Paula Hicks

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A significant advance in the field of neurotransmission was made with the discovery of presynaptic release-modulating alpha-adrenoreceptors on noradrenergic nerve terminals. The concept of presynaptic modulation of noradrenaline release developed in parallel with the pharmacological evidence for two subtypes of alpha-adrenoreceptors as defined by a(More)
The dopamine D1-receptor antagonist SCH 23390 was a potent competitive antagonist of 5HT-induced vasoconstriction in the isolated perfused rat tail artery preparation (pA2 8.17) but a very weak antagonist of phenylephrine-induced responses (pA2 5.94). In rat brain cerebral cortex, SCH 23390 inhibited 5-HT2-sensitive [3H]spiperone binding with an IC50 of 112(More)
1 The alpha-adrenoreceptor blocking effects of BE 2254 and prazosin have been studied in the pithed rat and guinea-pig ileum preparations. 2 BE 2254 was a competitive and potent antagonist of NA, Phenylephrine (PE) or stimulation-induced vasoconstriction in the pithed rat, but only exerted a weak antagonism of postsynaptic alpha 2-adrenoreceptor(More)
Tricyclic antidepressants and nontricyclic serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine) uptake blockers monophasically inhibit [3H]imipramine binding in human platelets. Similarly, serotonin and tryptamine inhibit the binding of [3H]imipramine in the low micromolar range and with a pseudo-Hill coefficient near unity. Dissociation of the [3H]imipramine receptor complex(More)
Declaration I, the undersigned, declare that this work has not previously been submitted to this or any other University, and that unless otherwise stated, it is entirely my own work. This thesis may be borrowed or copied upon request with the Acknowledgements I am sincerely grateful to those people and organizations who advised me during the research and(More)
The smooth muscle relaxant responses to NS-004, an activator of charybdotoxin-sensitive, large conductance Ca(2+)-dependent K+ channels (BKCa) were studied on the basal spontaneous tone in guinea-pig trachea in vitro. The sensitivity of these responses to a range of K+ channel inhibitors and antagonists were also evaluated. NS-004 (0.1-30 microM) evoked(More)
The effects of several alpha-adrenoceptor antagonists have been examined on tritium release elicited by electrical stimulation from isolated perfused SHR tail artery preparations prelabelled with 3H-noradrenaline (3H-NA). Phentolamine and yohimbine potently facilitated the stimulation evoked release of tritium at low frequencies of stimulation, but the(More)