Shalini Sethi

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The purpose of this study was to determine the critical time periods of melatonin treatment required to induce human mesenchymal stem cells (hAMSCs) into osteoblasts and to determine which osteogenic genes are involved in the process. The study design consisted of adding melatonin for different times (2, 5, 10, 14 or 21 days) toward the end of a 21-day(More)
In this study, the effects of the light/dark cycle, hormone replacement therapy (HRT), and nocturnal melatonin supplementation on osteogenic markers and serum melatonin levels were examined in a blind mouse model (MMTV-Neu transgenic mice). Melatonin levels in this mouse strain (FVB/N) with retinal degeneration (rd-/-) fluctuate in a diurnal manner,(More)
Melatonin, a molecule implicated in a variety of diseases, including cancer, often exerts its effects through G-protein-coupled melatonin receptors, MT(1) and MT(2). In this study, we sought to understand further the domains involved in the function and desensitization patterns of these receptors through site-directed mutagenesis. Two mutations were(More)
A series of melatonin analogs obtained by the replacement of the ether methyl group with larger arylalkyl and aryloxyalkyl substituents was prepared in order to probe the melatonin receptors for MT(1) -selectivity. The most MT(1) -selective agents 11 and 15 were substituted with a Ph(CH(2) )(3) or a PhO(CH(2) )(3) group. Compounds 11 and 15 displayed(More)
Two novel series of melatonin-derived compounds have been synthesized and pharmacologically evaluated at the MT(1) and MT(2) subtypes of melatonin receptors. Compounds 12b-c are non-selective high-affinity MT(1) and MT(2) receptor ligands (K(i)=7-11 nM). Compound 12b had little intrinsic activity at the MT(1) receptor and no intrinsic activity at the MT(2)(More)
A novel series of 2-[(2,3-dihydro-1H-indol-1-yl)methyl]melatonin analogues has been prepared to probe the steric and electronic properties of the binding pocket of the MT(2) receptor accommodating the "out-of-plane" substituent of MT(2)-selective antagonists. The acetamide (6b) bearing an usubstituted indoline moiety displayed an excellent binding affinity(More)
Autoimmune rippling muscle disease (ARMD) is an autoimmune neuromuscular disease associated with myasthenia gravis (MG). Past studies in our laboratory recognized a very high molecular weight skeletal muscle protein antigen identified by ARMD patient antisera as the titin isoform. These past studies used antisera from ARMD and MG patients as probes to(More)
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