Urmi Bandyopadhyay

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Mechanisms involved with degeneration of motor neurons in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS; Lou Gehrig's Disease) are poorly understood, but genetically inherited forms, comprising ~10% of the cases, are potentially informative. Recent observations that several inherited forms of ALS involve the RNA binding proteins TDP43 and FUS raise the question as to(More)
Lipofuscin, or aging pigment, is accreted as red autofluorescence in the lysosomes of motor neuron cell bodies in the ventral horn of WT mice by 3 mo of age. Strikingly, in two presymptomatic ALS mouse strains transgenic for mutant human Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase (SOD1), G85R SOD1YFP and G93A SOD1, little or no lipofuscin was detected in motor neuron cell(More)
Preparation of high-quality RNA from cells of interest is critical to precise and meaningful analysis of transcriptional differences among cell types or between the same cell type in health and disease or following pharmacologic treatments. In the spinal cord, such preparation from motor neurons, the target of interest in many neurologic and(More)
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