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  1. Pharmacological profiles of a novel alpha 1-adrenoceptor agonist, PNO-49B, at alpha 1-adrenoceptor subtypes.

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    Muramatsu, I; Ohmura, T; Kigoshi, S

    1995-01-01

    The effects of a newly synthesized compound, PNO-49B, (R)-(-)-3'-(2-amino-1-hydroxyethyl)-4'-fluoromethanesulfonanilide hydrochloride, on alpha 1-adrenoceptor subtypes were examined in various tissues in which the following distribution of alpha 1-adrenoceptor subtypes has been suggested: dog carotid artery (alpha 1B), dog mesenteric artery (alpha 1N), rabbit thoracic aorta (alpha 1B + alpha 1L), rat liver (alpha 1B), rat vas deferens (alpha 1A + alpha 1L), rat cerebral cortex (alpha 1A + alpha 1B) and rat thoracic aorta (controversial subtype). PNO-49B (0.1-100 microM) produced concentration-dependent contractions in dog mesenteric artery, rabbit thoracic aorta, rat thoracic aorta and rat vas deferens; and the maximal amplitudes of contraction were almost the same as or slightly less than those of noradrenaline. By contrast, the maximal response to PNO-49B in dog carotid artery was markedly smaller than the response to noradrenaline. In rabbit thoracic aorta, the contractile response to PNO-49B was not affected by inactivation of the alpha 1B subtype with chloroethylclonidine (CEC), although the response to noradrenaline was attenuated by that treatment. The dissociation constants (KA) of PNO-49B were not different among the rat thoracic aorta, dog carotid and mesenteric arteries and rabbit thoracic aorta (CEC-pretreated). The contractile responses to PNO-49B were inhibited competitively by prazosin, HV723 (alpha-ethyl-3,4,5-trimethoxy-alpha-(3-((2-(2-methoxyphenoxy)-ethyl)- amino(propyl)benzeneacetonitrile fumarate) and by WB4101 (2-(2,6-dimethoxyphenoxyethyl)-aminomethyl-1,4- benzodioxane).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  2. Alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonists potentiate responses mediated by alpha 1-adrenoceptors in the cat nictitating membrane.

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    Shepperson, N. B.

    1984-01-01

    Alpha 1 but not alpha 2-adrenoceptors mediate contractions of the cat nictitating membrane. The contractions of this tissue evoked by alpha 1-adrenoceptor agonists, but not those evoked by angiotensin II, are potentiated by pre-dosing with alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonists. This potentiation is reversed by the alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonist, WY 26392. Pressor responses evoked by alpha 1-adrenoceptor agonists or angiotensin II were not affected by alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonists. Contractions of the nictitating membrane evoked by noradrenaline were reduced by pretreatment with WY 26392. These results suggest that in some tissues the role of alpha 2-adrenoceptors may be to modulate responses to alpha 1-adrenoceptors, rather than to evoke a discrete response themselves. PMID:6148985

  3. Bioisosteric phentolamine analogs as selective human alpha(2)- versus alpha(1)-adrenoceptor ligands.

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    Bavadekar, Supriya A; Hong, Seoung-Soo; Lee, Sang-Ii; Miller, Duane D; Feller, Dennis R

    2008-08-20

    Phentolamine is known to act as a competitive, non-subtype-selective alpha-adrenoceptor antagonist. In an attempt to improve alpha(2)- versus alpha(1)-adrenoceptor selectivity and alpha(2)-adrenoceptor subtype-selectivity, two new chemical series of bioisosteric phentolamine analogs were prepared and evaluated. These compounds were evaluated for binding affinities on alpha(1)- (alpha(1A)-, alpha(1B)-, alpha(1D)-) and alpha(2)- (alpha(2A)-, alpha(2B)-, alpha(2C)-) adrenoceptor subtypes that had been stably expressed in human embryonic kidney and Chinese hamster ovary cell lines, respectively. Methylation of the phenolic hydroxy group and replacement of the 4-methyl group of phentolamine with varying lipophilic substituents yielded bioisosteric analogs selective for the alpha(2)- versus alpha(1)-adrenoceptors. Within the alpha(2)-adrenoceptors, these analogs bound with higher affinity at the alpha(2A)- and alpha(2C)-subtypes as compared to the alpha(2B)-subtype. In particular, the t-butyl analog was found to be the most selective, its binding at the alpha(2C)-adrenoceptor (Ki=3.6 nM) being 37- to 173-fold higher than that at the alpha(1)-adrenoceptors, and around 2- and 19-fold higher than at the alpha(2A)- and alpha(2B)-adrenoceptors, respectively. Data from luciferase reporter gene assays confirmed the functional antagonist activities of selected compounds from the bioisosteric series on human alpha(1A)- and alpha(2C)-adrenoceptors. Thus, the results with these bioisosteric analogs of phentolamine provide a lead to the rational design of potent and selective alpha(2)-adrenoceptor ligands that may be useful in improving the therapeutic profile of this drug class for human disorders.

  4. Involvement of central alpha1-adrenoceptors on renal responses to central moxonidine and alpha-methylnoradrenaline.

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    de Andrade, Carina A F; de Andrade, Glaucia M F; De Paula, Patricia M; De Luca, Laurival A; Menani, José V

    2009-04-01

    Moxonidine (alpha2-adrenoceptor/imidazoline receptor agonist) injected into the lateral ventricle induces diuresis, natriuresis and renal vasodilation. Moxonidine-induced diuresis and natriuresis depend on central imidazoline receptors, while central alpha1-adrenoceptors are involved in renal vasodilation. However, the involvement of central alpha1-adrenoceptors on diuresis and natriuresis to central moxonidine was not investigated yet. In the present study, the effects of moxonidine, alpha-methylnoradrenaline (alpha2-adrenoceptor agonist) or phenylephrine (alpha1-adrenoceptor agonist) alone or combined with previous injections of prazosin (alpha1-adrenoceptor antagonist), yohimbine or RX 821002 (alpha2-adrenoceptor antagonists) intracerebroventricularly (i.c.v.) on urinary sodium, potassium and volume were investigated. Male Holtzman rats (n = 5-18/group) with stainless steel cannula implanted into the lateral ventricle and submitted to gastric water load (10% of body weight) were used. Injections of moxonidine (20 nmol) or alpha-methylnoradrenaline (80 nmol) i.c.v. induced natriuresis (196 +/- 25 and 171 +/- 30, respectively, vs. vehicle: 101 +/- 9 microEq/2 h) and diuresis (9.0 +/- 0.4 and 12.3 +/- 1.6, respectively, vs. vehicle: 5.2 +/- 0.5 ml/2 h). Pre-treatment with prazosin (320 nmol) i.c.v. abolished the natriuresis (23 +/- 4 and 76 +/- 11 microEq/2 h, respectively) and diuresis (5 +/- 1 and 7.6 +/- 0.8 ml/2 h, respectively) produced by i.c.v. moxonidine or alpha-methylnoradrenaline. RX 821002 (320 nmol) i.c.v. abolished the natriuretic effect of alpha-methylnoradrenaline, however, yohimbine (320 nmol) did not change renal responses to moxonidine. Phenylephrine (80 nmol) i.c.v. induced natriuresis and kaliuresis that were blocked by prazosin. Therefore, the present data suggest that moxonidine and alpha-methylnoradrenaline acting on central imidazoline receptors and alpha2-adrenoceptors, respectively, activate central alpha1-adrenergic mechanisms to

