A. M. McGregor

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The revolution in molecular techniques has allowed dissection of the autoimmune response in a way impossible to imagine 10 yr ago. There have been spectacular advances in our understanding of self-tolerance mechanisms and how these may fail, combined with a detailed comprehension of antigen presentation, functional T cell subsets, and TCR utilization in(More)
BACKGROUND Data on human fetal thyroid function have largely been derived from histologic studies or studies of cord-blood samples obtained at hysterotomy or delivery. These data may not represent true normal values. Cordocentesis (ultrasound-guided blood sampling from the umbilical cord) is a technique that allows investigation of physiologic processes in(More)
This study examined the dynamics of endocytotic and recycling events associated with the GnRH receptor, a unique G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) without the intracellular carboxyl-terminal tail, after agonist stimulation, and investigated the role of beta-arrestin in this process. Subcellular location of fluorescently labeled epitope-tagged GnRH receptors(More)
The mammalian gonadotropin-releasing hormone receptor (GnRH-R) is the only G-protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) in which the intracellular C-terminal tail is completely absent. In contrast to other GPCRs, the GnRH-R does not show rapid desensitization of total inositol (IP) production, and the rates of internalization are exceptionally slow. We investigated(More)
A high prevalence of postpartum thyroid dysfunction has been reported in several countries, but there have been no systematic studies of its prevalence in Britain. Among a group of 901 consecutive, unselected pregnant women thyroid autoantibodies were detected in 117 (13%) at booking. The clinical course of postpartum thyroid dysfunction, factors associated(More)
Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and central 5-HT function were compared in chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), depression and healthy states. 10 patients with CFS and 15 patients with major depression were matched for age, weight, sex and menstrual cycle with 25 healthy controls. Baseline-circulating cortisol levels were highest in the depressed,(More)
BACKGROUND Papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) is a common endocrine cancer and frequently presents with lymph node (LN) metastases. The frequency of LN metastases in the lateral compartment and their surgical removal are poorly defined. There are no prospective randomised controlled trials addressing an eventual outcome difference relating to the extent of the(More)
Thyroid function was studied in fetal blood samples obtained by funipuncture from 49 small for gestational age (SGA) fetuses at 21-38 weeks' gestation. Levels of TSH, thyroxine-binding globulin, thyroxine (T4), free T4, triiodothyronine (T3), and free T3 were compared with those from 62 appropriate for gestational age (AGA) fetuses. Levels of TSH were(More)
We have characterized four murine monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) to the extracellular domain of the human TSH receptor (TSH-R.E), the target autoantigen of Graves' disease. Recombinant TSH-R.E used as immunogen, was produced in E. coli as a fusion protein with glutathione-S-transferase or in a baculovirus-insect cell system, as a non-fusion glycoprotein. To(More)