Nathalie Leduc

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Serotonin 5-HT1A receptors are promising targets in the management of schizophrenia but little information exists about affinity and efficacy of novel antipsychotics at these sites. We addressed this issue by comparing binding affinity at 5-HT1A receptors with dopamine rD2 receptors, which are important targets for antipsychotic drug action. Agonist(More)
Interaction at dopamine D4 receptors may improve cognitive function, which is highly impaired in individuals with schizophrenia, but comparative studies of recent antipsychotics in cellular models of D4 receptor activation are lacking. Here, we report the in-vitro profile of over 30 ligands at recombinant hD4.4 receptors. In [35S]GTPgammaS binding(More)
Dopamine D2 receptor antagonists induce hyperprolactinemia depending on the extent of D2 receptor blockade. We compared the effects of the new antipsychotic agents SSR181507 ((3-exo)-8-benzoyl-N-[[(2 s)7-chloro-2,3-dihydro-1,4-benzodioxin-1-yl]methyl]-8-azabicyclo[3.2.1]octane-3-methanamine monohydrochloride), bifeprunox (DU127090:(More)
The serotonin 5-HT(1A) receptor antagonist WAY-100635 was recently reported to have potent agonist properties at dopamine D(4) receptors (Chemel et al., 2006, Psychopharmacology 188, 244-251.). Herein WAY-100635 (pK(i) at human (h) serotonin 5-HT(1A) receptors=9.51; pK(i) at dopamine hD(4.4) receptors=7.42) stimulated [(35)S]GTPgammaS incorporation in(More)
Shoot branching patterns result from the spatio-temporal regulation of axillary bud outgrowth. Numerous endogenous, developmental and environmental factors are integrated at the bud and plant levels to determine numbers of growing shoots. Multiple pathways that converge to common integrators are most probably involved. We propose several pathways involving(More)
We report here the first evidence of a transient elevation of free cytosolic Ca2+ following fusion of sperm and egg cell in a flowering plant by the use of an in vitro fertilization system recently developed in maize. Imaging changes in cytosolic Ca2+ at fertilization was undertaken by egg cell loading with the fluorescent Ca2+ indicator dye fluo-3 under(More)
Sugar has only recently been identified as a key player in triggering bud outgrowth, while hormonal control of bud outgrowth is already well established. To get a better understanding of sugar control, the present study investigated how sugar availability modulates the hormonal network during bud outgrowth in Rosa hybrida. Other plant models, for which(More)
Previous studies have shown that human 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT)1A receptors stably expressed in transfected cell lines show constitutive G-protein activity, as revealed by the inhibitory effect of inverse agonists, such as spiperone, on basal guanosine-5'-O-(3-[35S]thio)-triphosphate ([35S]GTPgammaS) binding. In the present study, we evaluated the(More)
Branching determines the final shape of plants, which influences adaptation, survival and the visual quality of many species. It is an intricate process that includes bud outgrowth and shoot extension, and these in turn respond to environmental cues and light conditions. Light is a powerful environmental factor that impacts multiple processes throughout(More)
Our previous findings showed that the expression of the Rosa hybrida vacuolar invertase 1 gene (RhVI1) was tightly correlated with the ability of buds to grow out and was under sugar, gibberellin and light control. Here, we aimed to provide an insight into the mechanistic basis of this regulation. In situ hybridization showed that RhVI1 expression was(More)