Rodney F. Minchin

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Dopamine neurotoxicity is associated with several neurodegenerative diseases, and neurons utilize several mechanisms, including uptake and metabolism, to protect them from injury. Metabolism of dopamine involves three enzymes: monoamine oxidase, catechol O-methyltransferase, and sulfotransferase. In primates but not lower order animals, a sulfotransferase(More)
This paper describes a novel system for automatic classification of images obtained from Anti-Nuclear Antibody (ANA) pathology tests on Human Epithelial type 2 (HEp-2) cells using the Indirect Immunofluores-cence (IIF) protocol. The IIF protocol on HEp-2 cells has been the hallmark method to identify the presence of ANAs, due to its high sensitivity and the(More)
Drug resistance continues to be a major barrier to the delivery of curative therapies in cancer. Historically, drug resistance has been associated with over-expression of drug transporters, changes in drug kinetics or amplification of drug targets. However, the emergence of resistance in patients treated with new-targeted therapies has provided new insight(More)
Arylamine N-acetyltransferase-1 (NAT1) is an enzyme that catalyzes the biotransformation of arylamine and hydrazine substrates. It also has a role in the catabolism of the folate metabolite p-aminobenzoyl glutamate. Recent bioinformatics studies have correlated NAT1 expression with various cancer subtypes. However, a direct role for NAT1 in cell biology has(More)
Over the past decade, nanoparticles (NPs) have been increasingly developed in various biomedical applications such as cell tracking, biosensing, contrast imaging, targeted drug delivery, and tissue engineering. Their versatility in design and function has made them an attractive, alternative choice in many biological and biomedical applications. Cellular(More)
Sulfotransferase 4A1 (SULT4A1) is a novel sulfotransferase expressed almost exclusively in the brain. The gene is located on chromosome 22q13.3, a region implicated in predisposition to schizophrenia. Recently, a variable microsatellite region located upstream of SULT4A1 was found to be associated with an increase in schizophrenia risk. We hypothesised that(More)
Folate catabolism involves cleavage of the C(9)-N(10) bond to form p-aminobenzoylgluamate (PABG) and pterin. PABG is then acetylated by human arylamine N-acetyltransferase 1 (NAT1) before excretion in the urine. Mice null for the murine NAT1 homolog (Nat2) show several phenotypes consistent with altered folate homeostasis. However, the exact role of Nat2 in(More)
Expression of human arylamine N-acetyltransferase I (NAT1) has been associated with various cancer subtypes and inhibition of this enzyme with small molecule inhibitors or siRNA affects cell growth and survival. Here, we have investigated the role of NAT1 in the invasiveness of breast cancer cells both in vitro and in vivo. We knocked down NAT1 using a(More)
Sulfotransferase 4A1 (SULT4A1) is a novel cytosolic sulfotransferase that is primarily expressed in the brain. To date, no significant enzyme activity or biological function for the protein has been identified, although it is highly conserved between species. Mutations in the SULT4A1 gene have been linked to schizophrenia susceptibility, and recently, its(More)
Indirect Immunofluorescence (IIF) on Human epithelial (HEp-2) cells test has been the golden standard for identifying the presence of Anti-Nuclear Antibodies (ANA) due to its high sensitivity and the large range of antigens that can be detected. Furthermore, IIF ANA test allows the positive sample strength (sample end point titre) to be reported. Despite(More)