Astrocyte regulation of Ammonia and Glutamate in Neonatal Hypoxia/Ischaemia (2010–2012)

Lack of oxygen is a common problem for newborn infants, ocurring during events such as a difficult labour, and can lead to brain damage. We have discovered that a protein in the brain which normally removes ammonia (a toxic product of metabolism) is rapidly lost after a brief period of low oxygen. We propose that a build up of ammonia in the brain may be a key damaging event in hypoxia-related brain injury, and that it will be ameniable to therapeutic intervention.
Grant type:
NHMRC Project Grant
Funded by:
National Health and Medical Research Council