Jon P Spencer

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Oxidation of L-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (L-DOPA) and dopamine (DA) to generate semiquinones/quinones, oxygen radicals, and other reactive oxygen species may play a role in neuronal cell death in Parkinson's disease (PD). In particular, semiquinones/quinones can form conjugates with thiol compounds such as GSH and cysteine. Exposure of L-DOPA, DA, and(More)
The 5-HT(3) receptor is a member of the 'Cys-loop' family of ligand-gated ion channels that mediate fast excitatory and inhibitory transmission in the nervous system. Current evidence points towards native 5-HT(3) receptors originating from homomeric assemblies of 5-HT(3A) or heteromeric assembly of 5-HT(3A) and 5-HT(3B). Novel genes encoding 5-HT(3C),(More)
The mechanism of nigral cell death in Parkinson's disease (PD) remains unknown, but it is increasingly proposed that free radical reactions are important in the disease pathology. One of the most striking features of PD is an approximate 40% decrease in the levels of reduced glutathione (GSH) which occurs early in the development of the disease. We describe(More)
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