Vivienne O'Connor

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Synaptic plasticity in the hippocampus requires activity-dependent gene expression. We have therefore profiled gene expression in area CA1 following the induction of an electroshock-evoked maximal seizure. Using cDNA microarrays, the differential expression of approximately 9000 cDNAs was examined. In situ hybridization on 14 transcripts that showed(More)
It is not known whether NMDA receptor-dependent long-term potentiation (LTP) is mediated by similar molecular mechanisms in different hippocampal areas. To address this question we have investigated changes in immediate early gene and protein expression in two hippocampal subfields following the induction of LTP in vivo and in vitro. In granule cells of the(More)
We have used differential display to profile and compare the mRNAs expressed in the hippocampus of freely moving animals after the induction of long-term potentiation (LTP) at the perforant path-dentate gyrus synapse with control rats receiving low-frequency stimulation. We have combined this with in situ hybridization and have identified A-kinase anchoring(More)
We have identified a novel transcript that is abundantly and specifically expressed in both the adult and developing rat CNS. Within the full-length cDNA sequence we were unable to identify a clear open reading frame. Moreover, we were unable to detect any protein product derived from the full-length cDNA sequence using an in vitro translation assay.(More)
BACKGROUND The major side-effect of progestogen-only contraception is disruption of menstrual bleeding patterns, which can lead to a high incidence of early discontinuation. The aim of this study was to compare three treatments with placebo on the duration and recurrence of frequent and/or prolonged bleeding in Implanon users. METHOD Women between the(More)
We have isolated a novel transcript with homology to the major microtubule-associated protein in dividing sea urchin embryos, EMAP. The protein has a predicted MW of approximately 180 kDa and we have named it Eml5 (EMAP-like protein 5). Eml5 contains 11 putative WD40 domains and 3 hydrophobic stretches of 43 aa, HELP domains, which have been suggested to be(More)
This study investigated the impact of a behaviorally based intervention designed to increase the number of hospitals that routinely provide effective smoking cessation programs for pregnant women. In Queensland, Australia, 70 publicly funded hospitals were matched on numbers of births and maternal socioeconomic status and randomly allocated to an(More)
Focus groups were used to investigate women's perception and experience of menopause, hormone replacement therapy, osteoporosis and doctor-patient relationships. Forty women aged between 45 and 55 years participated in seven focus groups. Most women thought that these topics were not widely or freely discussed in the community. Nevertheless they were able(More)
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