Articles by Tanya S. Ferguson in JoVE
A Battery of Motor Tests in a Neonatal Mouse Model of Cerebral Palsy Danielle N. Feather-Schussler1,2, Tanya S. Ferguson1,2 1Department of Medical Genetics and Molecular Biochemistry, Lewiz Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, 2Shriners Hospitals Pediatric Research Center Presented is a concise battery of mouse neonatal motor tests. Using these tests, neonatal motor deficits can be demonstrated in a variety of neonatal motor disorders. By having a standardized set of tests, results from different studies can be compared, allowing for better and accurate reporting between groups.
Other articles by Tanya S. Ferguson on PubMed
MONaKA, a Novel Modulator of the Plasma Membrane Na,K-ATPase The Journal of Neuroscience : the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience. Aug, 2005 | Pubmed ID: 16135750 We have cloned and characterized mouse and human variants of MONaKA, a novel protein that interacts with and modulates the plasma membrane Na,K-ATPase. MONaKA was cloned based on its sequence homology to the Drosophila Slowpoke channel-binding protein dSlob, but mouse and human MONaKA do not bind to mammalian Slowpoke channels. At least two splice variants of MONaKA exist; the splicing is conserved perfectly between mouse and human, suggesting that it serves some important function. Both splice variants of MONaKA are expressed widely throughout the CNS and peripheral nervous system, with different splice variant expression ratios in neurons and glia. A yeast two-hybrid screen with MONaKA as bait revealed that it binds tightly to the beta1 and beta3 subunits of the Na,K-ATPase. The association between MONaKA and Na,K-ATPase beta subunits was confirmed further by coimmunoprecipitation from transfected cells, mouse brain, and cultured mouse astrocytes. A glutathione S-transferase-MONaKA fusion protein inhibits Na,K-ATPase activity from whole brain or cultured astrocytes. Furthermore, transfection of MONaKA inhibits 86Rb+ uptake via the Na,K-ATPase in intact cells. These results are consistent with the hypothesis that MONaKA modulates brain Na,K-ATPase and may thereby participate in the regulation of electrical excitability and synaptic transmission.
A Drosophila KCNQ Channel Essential for Early Embryonic Development The Journal of Neuroscience : the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience. Nov, 2005 | Pubmed ID: 16267222 The mammalian voltage-dependent KCNQ channels are responsible for distinct types of native potassium currents and are associated with several human diseases. We cloned a novel Drosophila KCNQ channel (dKCNQ) based on its sequence homology to the mammalian genes. When expressed in Chinese hamster ovary cells, dKCNQ gives rise to a slowly activating and slowly deactivating current that activates in the subthreshold voltage range. Like the M-current produced by mammalian KCNQ channels, dKCNQ current is sensitive to the KCNQ-specific blocker linopirdine and is suppressed by activation of a muscarinic receptor. dKCNQ is also similar to the mammalian channels in that it binds calmodulin (CaM), and CaM binding is necessary to produce functional currents. In situ hybridization analysis demonstrates that dKCNQ mRNA is present in brain cortical neurons, the cardia (proventriculus), and the nurse cells and oocytes of the ovary. We generated mutant flies with deletions in the genomic sequence of dKCNQ. Embryos produced by homozygous deletion females exhibit disorganized nuclei and fail to hatch, suggesting strongly that a maternal contribution of dKCNQ protein and/or mRNA is essential for early embryonic development.