Kate Strasburg

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BACKGROUND A recent genetic study in mice and humans revealed the modulatory effect of MC1R (melanocortin-1 receptor) gene variants on kappa-opioid receptor mediated analgesia. It is unclear whether this gene affects basal pain sensitivity or the efficacy of analgesics acting at the more clinically relevant mu-opioid receptor. OBJECTIVE To characterise(More)
The heritability of nociception and antinociception has been well established in the mouse. The pharmacogenetics of morphine analgesia are fairly well characterized, but far less is known about other analgesics. The purpose of this work was to begin the systematic genetic study of non-mu-opioid analgesics. We tested mice of 12 inbred mouse strains for(More)
Heat sensitivity shows considerable functional variability in humans and laboratory animals, and is fundamental to inflammatory and possibly neuropathic pain. In the mouse, at least, much of this variability is genetic because inbred strains differ robustly in their behavioral sensitivity to noxious heat. These strain differences are shown here to reflect(More)
BACKGROUND Steroid-resistant or recurrent acute rejection is a risk factor for the development of chronic graft failure in lung transplant recipients. The best treatment for these patients is not known. Methotrexate has been used successfully in heart transplant recipients with persistent or recurrent acute rejection. This study was performed to evaluate(More)
Deficiencies in the inhibitory functioning of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) have been implicated in the pathophysiology of depressive disorders. Reproductive life cycle events, including menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause, are consistently associated with increased psychopathology, in particular mood disorders. Given that GABA-inhibitory activity may(More)
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