  5. [beta]1-Adrenoceptor or [alpha]1-Adrenoceptor Activation Initiates Early Odor Preference Learning in Rat Pups: Support for the Mitral Cell/cAMP Model of Odor Preference Learning

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    Harley, Carolyn W.; Darby-King, Andrea; McCann, Jennifer; McLean, John H.

    2006-01-01

    We proposed that mitral cell [beta]1-adrenoceptor activation mediates rat pup odor preference learning. Here we evaluate [beta]1-, [beta]2-, [alpha]1-, and [alpha]2-adrenoceptor agonists in such learning. The [beta]1-adrenoceptor agonist, dobutamine, and the [alpha]1-adrenoceptor agonist, phenylephrine, induced learning, and both exhibited an…

  6. [beta]1-Adrenoceptor or [alpha]1-Adrenoceptor Activation Initiates Early Odor Preference Learning in Rat Pups: Support for the Mitral Cell/cAMP Model of Odor Preference Learning

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    Harley, Carolyn W.; Darby-King, Andrea; McCann, Jennifer; McLean, John H.

    2006-01-01

    We proposed that mitral cell [beta]1-adrenoceptor activation mediates rat pup odor preference learning. Here we evaluate [beta]1-, [beta]2-, [alpha]1-, and [alpha]2-adrenoceptor agonists in such learning. The [beta]1-adrenoceptor agonist, dobutamine, and the [alpha]1-adrenoceptor agonist, phenylephrine, induced learning, and both exhibited an…

  7. Phenylpiperazinylalkylamino substituted pyridazinones as potent alpha(1) adrenoceptor antagonists.

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    Barlocco, D; Cignarella, G; Piaz, V D; Giovannoni, M P; De Benedetti, P G; Fanelli, F; Montesano, F; Poggesi, E; Leonardi, A

    2001-07-19

    QSAR models have been used for designing a series of compounds characterized by a N-phenylpiperazinylalkylamino moiety linked to substituted pyridazinones, which have been synthesized. Measurements of the binding affinities of the new compounds toward the alpha(1a)-, alpha(1b)-, and alpha(1d)-AR cloned subtypes as well as the 5-HT(1A) receptor have been done validating, at least in part, the estimations of the theoretical models. This study provides insight into the structure activity relationships of the alpha(1)-ARs ligands and their alpha(1)-AR/5-HT(1A) selectivity.

  8. Comparison of guinea-pig, bovine and rat alpha 1-adrenoceptor subtypes.

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    Büscher, R.; Heeks, C.; Taguchi, K.; Michel, M. C.

    1996-01-01

    1. To elucidate a possible role of species differences in the classification of alpha 1-adrenoceptor subtypes, we have characterized the alpha 1-adrenoceptors in guinea-pig spleen, kidney and cerebral cortex and in bovine cerebral cortex using concentration-dependent alkylation by chloroethylclonidine and competitive binding with 5-methlurapidil, methoxamine, (+)-niguldipine, noradrenaline, oxymetazoline, phentolamine, SDZ NVI-085, tamsulosin and (+)-tamsulosin. Rat liver alpha 1B-adrenoceptors were studied for comparison. Chloroethylclonidine-sensitivity and (+)-niguldipine affinity were also compared at cloned rat and bovine alpha 1a-adrenoceptors. 2. Chloroethylclonidine concentration-dependently inactivated alpha 1-adrenoceptors in all five tissues. While chloroethylclonidine inactivated almost all alpha 1-adrenoceptors in rat liver and guinea-pig kidney and brain, 20-30% of alpha 1-adrenoceptors in guinea-pig spleen and bovine brain were resistant to alkylation by 10 microM chloroethylclonidine. With regard to concentration-dependency guinea-pig kidney and brain were approximately 10 fold less sensitive than guinea-pig spleen or rat liver. 3. In rat liver, all drugs tested competed for [3H]-prazosin binding with steep and monophasic curves. Drug affinities were relatively low and resembled most closely those of cloned rat alpha 1b-adrenoceptors. 4. In guinea-pig spleen, all drugs tested competed for [3H]-prazosin binding with steep and monophasic curves. Drug affinities were relatively low and resembled most closely those of cloned rat alpha 1b-adrenoceptors. 5. In guinea-pig kidney most drugs tested competed for [3H]-prazosin binding with steep and monophasic curves and had relatively low drug affinities close to those of cloned rat alpha 1b- and alpha 1d-adrenoceptors. However, noradrenaline and tamsulosin had consistently biphasic competition curves recognizing 36-39% high and 61-64% low affinity sites. 6. In guinea-pig cerebral cortex, all drugs tested

  9. Neuronal changes resulting in up-regulation of alpha-1 adrenoceptors after peripheral nerve injury.

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    Drummond, Peter D

    2014-07-15

    Under normal conditions, the sympathetic neurotransmitter noradrenaline inhibits the production and release of pro-inflammatory cytokines. However, after peripheral nerve and tissue injury, pro-inflammatory cytokines appear to induce the expression of the alpha1A-adrenoceptor subtype on immune cells and perhaps also on other cells in the injured tissue. In turn, noradrenaline may act on up-regulated alpha1-adrenoceptors to increase the production of the pro-inflammatory cytokine interleukin-6. In addition, the release of inflammatory mediators and nerve growth factor from keratinocytes and other cells may augment the expression of alpha1-adrenoceptors on peripheral nerve fibers. Consequently, nociceptive afferents acquire an abnormal excitability to adrenergic agents, and inflammatory processes build. These mechanisms could contribute to the development of sympathetically maintained pain in conditions such as post-herpetic neuralgia, cutaneous neuromas, amputation stump pain and complex regional pain syndrome.

