Sharon W. Tam

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Bivalent ligands containing the oxymorphamine or naltrexamine pharmacophores connected to spacers of varying length were synthesized and evaluated for their selectivity at mu, kappa, and delta opioid receptors. The oxymorphamine bivalent ligands (1-8) behaved as mu agonists on the electrically stimulated guinea pig ileum longitudinal muscle preparation(More)
In an effort to investigate whether "address" segments of endogenous opioid peptides, which are responsible for modulating receptor selectivity, also could modulate the selectivity of opioid alkaloid pharmacophores, we have synthesized analogues of leucine-enkephalin and dynorphin in which the N-terminal dipeptide "message" sequence has been replaced by(More)
BACKGROUND FcgammaRIIB are low-affinity immunoglobulin (Ig)G receptors that we previously demonstrated to negatively regulate IgE-induced mast cell activation when coaggregated with FcepsilonRI. Here, we engineered and characterized a bispecific reagent capable of coaggregating FcgammaRIIB with FcepsilonRI on human mast cells and basophils. METHODS A(More)
In this work, we propose a framework that automatically discovers dialect-specific phonetic rules. These rules characterize when certain phonetic or acoustic transformations occur across dialects. To explicitly characterize these dialect-specific rules, we adapt the conventional hidden Markov model to handle insertion and deletion transformations. The(More)
In this paper we present our task-based evaluation of query biased summarization for cross-language information retrieval (CLIR) using relevance prediction. We describe our 13 summarization methods each from one of four summarization strategies. We show how well our methods perform using Farsi text from the CLEF 2008 shared-task, which we translated to(More)
A series of 3-substituted, 3-(4-pyridinylmethyl)-1,3-dihydro-1-phenyl-2H-indol-2-ones was synthesized and found to enhance the stimulus-induced release of neurotransmitter acetylcholine (AcCh), and by doing so, might be useful in treating cognitive disorders where the level of this neurotransmitter may be diminished in the brain, as in Alzheimer's disease.(More)
The relationship between cAMP stimulation and dopaminergic inhibition of PRL release was studied in primary cultures of rat anterior pituitary cells. Bromocriptine, a dopaminergic agonist, and cholera enterotoxin, isobutylmethylxanthine, theophylline, and 8-bromo-cAMP, agents which mimic cAMP action or cause increases in cAMP, were used. Short term PRL(More)
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