Mark G. Devlin

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Cross-talk between cannabinoid CB1 and serotonin 5-HT receptors in rat cerebellar membranes was investigated using radioligand binding. In competition against the CB1 antagonist, [3 H]SR141716A, the agonist, WIN 55,212-2 yielded a biphasic isotherm. The majority of binding was to a high-affinity state that was significantly reduced by the GTP analogue,(More)
The effect of ligand pretreatment on human 5-hydroxytryptamine2C (5-HT2C) receptors was examined in CHO cells expressing high (CHO-1C7; 67+/-3 pmol/mg) or low (CHO-1C19; 72+/-10 fmol/mg) levels of the receptor. Seventy-two hours pretreatment of CHO-1C7 cells with various ligands did not affect receptor expression. Pretreatment with inverse agonists enhanced(More)
Metastasis is the major cause of morbidity and mortality in cancer patients. An understanding of the genes that regulate metastasis and development of therapies to target these genes is needed urgently. Since members of the LIM kinase (LIMK) family are key regulators of the actin cytoskeleton and are involved in cell motility and invasion, LIMK is(More)
Protease-activated receptor 2 (PAR2) is a cell surface receptor that detects trypsin and trypsin-like enzymes. Although the precise pathophysiological roles of PAR2 are yet to be determined, the receptor has been broadly implicated in inflammation and allergy. However, no studies have investigated the possible roles of PAR2 in hosts infected by parasitic(More)
A truncation mutant of the epidermal growth factor receptor, EGFRvIII, is commonly expressed in glioma, an incurable brain cancer. EGFRvIII is tumorigenic, in part, through its transactivation of other receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs). Preventing the effects of this transactivation could form part of an effective therapy for glioma; however, the mechanism(More)
Protease-activated receptor 2 (PAR(2)) is a G protein-coupled cell surface receptor for trypsin-like enzymes. Proteolytic cleavage at a specific site in the extracellular N-terminus exposes a receptor-activating sequence, the 'tethered ligand', which binds intramolecularly to initiate receptor signalling. Peptide or small molecule agonists for PAR(2),(More)
Fluorescence microscopy studies using 4-morpholinoscriptaid (4MS) demonstrated rapid cellular uptake of this scriptaid analogue into the cytoplasm but no nuclear penetration. As 4MS and scriptaid have the same in vitro activity against HDACs and KASUMI-1 cells; 4MS exemplifies a rational approach to subtly modify ‘profluorogenic’ substrates for(More)
We study lensing magnification of source galaxies by intervening galaxy groups and clusters using a halo model approach. Halos are modeled with truncated NFW profiles with ellipticity added to their lensing potential and propagated to observable lensing statistics. The magnification probability distribution of this model compares well with numerical results(More)
OBJECTIVES Epidermolysis bullosa (EB) is a rare, genetic skin condition that is complicated, distressing, and painful and permeates every aspect of patients' lives. Support services are essential for meeting the primary needs of patients and families living with EB; however, provision is challenged by many complex issues. In collaboration with the patient(More)