David Sampson

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Maternal hypothyroidism during pregnancy impairs brain function in human and rat offspring, but little is known regarding the influence of maternal hyperthyroidism on neurodevelopment. We have previously shown that the expression of neuronal and glial differentiation markers in fetal brain is compromised in hypothyroid rat dam pregnancies and have now(More)
Maternal hypothyroidism in the rat compromises alpha-internexin (alpha-IN) expression in early fetal brain. We have therefore examined whether 3,5,3'-triiodothyronine (T3) regulates alpha-IN expression in fetal brain neurons in culture. Cells expressed transcripts encoding T3 nuclear receptor isoforms in a T3-independent manner. alpha-IN protein abundance(More)
A gas chromatographic method for the plasma assay of the anticonvulsant, sodium valproate, is described. Derivatization is not necessary. 200 microliter plasma are required for a single estimation. The method involves a chloroform extraction of valproate and the internal standard, cyclopentane carboxylic acid, from acidified plasma. Gas-liquid(More)
Maternal thyroid hormone (TH) crosses the placenta and is postulated to regulate fetal brain development. However, TH-dependent stages of fetal brain development remain to be characterised. We have therefore compared the levels of several neuronal and glial cytoskeletal proteins in fetal brains from normal (N) and partially thyroidectomised (TX) rat dams by(More)
A fast, simple, precise, high-performance liquid chromatographic method for the assay of 5-fluorouracil in plasma from humans receiving continuous intravenous infusion is described. After a single extraction, underivatised 5-fluorouracil is assayed by high-performance liquid chromatography using a variable-wavelength ultraviolet detector. After extraction(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Cysteine dioxygenase (CDO, EC 1.13.11.20) catalyses the conversion of cysteine to cysteine sulphinic acid and controls the rate-limiting step of sulphate production. Many neurological and non-neurological diseases are associated with abnormalities in CDO activity, giving rise to reduced availability of sulphate. The importance of the kidney(More)