Frank P.L. Lai

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Melatonin is a pineal hormone involved in neuroendocrine processes in mammals. It has been shown that melatonin inhibits the enzymatic activities of adenylyl cyclases and the transcriptional activities of CREB. In this report, we demonstrate that 2-iodomelatonin (2IMT) treatment on COS-7 cells transfected with melatonin receptors (mt1 and MT2) induces c-Jun(More)
Neutrophil extravasation and the regulation of vascular permeability require dynamic actin rearrangements in the endothelium. In this study, we analyzed in vivo whether these processes require the function of the actin nucleation-promoting factor cortactin. Basal vascular permeability for high molecular weight substances was enhanced in cortactin-deficient(More)
The pineal neurohormone melatonin modulates a variety of physiological processes through different receptors. It has recently been reported that the cloned melatonin receptors (MT1, MT2 and Mel1c) exhibit differential abilities to stimulate phospholipase C (PLC) via G(16). Here we examined the molecular basis of such differences in melatonin receptor(More)
The family of melatonin receptors is composed of the mt1, MT2, and Mel1c subtypes. The Mel1c is further divided into one long and two short isoforms. A recent study has shown that, unlike mt1 and MT2, the long form of Mel1c is incapable of activating the pertussis toxin-insensitive G16. Here we used three well-characterized Galphaq chimeras to explore the(More)
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