Tara A. Macey

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In this study we investigated the mechanisms responsible for MAP kinase ERK1/2 activation following agonist activation of endogenous mu opioid receptors (MOR) normally expressed in cultured striatal neurons. Treatment with the MOR agonist fentanyl caused significant activation of ERK1/2 in neurons derived from wild type mice. Fentanyl effects were blocked(More)
AtT-20 cells expressing the wild-type kappa opioid receptor (KOR) increased phospho-p38 MAPK following treatment with the kappa agonist U50,488. The increase was blocked by the kappa antagonist norbinaltorphimine and not evident in untransfected cells. In contrast, U50,488 treatment of AtT-20 cells expressing KOR having alanine substituted for serine-369(More)
The identification of the molecular drivers of cancer by sequencing is the backbone of precision medicine and the basis of personalized therapy; however, biopsies of primary tumors provide only a snapshot of the evolution of the disease and may miss potential therapeutic targets, especially in the metastatic setting. A liquid biopsy, in the form of(More)
BACKGROUND Ethanol withdrawal seizure-prone (WSP) and -resistant (WSR) mice have been genetically selected for differences in handling-induced convulsion severity during withdrawal from chronic ethanol administration. Importantly, drug-naïve mice from these selected lines also differ in handling-induced convulsion severity. Different N-methyl-D-aspartate(More)
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