Jennifer H. E. Baker

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Two brain regions - the basomedial hypothalamus and area postrema (AP) - react to changes in circulating glucose levels by altering feeding behavior and the secretion of pituitary and non-pituitary hormones. The precise identity of cells responding to glucose in these regions is uncertain. The recent detection of high-capacity glucose transporter proteins(More)
Tumor growth and metastasis are determined by the complex interplay of factors, including those intrinsic to tumor cells and extrinsic factors associated with the tumor microenvironment. Our previous work demonstrated key roles for CD34 in the maintenance of vascular integrity and eosinophil and mast cell homing. Since both of these functions affect tumor(More)
BACKGROUND The current standard of care for pancreatic cancer is weekly gemcitabine administered for 3 of 4 weeks with a 1-week break between treatment cycles. Maximum tolerated dose (MTD)-driven regimens as such are often associated with toxicities. Recent studies demonstrated that frequent dosing of chemotherapeutic drugs at relatively lower doses in(More)
The medial belly of the gastrocnemius and the extensor digitorum longus muscles of rats were tenotomized. One day following tenotomy, the mean sarcomere length of the fast medial gastrocnemius was 1.8 microns, a value comparable to that of tenotomized slow soleus. The mean sarcomere length of the tenotomized extensor digitorum longus, however, was 2.0(More)
The effects of chlorpromazine and the lidocaine derivative QX222, which block nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, were examined on 5-HT3 receptors in N1E-115 mouse neuroblastoma cells, using whole cell voltage-clamp and radioligand binding. Electrophysiological studies examining the effects of chlorpromazine and QX222 on 5-HT3 agonist-induced responses(More)
Many cancer research efforts focus on exploiting genetic-level features that may be targeted for therapy. Tissue-level features of the tumour microenvironment also represent useful therapeutic targets. Here we investigate the presence of low oxygen tension and sensitivity to NOS inhibition of tumour vasculature as potential tumour-specific features that may(More)
The effects of a range of phenothiazines were examined on 5-hydroxytryptamine3 (5-HT3) receptors in membranes from NIE-115 neuroblastoma cells using radioligand binding. Chlorpromazine, fluphenazine, perphenazine, trifluoperazine and prochlorperazine inhibited specific binding of both the 5-HT3 receptor antagonist [3H]GR65630 and agonist(More)
Gomori-positive (GP) astrocytes are a subset of brain astrocytes with highly stained cytoplasmic granules that arise from the degradation of mitochondria. The GP granules of these astrocytes are most prominent in the arcuate nucleus of the hypothalamus, but can also be detected in the olfactory bulbs, hippocampus, habenula, and other selected brain regions.(More)
Specialized astrocytes, identified by cytoplasmic granules that are electron-dense and vividly stained by toluidine blue due to the presence in the granules of SH molecules and molecules of iron, have long been known to be present within the arcuate nucleus of the hypothalamus. Their function, however, is obscure. To determine whether or not these(More)