Michael B. Schachter

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Statins are the treatment of choice for the management of hypercholesterolaemia because of their proven efficacy and safety profile. They also have an increasing role in managing cardiovascular risk in patients with relatively normal levels of plasma cholesterol. Although all statins share a common mechanism of action, they differ in terms of their chemical(More)
OBJECTIVE The hypothesized relationship between theory of mind (ToM) and self-face recognition as well as its potential genetic associations has not been previously explored in patients with schizophrenia and in first-degree relatives with schizotypal personality traits. METHOD Ten patients diagnosed with schizophrenia, 10 of their first-degree relatives(More)
The role of nitric oxide in the periphery and the spinal cord, during acute electrically-evoked and prolonged chemically-evoked nociceptive stimulation, was investigated in rats anaesthetised with halothane. The responses of single dorsal horn neurones to electrically-evoked A beta fibre and C fibre inputs were reduced by topical application (directly onto(More)
Selective inhibitors of tyrosine kinases, tyrphostin 23 and genistein, produced concentration-dependent inhibition of voltage-operated calcium channel currents in vascular smooth muscle cells isolated from rabbit ear artery. The potency of these two structurally dissimilar inhibitors was similar to that reported for their action as inhibitors of tyrosine(More)
1. Plasma protein extravasation (PPE) responses in guinea-pig skin have been measured using accumulation of intravenously injected 125I-labelled human serum albumin (125I-HSA). 2. The nitric oxide (NO) synthase inhibitor, NG-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME; 0.1 mumol/site) significantly reduced responses to bradykinin (BK; 0.5 nmol/site) or histamine(More)
1 A new synthetic bradykinin analogue was found to be an antagonist of bradykinin-induced vascular permeability in rabbit skin. It was effective in equimolar concentrations. 2 These analogues also antagonized the action of bradykinin in contracting the guinea-pig isolated ileum. The mean pA2 values of five different antagonists ranged from 5.3-6.4(More)
Bradykinin was found to be a potent bronchoconstrictor agent in the guinea-pig anaesthetized with urethane. This action was not affected by vagotomy, or by treatment of the animal with mepyramine, atropine, lysergic acid diethylamide, or cortisone. Adrenaline and isoprenaline suppressed the bronchoconstrictor responses to bradykinin and histamine. Small(More)
The influx of calcium in response to vasopressin receptor stimulation is an important component of excitation-contraction coupling. We have examined the routes by which Ca2+ and other divalent cations enter vascular smooth muscle cells using a cultured vascular smooth muscle cell line (A7r5). Confluent A7r5 cells were loaded with Fura-2 to permit(More)