Treatment of Immune-mediated Brain Swelling with Combined Anti-LFA1/VLA4 Therapy

This technology includes a therapeutic approach to prevent secondary edema after cerebrovascular hemorrhage. Using an animal model, we found that edema is triggered by massive extravasation of myelomonocytic cells from the blood into the brain in response to hemorrhaging vessels. Administration of anti-LFA1 and anti-VLA4 antibodies resulted in an inhibition of extravasation of the myelomonocytic cells. This single dose treatment prevented secondary edema and markedly improved functional outcomes if administered within the first six hours following cerebrovascular hemorrhage.

Development of a polyclonal antibody that detects phosphorylated glutamate receptor 1 protein (GluA1 pS567)

This invention includes the generation and use of polyclonal antibodies that specifically recognize the glutamate receptor 1 protein that has been phosphorylated at Serine 567 (GluA1 pS567). Glutamate receptors are ligand-gated ion channels and are the predominant excitatory neurotransmitter receptor type in humans. A peptide sequence on the gene was selected surrounding the phosphorylation site. This peptide was then generated and injected into rabbits to create an immune response. Serum was then collected from the rabbit and the antibodies were affinity purified.

Development of monoclonal antibodies that detect specific forms of neurophysin bound to either vasopressin or oxytocin

This invention includes the generation and use of monoclonal antibodies that specifically recognize either arginine vasopressin (AVP) or oxytocin (OT) when bound to neurophysins. The neurophysins (NPs) are a family of proteins that bind to hormones as they are released from the hypothalamus and make their way to the pituitary gland. Monoclonal antibodies were generated that specifically recognize vasopressin bound to a neurophysin (NP-AVP) or oxytocin bound to a neurophysin (NP-OT). Seven monoclonal antibodies were characterized.

Development of a Polyclonal Antibody for SAP102 and a Polyclonal Antibody for mGluR7 PS862

This invention includes the generation and use of a polyclonal antibody for synapse-associated protein 102 (SAP102) and a polyclonal antibody that binds to mGluR7 when phosphorylated at Serine 862. Peptides of the sites were generated and injected into rabbits to create an immune response. Serum was collected from the rabbits that was then affinity purified. The specificity of the resulting polyclonal antibodies was then determined using biochemical techniques.

Anti-Atlastin-1 Mouse Monoclonal Antibody 3194 (lgG1) For Studying Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (SPG3A)

This technology includes the creation and use of a mouse anti-Atlastin-1 monoclonal antibody (3194, IgG1). Mutations in Atlastin-1 are commonly found in hereditary spastic paraplegia, SPG3A. In addition, this protein is conserved in all eukaryotes, and it mediates fusion of endoplasmic reticulum tubules in cells, giving it its characteristic polygonal appearance. Thus, this protein is of interest to both those interested in disease pathogenesis and those studying basic cell biology.

An Antibody to Detect Phosphorylation (S1459) of the GRIN2A Gene to Study Epilepsy and Autism Spectrum Disorder

This technology relates to the generation and use of an antibody that recognizes the S1459 phosphorylated site of the GRIN2A gene, which encodes the GluN2A subunit of the NMDA receptor. This gene is widely accepted as an epilepsy-causative gene and has been implicated in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The S1459 phosphorylation site was selected based on an identified mutation in an epilepsy patient. This antibody can be used to specifically visualize the localization of the phosphorylated version of the GRIN2A protein product in the brain.

Detecting Levels of Chymotrypsin and Amylase using Rabbit Polyclonal Antibodies Generated from Purified Human Enzymes

The invention relates to rabbit antisera raised against purified human chymotrypsin and amylase. Both chymotrypsin and amylase are produced by the pancreas and play important roles in digestion. Abnormal levels of chymotrypsin and amylase have been known to occur with multiple pancreas-related disorders, including pancreatitis. Measuring levels of these two enzymes using these polyclonal antibodies can help determine if a pancreas is functioning correctly.

Development of a Polyclonal Antibody for Neuroligin 4 pThr707 and a Polyclonal Antibody for Neuroligin 1 pTHR739

This invention includes the generation and use of two polyclonal antibodies that specifically recognizes the phosphorylation site pThr707 of Neuroligin 4 and pThr739 of Neuroligin 1. A peptide of the site around the phosphorylation site was generated and injected into rabbits to create an immune response. Serum was collected from the rabbits that was then affinity purified. The specificity of the resulting polyclonal antibodies was then determined using biochemical techniques.