Daniel C. Liebisch

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Factors influencing brain uptake of benzodiazepine derivatives were evaluated in adult Sprague Dawley rats (n=8–10 per drug). Animals received single intraperitoneal doses of alprazolam, triazolam, lorazepam, flunitrazepam, diazepam, midazolam, desmethyldiazepam, or clobazam. Concentrations of each drug (and metabolites) in whole brain and serum 1 h after(More)
Bovine adrenal medullary chromaffin cells, prelabeled with [3H]norepinephrine, released a large proportion of cellular 3H-labeled catecholamines (CAs) when stimulated with nicotine, K+, histamine, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and several peptidic hormones [bradykinin, angiotensin II, thyrotropin releasing hormone (TRH) and neurotensin]. The(More)
This paper describes a highly specific and sensitive radioimmunoassay for alpha-human atrial natriuretic factor (alpha-hANF), the C-terminal 28-amino-acid residue portion of human prepro-ANF in human plasma. A novel extraction and prepurification procedure allowed for detection of levels of immunoreactive-alpha-hANF as low as 0.5 fmol/ml. In normotensive(More)
Biologically active peptide hormones and neurotransmitters have been shown to be enzymatically liberated from larger, inactive precursor molecules by tissue-specific post-translational processing, particularly at the typical cleavage signals of paired basic residues. Subsequent N-terminal or C-terminal modifications may be of importance in regulating the(More)
Histamine is a potent secretagogue for opioid pentapeptides (Met- and Leu-enkephalin) in adrenal chromaffin cells in vitro. This effect is dependent on extracellular Ca2+ and is reduced by Ca2+ channel blockers such as Co2+, D 600, and nifedipine. Moreover, histamine also produced a profound compensatory increase in cellular peptide content after 48 h of(More)
The concentrations of dynorphin A1-8 and Met-enkephalin-Arg6-Gly7-Leu8 were measured in the basal ganglia of postmortem brains from patients with Huntington's disease (HD) and from control subjects. A significant reduction of dynorphin A1-8 concentration was found in caudate nucleus, putamen, external globus pallidus and substantia nigra of HD brains.(More)
One of the most attractive features offered by a framework is the ability to support the design process of complex CAD, CAE and CASE projects. Within the JESSI Comn Framework (JCF), user, data, and tools that combine to form a design process are configured and executed in a single coherent fashion. This paper outlines the primary capabilities o~ered by the(More)
We have isolated and sequenced a C-terminally amidated peptide from bovine striatum. The peptide was purified to homogeneity by adsorption to XAD-2 resins and four different HPLC steps. Amino acid composition analysis and gas-phase sequence analysis revealed identity of this peptide with residues 8-26 of the proenkephalin-derived opioid peptide amidorphin,(More)
We have recently isolated from bovine adrenal medulla a novel C-terminally amidated opioid peptide, amidorphin, which derives from proenkephalin A. Amidorphin revealed a widespread distribution in bovine, ovine, and porcine tissue. Particularly high concentrations of amidorphin immunoreactivity were detected in adrenal medulla, posterior pituitary, and(More)
The postnatal development of several pro-enkephalin-B-derived opioid peptides - dynorphin 1-17, dynorphin 1-8, dynorphin B, alpha-neo-endorphin and beta-neo-endorphin - was examined in rat pituitary lobes. The concentrations of pro-enkephalin-B-derived peptides from the anterior pituitary were between 4- and 12-fold and those from the neurointermediate(More)