Gordon I McPhie

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The effects of 5-hydroxyindole (5-HI) have been investigated on human alpha 7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) expressed in Xenopus oocytes and GH4 cells, on native alpha 7 nAChRs expressed by IMR-32 cells and on alpha 7 nAChR-mediated events in mossy fibre-granule cell synapses in rat cerebellar slices. In oocytes expressing alpha 7 nAChRs, 5-HI(More)
Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) are widely expressed in the mammalian central nervous system (CNS). Despite this, very little was known, until recently, about their physiological role. In the periphery, nicotinic receptors mediate vital excitatory fast synaptic cholinergic transmission at both the neuromuscular junction and ganglia. In the brain,(More)
Here we report the discovery, by high-throughput screening, of three novel (2-amino-5-keto)thiazole compounds that act as selective potentiators of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. Compound selectivity was assessed at seven human nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (alpha1beta1gammadelta, alpha2beta4, alpha3beta2, alpha3beta4, alpha4beta2, alpha4beta4, and(More)
5-Hydroxytryptamine 3 (5-HT(3)) and alpha 7 nicotinic receptors share high sequence homology and pharmacological cross-reactivity. An assessment of the potential role of alpha 7 receptors in many neurophysiological processes, and hence their therapeutic value, requires the development of selective alpha 7 receptor agonists. We used a recently reported(More)
Despite being cloned several years ago, the expression of functional nicotinic acetylcholine receptors containing the human alpha6 subunit in recombinant mammalian cell lines has yet to be demonstrated. The resulting lack of selective ligands has hindered the evaluation of the role of alpha6-containing nicotinic receptors. We report that functional channels(More)
A chimera comprising the N-terminal region of the human alpha7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor, fused to the transmembrane/C-terminal domains of the mouse serotonin 5-HT3 receptor, was constructed. Injection of the chimera cDNA into Xenopus oocytes, or transient transfection in human embryonic kidney (HEK-293) cells, resulted in the expression of(More)
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