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In superior cervical ganglion neurons, N-(piperidiny-1-yl)-5-(4-chlorophenyl)-1-(2,4-dichlorophenyl)-4-methyl-1H-pyrazole-3-carboxamide (SR141716A) competitively antagonizes the Ca(2+) current effect of the cannabinoid (CB) agonist (R)-(+)-[2,3-dihydro-5-methyl-3-(4-morpholinylmethyl)pyrrolo[1,2,3-de]-1,4-benzoxazin-6-yl]-1-naphthalenylmethanone(More)
Expression of genes that encode oxytocin (OXT) and vasopressin (AVP) and their cognate receptors in normal and diseased prostates are only partially characterized. Reverse transcription and PCR were used to examine the expression of these genes in normal prostate epithelial and stromal cell lines, k-ras-transformed prostate epithelial cell lines, and in(More)
Phospholipase CB3 (PLCB3) serine(1105) (S(1105)), a substrate for multiple protein kinases, represents a potential point of convergence of several signaling pathways in the myometrium. To explore this hypothesis, the regulation of PLCB3-S(1105) phosphorylation (P-S(1105)) was studied in immortalized and primary human myometrial cells. 8-[4-chlorophenylthio](More)
1. The aim of the present study was to investigate the changes in chemotherapeutic drug sensitivity of HepG2 cells transfected with Bcl-2 and Bcl-xl siRNA expression vectors. 2. Bcl-2 and Bcl-xl siRNA and negative siRNA expression vectors were constructed and stably transfected into HepG2 cells. Reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction was used to(More)
Dietary phosphorus (P) restriction is known to ameliorate secondary hyperparathyroidism in renal failure patients. In early renal failure, this effect may be mediated by an increase in 1,25-(OH)2D3, whereas in advanced renal failure, P restriction can act independent of changes in 1,25-(OH)2D3 and serum ionized calcium (ICa). In this study, we examined the(More)
Nitric oxide (NO) possesses potent anti-inflammatory properties; however, an over-production of NO will promote inflammation and induce cell and tissue dysfunction. Thus, the ability to precisely regulate NO production could prove beneficial in controlling damage. In this study, advantage was taken of the well characterized inflammatory response caused by(More)
Parathyroid hormone (PTH) secretion is regulated by extracellular calcium acting through a cell surface calcium receptor (CaR). We have examined the potential regulation of the CaR in the parathyroid glands (PTG) and kidney by calcium and 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 [1,25-(OH)2D3]. Rats fed vitamin D-deficient (-D) diets containing 0.02, 0.4, or 2.0% Ca had a(More)
Chondrocytes in the hypertrophic zone of the growth plate undergo apoptosis during endochondral bone development via mechanisms that involve inorganic phosphate (Pi) and nitric oxide (NO). Recent evidence suggests that Pi-dependent NO production plays a role in apoptosis of cells in the resting zone as well. This study examined the mechanism by which Pi(More)
Suppression of PTH secretion by extracellular calcium is mediated by a plasma membrane calcium receptor (CaR). However, primary cultures of bovine parathyroid cells are known to quickly lose their responsiveness to extracellular calcium. The present study was designed to determine if the loss of calcium responsiveness is due to changes in CaR expression. In(More)
Oxytocin receptor (OTR) activates the GTP-binding protein Galpha(q). To investigate whether the N-terminal region of the fourth intracellular domain of this receptor, which forms putative helix 8, plays a role in coupling, its hydrophilic residues (H7.59, H7.62, E7.63, Q7.66, and R7.67) were mutated individually to alanine. In COSM6 cells, these mutants(More)