Mona Al-Qazzaz

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The Gloeobacter ligand-gated ion channel (GLIC) is a bacterial homolog of vertebrate Cys-loop ligand-gated ion channels. Its pore-lining region in particular has a high sequence homology to these related proteins. Here we use electrophysiology to examine a range of compounds that block the channels of Cys-loop receptors to probe their pharmacological(More)
Chronic pain is a highly prevalent and poorly managed human health problem. We used microarray-based expression genomics in 25 inbred mouse strains to identify dorsal root ganglion (DRG)-expressed genetic contributors to mechanical allodynia, a prominent symptom of chronic pain. We identified expression levels of Chrna6, which encodes the α6 subunit of the(More)
The Erwinia ligand-gated ion channel (ELIC) is a bacterial homologue of vertebrate Cys-loop ligand-gated ion channels. It is activated by GABA, and this property, combined with its structural similarity to GABA(A) and other Cys-loop receptors, makes it potentially an excellent model to probe their structure and function. Here we characterise the(More)
Pentameric ligand-gated ion channels (pLGIC) catalyze the selective transfer of ions across the cell membrane in response to a specific neurotransmitter. A variety of chemically diverse molecules, including the Alzheimer's drug memantine, block ion conduction at vertebrate pLGICs by plugging the channel pore. We show that memantine has similar potency in(More)
The Erwinia ligand-gated ion channel (ELIC) is a bacterial homologue of eukaryotic Cys-loop ligand-gated ion channels. This protein has the potential to be a useful model for Cys-loop receptors but is unusual in that it has an aromatic residue (Phe) facing into the pore, leading to some predictions that this protein is incapable of ion flux. Subsequent(More)
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