Steven H. Wong

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This assay of plasma lipoperoxides involves hydrolysis in dilute H3PO4 at 100 degrees C; complexation of malondialdehyde (MDA), a hydrolysis product, with thiobarbituric acid (TBA); methanol precipitation of plasma proteins; fractionation of the protein-free extract on a C18 column; and spectrophotometric quantification of the MDA-TBA adduct at 532 nm. The(More)
Recently, a large family of G-protein-coupled receptors called Mas-related genes (Mrgs), which is selectively expressed in small-diameter sensory neurons of dorsal root ganglia, was described. A subgroup of human Mrg receptors (MrgX1-X4) is not found in rodents and this has hampered efforts to define the physiological roles of these receptors. MrgX(More)
New formulas for generating smooth surfaces over arbitrarily spaced data points are developed. The formulas are based on quadratic polynomials for the construction of derivative continuous surfaces rather than on the cubic polynomials generally used. The technique is based on a subdivision procedure, dividing each triangle in a triangulation of the data(More)
The effects of auditory statements describing a personal worry on brain activation as measured by functional magnetic resonance imaging were examined in patients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) before and after anxiety reduction with citalopram. Six patients were imaged while listening to verbal descriptions of a personal worry or a neutral(More)
To assess the problem of continuing atenolol in a breast-feeding mother with hypertension associated with thyrotoxicosis, studies were performed to determine simultaneous plasma and breast milk concentrations of atenolol after a single dose of 50 mg and on continuous therapy of varying weekly dosages. Peak atenolol concentrations in breast milk were 3.6(More)
Pharmacogenomics, the study of the impact of heritable traits on pharmacology and toxicology, may serve as an adjunct for certifying opioid fatalities. Oxycodone, frequently prescribed for the relief of moderate to severe pain, is metabolized by cytochrome P450 (CYP) 2D6, encoded by a polymorphic gene with three mutations (*3, *4, and *5) with a combined(More)
Pharmacogenomics, applied as an aspect of molecular autopsy, may be used as an adjunct for certifying methadone fatalities. Methadone is metabolized by cytochrome P-450 (CYP) 1A2, 3A4, and 2D6. We hypothesized that methadone toxicity may be partially due to CYP 2D6 *3, *4, and *5 variant alleles, resulting in poor drug metabolism. A retrospective analysis(More)
We have developed a new assay for measuring epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) activation using the bioluminescence resonance energy transfer (BRET) technology, which directly measures the recruitment of signaling proteins to activated EGFR. Our results demonstrate that EGFR BRET assays precisely measure the pharmacology and signaling properties of(More)
Lovastatin is an important statin prescribed for the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular diseases. Biosynthesis of lovastatin uses an iterative type I polyketide synthase (PKS). LovC is a trans-acting enoyl reductase (ER) that specifically reduces three out of eight possible polyketide intermediates during lovastatin biosynthesis. Such trans-acting(More)