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The Eph family of receptor tyrosine kinases and their ligands, the ephrins, are important regulators of axon guidance and cell migration in the developing nervous system. Inactivation of the EphA4 gene results in axon guidance defects of the corticospinal tract, a major descending motor pathway that originates in the cortex and terminates at all levels of(More)
While photoreceptor loss is the most devastating result of inherited retinal degenerations such as retinitis pigmentosa, inner retinal neurons also undergo significant alteration. Detailing these changes has become important as many vision restorative therapies target the remaining neurons. In this study, the rd1-Fos-Tau-LacZ (rd1-FTL) mouse model was used(More)
Many common causes of blindness involve the death of retinal photoreceptors, followed by progressive inner retinal cell remodeling. For an inducible model of retinal degeneration to be useful, it must recapitulate these changes. Intravitreal administration of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) has recently been found to induce acute photoreceptor death. The aim(More)
The p75 low affinity neurotrophin receptor (p75) can induce apoptosis in various neuronal and glial cell types. Because p75 is expressed in the cholinergic neurons of the basal forebrain, p75 knockout mice may be expected to show an increased number of neurons in this region. Previous studies, however, have produced conflicting results, suggesting that(More)
Eph receptor tyrosine kinases and their ephrin ligands are involved in some of the most important steps during the development of the central nervous system, including cell migration, axon guidance, topographic mapping and synapse formation. Moreover, in the adult, they have been implicated in plasticity and regulation of neural stem cell function. One(More)
Because of controversy about the role of the p75 neurotrophin receptor (p75(NTR) ) in the cholinergic basal forebrain (CBF), we investigated this region in p75(NTR) third exon knockout mice that were congenic with 129/Sv controls. They express a shortened intracellular form of p75(NTR) , permitting detection of p75(NTR) -expressing cells. We performed(More)
PURPOSE The chemokine, Ccl2, and the fractalkine receptor, Cx3cr1, have both been implicated in the pathogenesis of age related macular degeneration (AMD), with mice lacking both genes exhibiting features of AMD by 3 months of age. However, recent reports indicate that this ascribed phenotype is due to the presence of a retinal degeneration mutation(More)
We investigated age-related changes in the number and size of neurons positive for the p75 neurotrophin receptor in the cholinergic basal forebrain of female Dark Agouti rats. Since the integrity of these neurons is known to be closely associated with performance in tests of spatial learning ability, we also investigated the incidence of age-related spatial(More)
The p75 neurotrophin receptor (p75(NTR)) is involved in the regulation of neuronal survival and phenotype, but its signal transduction mechanisms are poorly understood. Recent evidence has implicated the cytoplasmic protein NRAGE (neurotrophin receptor-interacting MAGE (from Melanoma AntiGEn) homolog) in p75(NTR) signaling. To gain further insight into the(More)
We have used a transgenic approach to visualize functionally activated neurons and their projections. The transgenic mice contain a tau-lacZ fusion gene regulated by the promoter for c-fos, an immediate early gene that is rapidly induced in neurons after functional stimulation. Constitutive expression of beta-galactosidase (beta-gal), the lacZ product, was(More)