John A. Lawrence

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RATIONALE A variety of animal models have shown MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine) to be a selective 5-HT neurotoxin, though little is known of the long-term behavioural effects of the pathophysiology. The widespread recreational use of MDMA thus raises concerns over the long-term functional sequelae in humans. OBJECTIVE This study was designed to(More)
The cellular localisation of 5-HT1A receptor and 5-HT transporter binding sites in the rat cortex and hippocampus has been examined. Lesions of either basal forebrain neurones or serotonergic neurones did not affect [3H]8-OH-DPAT binding, suggesting that 5-HT1A binding sites are not localised on cholinergic or serotonergic nerve terminals. The binding of(More)
Arginine-vasopressin (AVP) has been implicated as a putative central neurotransmitter or neuromodulator in some brain functions. This study demonstrates binding of [3H]AVP to rat brain homogenates that is pH and temperature dependent, is saturable (Kd = 0.77 nM, Bmax = 0.374 pmol/mg) and reversible. A number of AVP analogues competitively displaced the(More)
polar coordinate model also allows structures to have symmetrical positional information. The symmetry hypothesis applies to symmetrically differentiated main body axis patterning such as transversely sectioned planarians (Saito et al. 2003) and Drosophila genital disks (Bryant & Hsei 1977). Interaction of positional information at cut edges as they come(More)
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