John McKillop

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Chronic delivery of anti-nociceptive molecules by means of cell grafts near the pain processing centers of the spinal cord is a newly developing technique for the treatment of neuropathic pain. The rat neuronal cell line, RN33B, derived from E13 rat brainstem raphe and immortalized with the SV40 temperature-sensitive allele of large T antigen (tsTag), was(More)
Adrenal chromaffin cells have been successfully used to attenuate chronic pain when transplanted near the spinal cord, but primary cells are neither homogeneous nor practical for routine use in human therapy. Conditional immortalization with the temperature-sensitive allele of the large T antigen (tsTag) and creation of stable chromaffin cell lines would(More)
The levels of several regulatory peptides were measured in peripheral plasma samples from individuals with chronic cardiac failure (CCF) and matched controls in both the resting state and during a short period of maximal exercise. Basal levels of noradrenaline (NA; 705 +/- 114 vs 195 +/- 54 ng.l-1; mean +/- SEM; P < 0.05), plasma renin activity (PRA; 12.9(More)
A murine monoclonal antibody directed against a normal T-cell differentiation antigen was given to a patient with adult T-cell leukemia. Immunofluorescence staining showed increased amounts of this antigen on the patient's leukemia cells. Using a competition radioimmunoassay, free antigen was not detectable in the serum prior to therapy. Two courses of in(More)
The effect of simulated hyperglycaemia on bovine retinal pericytes was studied following culture of these cells for 10 days under normal (5 mmol/l) and elevated (25 mmol/l) glucose conditions in the absence of endothelial cells. Pericytes cultured under high ambient glucose exhibited both a delayed and reduced contractile response following stimulation with(More)
Levels of gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) were determined by radioimmunoassay in human normal main and lobar bronchus and parenchymal lung tissue extracts. It was found that the level of GRP differed significantly between all 3 areas. The concentration of GRP was statistically higher in main bronchus (median 6.74 ng/g) compared to both lobar bronchus(More)
Using radioimmunoassay, reverse phase high pressure liquid chromatography (rp HPLC) and immunohistochemistry, we have identified gastrin releasing peptide-immunoreactivity (GRP-IR) in the rat retina. The concentration of GRP-IR in retinal extracts was 7.4 +/- 0.6 ng/g wet wt. (mean +/- S.E.M. n = 15). There was no significant difference between the levels(More)
1. Extracts of the liver fluke, Fasciola hepatica from three different hosts (cow, sheep, rat) have been subjected to radioimmunoassay using antisera to 6 mammalian regulatory peptides. 2. Immunoreactivity was measured to pancreatic polypeptide, substance P, peptide histidine isoleucine and gastrin-releasing peptide. Levels of each peptide varied(More)
Alcoholic extracts of bovine mesenteric lymphatic vessels were assayed for the presence of SP, GRP, VIP, PHI, GIP and NT using specific radioimmunoassays. SP and GRP immunoreactivities were detected at concentrations of 190 +/- 20 and 1,000 +/- 130 pg.g-1, respectively. No significant levels of immunoreactivity were detected for any of the other peptides.(More)