Caterina Conte

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Recombinant human (h) 5-HT1A receptor-mediated G-protein activation was characterised in membranes of transfected Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells by use of guanosine-5'-O-(3-[35S]thio)-triphosphate ([35S]GTPgammaS binding). The potency and efficacy of 21 5-HT receptor agonists and antagonists was determined. The agonists, 5-CT (carboxamidotryptamine) and(More)
Membrane preparations were made from Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO) cells expressing 1.6 and 4.2 pmol/mg of recombinant human 5-HT1A receptors, as determined by saturation binding with the selective antagonist, [3H]-S 15535 ([3H]-4-(benzodioxan-5-yl)]-(indan-2-yl)piperazine). There was no change in the number of G-proteins activated by the full agonist,(More)
Bariatric surgery in obese patients is a highly effective method of preventing or resolving type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM); however, the remission rate is not the same among different surgical procedures. We compared the effects of 20% weight loss induced by laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) or Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) surgery on the(More)
At recombinant human 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT)5-HT1A receptors expressed in Chinese hamster ovary cells (CHO-5-HT1A), 5-carboxamidotryptamine (5-CT), acted as a full agonist (relative to 5-HT = 100%) for stimulation of receptor-mediated [35S]-GTP gamma S (guanylyl 5'-[gamma-thio]-tryphosphate) binding. In contrast, spiperone inhibited basal [35S]-GTP gamma(More)
OBJECTIVE To provide a comprehensive assessment of multiorgan insulin sensitivity in lean and obese subjects with normal glucose tolerance. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS The hyperinsulinemic-euglycemic clamp procedure with stable isotopically labeled tracer infusions was performed in 40 obese (BMI 36.2 ± 0.6 kg/m(2), mean ± SEM) and 26 lean (22.5 ± 0.3(More)
OBJECTIVE Fatty acid (FA) metabolism is tightly regulated across several tissues and impacts insulin sensitivity. CD36 facilitates cellular FA uptake, and CD36 genetic variants associate with lipid abnormalities and susceptibility to metabolic syndrome. The objective of this study was to gain insight regarding the in vivo metabolic influence of muscle and(More)
The actions of several serotonergic ligands in use or under development for the treatment of migraine headaches were examined at recombinant human 5-HT1A receptors stably expressed in Chinese Hamster Ovary cells. Affinities (K(i)s) at this site were determined in competition binding experiments with [3H]-8-OH-DPAT(More)
The intracerebroventricular administration of 25 ng of Met-enkephalin causes retrograde amnesia for a shuttle avoidance task in intact rats. In demedullated rats, this effect of Met-enkephalin was lost. Intraperitoneal injection of 1.2 micrograms/kg adrenaline recovered the amnestic effect of Met-enkephalin. These results confirm the idea that the amnestic(More)
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