Leslie C. Newman

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Measuring allelic RNA expression ratios is a powerful approach for detecting cis-acting regulatory variants, RNA editing, loss of heterozygosity in cancer, copy number variation, and allele-specific epigenetic gene silencing. Whole transcriptome RNA sequencing (RNA-Seq) has emerged as a genome-wide tool for identifying allelic expression imbalance (AEI),(More)
In mammals, opioids act by interactions with three distinct types of receptors: mu, delta, or kappa opioid receptors. Using a novel assay of antinociception in the Northern grass frog, Rana pipiens, previous work demonstrated that selective mu, delta, or kappa opioids produced a potent antinociception when administered by the spinal route. The relative(More)
Opioid receptor ligands have been shown to elicit antinociception in mammals through three distinct types of receptors designated as mu, delta and kappa. These opioid receptors have been characterized and cloned in several mammalian species. Radioligand binding techniques were employed to characterize the sites of opioid action in the amphibian, Rana(More)
Initial studies were undertaken to examine the properties of [3H]-diprenorphine binding to Rana pipiens whole brain tissue using naltrexone for the definition of nonspecific binding. Saturation analysis demonstrated the binding of [3H]-diprenorphine to be saturable with a K(D) value of 0.65 nM and a Bmax value of 287.7 fmol/mg protein. Unlabeled(More)
The PAT family of lipid storage droplet proteins comprised five members, each of which has become an established regulator of cellular neutral lipid metabolism. Perilipin 5 (also known as lsdp-5, MLDP, PAT-1, and OXPAT), the most recently discovered member of the family, has been shown to localize to two distinct intracellular pools: the lipid storage(More)
Polymorphisms in and around the Cholesteryl Ester Transfer Protein (CETP) gene have been associated with HDL levels, risk for coronary artery disease (CAD), and response to therapy. The mechanism of action of these polymorphisms has yet to be defined. We used mRNA allelic expression and splice isoform measurements in human liver tissues to identify the(More)
Because of the lack of information about effective analgesics in non-mammalian vertebrates, the potency of various non-opioid agents were tested in a model of analgesia by using Northern grass frogs (Rana pipiens). This alternative model has been used widely for investigating opioid analgesic action. Potential non-opioid analgesics tested included(More)
Opioid agonists produce analgesia in mammals through the activation of mu, kappa, or delta opioid receptors. Previous behavioral and binding studies from our laboratory using an amphibian model suggested that mu, kappa, or delta opioid agonists may activate a single type of opioid receptor in the grass frog, Rana pipiens. In the present study, kinetic,(More)
Opioids elicit antinociception in mammals through three distinct types of receptors designated as mu, kappa and delta. However, it is not clear what type of opioid receptor mediates antinociception in non-mammalian vertebrates. Radioligand binding techniques were employed to characterize the site(s) of opioid action in the amphibian, Rana pipiens. Naloxone(More)
We used RNA sequencing to analyze transcript profiles of ten autopsy brain regions from ten subjects. RNA sequencing techniques were designed to detect both coding and non-coding RNA, splice isoform composition, and allelic expression. Brain regions were selected from five subjects with a documented history of smoking and five non-smokers. Paired-end RNA(More)