Christophe J Morin

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In parallel experiments on humans and in the cat it was investigated how the sensitivity of monosynaptic test reflexes to facilitation and inhibition varies as a function of the size of the control test reflex itself. In man the monosynaptic reflex (the Hoffmann reflex) was evoked in either the soleus muscle (by stimulation of the tibial nerve) or the(More)
1. A method to assess changes in presynaptic inhibition of I a afferent terminals in man is proposed. The soleus H reflex was facilitated by a heteronymous I a volley from quadriceps and the amount of reflex facilitation was used to estimate the size of the conditioning I a excitatory post-synaptic potential (e.p.s.p.). It is argued that the size of this(More)
The aim of this work was to investigate the possible effects of resveratrol on the mitochondrial respiratory chain in rat brains. Isolation of mitochondria was performed at 4 degrees C using differential centrifugation. Mitochondrial respiration rate (0.4 mg of protein/ml) was determined by measuring mitochondrial oxygen consumption with a Clark electrode(More)
Variations in the H-reflex of soleus, tibialis anterior, quadriceps and short head of biceps femoris muscles were studied in normal man, preceded by a conditioning stimulus applied to either gastrocnemius medialis, the inferior branch of soleus or the common peroneal nerve. The observed variations were evoked by low threshold afferents, had a very short(More)
Variations in the H-reflex of soleus (Sol), quadriceps (Q) and short head of biceps femoris (Bi) muscles in normal man were used to investigate the effect of volleys in low threshold cutaneous afferents from the ipsilateral limb on transmission of Ib effects from ankle and Q muscles to these different motoneurone (MN) pools. Stimulation of cutaneous(More)
The binding of docetaxel to human plasma proteins was studied by ultrafiltration at 37°C and pH 7.4. Docetaxel was extensively (> 98%) plasma protein bound. At clinically relevant concentrations (1–5 μg/ml), the plasma binding was concentration-independent. Lipoproteins, alpha1-acid glycoprotein and albumin were the main carriers of docetaxel in plasma, and(More)
Epidemiological studies have reported that cigarette smoking may protect from neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease. These protective effects are thought to be mediated by nicotine. Recent data showed that nicotine significantly decreases respiratory control ratio (RCR) and superoxide anion generation of brain mitochondria. Thus, we(More)
A Plasmodium falciparum hexose transporter (PfHT) has previously been shown to be a facilitative glucose and fructose transporter. Its expression in Xenopus laevis oocytes and the use of a glucose analogue inhibitor permitted chemical validation of PfHT as a novel drug target. Following recent re-annotations of the P. falciparum genome, other putative sugar(More)
In this study, we investigated the effects of nicotine on rat brain mitochondria. The polarographic studies determined the effects on the respiratory chain, whereas enzymatic assays and [3H]-nicotine binding allowed us to precisely identify its target and site of action. The measurements of oxygen consumption showed a significantly concentration-dependent(More)
Skin wound healing is a natural and intricate process that takes place after injury, involving different sequential phases such as hemostasis, inflammatory phase, proliferative phase, and remodeling that are associated with complex biochemical events. The interruption or failure of wound healing leads to chronic nonhealing wounds or fibrosis-associated(More)