J-S Austin

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Aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase (AADC) is a relatively non specific enzyme involved in the biosynthesis of several classical neurotransmitters including dopamine and 5-hydroxytryptamine (5HT; serotonin). AADC does not catalyse the rate limiting step in either pathway, but is rate limiting in the synthesis of 2-phenylethylamine (2PE) which is a positive(More)
OBJECTIVE To characterize pain-related behavior during the course of knee osteoarthritis (OA) induced by destabilization of the medial meniscus (DMM) in wild type (WT) and in ADAMTS-5 null mice. METHODS DMM surgery was performed in the right knee of CD-1 mice. At regular intervals up to 8 weeks after surgery, mice were assessed for the following(More)
Chronic exposure to opioids leads to physical dependence, which manifests as the symptoms of drug withdrawal. Interindividual differences in withdrawal symptom severity are well known, and at least partially due to genetic variation. To identify genes contributing to variation in withdrawal severity, we chronically treated 30 strains of the AcB/BcA(More)
Neurotensin and its high affinity receptor (NTSR1) localise within dopaminergic neurones in the mesocortical, mesolimbic and nigrostriatal systems and it is now clear that neurotensin can selectively modulate dopaminergic neurotransmission. This has led to the hypothesis that altered neurotensin function contributes to the pathogenesis of schizophrenia and(More)
Neurotensin (NT) is an endogenous tridecapetide1 cleaved from a precursor proneurotensin/ proneuromedin protein. NT localises within dopaminergic neurones in the mesocortical, mesolimbic and nigrostriatal systems1-3 and it is now clear that NT can selectively modulate dopaminergic neurotransmission.2-9 These anatomical and functional connections have led to(More)
We recently observed a reliable phenotypic difference in the inflammatory pain sensitivity of a congenic mouse strain compared to its background strain. By constructing and testing subcongenic strains combined with gene-expression assays, we provide evidence for the candidacy of the Yy1 gene - encoding the ubiquitously expressed and multifunctional Yin Yang(More)
Neurotensin (NT) localizes within dopaminergic neurones in the mesocortical, mesolimbic and nigrostriatal systems, and it is now clear that NT can selectively modulate dopaminergic neurotransmission. It has therefore been proposed that altered NT function might contribute to the pathogenesis of neuropsychiatric disorders in which disordered dopaminergic(More)
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