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See detailShort- and long-term effects of p-ethynylphenylalanine on brain serotonin levels
Zimmer, Luc; Luxen, André ULg; Giacomelli, Fabrice ULg et al

in Neurochemical Research (2002), 27(4), 269-275

Changes in tissue and extracellular serotonin (5-HT) in raphe dorsalis, raphe medialis and in their main projections areas (hippocampus, striatum and frontal cortex) were investigated at short and long ... [more ▼]

Changes in tissue and extracellular serotonin (5-HT) in raphe dorsalis, raphe medialis and in their main projections areas (hippocampus, striatum and frontal cortex) were investigated at short and long-term times after single injection (5 mg/kg ip) of a novel tryptophan hydroxylase inhibitor, p-ethynylphenylalanine (p-EPA). The 5-HT tissue concentration decreased significantly in raphe nuclei, 30 min post-injection and for 4 days, whereas it decreased from 24 hours post-injection in the 5-HT projections. Normal 5-HT levels reappeared after 12 days post-injection in all areas. Moreover, in the projection areas, the extracellular 5-HT levels decreased rapidly, 90, 40 and 30 min after p-EPA injection, in hippocampus, striatum and frontal cortex, respectively. Decreased accumulation of 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) under NSD-101 perfusion in the serotoninergic projections after p-EPA injection, confirmed the direct inhibitory effect of the drug on the tryptophan hydroxylase activity. These results demonstrated that p-EPA is a useful pharmacological tool which powerfully, acutely and irreversibly reduces the 5-HT levels. [less ▲]

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See detailExpression of Growth Factors and Their Receptors in the Postnatal Rat Cochlea
Malgrange, Brigitte ULg; Rogister, Bernard ULg; Lefebvre, P. P. et al

in Neurochemical Research (1998), 23(8), 1133-8

RT-PCR was used to assay for growth factors and receptors from seven different protein families in cochlea tissues of the juvenile rat. There was a broad representation of the growth factor families in ... [more ▼]

RT-PCR was used to assay for growth factors and receptors from seven different protein families in cochlea tissues of the juvenile rat. There was a broad representation of the growth factor families in all the cochlea tissues examined, though the organ of Corti and stria vascularis expressed a greater variety than the spiral ganglion. This broad expression suggests that a variety of known growth factors play significant roles in the development, maintenance, and repair of the inner ear. The results of this survey serve as a basis for the design of future in vitro experiments that will address the ability of growth factors to protect hair cells from damage and to evoke a repair-regeneration response by injured hair cells. [less ▲]

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