Samantha J Ravenall

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The serine protease thrombin is formed at sites of coagulation and inflammation and has been shown to have important proinflammatory cellular effects relevant to the pathogenesis of periodontal disease. Thrombin acts via specific cell surface receptors termed protease-activated receptor-1 (PAR-1) and PAR-3, which have a distinctive method of activation.(More)
P2X3 is one of seven cloned ATP-gated non-selective cation channels. We have isolated a full-length mouse P2X3 gene from a phage lambda-129/Sv genomic library. The gene consists of 12 exons spanning a locus of approximately 40 kb. No significant similarities have been found between the genomic organisation of the mouse P2X3 gene and genes encoding other ion(More)
Electrophysiological studies of dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons, and the results of PCR, Northern blot and in situ hybridization analyses have demonstrated the molecular diversity of Na+ channels that operate in sensory neurons. Several subtypes of alpha-subunit have been detected in DRG neurons and transcripts encoding all three beta-subunits are also(More)
Difference cloning has identified a Villin-like mRNA transcript expressed selectively in peripheral sensory and sympathetic neurons. Pervin, the encoded 820-amino acid protein, has 60% identity with Villin and is the rat homologue of Advillin. Coimmunoprecipitation studies demonstrate that Pervin and actin interact in vivo. Transfection of COS-7 epithelial(More)
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