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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)
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)
Canonical transient receptor potential (TRPC) proteins may play a role in regulating changes in intracellular calcium ([Ca(2+)](i)). Human myometrium expresses TRPC4, TRPC1 and TRPC6 mRNAs in greatest relative abundance. Contributions of TRPC4 to increases in [Ca(2+)](i) were assessed in PHM1-41 and primary human uterine smooth muscle (UtSMC) cells using(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)
Bcl-2 is overexpressed in a variety of human tumors and is involved in tumorigenesis and chemoresistance. In this study, we investigated the inhibitory effect of the hairpin Bcl-2 small interfering (si)RNA on the expression of the Bcl-2 gene in the cisplatin (DDP)-resistant human lung adenocarcinoma cell line A549/DDP, and the effect of Bcl-2 siRNA on drug(More)
Estrogens cause growth plate closure in both males and females, by decreasing proliferation and inducing apoptosis of postproliferative growth plate chondrocytes. In vitro studies using 17β-estradiol (E(2)) conjugated to bovine serum albumin (E(2)-BSA) show that rat costochondral growth plate resting zone chondrocytes also respond to E(2). Moreover, they(More)
Epidemiological studies and interventional clinical trials indicate that consumption of long chain n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC n-3 PUFA) such as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) lengthen gestational duration. Although the mechanisms are not well understood, prostaglandins (PG) of the 2-series are known to play a role in the initiation and progress of(More)