Fiona Simpson

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In a recent series of experiments we have shown that high rates of self injection of nicotine were acquired when rats are at 80% body weight on an FT-1 min food delivery schedule. This rate was significantly higher than that of rats at reduced or normal body weight without food delivery schedules or that of rats injecting saline under three parallel control(More)
Plasma membrane Ca(2+) pumps (PMCA) that expel Ca(2+) from cells are encoded by four genes (PMCA1-4). In this study, we show that aortic endothelium and smooth muscle differ in their PMCA isoform mRNA expression: endothelium expressed predominantly PMCA1, and smooth muscle expressed PMCA4 and a lower level of PMCA1. In this study, we report a novel peptide(More)
Although macrophages account for 70-90% of the adherent cells in mouse long-term bone marrow cultures (LTBMC) and CFU-F colonies, the predominant nonhematopoietic stromal cell is endothelial-like (EL), expressing cytoplasmic collagen IV, laminin, and an antigen recognized by the monoclonal antibody MECA-10. We report the isolation of this stromal cell(More)
Vascular endothelial cells (EC) and smooth muscle cells (SMC) require a decrease in cytoplasmic Ca2+ concentration after activation. This can be achieved by Ca2+ sequestration by the sarco-/endoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ pumps (SERCA) and Ca2+ extrusion by plasma membrane Ca2+ pumps (PMCA) and Na+-Ca2+-exchangers (NCX). Since the two cell types differ in their(More)
T-cell-derived antigen-binding molecules (TABMs) specific for benzoic acid were isolated from the serum of a toluene-sensitive patient. The resulting purified TABMs (BA-TABMs) did not contain immunoglobulin G and were associated with the cytokine transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta). BA-TABMs bound to benzoic acid conjugated to human serum albumin(More)
Twenty patients proved sensitive to a 15-min exposure to 15 ppm toluene. We assessed patients neuropsychologically before and after toluene exposure, and they had impaired cognitive functioning characterized by a deterioration in short- and long-term memory and psychomotor coordination. We measured total immunoglobin G and T-cell antigen-binding molecules(More)
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