normal brain, we previously demonstrated that the exon-9 skipping form of glutamate-aspartate transporter (GLAST; which we refer to as GLAST1b) is expressed by small populations of neurons that appear to be sick or dying and suggested that these cells were subject to inappropriate local glutamate-mediated excitation. To test this hypothesis we examined(More)
Glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) is an intermediate filament protein expressed in the astrocyte cytoskeleton that plays an important role in the structure and function of the cell. GFAP can be phosphorylated at six serine (Ser) or threonine (Thr) residues but little is known about the role of GFAP phosphorylation in physiological and(More)
Seizures are a common manifestation of hypoxic-ischaemic brain injury in the neonate. In status epilepticus models alterations to GABAA R subunit expression have been suggested to contribute to (i) abnormal development of the GABAergic system, (ii) why seizures become self-sustaining and (iii) the development of pharmacoresistance. Detailed investigation of(More)
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