Khadijah Makky

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Understanding the mechanisms responsible for stress-induced relapse is important for guiding treatment strategies aimed at minimizing the contribution of stress to addiction. Evidence suggests that these mechanisms involve interactions between noradrenergic systems and the neuropeptide corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF). The interaction between(More)
The target of rapamycin (TOR) signaling pathway regulates cell growth and proliferation, however the extent to which TOR signaling mediates particular organogenesis programs remains to be determined. Here we report an examination of TOR signaling during zebrafish development, using a combination of small molecule treatment and morpholino-mediated gene(More)
In addition to exerting actions via mineralocorticoid and glucocorticoid receptors, corticosteroids also act by inhibiting uptake(2), a high-capacity monoamine transport system originally described in peripheral tissues. Recent studies have demonstrated that uptake(2) transporters are expressed in the brain and play roles in monoamine clearance, suggesting(More)
The intestinal epithelium arises from undifferentiated endoderm via a developmental program known as the endoderm-intestine transition (EIT). Previously we found that the target of rapamycin complex 1 (TORC1) regulates intestinal growth and differentiation during the EIT in zebrafish. Here we address a possible role for the tumor-suppressor kinase Lkb1 in(More)
Regulation of whole-body metabolism and energy homeostasis has been shown to require signaling between multiple organs. To identify genetic programs that determine metabolic rate, and compounds that can modify it, a whole-animal assay amenable to large-scale screening was developed. The direct correlation of acid production with metabolic rate was exploited(More)
We have developed an affinity-precipitation technique to facilitate conducting glutathione S-transferase (GST) pull-down assays. The dehydrated immobilized glutathione resin format, when combined with microcentrifuge spin columns, is a powerful tool that enables the simultaneous performance of resin hydration, the binding of the GST fusion protein, and the(More)
Genetic studies on the molecular basis of growth control have converged on the target of rapamycin (TOR) pathway as a key regulator.1 When stimulated by nutrients (i.e. amino acids) or growth factors (i.e. insulin), TOR activates protein synthesis and other anabolic pathways to promote cell growth.1 Our knowledge of TOR's function in vivo is still(More)
Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. Abstract: In addition to exerting actions via mineralocorticoid and glucocorticoid(More)
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