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One of the membrane guanylyl cyclases (GCs), RetGC, is expressed predominantly in photoreceptors. No extracellular ligand has been described for RetGC, but it is sensitive to activation by a soluble 24-kDa protein (p24) and is inhibited by Ca2+. This enzyme is, therefore, thought to play a role in resynthesizing cGMP for photoreceptor recovery or(More)
The neuropathology of Parkinson's disease is characterized by the degeneration of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra. We have recently shown that the activation of protein kinase A improves the survival of dopaminergic neurons in culture and, furthermore, protects them from the dopaminergic neurotoxin, 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium ion (MPP+) in(More)
Natriuretic peptides suppress adrenergic neurotransmission by a mechanism apparently involving the natriuretic peptide receptor-C (NPR-C) rather than particulate guanylyl cyclase receptors. The bulk of evidence implicating the NPR-C in neuromodulatory effects relies on the pharmacological specificity of peptides believed to be specific for the NPR-C. This(More)
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