Norman R. Nash

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The cellular and subcellular distributions of the glutamate transporter subtypes EAAC1, GLT-1, and GLAST in the rat CNS were demonstrated using anti-peptide antibodies that recognize the C-terminal domains of each transporter. On immunoblots, the antibodies specifically recognize proteins of 65-73 kDa in total brain homogenates. Immunocytochemistry shows(More)
The Huntington disease (HD) phenotype is associated with expansion of a trinucleotide repeat in the IT15 gene, which is predicted to encode a 348-kDa protein named huntington. We used polyclonal and monoclonal anti-fusion protein antibodies to identify native huntingtin in rat, monkey, and human. Western blots revealed a protein with the expected molecular(More)
We have used a cell-based functional assay to define the pharmacological profiles of a wide range of central nervous system active compounds as agonists, competitive antagonists, and inverse agonists at almost all known monoaminergic G-protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) subtypes. Detailed profiling of 40 antipsychotics confirmed that as expected, most of these(More)
Drugs that antagonize D2-like receptors are effective antipsychotics, but the debilitating movement disorder side effects associated with these drugs cannot be dissociated from dopamine receptor blockade. The "atypical" antipsychotics have a lower propensity to cause extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS), but the molecular basis for this is not fully understood nor(More)
Dopamine D(5) receptor localization has been difficult because even the most specific ligands cannot distinguish between molecular subtypes of the D(1)-like receptor subfamily. Antifusion protein rabbit polyclonal antibodies directed against the C-terminus of human D(5) receptor were therefore developed for immunolocalization of the D(5) receptor protein in(More)
Recently, a large family of G-protein-coupled receptors called Mas-related genes (Mrgs), which is selectively expressed in small-diameter sensory neurons of dorsal root ganglia, was described. A subgroup of human Mrg receptors (MrgX1-X4) is not found in rodents and this has hampered efforts to define the physiological roles of these receptors. MrgX(More)
A cholinergic locus has recently been identified consisting of a unique mammalian genomic arrangement containing the genes for choline acetyltransferase (ChAT) and a putative vesicular acetylcholine transporter (VAChT). Although transcripts for ChAT and VAChT protein have been localized in cholinergic neurons, little is known about the encoded VAChT(More)
Peripheral nerve injury results in a series of events culminating in degradation of the axonal cytoskeleton (Wallerian degeneration). In the time period between axotomy and cytoskeletal degradation (24-48 h in rodents), there is calcium entry and activation of calpains within the axon. The precise timing of these events during this period is unknown. In the(More)
We report the discovery and initial characterization of a novel class of selective NPFF2 agonists. HTS screening using R-SAT, a whole cell based functional assay, identified a class of aryliminoguanidines as NPFF1 and NPFF2 ligands. Subsequent optimization led to molecules exhibiting selective NPFF2 agonistic activity. Systemic administration showed that(More)
Nine isoforms of the rat NMDAR1 receptor subunit have been previously identified, of which several have an alternatively spliced N-terminal insert believed to be important in proton sensitivity of the receptor. The cloning of the human homologues of NMDAR1-3b (hNMDA1-1) and NMDAR1-4b (hNMDA1-2), both bearing the insert, is reported here. A monoclonal(More)