Heather R Christensen

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A variety of fundamental differences have evolved in the physiology of the human and rodent prolactin (PRL) systems. The PRL gene in humans and other primates contains an alternative promoter, 5.8 kbp upstream of the pituitary transcription start site, which drives expression of PRL in "extrapituitary" tissues, where PRL is believed to exert local, or(More)
The effects of phospholipid acyl chain length (n(c)) and cholesterol on Na,K-ATPase reconstituted into liposomes of defined lipid composition are described. The optimal hydrophobic thickness of the lipid bilayer decreases from n(c) = 22 to 18 in the presence of 40 mol% cholesterol. Hydrophobic matching as well as specific interactions of cholesterol with(More)
Prolactin (PRL), synthesized and secreted from lactotrophs of the anterior pituitary gland, is tonically inhibited by hypothalamic dopamine (DA) throughout the female reproductive (estrous) cycle. Our laboratory has shown that DA hyperpolarizes these cells by activating G protein-coupled inwardly rectifying K(+) (GIRK) channels; however, this response is(More)
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