Melissa Alberts

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The recently identified mas-related-gene (MRG) family of receptors, located primarily in sensory neurons of the dorsal root ganglion, has been implicated in the perception of pain. Thus, antagonists of this class of receptors have been postulated to be useful analgesics. Toward this end, we developed a cell-based beta-lactamase (BLA) reporter gene assay to(More)
Cell-based beta-lactamase reporter gene assays designed to measure the functional responses of G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) were miniaturized to less than 2 microL total assay volume in a 3456-well microplate. Studies were done to evaluate both receptor agonists and antagonists. The pharmacology of agonists and antagonists for target GPCRs originally(More)
BACKGROUND Intraoperative autologous platelet (PLT) collection as part of a multimodal blood conservation program carries a Class IIa recommendation from the Societies of Thoracic Surgeons and Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists, but achieving a suitable PLT yield limits its application. A novel, autologous, intraoperative, high-yield plateletpheresis(More)
Use of autotransfusion systems to collect, wash, and concentrate shed blood during surgical procedures is a widely used method for reducing postoperative anemia and the need for blood transfusions. The aim of this study was to evaluate the CATSmart Continuous Autotransfusion System wash program performance with small (200 or 700 mL) and large volumes (1,000(More)
A major glycoprotein with an estimated molecular weight by sodium dodecylsulfate-acrylamide gel electrophoresis of 36,000 daltons has been found in lavage material of normal chicken lung. Amino acid and carbohydrate analyses of this glycoprotein indicated the presence of hydroxyproline, a high percentage of glycine, sialic acid, mannose, galactose, fucose,(More)
The effects of gluconeogenic hormones, adrenaline and cortisol, on insulin binding were studied in intact human red blood cells. Insulin binding was significantly decreased when red blood cells were preincubated with 1.0 microgram . ml-1 adrenaline or cortisol respectively. The Scatchard plot suggested that this was due to a decrease in surface receptor(More)
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