Dean F. Revell

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In the present study we compared the affinity of various drugs for the high affinity “agonist-preferring” binding site of human recombinant 5-HT2A, 5-HT2B and 5-HT2C receptors stably expressed in monoclonal mammalian cell lines. To ensure that the “agonist-preferring” conformation of the receptor was preferentially labelled in competition binding(More)
1. The goal of this study was to characterize the agonist pharmacology of human 5-HT2A, 5-HT2B and 5-HT2C (VSV) receptors expressed in CHO-K1 (Chinese hamster ovary) cells. 2. We used a fluorometric imaging plate reader (FLIPR) which allows rapid detection of rises in intracellular calcium levels upon the addition of agonists. 3. Stimulation of all three(More)
The cannabinoid CB1 receptor inverse agonist rimonabant induces hypophagia and body weight loss. Reduced body weight may potentially be due to decreased food intake or to direct metabolic effects of drug administration on energy expenditure. This study uses a paired-feeding protocol to quantify the contributions of energy intake to rimonabant-induced body(More)
The 5-HT2C receptor is expressed in different isoforms as a result of mRNA editing. Both INI (unedited) and VSV (a fully edited version) isoforms are abundant in rat brain. The VSV isoform lacks the high affinity recognition site for 5-HT, which may be caused by low efficiency coupling to G-proteins. In this study we have investigated the pharmacology of(More)
Proteolytic enzymes require the presence of their pro-regions for correct folding. Of the four proteolytic enzymes from Carica papaya, papain and papaya proteinase IV (PPIV) have 68% sequence identity. We find that their pro-regions are even more similar, exhibiting 73.6% identity. cDNAs encoding the pro-regions of these two proteinases have been expressed(More)
During a program to investigate the biochemical basis of side effects associated with the antimalarial drug mefloquine, the authors made the unexpected discovery that the (-)-(R,S)-enantiomer of the drug is a potent adenosine A2A receptor antagonist. Although the compound was ineffective in in vivo animal models of central adenosine receptor function, it(More)
For the first time the pro-form of a recombinant cysteine proteinase has been expressed at a high level in Escherichia coli. This inactive precursor can subsequently be processed to yield active enzyme. Sufficient protein can be produced using this system for X-ray crystallographic structure studies of engineered proteinases. A cDNA clone encoding(More)
The desensitization characteristics of recombinant human 5-HT(2A), 5-HT(2B), and 5-HT(2C) receptors (VSV and INI isoforms) stably expressed in CHO-K1 (Chinese hamster ovary) cells was investigated by calcium fluorimetry. Comparative desensitization characteristics of the agonists 5-HT, m-chlorophenylpiperazine (mCPP), and 2,5-dimethoxy-4-iodoamphetamine(More)
Clostridium botulinum neurotoxin type A is a potently toxic protein of 150 kDa with specific endopeptidase activity for the SNARE protein SNAP-25. Proteolytic cleavage of BoNT/A with trypsin leads to removal of the C-terminal domain responsible for neuronal cell binding. Removal of this domain result in a catalytically active, non-cell-binding derivative(More)
We have cloned and sequenced two similar, but distinct, cDNAs from both fruit and leaf tissues of Carica papaya. The C-terminal portion of the predicted amino acid (aa) sequence of one of the clones has complete identity with the mature enzyme sequence of the cysteine proteinase papaya proteinase omega (Pp omega). The second clone contains ten individual bp(More)