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TISSUE CULTURE SYSTEMS FOR ADULT NEURONS

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
19373
Program Year/Program:
1992 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
19373
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
TECHNICAL RESEARCH ASSOC., INC.
P.O. Box 15278 Honolulu, HI 96830
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1992
Title: TISSUE CULTURE SYSTEMS FOR ADULT NEURONS
Agency: HHS
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $50,000.00
 

Abstract:

THE OVERALL OBJECTIVE IS TO PROVE THE FEASIBILITY AND FURTHER DEVELOP A NEW METHOD FOR ISOLATING AND CULTURING NEURONS FROM ADULT MOUSE BRAINS AND CEREBELLA. IT IS NOT NOW POSSIBLE TO CULTURE NEURONS DIRECTLY FROM ADULT ANIMALS. AS A RESULT, IN VITRO RESEARCH IN THE NEUROSCIENCES AND IN NEUROPHARMACOLOGY HAS BEEN LIMITED TO CELLS FROM EMBRYONIC OR MALIGNANT NEURONAL TISSUE. THESE CAN NOT PROVIDE INFORMATION NEEDED TO UNDERSTAND THE SPECIAL BIOCHEMISTRY OF MATURE NEURONS NOR TO ANALYZE CHANGES FROM DISEASE OR FROM DRUGS. THESE CULTURE TECHNIQUES, WHEN PERFECTED, WILL MAKE IT POSSIBLE TO ACCESS ANY AREA OF THE ADULT CENTRAL NERVUS SYSTEM (CNS) FOR PARTICULAR NEURONS OF INTEREST. THIS METHOD WILL PROVIDE SYSTEMS FOR BASIC STUDIES IN NEURONAL BIOCHEMISTRY, CHARACTERIZATION OF RECEPTORS ON DIFFERENT TYPES OF NEURONS AND FOR STUDYING THE ROLE OF VIRUSES IN NEUROLOGICAL DISEASES. THESE WILL BE USED TO ASSAY DRUGS FOR SCHIZOPHRENIA, ALZHEIMER'S, PARKINSON'S DISEASE AND FOR DRUG ABUSE. TESTS WITH TISSUE CULTURES ARE MUCH LESS COSTLY AND SUPERIOR TO TESTS WITH ANIMALS SINCE MANY MORE VARIABLES CAN BE INVESTIGATED. THIS WILL GREATLY DECREASE THE USE OF ANIMALS IN PHARMACOLOGICAL AND NEUROSCIENCE RESEARCH. COMMERCIAL PRODUCTION OF THE MEDIA REQUIRED TO ISOLATE AND CULTURE THE NEURONS BY TRA WILL MAKE THE TECHNOLOGY EASILY AVAILABLE TO LABORATORIES.

Principal Investigator:

Catherine F Rappaport
8015828080

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Technical Research
410 Chipeta Way Suite 222 Salt Lake City, UT 84108

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No