Linda Thomas

Paul F Alewood4
Christina I Schroeder3
Katherine J Nielsen3
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The microO-conotoxins are an intriguing class of conotoxins targeting various voltage-dependent sodium channels and molluscan calcium channels. In the current study, we have shown MrVIA and MrVIB to be the first known peptidic inhibitors of the transient tetrodotoxin-resistant (TTX-R) Na(+) current in rat dorsal root ganglion neurons, in addition to(More)
This study used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to clarify the sites of brain activity associated with the antidepressant effects of sleep deprivation (SD). We hypothesized: 1) depressed responders' baseline ventral anterior cingulate (AC) perfusion will be greater than that of nonresponders and controls; 2) following partial sleep deprivation(More)
Mu-conotoxins are peptide inhibitors of voltage-sensitive sodium channels (VSSCs). Synthetic forms of mu-conotoxins PIIIA and PIIIA-(2-22) were found to inhibit tetrodotoxin (TTX)-sensitive VSSC current but had little effect on TTX-resistant VSSC current in sensory ganglion neurons. In rat brain neurons, these peptides preferentially inhibited the(More)
Mu-conotoxins are three-loop peptides produced by cone snails to inhibit voltage-gated sodium channels during prey capture. Using polymerase chain reaction techniques, we identified a gene sequence from the venom duct of Conus tulipa encoding a new mu-conotoxin-TIIIA (TIIIA). A 125I-TIIIA binding assay was established to isolate native TIIIA from the crude(More)
μ-Conotoxins are peptide blockers of voltage-gated sodium channels (sodium channels), inhibiting tetrodotoxin-sensitive neuronal (Na(v) 1.2) and skeletal (Na(v) 1.4) subtypes with highest affinity. Structure-activity relationship studies of μ-conotoxins SIIIA, TIIIA, and KIIIA have shown that it is mainly the C-terminal part of the three-loop peptide that(More)
BACKGROUND It is acknowledged that oral and general health status declines with age. The global population of denture wearers is increasing, so is the incidence of denture biofilm-related problems, such as denture-associated stomatitis, aspiration pneumonia and malodour. It has been suggested that consumption of probiotic bacteria may improve oral health.(More)
A theoretical basis is required for comparing key features and critical elements in wild fisheries and aquaculture supply chains under a changing climate. Here we develop a new quantitative metric that is analogous to indices used to analyse food-webs and identify key species. The Supply Chain Index (SCI) identifies critical elements as those elements with(More)
  • Christina I Schroeder, Katherine J Nielsen, Denise A Adams, Marion Loughnan, Linda Thomas, Paul F Alewood +2 others
  • 2012
Lys2 has previously been implicated as a residue important in binding interactions between omega-conotoxins and the N-type calcium channel. To further assess the importance of this residue, Lys2 to Ala2 derivatives of omega-conotoxins MVIIA and CVID were synthesized and their structures and binding potencies determined. A comparison of the 3D structures of(More)
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