R. Benny Gerber

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Lisuride antagonized L-5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP)-induced head twitches at doses lower than those sufficient to induce the serotonin (5-HT) syndrome. Among several other 5-HT agonists tested, only LSD and 1-(m-trifluoromethylphenyl)-piperazine (TFMPP) shared this paradoxical profile. Assessment of various dopamine (DA) agonists revealed a lack of(More)
A new algorithm is presented for finding the global minimum, and other low-lying minima, of a potential energy surface (PES) of biological molecules. The algorithm synergetically combines three well-known global optimization methods: the diffusion equation method (DEM), which involves smoothing the PES; a simulated annealing (SA) algorithm; and evolutionary(More)
The harmonic approximation for the potential energy of proteins is known to be inadequate for the calculation of many protein properties. To study the effect of anharmonic terms on protein vibrations, the anharmonic wave functions for the ground state and low-lying excited states of the bovine pancreatic trypsin inhibitor (BPTI) were calculated. The results(More)
SCH 23390 induced only a negligible incidence of the acute dyskinetic syndrome, a predictor of neuroleptic-induced extrapyramidal liability, in squirrel monkeys. However, haloperidol-induced dyskinesias were potentiated by SCH 23390 and were blocked by the D-1 agonist, SKF 38393. When administered orally or intraperitoneally to mice, SCH 23390 showed a(More)
Previous studies have shown that the systemic injection of tryptamine stimulates locomotion in rats and that the nucleus accumbens, a region involved in locomotion, contains the largest concentrations of binding sites for tryptamine in the brain of the rat. The present study examined the behavioral and neurochemical effects of bilateral injections into the(More)
The study of evaporation of water from biological macromolecules is important for the understanding of electrospray mass spectrometry experiments. In electrospray ionization (ESI), electrically charged nanoscale droplets are formed from solutions of, for example, proteins. Then evaporation of the solvent leads to dry protein ions that can be analyzed in the(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to determine if two different whole body vibration, sinusoidal vibration (SV) and stochastic resonance vibration (SRV), using various intensities lead to a reactive activation of pelvic floor muscles. STUDY DESIGN We compared the pelvic floor muscle response of a healthy control group with that of a post partum group(More)
Rats with unilateral 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA)-induced lesions of the ascending nigro-striatal pathway have been shown to rotate in response to dopamine (DA) agonists that are not considered to have postsynaptic DA stimulant properties in intact animals, suggesting a relative loss of DA receptor selectivity in the denervated striatum. The present(More)
Anharmonic vibrational spectroscopy calculations using MP2 and B3LYP computed potential surfaces are carried out for a series of molecules, and frequencies and intensities are compared with those from experiment. The vibrational self-consistent field with second-order perturbation correction (VSCF-PT2) is used in computing the spectra. The test calculations(More)
The dynamics of Cl͑ 2 P͒ atoms in a solid Ar matrix is studied, with emphasis on electronic energy relaxation of excited states, and on p-orbital reorientation effects. The method used follows Tully's approach for nonadiabatic molecular dynamics simulations, which treats the electronic degrees of freedom quantum-mechanically, and the atomic motions(More)