Large-scale genomics approaches are now widely utilized to study a myriad of human diseases. These powerful techniques, when combined with data analysis tools, detect changes in transcript abundance in diseased tissue relative to control. We hypothesize that specific differential gene expression underlies important pathogenic processes in Parkinson's… (More)
Standard controls and best practice guidelines advance acceptance of data from research, preclinical and clinical laboratories by providing a means for evaluating data quality. The External RNA Controls Consortium (ERCC) is developing commonly agreed-upon and tested controls for use in expression assays, a true industry-wide standard control.
The gradual loss of striatal dopamine and dopaminergic neurons residing in the substantia nigra (SN) causes parkinsonism characterized by slow, halting movements, rigidity, and resting tremor when neuronal loss exceeds a threshold of approximately 80%. It is estimated that there is extensive compensation for several years prior to symptom onset, during… (More)
Parkinson's disease pathogenesis proceeds through several phases, culminating in the loss of dopaminergic neurons of the substantia nigra (SN). Although the 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) model of oxidative SN injury is frequently used to study degeneration of dopaminergic neurons in mice and non-human primates, an understanding of the… (More)
BACKGROUND Despite the widespread use of microarrays, much ambiguity regarding data analysis, interpretation and correlation of the different technologies exists. There is a considerable amount of interest in correlating results obtained between different microarray platforms. To date, only a few cross-platform evaluations have been published and… (More)
The pathophysiological processes that cause Parkinson's disease (PD) affect dopamine neurons residing in the substantia nigra with devastating consequences for normal movement. One important gene involved in both familial and sporadic PD is alpha-synuclein. We have generated three strains of alpha-synuclein transgenic mice to study the pathologic… (More)
The comparability and reliability of data generated using microarray technology would be enhanced by use of a common set of standards that allow accuracy, reproducibility and dynamic range assessments on multiple formats. We designed and tested a complex biological reagent for performance measurements on three commercial oligonucleotide array formats that… (More)