Jane Falconer

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A number of polyunsaturated fatty acids have been shown to inhibit the growth of malignant cells in vitro. To investigate whether fatty acids modify the growth of human pancreatic cancer, lauric, stearic, palmitic, oleic, linoleic, alpha-linolenic, gamma-linolenic, arachidonic, docosahexaenoic and eicosapentaenoic (EPA) acids were each incubated with the(More)
BACKGROUND Angina is a common chronic condition, largely managed in primary care in the UK. Mortality data are predominately from population or hospital studies with little known about the prognosis of angina in general practice settings. OBJECTIVE To describe the prognosis of angina in patients identified in primary care. METHODS DESIGN Systematic(More)
Eukaryotic cells express a complex layer of noncoding RNAs. An intriguing family of regulatory RNAs includes transcripts from the opposite strand of protein coding genes, so called natural antisense transcripts (NATs). Here, we test the hypothesis that antisense transcription triggers RNA interference and gives rise to endogenous short RNAs (endo-siRNAs).(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of the cyclo-oxygenase inhibitor ibuprofen on the acute-phase protein response and resting energy expenditure (REE) of weight-losing patients with pancreatic cancer. Patients with irresectable pancreatic cancer (n = 16) were treated with either ibuprofen (1200 mg day-1 for 7 days (n = 10) or placebo (n =(More)
Coffin-Lowry syndrome (CLS) is an X-linked semi-dominant condition with learning difficulties and dysmorphism caused by mutations in the gene RSK2. Originally, epilepsy was reported as a feature. We and others have since described predominantly sound-startle induced drop attacks that have been labelled 'cataplexy', abnormal startle response and(More)
Citrullination is a post-translational modification of arginine that commonly occurs in inflammatory tissues. Because T-cell receptor (TCR) signal quantity and quality can regulate T-cell differentiation, citrullination within a T-cell epitope has potential implications for T-cell effector function. Here, we investigated how citrullination of an(More)
Abstract We have employed an in vitro system to study the time-course of beta-endorphin (beta-EP) immunoreactivity release from anterior pituitary cells stimulated with corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) and whether exposure to CRF desensitizes the cells to subsequent stimulation. Ovine anterior pituitaries were enzymatically disrupted into single cells,(More)
It is not certain which protein kinase (A, C or both) is involved in the acute phase of beta-endorphin (beta-EP) release stimulated in the corticotrope by vasopressin (VP) and corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF). We have employed an isolated ovine anterior pituitary cell superfusion system to determine the dynamic effects of forskolin, a protein kinase A(More)
The unexpected failure of the mother to immunologically reject the foetus is partly thought to result from immunological properties of the placenta. The placental trophoblast produces immunosuppressive factors including progesterone and blocking antibodies which together down-regulate maternal immune responses to the foetoplacental unit. This article(More)
Abstract Corticotropin-releasing hormone and arginine vasopressin are known to interact in stimulating secretion of adrenocorticotropin-related peptides from corticotropes. However, the mechanism mediating this interaction is uncertain. Recently, evidence has been provided using a reverse haemolytic plaque assay that in rat pituitary cells, arginine(More)