Nicola L. Brice

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The neurotransmitters glutamate and γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) could participate in the regulation of the endocrine functions of islets of Langerhans. We investigated the role of the metabotropic glutamate (mGluRs) and GABAB (GABABRs) receptors in this process. We studied the expression of mGluRs and GABA BRs in rat and human islets of Langerhans and in(More)
1. The alpha1B (N-type) calcium channel shows strong G protein modulation in the presence of G protein activators or Gbetagamma subunits. Using transient expression in COS-7 cells of alpha1B together with the accessory subunits alpha2-delta and beta2a, we have examined the role of endogenous Gbetagamma subunits in the tonic modulation of alpha1B, and(More)
The plasma membrane expression of the rat brain calcium channel subunits alpha1A, alpha2-delta and the beta subunits beta1b, beta2a, beta3b and beta4 was examined by transient expression in COS-7 cells. Neither alpha1A nor alpha2-delta localized to the plasma membrane, either alone or when coexpressed. However, coexpression of alpha1A or(More)
We report for the first time abnormalities in cardiac ventricular electrophysiology in a genetically modified murine model lacking the Scn3b gene (Scn3b(-/-)). Scn3b(-/-) mice were created by homologous recombination in embryonic stem (ES) cells. RT-PCR analysis confirmed that Scn3b mRNA was expressed in the ventricles of wild-type (WT) hearts but was(More)
Voltage-dependent calcium channels consist of a pore-forming transmembrane alpha1-subunit, which is known to associate with a number of accessory subunits, including alpha2-delta- and beta-subunits. The beta-subunits, of which four have been identified (beta1-4), are intracellular proteins that have marked effects on calcium channel trafficking and(More)
AIM In contrast to extensive reports on the roles of Na(v)1.5 alpha-subunits, there have been few studies associating the beta-subunits with cardiac arrhythmogenesis. We investigated the sino-atrial and conduction properties in the hearts of Scn3b(-/-) mice. METHODS The following properties were compared in the hearts of wild-type (WT) and Scn3b(-/-)(More)
Abnormal cold sensitivity is a common feature of a range of neuropathies. In the murine somatosensory system, multiple aspects of cold sensitivity are dependent on TRPM8, both short term and in response to peripheral nerve injury. The specialized nature of cold-sensitive afferents and the restricted expression of TRPM8 render it an attractive target for the(More)
The rat brain alpha1A calcium channel clone has been expressed in COS-7 cells together with the neuronal accessory subunits beta1b and alpha2-delta. From reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), immunocytochemistry and electrophysiology experiments, we have obtained no evidence that these cells contain any endogenous calcium channels.(More)
1. High voltage activated (HVA) Ca2+ channels are composed of a pore-forming alpha 1 subunit and the accessory beta and alpha2-delta subunits. However, the subunit composition of low voltage activated (LVA), or T-type, Ca2+ channels has yet to be elucidated. We have examined whether native calcium channels in NG108-15 mouse neuroblastoma x rat glioma hybrid(More)
1. The presence of calcium channel alpha 1D subunit mRNA in cultured rat dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurones and guinea-pig cardiac myocytes was demonstrated using the reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction. 2. An antipeptide antibody targeted at a region of the voltage-dependent calcium channel alpha 1D subunit C-terminal to the pore-forming(More)