Niklas Thompson

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Neutrophils stimulated with formylmethionyl-leucylphenylalanine (fMet-Leu-Phe) in the presence of butanol and ethanol formed phosphatidyl alcohols through a phospholipase D mechanism. The alcohols inhibited phosphatidic acid and diradylglycerol (DRG) formation, but did not block inositol 1, 4, 5-trisphosphate release. fMet-Leu-Phe-stimulated superoxide(More)
Thrombospondin-1 (TSP-1) is a matricellular protein that is expressed in negligible amounts in normal blood vessels but is markedly upregulated in vascular injury. Although TSP-1 can act as a pleiotropic regulator for human vascular smooth muscle cells (HVSMCs), the intracellular signaling pathways stimulated by this protein remain obscure. In cultured(More)
A range of 2-(,5-dihydroimidazolyl)-benzene, -quinoline, and -quinoxaline derivatives and 2-morpholino-4-catechol have been characterized as agonists or partial agonists for human platelet aggregation; and for inhibition of adenylate cyclase by measurement of their effect on platelet [cyclic-3',5'-AMP]. Antagonist activity for these compounds versus(More)
Verhoeff's iron hematoxylin (VIH) followed by lead citrate (LC) applied to epoxy thin sections stained the dense component of elastic fibers heavily and the peripheral microfibrillar component lightly in guinea pig trachea and mouse testis fixed with a glutaraldehyde-osmium tetroxide sequence. This method stained large fimbriated fibers beneath tracheal(More)
The Verhoeff iron hematoxylin-lead citrate (VIH-LC) method demonstrated vertical elastic fibers that were often composed only of microfibrillar component extending into the epidermal basement membrane in human skin. These fibers connected with a network of trabeculae composed of microfibrils and elastin fibrils in varying proportions. The large elastic(More)
Cell adhesion is fundamental to establishing and maintaining the discrete tissues in multicellular organisms. Adhesion must be sufficiently strong to preserve tissue architecture, whilst having the capacity to readily dissociate to permit fundamental processes, such as wound repair, to occur. However, very little is known about the signalling mechanisms(More)
Fluorescence changes and secretory responses have been measured on addition of various excitatory agonists to platelets loaded with the cytosolic Ca2+ probe, Quin 2 or with chlortetracycline as a probe for membrane-associated Ca2+. When extracellular [Ca2+] is decreased to less than 0.1 microM by addition of EGTA a linear correlation is observed between the(More)
Responses to vasopressin were studied in human platelets loaded with the fluorescent Ca2+ indicator, quin2. In the presence of 1 mM external Ca2+, vasopressin caused a transient rise in [Ca2+]i from the basal level near 100nM to about 700 nM; peak [Ca2+]i was reached in a few seconds and the level then declined towards resting over several minutes. In the(More)