Caroline Street

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In humans 6-sulphatoxy melatonin (SaMT) is the principal metabolite of endogenous and exogenous melatonin. 5-sulphatoxy N-acetyl-serotonin (SNAS) is a minor metabolite of exogenous melatonin, but it has not been established whether the levels of endogenous SNAS in plasma derives principally from endogenous melatonin. We have developed the first(More)
We report an HPLC assay for melatonin that incorporates automated injection, methanol/water mobile phase, and fluorescence detection. Plasma samples were extracted by solid and liquid phases. Recovery was > 70% for 1-10 mL of plasma extracted, approximately 40 pg-250 ng of melatonin. Samples were dried and reconstituted in 100 mL/L methanol. Injections were(More)
The effect of non-esterified fatty acids (NEFA) on the in vitro binding of testosterone, 5-alpha dihydrotestosterone and estradiol E2 to sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) was examined using pooled normal female serum, and SHBG and albumin fractions obtained from the partial purification of late pregnancy serum. A range of saturated and unsaturated fatty(More)
We have purified the major metabolite of melatonin, 6-sulphatoxymelatonin, from urine and compared it to its synthetic counterpart. For preparation of the biological material, oral melatonin was administered to human volunteers and their urine extracted onto Amberlite XAD-2 resin to remove urea; the glucuronide metabolites of melatonin were removed by(More)
We describe a newly developed enzyme immunoassay (EIA) for the determination of 6-sulphatoxy-melatonin (aMT6s) in human urine, using a aMT6s-bovine serum albumin-horseradish peroxidase (aMt6s-BSA-HRP) conjugate as the enzyme label. The assay incorporates a highly specific antibody raised in rabbits. The EIA has a sensitivity of 2 pg/well (40 pg/ml) with(More)
The increased production of cortisol by the fetal adrenal gland at term acts as the trigger for parturition in some species. The fetal pituitary controls fetal adrenal function. However, ACTH is only one of a family of closely related peptides which derive from a common precursor and we have shown that although ACTH is the dominant form in the adult(More)
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