François Lacoste

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Dopamine significantly decreased melatonin levels in Golden hamster retinas excised at noon and incubated under light. The effect of dopamine was reversed by spiperone and clozapine (selective antagonists for D(2) and for D(4)/D(2) dopaminergic receptors, respectively) but not by SCH 23390 (a selective D(1) dopamine receptor antagonist). Both clozapine and(More)
Retention of poorly deformable red blood cells (RBCs) by the human spleen has been recognized as a critical determinant of pathogenesis in hereditary spherocytosis, malaria, and other RBC disorders. Using an ex vivo perfusion system, we had previously shown that retention of Plasmodium falciparum-infected RBCs (Pf-RBCs) occur in the splenic red pulp,(More)
A characterization of nitric oxide synthase (NOS) in the golden hamster retina was performed. Enzymatic activity was partially Ca2+ and calmodulin-dependent, required NADPH, and was inhibited by L-arginine analogs. Retinal NOS activity was higher at midnight than at midday. When the hamster were placed under constant darkness for 24 or 48 h, and killed at(More)
Glycoproteins gp50, gII, and gIII of pseudorabies virus (PRV) were expressed either individually or in combination by vaccinia virus recombinants. In vitro analysis by immunoprecipitation and immunofluorescence demonstrated the expression of a gII protein of approximately 120 kDa that was proteolytically processed to the gIIb (67- to 74-kDa) and gIIc(More)
The effect of GABA on melatonin content in vitro was studied in the golden hamster retina. GABA significantly increased melatonin levels in a dose-dependent manner, its effect being reversed by a GABA(A) receptor antagonist, bicuculline, but not by saclofen, a GABA(B) antagonist. Moreover, an equimolar concentration of muscimol, a GABA(A) receptor agonist,(More)
A micro-bead device to explore Plasmodium falciparum-infected, spherocytic or aged red blood cells prone to mechanical retention by spleen endothelial slits Experimental tools to identify human red blood cells (RBC) prone to mechanical retention upstream from the spleen venous sinus inter-endothelial slits are currently suboptimal. We designed a micro-bead(More)
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