  10. Upregulation of the alpha1-adrenoceptor-induced phosphoinositide and inotropic response in hypothyroid rat heart.

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    Jalali, Shahrzad; Durston, Melanie; Panagia, Vincenzo; Mesaeli, Nasrin

    2006-02-01

    In this study, we examined changes in the biochemical and inotropic events of the alpha(1)-adrenoceptor signaling pathway in hypothyroid rat hearts. Hypothyroidism was induced by treating experimental animals with 0.05% 6-n-propyl-2-thiouracil (PTU) in drinking water for 7 weeks. A significant decrease of beta- and an increase in alpha(1)-adrenoceptor density as well as an increase in the basal activity of the phosphoinositide (4,5) bisphosphate hydrolyzing phospholipase C was observed in sarcolemmal membranes purified from hypothyroid hearts as compared to age-matched euthyroid controls. Following stimulation with 10 microM phenylephrine (in the presence of 10 microM atenolol), the increase of contractile parameters over baseline values was significantly higher in hypo- than euthyroid hearts, while the opposite occurred under beta-stimulation with 0.1 microM isoproterenol. Interestingly, the increase in phenylephrine-mediated positive inotropy was accompanied by a significant increase in the sarcolemmal phospholipase C activity and in the inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate content in hypothyroid as compared to euthyroid controls. Our results suggest that cardiac alpha(1)-adrenoceptor and its associated phosphoinositide signaling pathway may act as a reserve for catecholamine inotropic response in hypothyroidism, where the beta-adrenoceptors are compromised.

  11. Prediction of alpha1-adrenoceptor occupancy in the human prostate from plasma concentrations of silodosin, tamsulosin and terazosin to treat urinary obstruction in benign prostatic hyperplasia.

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    Yamada, Shizuo; Kato, Yasuhiro; Okura, Takashi; Kagawa, Yoshiyuki; Kawabe, Kazuki

    2007-07-01

    Alpha1-adrenoceptor antagonists are clinically useful for the improvement of urinary obstruction due to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), and their therapeutic effects are mediated through the blockade of prostatic alpha(1)-adrenoceptors. The present study was undertaken to predict the magnitude and duration of alpha(1)-adrenoceptor occupancy in the human prostate after oral alpha(1)-adrenoceptor antagonists. Prostatic alpha(1)-adrenoceptor-binding parameters of silodosin were estimated by measuring specific [(3)H]prazosin binding in rat prostate after oral administration of this drug. The plasma concentration of silodosin after oral administration in rats and healthy volunteers was measured using a high-performance liquid chromatographic method. The alpha(1)-adrenoceptor-binding affinities (K(i)) of silodosin, tamsulosin, and terazosin in the human prostate and plasma concentrations of tamsulosin and terazosin were obtained from the literature. Using the alpha(1)-adrenoceptor binding parameters of silodosin in rat prostate, alpha(1)-adrenoceptor occupancy in the human prostate was estimated to be around 60-70% at 1-6 h after oral administration of silodosin at doses of 3.0, 8.1, and 16.1 micromol. Thereafter, the receptor occupancy was periodically decreased, to 24% (8.1 micromol) and 54% (16.1 micromol) 24 h later. A similar magnitude and time course of alpha(1)-adrenoceptor occupancy by silodosin in the human prostate were estimated using alpha(1)-adrenoceptor-binding affinities (K(i)) in the human prostate. Despite about two orders of differences in the plasma unbound concentrations after clinically effective oral dosages of silodosin, tamsulosin, and terazosin, there was a comparable magnitude of prostatic alpha(1)-adrenoceptor occupancy by these drugs. In conclusion, the prediction of alpha(1)-adrenoceptor occupancy in the human prostate by alpha(1)-adrenoceptor antagonists may provide the rationale for the optimum dosage regimen of these drugs in the

  12. Modulation of the hepatic alpha 1-adrenoceptor responsiveness by colchicine: dissociation of free cytosolic Ca(2+)-dependent and independent responses.

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    Butta, N.; Martin-Requero, A.; Urcelay, E.; Parrilla, R.; Ayuso, M. S.

    1996-01-01

    1. The cytoskeletal depolymerizing agent, colchicine, prevents the hepatic alpha 1-adrenoceptor-mediated stimulation of respiration, H+ and Ca2+ release to the effluent perfusate, intracellular alkalosis, and glycogenolysis. Unlike the other parameters, colchicine does not perturb the alpha 1-agonist-induced stimulation of gluconeogenesis or phosphorylase 'a' activation, and enhances the increase in portal pressure response. The lack of effect of colchicine on the hepatic alpha 2-adrenoceptor-mediated effects indicates that its actions are alpha 1-specific. 2. Colchicine enhances the acute alpha 1-adrenoceptor-mediated intracellular Ca2+ mobilization and prevents the activation of protein kinase C. This differential effect on the two branches of the alpha 1-adrenoceptor signalling pathway is a distinctive feature of the colchicine action. 3. The lack of effect of colchicine in altering the alpha 1-adrenoceptor ligand binding affinity suggests that it might interact with some receptor-coupled regulatory element(s). 4. The acuteness of the colchicine effect and the ability of its isomer beta-lumicolchicine to prevent all the alpha 1-adrenoceptor-mediated responses but the increase in vascular resistance, indicate that its action cannot be merely ascribed to its effects in depolymerizing tubulin. 5. Colchicine perturbs the hepatic responses to vasoactive peptides. It enhances the vasopressin-induced rise of cytosolic free Ca2+ in isolated hepatocytes and prevents the sustained decrease of Ca2+ in the effluent perfusate. It also inhibits the stimulation of glycogenolysis, without altering the stimulation of gluconeogenesis. 6. It is concluded that there are at least two major alpha 1-adrenoceptor signalling pathways. One is colchicine-sensitive, independent of variations in free cytosolic Ca2+, and protein kinase C-dependent; the other one is colchicine-insensitive, dependent on variations in free cytosolic Ca2+, and protein kinase C-independent. PMID:8842446

  13. Characterization of alpha 1-adrenoceptor subtypes in tension response of human prostate to electrical field stimulation.

