Lawrence J. Wilson

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Enantiomeric propanolamines have been identified as a new class of NR2B-selective NMDA receptor antagonists. The most effective agents are biaryl structures, synthesized in six steps with overall yields ranging from 11-64%. The compounds are potent and selective inhibitors of NR2B-containing recombinant NMDA receptors with IC 50 values between 30-100 nM.(More)
BACKGROUND Despite intensive research, neurological morbidity from delayed cerebral ischemia remains common after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). In the current study, we evaluate the neuroprotective effects of a pH-dependent GluN2B subunit-selective NMDA receptor antagonist in a murine model of SAH. METHODS Following induction of SAH, 12 ± 2(More)
The synthesis and structure-activity relationship analysis of a novel class of amide-based biaryl NR2B-selective NMDA receptor antagonists are presented. Some of the studied compounds are potent, selective, non-competitive, and voltage-independent antagonists of NR2B-containing NMDA receptors. Like the founding member of this class of antagonists(More)
The telson-uropod stretch receptor in Emerita analoga belongs to a segmental array of axial-coxal receptors having sensory neurons with central somata. It consists of an elastic strand innervated by four giant, nonspiking, mechanoreceptive neurons. We examined the elastic (sensory) strand by light and electron microscopy to discover whether 1) functional(More)
Stroke remains a significant problem despite decades of work on neuroprotective strategies. NMDA receptor (NMDAR) antagonists are neuroprotective in preclinical models, but have been clinically unsuccessful, in part due to side effects. Here we describe a prototypical GluN2B-selective antagonist with an IC50 value that is 10-fold more potent at acidic pH(More)
Primary sensory neurons that are motoneuron-like in morphology and often nonspiking (transmit afferent signals as graded depolarizations) characterize an unusual type of stretch receptor in decapod crustaceans. Nonspiking and spiking receptors occur in similar positions at homologous joints in different species and have been presumed to be homologous, the(More)
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