Virginia Lotti

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The intrinsic activity of the potent dopamine (DA) agonist 4-propyl-9-hydroxynaphthoxazine [(+)-PHNO] was examined in receptor binding assays for the following receptors: DA, alpha-1 and alpha-2 adrenergic, serotonin-1 and -2, neuroleptic, beta adrenergic, anxiolytic, adenosine A-1, gamma-aminobutyric acid, muscarinic and opiate. (+)-PHNO exhibited strong(More)
We and others have recently identified a novel recurring t(4;14)(p16.3; q32) translocation in multiple myeloma (MM) that leads to an apparent deregulation of the FGFR3 and WHSC1/MMSET genes. Because the presence of IGH-MMSET hybrid transcripts has been found in MM cell lines with t(4;14), they may represent a specific tumor-associated marker in MM. In this(More)
A new, competitive, nonpeptide cholecystokinin (CCK) antagonist, asperlicin, was isolated from the fungus Aspergillus alliaceus. The compound has 300 to 400 times the affinity for pancreatic, ileal, and gallbladder CCK receptors than proglumide, a standard agent of this class. Moreover, asperlicin is highly selective for peripheral CCK receptors relative to(More)
The virulence of many Gram-positive bacteria depends on cholesterol-dependent cytolysins (CDCs), which form pores in eukaryotic cell plasma membranes. Pyolysin (PLO) from Trueperella pyogenes provided a unique opportunity to explore cellular responses to CDCs because it does not require thiol activation. Sublytic concentrations of PLO stimulated(More)
The binding of biologically active 125I-Bolton-Hunter (BH)-NPY to rat brain membranes was saturable and reversible and regulated by inorganic cations and guanyl nucleotides consistent with other neurotransmitter receptor systems. The concentration of specific 125I-NPY binding differed in various brain regions, being highest in the hippocampus and lowest in(More)
Specific 125I-CCK receptor binding was significantly increased in brain tissue taken from guinea pig or mouse following chronic (2-3 week) daily administration of haloperidol (2-3 mg/kg/day). Scatchard analysis indicated the increase in CCK binding was due to an increased receptor number (B max) with no change in affinity (Kd). In guinea pigs, the increased(More)
Tifluadom, a benzodiazepine kappa-opiate agonist, stereoselectively inhibited the binding of 125I-CCK to pancreatic membranes (IC50 = 47 nM). Several other opiate agonists were ineffective. Scatchard analysis indicated the inhibition of CCK binding by tifluadom was competitive in nature. Tifluadom (1 microM) did not displace 125I-CCK binding to brain tissue(More)
The relative order of activity of thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) and various analogs in contracting the isolated guinea pig antrum and duodenum correlated with their potencies in activating thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) release. The action of TRH in both tissues was selectively antagonized by the putative pituitary TRH receptor antagonist,(More)
Specific 125I-NPY binding in various brain regions of spontaneous hypertensive (SH) rats and age-matched normotensive (WKY) rats was compared. SH rats exhibited significantly greater 125I-NPY binding than WKY rats in the hippocampus (43%) and cortex (18%), but not hypothalamus, midbrain, striatum or pons-medulla. Scatchard analysis indicated that the(More)