Jason Michael Harris

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The polymeric immunoglobulin receptor (pIg-R) is responsible for the receptor-mediated transcytosis of polymeric immunoglobulins (IgA and IgM) across various epithelia. We have expressed the cDNA for the pIg-R in Madin-Darby canine kidney (MDCK) cells and found that this system mimics that found in vivo (Mostov, K. E., and D. L. Deitcher. 1986. Cell.(More)
RX 821002 is the 2-methoxy congener of idazoxan. In binding and tissue studies it behaves as a selective antagonist of alpha(2)-adrenoceptors, with at least 5 times greater affinity for these receptors than any other binding site. It does not select between the different types of alpha(2)-receptor. Although this drug probably has no future as a therapeutic(More)
1. In decerebrated rabbits, repetitive stimulation of the high-threshold afferents of the left common peroneal (CP) nerve evokes prolonged depression of the sural-gastrocnemius medialis (GM) reflex recorded in the same limb. This inhibition is antagonized by co-administration of the opioid antagonist naloxone with the alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonist(More)
UNLABELLED Clostridium perfringens epsilon toxin (ε-toxin) is responsible for a devastating multifocal central nervous system (CNS) white matter disease in ruminant animals. The mechanism by which ε-toxin causes white matter damage is poorly understood. In this study, we sought to determine the molecular and cellular mechanisms by which ε-toxin causes(More)
Previous studies have suggested that activation of nociceptive afferents from the heel recruits a supraspinal mechanism, which is modulated by adrenergic descending inhibition, that augments withdrawal reflexes in medial gastrocnemius (MG) motoneurones. To test this idea, we have studied the temporal evolution of reflexes evoked in MG by electrical(More)
This study assessed the involvement of NMDA and group I metabotropic glutamate receptors, and tachykinin NK1 and NK3 receptors, in central sensitization of withdrawal reflexes in the decerebrated rabbit. Reflexes evoked in the ankle flexor tibialis anterior and the knee flexor semitendinosus by electrical stimulation at the base of the toes were enhanced(More)
Cytosolic glutathione S-transferases (GSTs) are a supergene family of dimeric enzymes capable of detoxifying a number of carcinogenic electrophiles. Of the numerous components of tobacco smoke, the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons appear to be the principal compounds that yield substrates for these enzymes, GSTM1-1 being effective with those PAH derivatives(More)
The polymeric immunoglobulin receptor is expressed in a variety of polarized epithelial cells. Newly made receptor travels first to the basolateral surface. The receptor is then endocytosed, transported across the cell in vesicles, and exocytosed at the apical surface. We have now deleted the membrane spanning and cytoplasmic portions of the receptor by(More)
1. In decerebrated, non-spinalized rabbits, intrathecal administration of either of the selective 5-HT1A-receptor antagonists (S)WAY-100135 or WAY-100635 resulted in dose-dependent enhancement of the reflex responses of gastrocnemius motoneurones evoked by electrical stimulation of all myelinated afferents of the sural nerve. The approximate ED50 for(More)
In the present study, we have investigated the viability of using tetrodotoxin (TTX) to induce selective blockade of myelinated fibre conduction in rabbit sural nerve, and explored some aspects of reflexes evoked by non-myelinated sural nerve afferents before and after application of TTX. In rabbits decerebrated under halothane-nitrous oxide anaesthesia,(More)