P-J Whiting

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1. The rho 1 protein, which we previously cloned from retina, assembles as a homooligomer that transduces the binding of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) into robust chloride currents. However, its insensitivity to bicuculline, pentobarbitone and benzodiazepines, all potent agents at typical GABAA receptors, suggested that it may react atypically to other(More)
Enhancement of the activation of GABAA receptors is a common feature of many sedative and hypnotic drugs, and it is probable that the GABAA receptor complex is a molecular target for these drugs in the mammalian central nervous system. We set out to elucidate the role of the two predominant (alpha1 and beta2) subunits of GABAA receptor in sedative drug(More)
1. A histidine residue in the N-terminal extracellular region of alpha 1,2,3,5 subunits of the human GABA(A) receptor, which is replaced by an arginine in alpha 4 and alpha 6 subunits, is a major determinant for high affinity binding of classical benzodiazepine (BZ)-site ligands. The effect of mutating this histidine at position 105 in the alpha 5 subunit(More)
Using molecular genetic approaches, two forms of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) have so far been identified; a pulmonary form and a testicular form. This study utilized both northern blot analysis and in-situ hybridization to examine the expression of ACE mRNA in the rat brain. Northern blot analysis using oligonucleotide probes specific to the(More)
(-)-Nicotine, cytisine and carbachol evoked 86Rb efflux from mouse fibroblasts stably transfected with alpha 4 beta 2 chick brain nicotinic subunits. This response to (-)-nicotine was inhibited by mecamylamine and dihydro-beta-erythroidine and was mirrored by a rise in intracellular Ca2+ measured by microspectrofluorimetry. Lobeline and isoarecolone(More)