Tanya L Myers

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Optic nerve transection results in apoptotic cell death of most adult rat retinal ganglion cells that begins at 4 days and leaves few surviving neurons at 14 days post-injury [Berkelaar et al. (1994) J. Neurosci. 14, 4368-4374]. The small heat shock protein Hsp27 has recently been shown to play a role in sensory neuron survival following peripheral nerve(More)
The small heat shock protein, Hsp27, promotes axonal regeneration in peripheral neurons; however, an analogous role in the central nervous system has not been described. This study examined the relationship between Hsp27 expression and regeneration in mature retinal ganglion cells (RGCs). Adult rat optic nerves were transected and exposed to peripheral(More)
Optic nerve transection results in the apoptotic cell death of the majority of retinal ganglion cells by 14 days. The neurotrophin brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) enhances survival of retinal ganglion cells. In addition, the small heat shock protein Hsp27, with its anti-apoptotic effects, may be important for neuron survival following axotomy or(More)
The purpose of the present experiment was to characterize changes in TrkB signaling in the rat visual system resulting from exposure to enriched environment. Female Sprague-Dawley rats were placed in enriched or impoverished conditions for 1, 7 or 28 days. Levels of BDNF protein and its predominant receptor TrkB were examined in the retina, superior(More)
PURPOSE Despite the identification of a small population of cells residing in the ciliary body (CB) of the adult mammalian eye that have the capacity to generate retina-like cells in vitro, their activity in vivo remains quiescent. The authors sought to identify whether the predictable and time-dependent death of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) results in(More)
BACKGROUND Heat shock (HS) treatment has been suggested to confer myocardial protection following ischemia. However, the effects of HS on left ventricular (LV) remodeling weeks after infarction have yet to be described. METHODS Myocardial infarction (MI) was created by coronary ligation in Lewis rats. Two experimental groups of animals were created: HS+MI(More)
The small heat shock protein Hsp27 has been shown to protect neurons from apoptosis. We have recently shown the expression of Hsp27 in a subset of injured adult retinal ganglion cells (RGCs), a response that is muted by the administration of brain-derived neurotrophic factor. This work has suggested a role for Hsp27 in the long-term survival of RGCs(More)
The Müller radial glial cell is the principal support cell of the adult mammalian retina. Recent reports suggest that these cells retain the capacity to proliferate, express phenotypes reminiscent of retinal progenitor cells (RPC) and generate neuron-like progeny. We isolated rodent Müller cells and generated cultures that could be passaged under conditions(More)
RNA-binding proteins, and in particular, the Musashi genes, function as essential regulators of progenitor functioning in both the developing and adult organism. In this report, we characterize the differential subcellular distribution of Musashi-1 in cells engaged in either proliferating or differentiating contexts in the developing mouse retina, and in(More)
Retinal Müller glia have received considerable attention with regard to their potential to function as quiescent retinal precursors. Various activation strategies induce characteristic features of retinal progenitor cells in Müller glia; however, these are often accompanied by hallmark features of reactive gliosis. We investigated the effects of an(More)