William L. Wishart

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Sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) receptors are widely expressed in the central nervous system where they are thought to regulate glia cell function. The phosphorylated version of fingolimod/FTY720 (FTY720P) is active on a broad spectrum of S1P receptors and the parent compound is currently in phase III clinical trials for the treatment of multiple sclerosis.(More)
Synthetic 21-bp-long short interfering RNAs (siRNA) can stimulate sequence-specific mRNA degradation in mammalian cell cultures, a process referred to as RNA interference (RNAi). In the present study, the potential of RNAi was compared to the traditional antisense approach, acting mainly via RnaseH, for targeting the recombinant rat pain-related(More)
The excitation of nociceptive sensory neurons by ATP released in injured tissue is believed to be mediated partly by P2X3 receptors. Although an analysis of P2X3 knock-out mice has revealed some deficits in nociceptive signaling, detailed analysis of the role of these receptors is hampered by the lack of potent specific pharmacological tools. Here we have(More)
Double stranded, short interfering RNAs (siRNA) of 21-22 nt length initiate a sequence-specific, post-trancriptional gene silencing in animals and plants known as RNA interference (RNAi). Here we show that RNAi can block a pathophysiological pain response and provide relief from neuropathic pain in a rat disease model by down regulating an endogenous,(More)
Efficient tissue-specific delivery is a crucial factor in the successful development of therapeutic oligonucleotides. Screening for novel delivery methods with unique tissue-homing properties requires a rapid, sensitive, flexible and unbiased technique able to visualize the in vivo biodistribution of these oligonucleotides. Here, we present whole body(More)
The development of high-content screening technologies including automated immunostaining, automated image acquisition and automated image analysis have enabled higher throughput of cellular imaging-based assays. Here we used high-content imaging to thoroughly characterize the cultures of primary rat cerebellar granule neurons (CGNs). We describe procedures(More)
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