Alexander W Jackson

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Since the discovery of neuroepithelial bodies (NEB) in the late 1930s, evidence has accumulated to suggest that these cells may function as hypoxia-sensitive airway sensors. Until recently, this hypothesis was based largely on morphological observations. The use of in vitro models of isolated NEB, combined with electrophysiological approaches, have provided(More)
The hypothesis that neuroepithelial endocrine (NEE) cells control spontaneous tone in isolated guinea pig tracheal preparations was examined. Epithelium-denuded preparations were unable to develop a normal oscillating tone in 12% oxygen (corresponding to systemic arterial oxygen levels) and, instead, developed a strong, smooth tone, similar to the "classic"(More)
The expression of a 70-kD serum fragment of the neural cell adhesion molecule (N-CAM) in schizophrenia is described. Schizophrenic patients (n = 40) were found to have statistically significant increases (p less than 0.0001) in serum N-CAM levels when compared to normal individuals (n = 26), and this could not be associated with age or sex. This difference(More)
An evaluation of the geochemical analysis of soils as an archaeological investigative technique is illustrated with reference to a site with a known history of human use and settlement. The results show certain elements, including the heavy metals Pb, Zn, Cd, Cu etc., to be associated with locations of past human activity, and support such analyses as(More)
A large percentage of drug compounds exhibit low water solubility and hence low bioavailability and therapeutic efficacy. This may be addressed by preparation of drug nanoparticles, leading to enhanced dissolution rate and direct use for treatment. Various methods have been developed to produce drug nanocrystals, including wet milling, homogenization,(More)
Positron emission tomography (PET) using the tracer [(11)C]Flumazenil has shown changes in the distribution and expression of the GABA(A) receptor in a range of neurological conditions and injury states. We aim to develop a fluorine-18 labelled PET agent with comparable properties to [(11)C]Flumazenil. In this study we make a direct comparison between the(More)
INTRODUCTION [(11)C]Flumazenil has been used to study the GABAA receptor in many preclinical and clinical studies, but the short half-life of carbon-11 means that this molecule is restricted to use by investigators with access to on-site cyclotron and radiosynthesis facilities. The radiosynthesis of [(18)F]flumazenil has been evaluated by several groups,(More)
Reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization has been employed to synthesize branched block copolymer nanoparticles possessing 1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-N,N,'N,″N,‴-tetraacetic acid (DO3A) macrocycles within their cores and octreotide (somatostatin mimic) cyclic peptides at their periphery. These polymeric nanoparticles have(More)
During the last few decades the nanomedicine sector has emerged as a feasible and effective solution to the problems faced by the high percentage of poorly water-soluble drugs. Decreasing the size of such drug compounds to the nanoscale can significantly change their physical properties, which lays the foundation for the use of nanomedicine for(More)