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    Guh, J. H.; Chueh, S. C.; Ko, F. N.; Teng, C. M.

    1995-01-01

    1. The effects of various alpha 1-adrenoceptor antagonists and nifedipine on tension responses of human prostate to electrical field stimulation were evaluated in this study. 2. Prazosin (3 x 10(-10) to 10(-8) M) and 5-methyl-urapidil (10(-9) to 3 x 10(-8) M) blocked concentration-dependently the tension responses to electrical field stimulation and completely abolished them in the maximal concentrations (10(-8) M and 3 x 10(-8) M, respectively); in contrast, chloroethylclonidine (CEC), in the maximal concentration of 100 microM, blocked these effects by only 50%. 3. The contractile responses of rat vas deferens and spleen to exogenously-applied alpha 1-adrenoceptor agonists were competitively inhibited by prazosin and 5-methyl-urapidil; in addition, the pA2 values were calculated and the relative potencies with reference to prazosin were obtained. The relative potency of 5-methyl-urapidil in human prostate (0.105) was close to that in rat vas deferens (0.257), which contains primarily putative alpha 1A-adrenoceptors. However, it was much more than that in rat spleen (0.011), which contains primarily putative alpha 1B-adrenoceptors. 4. Nifedipine (10(-8) to 10(-6) M) inhibited concentration-dependently the contractile responses to electrical field stimulation in human prostate; in addition, the inhibition percentages were similar to those to exogenously-applied noradrenaline in rat vas deferens. In contrast, CEC (10 microM), which almost flattened the concentration-response curve of the rat spleen to phenylephrine, only partially inhibited (by 33.1%) the nerve-mediated contraction of human prostate. 5. The involvement of prejunctional alpha 2-adrenoceptors situated on the sympathetic nerve terminals of human prostate was also examined.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:7647968

  14. Dexmedetomidine Inhibits Phenylephrine-induced Contractions via Alpha-1 Adrenoceptor Blockade and Nitric Oxide Release in Isolated Rat Aortae

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    Byon, Hyo-Jin; Ok, Seong-Ho; Lee, Soo Hee; Kang, Sebin; Cho, Youngil; Han, Jeong Yeol; Sohn, Ju-Tae

    2017-01-01

    The goal of this in vitro study was to examine the effect of the alpha-2 adrenoceptor agonist dexmedetomidine on phenylephrine (alpha-1 adrenoceptor agonist)-induced contraction in isolated rat aortae and to elucidate the associated cellular mechanisms, with a particular focus on alpha-1 adrenoceptor antagonism. Dexmedetomidine dose-response curves were generated in isolated endothelium-intact and endothelium-denuded rat aortae precontracted with phenylephrine or 5-hydroxytryptamine. Endothelium-denuded aortic rings were pretreated with either dexmedetomidine or the reversible alpha-1 adrenoceptor antagonist phentolamine, followed by post-treatment with the irreversible alpha-1 adrenoceptor blocker phenoxybenzamine. Control rings were treated with phenoxybenzamine alone. All rings were repeatedly washed with Krebs solution to remove all pretreatment drugs, including phenoxybenzamine, phentolamine and dexmedetomidine. Phenylephrine dose-response curves were then generated. The effect of rauwolscine on the dexmedetomidine-mediated change in phenylephrine-induced endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) phosphorylation in human umbilical vein endothelial cells was examined using western blotting. The magnitude of the dexmedetomidine-mediated inhibition of phenylephrine-induced contraction was higher in endothelium-intact aortae than in endothelium-denuded aortae or endothelium-intact aortae treated with Nω-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester. However, dexmedetomidine did not significantly alter 5-hydroxytryptamine-induced contraction. In further experiments, prazosin attenuated dexmedetomidine-induced contraction. Additionally, pretreatment with either dexmedetomidine plus phenoxybenzamine or phentolamine plus phenoxybenzamine produced greater phenylephrine-induced contraction than phenoxybenzamine alone, suggesting that dexmedetomidine protects aortae from the alpha-1 adrenoceptor blockade induced by phenoxybenzamine. Rauwolscine attenuated the dexmedetomidine

  15. Effects of different alpha-1 adrenoceptor blockers on proximal urethral function using in vivo isovolumetric pressure changes.

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    Yamaguchi, Takanori; Nagano, Masashi; Osada, Yukio

    2005-10-01

    The effects of different alpha-1 adrenoceptor blockers on the urethra and the cardiovascular system were evaluated using an in vivo isovolumetric intra-urethral pressure model in New Zealand white rabbits. The urethra of anesthetized male rabbits was cannulated through the bladder and secured at the vesico-urethral junction. The distal side of urethra under the pubic bone was also closed to allow measurement of the intra-urethral pressure. Both the intra-urethral pressure and the femoral arterial pressure were monitored. The effects of five different alpha-1 adrenoceptor blockers on the increases in both the intra-urethral pressure and blood pressure induced by phenylephrine were then examined. The inhibition rate of the alpha-1 adrenoceptor blockers prazosin, bunazosin, terazosin, alfuzosin and tamsulosin on the increase in intra-urethral pressure caused as a result of contraction by phenylephrine was 87.5 +/- 4.5% (mean +/- S.E.), 88.0 +/- 7.2%, 86.2 +/- 6.2%, 81.4 +/- 4.8% and 92.5 +/- 5.0% respectively. The potency ranking of these alpha-1 adrenoceptor blockers was tamsulosin > bunazosin > prazosin > terazosin > alfuzosin. Their inhibition rate of the arterial pressure increase induced by phenylephrine was 81.9 +/- 5.0%, 86.2 +/- 5.9%, 76.0 +/- 6.0%, 63.6 +/- 5.7% and 58.0 +/- 5.2% respectively, with a potency ranking of bunazosin > prazosin > terazosin > alfuzosin > tamsulosin. We therefore conclude that the alpha-1 adrenoceptor blockers bunazosin and prazosin have a more potent action on both the urethra and the vascular system. However, tamsulosin and alfuzosin displayed a marked blockade of the increased urethral pressure induced by phenylephrine, with much less of a blockade of arterial pressure. In the present study, tamsulosin has been shown to be the most sensitive and powerful of the alpha-1 adrenoceptor blockers on urethral smooth muscle.

