Ashwin Pinto

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The pharmacological properties of voltage-dependent calcium channel (VDCC) subtypes appear mainly to be determined by the alpha1 pore-forming subunit but, whether P-and Q-type VDCCs are encoded by the same alpha1 gene presently is unresolved. To investigate this, we used IgG antibodies to presynaptic VDCCs at motor nerve terminals that underlie muscle(More)
In the Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS), immunoglobulin G (IgG) autoantibodies to presynaptic voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs) at the neuromuscular junction lead to a reduction in nerve-evoked release of neurotransmitter and muscle weakness. We have examined the action of LEMS IgGs on cloned human VGCCs stably expressed in transfected human(More)
Finger drop is a useful clinical sign which is easy to elicit. This article presents a logical approach for assessing patients with finger drop and outlines the important causes, and how to differentiate them. Patients with finger drop may present either to orthopedic surgeons or to neurologists, and both specialists should be aware of important diagnoses(More)
BACKGROUND The cryopyrin-associated periodic syndrome (CAPS) is a rare but treatable hereditary autoinflammatory condition. Without treatment, one third of patients develop amyloidosis with consequent renal failure and death. CAPS encompasses 3 conditions: familial cold autoinflammatory syndrome, Muckle-Wells syndrome, and chronic infantile, neurologic,(More)
Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS) is an autoimmune disorder of neuromuscular transmission in which antibodies are directed against voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs). We studied the action of LEMS immunoglobulin G (IgG) on cloned human VGCCs stably transfected into human embryonic kidney cells (HEK293). All LEMS IgGs tested bound to the surface(More)
Myasthenia gravis (MG) is an autoimmune neuromuscular disorder characterised by fatigable voluntary skeletal muscle weakness. The underlying pathogenesis is complex involving adaptive autoimmune responses. Azathioprine remains a first line broad acting immunosuppressant for MG. Due to varied clinical responses to azathioprine we aimed to investigate the(More)
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