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Capsaicin, resiniferatoxin, protons or heat have been shown to activate an ion channel, termed the rat vanilloid receptor-1 (rVR1), originally isolated by expression cloning for a capsaicin sensitive phenotype. Here we describe the cloning of a human vanilloid receptor-1 (hVR1) cDNA containing a 2517 bp open reading frame that encodes a protein with 92%(More)
Neuropathic pain is associated with changes in the electrophysiological and neurochemical properties of injured primary afferent neurons. A mRNA differential display study in rat L(4/5) dorsal root ganglia (DRGs) revealed upregulation of the calcium channel alpha2delta-1 subunit 2 weeks after partial sciatic nerve ligation (Seltzer model of neuropathic(More)
Agonists of ghrelin receptors can lower or elevate blood pressure, and it has been suggested that the increases in blood pressure are caused by actions at receptors in the spinal cord. However, this has not been adequately investigated, and the locations of neurons in the spinal cord that express ghrelin receptors, through which blood pressure increases may(More)
1. In the present study a novel 96-well plate assay system was used to characterize pharmacologically the vanilloid receptor in the dorsal spinal cord of the rat. When activated, this receptor stimulates release of calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) from the central terminals of the afferent nerves. 2. Capsaicin, resiniferatoxin (RTX) and olvanil each(More)
The G protein-coupled receptors, GPR41 and GPR43, are activated by short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs), with distinct rank order potencies. This study investigated the possibility that SCFAs modulate intestinal motility via these receptors. Luminal SCFA concentrations within the rat intestine were greatest in the caecum (c. 115 mmol L(-1)) and proximal colon.(More)
  • G J Sanger
  • 1996
The possibility that 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) acts as a key sensitising agent in the aetiology of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is reviewed. The strategic locations of 5-HT and its receptors are described, the most dominant being the 5-HT3 and 5-HT4 type. 5-HT, acting mostly at 5-HT3 or 5-HT3-like receptors, enhances the sensitivity of visceral neurones(More)
1. GABA(B1) receptor subunit knockout mice were generated and the effects of the GABA(B) receptor agonist, baclofen, were evaluated within the peripheral nervous system (PNS) of wildtype (+/+), heterozygote (+/-) and knockout (-/-) animals. For this purpose, neuronally-mediated responses were evoked in both the isolated ileum and urinary bladder, using(More)
Chemotherapy treatment can lead to delayed gastric emptying, early satiety, anorexia, nausea and vomiting, described collectively as the cancer-associated dyspepsia syndrome (CADS). Administration of ghrelin (GHRL), an endogenous orexigenic peptide known to stimulate gastric motility, has been shown to reduce the symptoms of CADS induced in relevant animal(More)
The past 20 years have seen notable advances in our understanding of the physiology and pharmacology of the emetic reflex leading to the identification of the anti-emetic effects of 5-hydroxytryptamine(3) (5-HT(3)) and neurokinin(1) receptor (NK(1)) antagonists. The introduction of 5-HT(3) and NK(1) receptor antagonists into the clinic has had a major(More)
5-Hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) receptor agonists and antagonists were dosed intravenously (i.v.) and studied for their effects on the depressor cardiovascular pseudoaffective reflex evoked by acute noxious colo-rectal distension in the anaesthetized rat. Methiothepin (100 micrograms kg-1) caused an initial, unsustained blockade of evoked depressor responses(More)