  16. Renal vasodilatation by dopexamine and fenoldopam due to alpha 1-adrenoceptor blockade.

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    Martin, S. W.; Broadley, K. J.

    1995-01-01

    1. The renal vascular responses of the rat isolated perfused kidney to the dopamine D1-receptor agonists, dopexamine and fenoldopam, were examined. 2. Both kidneys were perfused in situ at constant flow rate (11 ml min-1) with Krebs-bicarbonate solution at 37 degrees C. The perfusion pressure was monitored and to enable vasodilator responses to be measured, the resting perfusion pressure was raised by infusing noradrenaline (6 x 10(-9) M). 3. Dose-related vasodilator responses to bolus doses of dopexamine and fenoldopam were obtained. However, these were not antagonized by the D1-receptor antagonist, SCH 23390, indicating that D1-receptors were not involved. 4. Bolus doses of the alpha 1-adrenoceptor antagonist, prazosin, caused similar dose-related vasodilator responses indicating the possibility that alpha 1-adrenoceptor blocking properties of dopexamine and fenoldopam were responsible for the vasodilatation. 5. alpha-Adrenoceptor blockade by dopexamine and fenoldopam was confirmed by the parallel displacement of dose-response curves for the vasopressor responses to noradrenaline. pA2 values were determined by Schild analysis for dopexamine, fenoldopam and prazosin antagonism of noradrenaline in the presence of neuronal (cocaine, 10(-5) M) and extraneuronal uptake blockade (metanephrine, 10(-5) M). The values were 6.23, 6.02 and 8.91, respectively. Schild plot slopes of unity were obtained for dopexamine and fenoldopam indicating competitive antagonism. A slope of greater than unity for prazosin may be explained by the lack of equilibrium conditions associated with bolus doses of noradrenaline, the responses of which are affected more by the high affinity antagonist, prazosin, than the two lower affinity antagonists.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:7670737

  17. Suppression of human prostate cancer cell growth by alpha1-adrenoceptor antagonists doxazosin and terazosin via induction of apoptosis.

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    Kyprianou, N; Benning, C M

    2000-08-15

    Recent evidence from our laboratory has demonstrated that alpha1-adrenoceptor antagonists doxazosin and terazosin induced apoptosis in prostate epithelial and smooth muscle cells in patients with benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH; J. Urol., 159: 1810-1815, 1998; J. Urol., 161: 2002-2007, 1999). In this study, we investigated the biological action of three alpha1-adrenoceptor antagonists, doxazosin, terazosin, and tamsulosin, against prostate cancer cell growth. The antigrowth effect of the three alpha1-adrenoceptor antagonists was examined in two human prostate cancer cell lines, PC-3 and DU-145, and a prostate smooth muscle cell primary culture, SMC-1, on the basis of: (a) cell viability assay; (b) rate of DNA synthesis; and (c) induction of apoptosis. Our results indicate that treatment of prostate cancer cells with doxazosin or terazosin results in a significant loss of cell viability, via induction of apoptosis in a dose-dependent manner, whereas tamsulosin had no effect on prostate cell growth. Neither doxazosin nor terazosin exerted a significant effect on the rate of cell proliferation in prostate cancer cells. Exposure to phenoxybenzamine, an irreversible inhibitor of alpha1-adrenoceptors, does not abrogate the apoptotic effect of doxazosin or terazosin against human prostate cancer or smooth muscle cells. This suggests that the apoptotic activity of doxazosin and terazosin against prostate cells is independent of their capacity to antagonize alpha1-adrenoceptors. Furthermore, an in vivo efficacy trial demonstrated that doxazosin administration (at tolerated pharmacologically relevant doses) in SCID mice bearing PC-3 prostate cancer xenografts resulted in a significant inhibition of tumor growth. These findings demonstrate the ability of doxazosin and terazosin (but not tamsulosin) to suppress prostate cancer cell growth in vitro and in vivo by inducing apoptosis without affecting cell proliferation. This evidence provides the rationale for targeting both

  18. Induction by endogenous noradrenaline of an alpha 1-adrenoceptor-mediated positive inotropic effect in rabbit papillary muscles.

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    Hattori, Y.; Takeda, Y.; Nakaya, H.; Kanno, M.

    1993-01-01

    1. The possible involvement of alpha 1-adrenoceptors in the inotropic and electrophysiological responses to endogenous noradrenaline released by tyramine was examined in rabbit papillary muscles. 2. A concentration-dependent positive inotropic effect was produced by tyramine. This effect of tyramine was not observed in muscles from rabbits pretreated with reserpine. 3. The positive inotropic effect of tyramine was greatly inhibited by propranolol, but not altered by prazosin. However, when beta-adrenoceptors were blocked by pretreatment with propranolol, tyramine still produced a positive inotropic effect, an effect which was antagonized by prazosin. 4. Tyramine caused a decrease in action potential duration (APD) and an increase in action potential amplitude in a concentration-dependent manner. Isoprenaline also produced the same electrophysiological effects. These electrophysiological effects of both agents were inhibited by propranolol. 5. When beta-adrenoceptors were blocked by propranolol, the observed prazosin-sensitive positive inotropic effect of tyramine was not accompanied by any change in APD. In contrast, APD was markedly prolonged by alpha 1-adrenoceptor stimulation with phenylephrine in the presence of propranolol, in association with the positive inotropic effect. 6. It is concluded that in rabbit papillary muscles, endogenous noradrenaline causes a positive inotropic effect predominantly mediated by beta-adrenoceptors, but can still evoke a positive inotropic effect through alpha 1-adrenoceptors when beta-adrenoceptor stimulation is eliminated. This suggests that the alpha 1-adrenoceptor-mediated positive intropic mechanism(s) may be masked by simultaneous activation of beta-adrenoceptors. In addition, this study indicates that APD prolongation is not involved in the alpha 1-adrenoceptor-mediated inotropic responses to endogenous noradrenaline. PMID:8401934

  19. Possible dopaminergic stimulation of locus coeruleus alpha1-adrenoceptors involved in behavioral activation.

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    Lin, Yan; Quartermain, David; Dunn, Adrian J; Weinshenker, David; Stone, Eric A

