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  1. The sodium channel isoform transition at developing nodes of ranvier in the peripheral nervous system: Dependence on a Genetic program and m...

    Journal of Comparative Neurology 522(18):4057 (2014) PMID 25048219

    We investigated the nodal expression of selected isoforms in the sciatic nerve of the transgenic mouse Oct6(ΔSCE/βgeo) , whose PNS myelination is delayed in the first postnatal week but eventually resumes. We found that delayed myelination retarded the formation of nodal channel clusters and altered...
  2. Organotopic organization of the primary Infrared Sensitive Nucleus (LTTD) in the western diamondback rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox).

    Journal of Comparative Neurology 522(18):Spc1 (2014) PMID 25316582

    Pit vipers (Crotalinae) have a specific sensory system that detects infrared radiation with bilateral pit organs in the upper jaw. Each pit organ consists of a thin membrane, innervated by three trigeminal nerve branches that project to a specific nucleus in the dorsal hindbrain. The known topograph...
  3. Central pupillary light reflex circuits in the cat: I. The olivary pretectal nucleus.

    Journal of Comparative Neurology 522(18):3960 (2014) PMID 24706328 PMCID PMC4185307

    These results provide an anatomical substrate for the pupillary light reflex in the cat. Pretectal premotor neurons receive direct retinal input via synapses suggestive of an excitatory drive, and project directly to nuclei containing preganglionic motoneurons. These projections are concentrated in...
  4. Patterns of afferent input to the caudal and rostral areas of the dorsal premotor cortex (6DC and 6DR) in the marmoset monkey.

    Journal of Comparative Neurology 522(16):3683 (2014) PMID 24888737

    These results suggest that area 6DC is more directly involved in the preparation and execution of motor acts, while area 6DR integrates sensory and internally driven inputs for the planning of goal-directed actions. They also provide strong evidence of a homologous organization of the dorsal premoto...
  5. Neural proliferation in the dorsal root ganglia of the adult rat following capsaicin-induced neuronal death.

    Journal of Comparative Neurology 522(14):3295 (2014) PMID 24700150

    We have previously reported increased neural proliferation within adult nodose ganglia following capsaicin-induced neuronal death. However, proliferation within the dorsal root ganglia (DRG) remains to be characterized. We hypothesized that capsaicin-induced neuronal death would increase proliferati...
  6. Piezo2 expression in corneal afferent neurons.

    Journal of Comparative Neurology 522(13):2967 (2014) PMID 24549492

    We explored Piezo channel expression in sensory neurons supplying the guinea pig corneal epithelium, which have well-defined modalities in this species. We hypothesized that a proportion of corneal afferent neurons express Piezo2, and that these neurons are neurochemically distinct from corneal poly...
  7. Functional anatomy of the fiddler crab compound eye (Uca vomeris: Ocypodidae, Brachyura, Decapoda).

    Journal of Comparative Neurology 522(6):1264 (2014) PMID 24114990

    We describe the structural organization of the ommatidium in the compound eye of the fiddler crab, Uca vomeris, at both the light- and the electron-microscopy levels. We pay particular attention to the organization of the optical system, the retinular cells, the rhabdom, and of pigment cells. Althou...
  8. Neuropeptides in the antennal lobe of the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti.

    Journal of Comparative Neurology 522(3):592 (2014) PMID 23897410

    We analyzed neuropeptides in the antennal lobe of the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti, a major vector of arboviral diseases. Direct tissue profiling of the antennal lobe by matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry indicated the presence of 28 matu...
  9. Visual pigments and opsin expression in the juveniles of three species of fish (rainbow trout, zebrafish, and killifish) following prolonged...

    Journal of Comparative Neurology 522(1):98 (2014) PMID 23818308

    We investigate the action of TH and RA on single-cone opsin expression in juvenile rainbow trout, zebrafish, and killifish and on the absorbance of visual pigments in rainbow trout and zebrafish. Prolonged TH exposure increased the wavelength of maximum absorbance (λmax ) of the rod and the medium (...
  10. Alzheimer's disease pathology in the neocortex and hippocampus of the western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla).

    Journal of Comparative Neurology 521(18):4318 (2013) PMID 23881733

    We examined Aβ and tau-like lesions in the neocortex and hippocampus of aged male and female western lowland gorillas using immunohistochemistry and histochemistry. Analysis revealed an age-related increase in Aβ-immunoreactive plaques and vasculature in the gorilla brain. Aβ plaques were more abund...