Varin Gosein

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In normal aging, the mammalian cortex undergoes significant remodeling. Although neuromodulation by dopamine and noradrenaline in the cortex is known to be important for proper cognitive function, little is known on how cortical noradrenergic and dopaminergic presynaptic boutons are affected in normal aging. Using rats we investigated whether these two(More)
Inositol phosphate kinases (IPKs) sequentially phosphorylate inositol phosphates (IPs) on their inositol rings to yield an array of signaling molecules. IPKs must possess the ability to recognize their physiological substrates from among a pool of over 30 cellular IPs that differ in numbers and positions of phosphates. Crystal structures from IPK(More)
These studies explore the relationship between the inhibitory actions of low generation dendrimers in stimulated microglia and dendrimer-enzyme interactions using in silico molecular modeling. Low generation (DG0 and DG1) dendrimers with acetylene and hydroxyl terminal groups were tested for their anti-inflammatory activity in microglia stimulated by(More)
Inositol phosphate kinases (IPKs) sequentially phosphorylate inositol phosphates (IPs) to yield a group of small signaling molecules involved in diverse cellular processes. IPK1 (inositol 1,3,4,5,6-pentakisphosphate 2-kinase) phosphorylates inositol 1,3,4,5,6-pentakisphosphate to inositol 1,2,3,4,5,6-hexakisphosphate; however, the mechanism of IP(More)
Inositol 1,3,4,5,6-pentakisphosphate 2-kinase (IPK1) converts inositol 1,3,4,5,6-pentakisphosphate(IP5) to inositol hexakisphosphate (IP6). IPK1 shares structural similarity with protein kinases and is suspected to employ a similar mechanism of activation. Previous studies revealed roles for the 1- and 3-phosphates of IP5 in IPK1 activation and revealed(More)
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