W. Austin Spruill

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This study demonstrated that chronic aspartame consumption in rats can lead to altered T-maze performance and increased muscarinic cholinergic receptor densities in certain brain regions. Control and treated rats were trained in a T-maze to a particular side and then periodically tested to see how well they retained the learned response. Rats that had(More)
Ca2+-dependent protein phosphorylation and the role of calmodulin in this process was investigated in subcellular fractions of primary cultures of rat Sertoli cells. Significant Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein phosphorylation in Sertoli cells was restricted to the cytosol fraction. The calmodulin dependence of these effects was confirmed by using the(More)
A 17-year-old, previously healthy, male breakdancer presented with a three-month history of crescendo headache and newly identified papilledema. The patient was found to have four separate, unilateral extracranial collections. At surgery, three were subdural hematomas, and one was a probable arachnoid cyst containing a hematoma. These were removed, and the(More)
The effect of interference with central catecholamine- or serotonin-containing neurons on the response of rats to inhalation anesthetics were explored. Interference with catecholaminergic function by inhibition of amine synthesis with alpha-methyltyrosine alone or combined with destruction of these neurons by 6-hydroxydopamine reduced brain concentrations(More)
Homogeneous preparations of type I and type II regulatory subunits (RI and RII, respectively) of cAMP-dependent protein kinase (cAMP kinase) were utilized as antigens to obtain isozyme specific antisera. Injections of pure catalytic subunit (C) from the type I isozyme resulted in antisera that reacted with C subunit obtained from either isozyme type.(More)
The relationship between the subcellular distribution of guanylate cyclase and tissue guanosine-3',5'-cyclic monophosphate (cGMP) levels was investigated in rat testes after surgically induced unilateral cryptorchidism. Placement of one of a testis pair in the abdominal cavity results in loss of testicular weight and function in the abdominal testis whereas(More)
We extracted intermediate filament proteins (IFP) that were insoluble in in detergent from cultured rat Sertoli and peritubular cells after labeling with [35S] methionine and resolved them by two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, autoradiography and Western blotting. We found that vimentin was the predominant IFP in both Sertoli and(More)
Two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and the radioligand (-)-[125I]iodopindolol (125I-Pin) have been used to study isoproterenol-dependent protein phosphorylation and beta-adrenergic receptor availability, respectively, in cultured Sertoli cells and freshly isolated seminiferous tubular segments of sexually immature and mature rats. Sertoli(More)
Antisera have been produced against purified soluble cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) dependent-protein kinase (ATP: protein phosphotransferase EC isolated from bovine lung. No cross-reactivity was observed between the antisera and structurally related components of cAMP-dependent protein kinases (cAMP kinase), as judged by the(More)