Douglas W. Harris

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The plasma membrane sodium-potassium pumps that regulate intracellular sodium in most animal cells have specific, high-affinity receptors for the digitalis glycosides and their aglycones. This has fostered speculation that there is an endogenous ligand. We have purified and structurally identified by mass spectroscopy an endogenous substance from human(More)
Dopamine D2-like receptors play an important role in the pharmacotherapy of psychotic disorders. Molecular and cellular techniques have identified distinct gene products (D2-long, D2-short, D3 and D4) displaying the D2 receptor pharmacology. However, the contribution of each subtype in antipsychotic effects of or their physiological role remain unclear.(More)
Recently, attempts to purify and identify a circulating inhibitor of the sodium pump have been successful. Based on the outcome of mass spectral analysis of purified inhibitor, we raised in rabbits antibodies to conjugates of the commercially available cardenolide ouabain and used them in the development of an indirect enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay(More)
A high-volume plate-based in situ hybridization assay has been developed, utilizing Amersham Cytostar-T scintillating microplates. This assay reliably detects specific mRNA transcripts at the level of 10-20 copies per cell. Radiolabeled antisense riboprobes specific for c-fos and glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH) as well as nonhomologous(More)
The purpose of the present study was to characterize U-92016A [(+)-R)-2-cyano-N,N-dipropyl-8-amino-6,7,8,9-tetrahydro-3H-benz[e] indole] as a 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT)1A receptor agonist and to compare its activity with that of standard 5-HT1A receptor agonists. U-92016A binds with high affinity to human 5-HT1A receptors expressed in Chinese hamster ovary(More)
Addition of synthesized atriopeptin II (AP-2), a 23 amino acid peptide of rat atria, to rat thoracic aorta smooth muscle cells results in the stimulation of cyclic GMP production by the cells. The EC50 for the effect is 81 nM and a 7 fold increase occurs at 10 microM AP-2. Cyclic GMP levels increased within 15 seconds after the addition of AP-2 and were(More)
A factor having digitalis-like characteristics has been isolated from human plasma and its mechanism of action compared with the commonly used cardenolide, ouabain. The purification scheme involved dialysis of human plasma, lyophilization of dialysate, extraction of methanol-soluble components, and flash evaporation, followed by preparative,(More)
A sodium pump inhibitor has been isolated from human plasma and extensively purified. This material, endogenous digitalislike factor, was examined by a variety of mass spectrometric techniques. A low-resolution fast atom bombardment mass spectrometric analysis of a sample of purified endogenous digitalislike factor revealed a single unique molecular ion in(More)