Zhenying Nie

Learn More
Cysteine-string proteins (CSPs) are associated with secretory vesicles and critical for regulated neurotransmitter release and peptide exocytosis. At nerve terminals, CSPs have been implicated in the mediation of neurotransmitter exocytosis by modulating presynaptic calcium channels; however, studies of CSPs in peptidergic secretion suggest a direct role in(More)
Studies of experimental motor neuron degeneration attributable to expression of neurofilament light chain (NF-L) transgenes have raised the possibility that the neuropathic effects result from overexpression of NF-L mRNA, independent of NF-L protein effects (Cañete-Soler et al., 1999). The present study was undertaken to test for an RNA-mediated(More)
p190RhoGEF is a large multi-functional protein with guanine nucleotide exchange (GEF) activity. The C-terminal region of p190RhoGEF is a highly interactive domain that binds multiple factors, including proteins with anti-apoptotic activities. We now report that transfection of EGFP-tagged p190RhoGEF protects Neuro 2a cells from stress-induced apoptosis and(More)
The mechanisms whereby mutant gene expression triggers neurodegeneration are poorly understood but have generally been attributed to translated gene products. We now demonstrate direct neuropathic effects of untranslated RNA on cultured motor neurons. We show that expression of untranslated light neurofilament (NF-L) RNA sequence in the 3'UTR of an EGFP(More)
BACKGROUND Major basic protein released from eosinophils to airway parasympathetic nerves blocks inhibitory M(2) muscarinic receptors on the parasympathetic nerves, increasing acetylcholine release and potentiating reflex bronchoconstriction. Recruitment of eosinophils to airway parasympathetic neurons requires neural expression of both intercellular(More)
Studies of experimental motor neuron degeneration attributable to expression of neurofilament light chain (NF-L) transgenes have raised the possibility that the neuropathic effects result from overexpression of NF-L mRNA, independent of NF-L protein effects (Cañ ete-Soler et al., 1999). The present study was undertaken to test for an RNA-mediated(More)
  • 1