    2008-07-01

    alpha(1)-Adrenoceptors of the locus coeruleus (LC) have been implicated in behavioral activation in novel surroundings, but the endogenous agonist that activates these receptors has not been established. In addition to the canonical activation of alpha(1)-receptors by norepinephrine (NE), there is evidence that dopamine (DA) may also activate certain brain alpha(1)-receptors. This study examined the contribution of DA to exploratory activity in a novel cage by determining the effect of infusion of various dopaminergic and adrenergic drugs into the mouse LC. It was found that the D2/D3 agonist, quinpirole, which selectively blocks the release of CNS DA, produced a dose-dependent and virtually complete abolition of exploration and all movement in the novel cage test. The quinpirole-induced inactivity was significantly attenuated by coinfusion of DA but not by the D1 agonist, SKF38390. Furthermore, the DA attenuation of quinpirole inactivity was blocked by coinfusion of the alpha(1)-adrenergic receptor antagonist, terazosin, but not by the D1 receptor antagonist, SCH23390. LC infusions of either quinpirole or terazosin also produced profound inactivity in DA-beta-hydroxylase knockout (Dbh -/-) mice that lack NE, indicating that their behavioral effects were not due to an alteration of the release or action of LC NE. Measurement of endogenous DA, NE, and 5HT and their metabolites in the LC during exposure to the novel cage indicated an increase in the turnover of DA and NE but not 5HT. These results indicate that DA is a candidate as an endogenous agonist for behaviorally activating LC alpha(1)-receptors and may play a role in the activation of this nucleus by novel surroundings.

  20. alpha1-Adrenoceptors stimulate a Galphas protein and reduce the transient outward K+ current via a cAMP/PKA-mediated pathway in the rat heart.

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    Gallego, Mónica; Setién, Raúl; Puebla, Lilian; Boyano-Adánez, María Del Carmen; Arilla, Eduardo; Casis, Oscar

    2005-03-01

    alpha(1)-Adrenoceptor stimulation prolongs the duration of the cardiac action potentials and leads to positive inotropic effects by inhibiting the transient outward K(+) current (I(to)). In the present study, we have examined the role of several protein kinases and the G protein involved in I(to) inhibition in response to alpha(1)-adrenoceptor stimulation in isolated adult rat ventricular myocytes. Our findings exclude the classic alpha(1)-adrenergic pathway: activation of the G protein G(alphaq), phospholipase C (PLC), and protein kinase C (PKC), because neither PLC, nor PKC, nor G(alphaq) blockade prevents the alpha(1)-induced I(to) reduction. To the contrary, the alpha(1)-adrenoceptor does not inhibit I(to) in the presence of protein kinase A (PKA), adenylyl cyclase, or G(alphas) inhibitors. In addition, PKA and adenylyl cyclase activation inhibit I(to) to the same extent as phenylephrine. Finally, we have shown a functional coupling between the alpha(1)-adrenoceptor and G(alphas) in a physiological system. Moreover, this coupling seems to be compartmentalized, because the alpha(1)-adrenoceptor increases cAMP levels only in intact cells, but not in isolated membranes, and the effect on I(to) disappears when the cytoskeleton is disrupted. We conclude that alpha(1)-adrenoceptor stimulation reduces the amplitude of the I(to) by activating a G(alphas) protein and the cAMP/PKA signaling cascade, which in turn leads to I(to) channel phosphorylation.

  1. Alpha-1 adrenoceptors in brown adipose tissue of lean and ob/ob mice

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    Behrens-Zaror, G.; Himms-Hagen, J.

    1986-03-01

    Obese (ob/ob) mice have a low capacity to increase thyroxine 5'-deiodinase (T4 5'-D) in brown adipose tissue (BAT) when exposed to cold. This effect is mediated by alpha-1 (A-1) adrenoceptors. The authors objective was to find out whether BAT of the ob/ob mouse has normal A-1 receptors. Saturation analysis of binding of (3H)-WB4101 at 0.05 nM to 10 ..mu..M to crude membrane preparations (100,000 g pellets from Polytron homogenates) using the LIGAND program of Munson and Rodbard, showed two populations of binding sites in BAT of lean (+/+, 11-15 wk old) mice. Acute exposure (12 h, 14/sup 0/C) or acclimation to cold (3 wk, 14/sup 0/C) did not alter affinity or concentration of sites. Displacement with yohimbine and prazosin indicated binding of WB4101 to A-1 receptors. Very young (5 wk) lean (+/.) and obese mice had similar affinity constants (lean 0.13 +/- 0.043 and 34.2 +/- 14.9; obese, 0.12 +/- 0.028 and 20.9 +/- 5.48 nM) and concentrations (lean 22.4 +/- 3.8 and 647 +/- 137; obese, 28.6 +/- 4.6 and 547 +/- 105 fmol/mg protein) of sites. Old (1 yr) mice had high affinity sites similar to those in younger animals (KD lean 0.19 +/- 0.028, obese, 0.25 +/- 0.075; Bmax lean, 60.2 +/- 12.1; obese, 63.1 +/- 13.5 fmol/mg protein). The authors conclude that the ob/ob mouse has normal high affinity A-1 receptors in BAT. Anomalous properties of low affinity binding in old ob/ob mice could not be characterized because of high nonspecific binding. BAT of the ob/ob mouse does not lack A-1 receptors but may have a post-receptor alteration in the A-1 adrenoceptor-mediated response.

  2. Evidence for predominant mediation of alpha1-adrenoceptor in the tonus of entire urethra of women.

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    Taki, N; Taniguchi, T; Okada, K; Moriyama, N; Muramatsu, I

    1999-11-01

    We separated the entire length of the isolated human female urethra into seven parts from external urethral meatus to bladder neck and examined regional differences in contractile responses to noradrenaline, clonidine, acetylcholine and KCl. The entire urethra was obtained from 9 female patients with a mean age of 72.2 +/- 1.8 years. The entire urethra (35 to 42 mm. in length) was transversely cut into seven parts, and the contractile responses to noradrenaline, clonidine, acetylcholine and KCl of these parts were examined. Noradrenaline but not clonidine produced concentration-dependent contraction in all parts, with a peak amplitude in middle to proximal urethra. In contrast, acetylcholine produced contraction only in proximal urethra and bladder neck. The amplitudes of noradrenaline-induced contraction were normalized against those induced by KCl, revealing similarity in patterns between noradrenaline-induced contractions and urethral pressure profile in human female urethra. These contractions to noradrenaline and acetylcholine were competitively inhibited by prazosin (pK(B): 8.38 +/- 0.10) and atropine (pK(B): 8.52 +/- 0.43), respectively. These findings suggest that sympathetic innervation helps maintain resting urethral tonus, mainly through alpha1-adrenoceptors.

