Keith McCormack

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The traditional classification of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) as exclusively 'peripherally acting' agents is no longer valid. For many of these agents there is a growing body of evidence in favour of an additional central mechanism for their anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. This view is further supported by the recent discovery(More)
In this review we critically appraise the value of some phasic and tonic nociceptive tests as models for differentiating the antinociceptive effects of opioid agonists. Using heat-evoked withdrawal of the hind paw or tail of a rodent, several early studies have assessed the effects of stimulus intensity upon antinociceptive potency of opioid agonists. After(More)
Food avoidance learning in the mollusc Pleurobranchaea entails reduction in the responsiveness of key brain interneurons in the feeding neural circuitry, the paracerebral feeding command interneurons (PCNs), to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine (AcCho). Food stimuli applied to the oral veil of an untrained animal depolarize the PCNs and induce the feeding(More)
The authors challenge the general view that the analgesic effect of the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can be universally attributed to their inhibitory effects on the synthesis of peripherally formed prostaglandins. Analgesic activity by some of these compounds in the reduction of physiological pain elicited by a single noxious stimulus, or(More)
Evidence has accumulated during the last decade to support the view that the pharmacokinetic behaviour of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) contributes not only decisively to their therapeutic effects but also to the type and incidence of their side effects. It has been shown that NSAIDs reach particularly high concentrations in those(More)
We report the development of a 'second-messenger' model in an attempt to re-evaluate the role of K+ as a desensitising agent. Despite unequivocal validation of the effectiveness of potassium-based dentifrices in the management of dentine hypersensitivity, the mechanism(s) of action of K+ remains unclear. Although experimental paradigms of the Nernst(More)
Since most non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) contain only one obvious ionisable group at physiological pH levels then they may be easily identified as having either acidic or basic character. Basic NSAIDs are simply non-acidic NSAIDs capable of accepting a proton within the physiological pH range. Within this range, however, a few NSAIDs(More)
In an in vivo rat model of myocardial infarction, opioid receptor stimulation has been observed to result in a reduction in infarct size similar to that produced by ischaemic preconditioning. The ability of glibenclamide to abolish this effect suggests an involvement of the myocardial ATP-sensitive potassium (K(ATP)) channel. Importantly, it has recently(More)
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