Raymond J. Thompson

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In order to assess the potential of protein gene product (PGP) 9.5 as a marker of the nervous and neuroendocrine systems, we examined its immunolocation in human, rat and guinea-pig tissues, using a rabbit polyclonal antiserum and two new mouse monoclonal antisera, I3C4 and 3IA3. Our results demonstrate immunoreactive PGP 9.5 in neurons and nerve fibres at(More)
PGP 9.5 is a new cytoplasmic neuron-specific protein structurally and immunologically distinct from neuron-specific enolase. A specific antiserum has now shown that this protein is widely distributed in vertebrate brains and is also present in cells of the human diffuse neuroendocrine system. PGP 9.5 appears to be older than neuron-specific enolase in(More)
Protein gene product (PGP) 9.5 is a new brain-specific protein originally detected by high-resolution two-dimensional electrophoresis of the soluble proteins of human brain and other organs. We have purified this protein from human brain and raised a rabbit antihuman PGP 9.5 antiserum. The protein has a monomer molecular weight of approximately 27,000 and(More)
1. We investigated whether adrenomedullary chromaffin cells (AMCs) derived from neonatal (postnatal day (P) 1-P2) and juvenile (P13-P20) rats, and maintained in short-term culture (1-3 days), express O2-chemoreceptive properties. 2. In whole-cell recordings, the majority (approximately 70%; n = 47) of neonatal AMCs were sensitive to hypoxia. Under voltage(More)
Gonad output, reproductive effort and residual reproductive value are greater in scallops (Placopecten magellanicus) from shallow water, where conditions are more favourable, than in scallops from deep water. Variation between years in these fitness correlates is also greater in shallow water scallops. High reproductive effort is associated with a greater(More)
Mytilus californianus regulated its rate of oxygen consumption (VO2) during decline in oxygen tension, but did not acclimate VO2 when held at 58 mm Hg PO2. In spite of a capacity to consume oxygen while exposed to air (the average VO2 in air being equivalent to 0.74xthe standard rate of oxygen consumption in water), these mussels acquired an “oxygen debt”(More)
An antiserum to human 14-3-3 protein has been produced in rabbits. The protein was a poor antigen and attempts to improve immunogenicity were unsuccessful. A radioimmunoassay was developed using the antiserum, 125I-14-3-3-2, and unlabelled 14-3-3-2 as standards. The assay had a sensitivity limit of 2.5 ng.ml-1. The minor component of human 14-3-3 protein(More)
High-resolution multiple two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (ISODALT) has been used to analyse soluble protein extracts from human brain and 12 other human organs. Approximately 200 protein gene products can be visualised on an electrophoretogram of soluble human brain proteins. By electrophoresing extracts of different human organs(More)
PGP 9.5 is a soluble protein isolated from brain and is a general marker for neuronal and neuroendocrine tissue. Its function is not known. Until now neurone specific enolase (NSE) has been the only general marker for the paracrine system and tumours derived from it. Seventy-four neuroendocrine tumours, 17 melanocytic naevi, 51 melanomas and four granular(More)
1. Using perforated-patch, whole cell recording, we investigated the membrane mechanisms underlying O2 chemosensitivity in neonatal rat adrenomedullary chromaffin cells (AMC) bathed in extracellular solution containing tetrodotoxin (TTX; 0.5-1 microM), with or without blockers of calcium entry. 2. Under voltage clamp, low PO2 (0-15 mmHg) caused a graded and(More)