  3. Ejaculatory disorder caused by alpha-1 adrenoceptor antagonists is not retrograde ejaculation but a loss of seminal emission.

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    Hisasue, Shin-ichi; Furuya, Ryoji; Itoh, Naoki; Kobayashi, Ko; Furuya, Seiji; Tsukamoto, Taiji

    2006-10-01

    The etiology of the ejaculatory disorder induced by alpha-1 blockers is still controversial, although it has been suggested to be retrograde ejaculation. The aim of this study was to investigate the distribution of alpha-1 adrenoceptor subtype mRNA in human seminal vesicles, and to analyze the prevalence and etiology of the disorder in healthy men. Experimental Study. Seminal vesicles from 10 surgical specimens (eight radical prostatectomy, two radical cystectomy) were dissected. Real-time PCR was conducted for quantification of mRNA expression of each alpha-1 adrenoceptor subtype. Clinical Study. Ejaculatory disorder was investigated using 17 healthy male volunteers. Tamsulosin (0.2 mg and 0.4 mg) and naftopidil (50 mg and 100 mg) were administered in a crossover manner for 3 days. The ejaculatory volume, sperm count in midstream urine after ejaculation, and fructose concentration in seminal plasma were investigated. Real-time PCR revealed that alpha-1a mRNA was significantly predominant in seminal vesicles (P < 0.001; 1a, 75.0%; 1b, 11.7%; 1d, 13.3%). Ejaculatory volume (baseline 2.72 +/- 0.28 mL) significantly decreased in the tamsulosin group (0.2 mg, 1.75 +/- 0.31 mL; 0.4 mg, 1.51 +/- 0.39 mL; P < 0.05), but not in the naftopidil group (50 mg, 2.70 +/- 0.24 mL; 100 mg, 2.48 +/- 0.26 mL; P = NS). There was no sperm in midstream urine after any ejaculation. The current study demonstrates that alpha-1a mRNA is predominant among the adrenoceptor subtypes in human seminal vesicles. Decreased capacity of contraction of the seminal vesicles is proposed as the cause of the ejaculatory disorder induced by alpha-1 blockers.

  4. Interactions between responses mediated by activation of adenosine A2 receptors and alpha 1-adrenoceptors in the rabbit isolated aorta.

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    Wiener, H L; Thalody, G P; Maayani, S

    1993-06-01

    1. This paper describes aspects of the functional antagonism between the responses mediated by activated alpha 1-adrenoceptors and adenosine A2 receptors in the adventitia- and endothelium-denuded aorta of the rabbit. 2. Adenosine A2 receptor agonists relaxed aortic rings pre-contracted with phenylephrine. The relaxation response was agonist concentration-dependent and saturable. The respective contractile and relaxation responses were stable, reproducible, and reversible. 3. Increasing the phenylephrine concentration caused a progressive attenuation of the action of adenosine A2 receptor agonists, consisting of a decreased maximal response and a dextral shift of the adenosine agonist concentration-response curve. This functional antagonism could be completely reversed upon removal of adenosine by either the addition of adenosine deaminase or by wash-out of the adenosine agonist from the tissue. The relaxation response to the adenosine A2 receptor partial agonists, N6-cyclohexyladenosine and R-(-)-N6-(2-phenylisopropyl)adenosine, was abolished at higher phenylephrine concentrations (e.g. 30 EC50). 4. A 1000 fold increase in the adenosine concentration was required to shift the value of the EC50 of phenylephrine six fold, while a similar increase in the value of the EC50 of adenosine could be elicited by only a 32 fold increase in the phenylephrine concentration. A 30 fold increase in the phenylephrine concentration shifted the value of the EC50 of 5'-N-ethylcarboxamidoadenosine four fold. 5. Analysis of the functional antagonism between the responses mediated by these receptors using the Black & Leff (1983) operational model of agonism allowed for the estimation of the agonist dissociation constant, KA, and the apparent efficacy, tau, for both phenylephrine and adenosine A2 receptor agonists. Increasing the concentration of phenylephrine reduced the value of tau for adenosine agonists in a concentration-dependent and saturable manner. Similarly, increasing the

  5. Interactions between responses mediated by activation of adenosine A2 receptors and alpha 1-adrenoceptors in the rabbit isolated aorta.

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    Wiener, H. L.; Thalody, G. P.; Maayani, S.

    1993-01-01

    1. This paper describes aspects of the functional antagonism between the responses mediated by activated alpha 1-adrenoceptors and adenosine A2 receptors in the adventitia- and endothelium-denuded aorta of the rabbit. 2. Adenosine A2 receptor agonists relaxed aortic rings pre-contracted with phenylephrine. The relaxation response was agonist concentration-dependent and saturable. The respective contractile and relaxation responses were stable, reproducible, and reversible. 3. Increasing the phenylephrine concentration caused a progressive attenuation of the action of adenosine A2 receptor agonists, consisting of a decreased maximal response and a dextral shift of the adenosine agonist concentration-response curve. This functional antagonism could be completely reversed upon removal of adenosine by either the addition of adenosine deaminase or by wash-out of the adenosine agonist from the tissue. The relaxation response to the adenosine A2 receptor partial agonists, N6-cyclohexyladenosine and R-(-)-N6-(2-phenylisopropyl)adenosine, was abolished at higher phenylephrine concentrations (e.g. 30 EC50). 4. A 1000 fold increase in the adenosine concentration was required to shift the value of the EC50 of phenylephrine six fold, while a similar increase in the value of the EC50 of adenosine could be elicited by only a 32 fold increase in the phenylephrine concentration. A 30 fold increase in the phenylephrine concentration shifted the value of the EC50 of 5'-N-ethylcarboxamidoadenosine four fold. 5. Analysis of the functional antagonism between the responses mediated by these receptors using the Black & Leff (1983) operational model of agonism allowed for the estimation of the agonist dissociation constant, KA, and the apparent efficacy, tau, for both phenylephrine and adenosine A2 receptor agonists. Increasing the concentration of phenylephrine reduced the value of tau for adenosine agonists in a concentration-dependent and saturable manner. Similarly, increasing the

  6. Examination by radioligand binding of the alpha1 adrenoceptors in the mesenteric arterial vasculature during the development of salt-sensitive hypertension.

