Macon C. Parker

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The nucleus accumbens (NAC) is theorized to be a critical element of the neural circuitry that mediates relapse to cocaine seeking. Evidence suggests that the NAC is a functionally heterogeneous structure, and the core (NACc) and shell (NACs) regions of the NAC may play a differential role in stimulus-induced motivated behavior. Thus, determination of the(More)
The thermal instability of many vaccines leads to the wastage of half of all supplied vaccines. In this note, we report the application of a novel technology: protein-coated micro-crystals (PCMC) to improve the thermostability of a model vaccine (diphtheria toxoid, DT). The latter was immobilised onto the surface of a crystalline material (L-glutamine) via(More)
The effect of neurotensin (NT) on the translocation of intraluminally administered lipid across the duodenum as well as across the entire length of the small intestine was studied in the rat. In the first series of experiments, the appearance in the lymph of [3H]oleic acid instilled as a bolus into a segment of the duodenum was followed for 3 h. Infusion of(More)
Polystyrene microtitre wells are commonly used as supports for the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) method of biomolecular detection, which is employed in the routine diagnosis of a variety of medical conditions. We have used an atomic force microscope (AFM) to directly monitor specific molecular interactions between individual streptavidin and(More)
A novel organic solvent-based coupling method has been developed for the covalent immobilization of biological material to gold surfaces. The method employs the polar organic solvent anhydrous 2,2,2-trifluoroethanol as the reaction medium and involves dissolution of the protein (catalase) in the solvent allowing protein coupling to proceed under basic(More)
Studies were performed to determine whether the cyclic hexapeptide analog of somatostatin, cyclo(N-Me-Ala-Tyr-D-Trp-Lys-Val-Phe) II, could alter circulating levels of neurotensin (NT) and inhibit the release of NT from small intestine following the intraluminal perfusion of lipid and ETOH. The small intestine of anesthetized rats was perfused with 0.9%(More)
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