Annie Larouche

Annie Larouche
Université de Sherbrooke | UdeS

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Gestational immune challenge with the viral-like antigen poly I:C is a well-established neurodevelopmental model of schizophrenia. However, exposure to inflammation during early life may sensitize the developing brain to secondary insults and enhance the central nervous system vulnerability. To gain a better understanding of the pathophysiology of...
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Most antipsychotic (AP) drugs are dopamine (DA) D2 receptor (DRD2) antagonists and remain the main pharmacological treatment of schizophrenia. Long-term AP use can give rise to tardive dyskinesia. It has been reported that chronic treatment with APs induces DRD2 upregulation and oxidative stress, which have been associated with tardive dyskinesia....
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In animals, decades of research have shown that serotonin (5-HT) is involved in endogenous pain inhibition systems, which are deficient in chronic pain disorders such as fibromyalgia (FM). In humans, there is preliminary evidence showing that 5-HT is involved in the FM pathophysiology. In the current endophenotyping study, we sought to investigate,...
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The aim of this study was to determine, with the use of a rat model, the expression of tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha, its receptors, and TNF-alpha-converting enzyme in perinatal brain lesions of early premature neonates. Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) was injected intraperitoneally in pregnant rats at the end of gestation. At postnatal day 1, the rig...
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Unlabelled: Experimental studies showed that dopamine influences pain perception in healthy volunteers. Dopamine dysfunctions have been linked to the physiopathology of fibromyalgia (FM), which is associated with hyperalgesia and deficient pain inhibition. We sought to investigate the relationships between catecholamine-related polymorphisms [dopa...
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There is some evidence to suggest that inducible kinin B1 receptors (B1R) may play beneficial and protecting roles in cardiovascular-related pathologies such as hypertension, diabetes, and ischemic organ diseases. Peptide B1R agonists bearing optimized pharmacological features (high potency, selectivity and stability toward proteolysis) hold promis...
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Inflammatory molecules are promptly upregulated in the fetal environment and postnatally in brain-damaged subjects. Intrauterine infections and inflammation are often associated with asphyxia. This double-hit effect by combined infection or inflammation and hypoxia is therefore a frequent concomitant in neonatal brain damage. Animal models combinin...
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Using a model of perinatal brain lesions induced by lipopolysaccharide and hypoxia/ischemia, we hypothesized that interleukin-2 (IL-2), a neurotoxic cytokine, was enhanced within injured brains. We showed that lipopolysaccharide and hypoxia/ischemia enhanced both intracerebral IL-2 mRNA and protein levels, with a maximum increase upon lipopolysacch...
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Bacterial infections and hypoxia/ischemia (H/I) are implicated in human neonatal brain damage leading to cerebral palsy (CP). We developed an animal model presenting similar perinatal brain damage by combining bacterial endotoxin and H/I insults. Interleukin (IL)-1beta is a mediator of brain damage and its action(s) is counteracted by its cognate a...
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Abnormalities of striatal dopaminergic neurotransmission play a significant role in the pathophysiology of central nervous system disorders such as movement disorders, addictions and schizophrenia. The striatum appears to be exposed to intrinsically high levels of oxidative stress (OS). Little is known, however, on the effect of OS on the regulatio...
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Adequate animal glioma models are mandatory for the pursuit of preclinical research in neuro-oncology. Many implantation models have been described, but none perfectly emulate human malignant gliomas. This work reports our experience in standardizing, optimizing and characterizing the Fischer/F98 glioma model on the clinical, pathological, radiolog...
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Hemopressin is a novel vasoactive nonapeptide derived from hemoglobin's alpha-chain as recently reported by Rioli et al. [Rioli V, Gozzo FC, Heimann AS, Linardi A, Krieger JE, Shida CS, et al. Novel natural peptide substrates for endopeptidase 24.15, neurolysin, and angiotensin-converting enzyme. J Biol Chem 2003;278(10):8547-55]. In anesthetized m...
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We developed an original rat model for neonatal brain lesions whereby we explored the sequential effects of infectious and hypoxic-ischemic aggressions. We investigated the influence of combined exposure to prenatal infection with neonatal hypoxic-ischemic insult. Infectious effect was produced by administrating lipopolysaccharide (LPS) intraperito...