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    Caveney, S W; Taylor, D A; Fleming, W W

    1997-09-01

    Previous experiments have suggested that the vascular smooth muscle of Dahl salt-sensitive (DS) rats may possess a difference in the alpha1-adrenoceptor population or its transduction processes compared to Dahl salt-resistant (DR) rats. The purpose of the current research is to study the role of alpha1-adrenoceptors in the specific supersensitivity to norepinephrine (NE) seen prior to and early in the development of hypertension in the DS rat. Experiments in isolated perfused superior mesenteric arterial vasculature from DS rats chronically fed a high (7%) salt diet for 5 days or 3 weeks, in the absence or presence of an elevation in systolic blood pressure, respectively, demonstrated a specific supersensitivity to NE relative to DR rats. The enhanced responsiveness was specific to NE after 5 days of high salt since no differences in sensitivity of these preparations was observed to either KCl or 5-HT. A small but significant elevation in sensitivity to KCl following 3 weeks of treatment suggests that multiple factors may contribute to tissue responsiveness at this time. Radioligand binding experiments were performed using [125I]-HEAT to study the alpha1-adrenoceptor population and its subtypes. Saturation experiments using membranes prepared from the superior mesenteric arterial vasculature or mesenteric arterial branches showed no significant differences in overall alpha1-adrenoceptor population between DS and DR rats fed a high-salt diet for 5 days or 3 weeks. Competition experiments using membranes prepared from the superior mesenteric arterial branches in the presence of the alpha1A-subtype selective antagonist 5-methylurapidil showed two binding sites (high and low affinity) in these resistance vessels but no significant differences in nature or ratio of these sites between the DS and DR groups. These results suggest that changes in the alpha1-adrenoceptor population are not responsible for the specific supersensitivity to NE, which may be an early event in

  7. Alpha1-adrenoceptors mediate dihydroxyphenylalanine-induced activity in 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine-lesioned macaques.

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    Visanji, N P; Fox, S H; Johnston, T H; Millan, M J; Brotchie, J M

    2009-01-01

    The mechanisms underlying actions of dihydroxyphenylalanine (L-DOPA) in Parkinson's disease remain to be fully elucidated. Noradrenaline formed from L-DOPA may stimulate alpha(1)-adrenoceptors. We assessed the involvement of alpha(1)-adrenoceptors in actions of L-DOPA in 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine-lesioned macaques. In each animal, the minimal dose of L-DOPA required to alleviate parkinsonian symptoms was defined (12.5-25 mg/kg p.o.). The effects of coadministration of the alpha(1)-adrenoceptor antagonist prazosin ([4-(4-amino-6,7-dimethoxy-quinazolin-2-yl) piperazin-1-yl]-(2-furyl)methanone) on motor activity, parkinsonism, and dyskinesia were assessed. Antiparkinsonian benefit was accompanied by mild dyskinesia. L-DOPA also elicited hyperactivity, i.e., activity greater than that seen in normal animals. Coadministration of prazosin (0.16-0.63 mg/kg p.o.) with L-DOPA did not significantly affect either its antiparkinsonian actions or dyskinesia. However, prazosin significantly and dose-dependently attenuated L-DOPA-induced activity, reducing it to a level equivalent to that of normal animals. More specifically, during periods of pronounced L-DOPA-induced activity, prazosin attenuated the total and duration of activity by 80 and 76%, respectively. These actions of prazosin were expressed in the absence of sedation. Although activation of alpha(1)-adrenoceptors plays no major role in the antiparkinsonian and dyskinetic effects of L-DOPA per se, it does contribute to the induction of hyperactivity. alpha(1)-Adrenoceptors may be involved in pathological responses to L-DOPA treatment, including the dopamine dysregulation syndrome.

  8. In vivo binding in rat brain and radiopharmaceutical preparation of radioiodinated HEAT, an alpha-1 adrenoceptor ligand

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    Couch, M.W.; Greer, D.M.; Thonoor, C.M.; Williams, C.M.

    1988-03-01

    In vivo binding of (/sup 125/I)-2-(beta-(3-iodo-4-hydroxyphenyl)ethylaminomethyl tetralone) ((/sup 125/I)HEAT) to alpha-1 adrenoceptors in the rat brain was determined over 4 hr. Uptake in the thalamus and frontal cortex was approximately 0.1% injected dose per gram tissue. Thalamus/cerebellum ratios of 10:1 and frontal cortex/cerebellum ratios of 5:1 were found at 4 hr. Pretreatment with prazosin, an alpha-1 antagonist, completely inhibited the accumulation of (/sup 125/I)HEAT in thalamus and frontal cortex; yet uptake of radioactivity was not significantly affected by antagonists and agonists for other receptors classes (propranolol, beta-1; apomorphine, D-1; spiperone, D-2). Binding of (/sup 125/I)HEAT is saturable. At 4 hr, (/sup 125/I)HEAT or (/sup 123/I)HEAT was shown to be the only radioactive material in rat thalamus and frontal cortex. Iodine-123 HEAT and (/sup 125/I)HEAT were synthesized as radiopharmaceuticals within 3 hr in 99% radiochemical purity.

  9. Celiprolol, a potent cardioselective beta 1-adrenoceptor antagonist with mild alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonist properties.

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    Wolf, P S; Pruss, T P; Rand, M J; Smith, R D; Mann, W S; Romano, D V

    1985-12-01

    Celiprolol is a cardioselective beta-adrenoceptor antagonist, with interesting propranolol-insensitive cardiostimulatory, vasodilatory and bronchodilatory effects. Recent reports suggest that mild alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonism may contribute to these effects. The present investigation further explored the alpha 2 effects of celiprolol. In isolated electrically-stimulated rat atria celiprolol (1.0 and 10 mumol/l) significantly increased the release of [3H]-norepinephrine, consistent with the blockade of pre-junctional alpha 2-adrenoceptors. Evidence for post-synaptic alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonist activity was obtained in studies of the effects of celiprolol on the pressor response to clonidine and either phenylephrine or methoxamine in perfused hind-limbs of dogs (pretreated with mecamylamine and propranolol) and pithed rats. In the dog, celiprolol (10 mg/kg) significantly inhibited the vasoconstrictor response of clonidine while in the rat higher doses were required (> or = 12.5 mg/kg). Celiprolol did not affect the pressor response induced by alpha 1-agonists. We conclude that celiprolol possesses a mild alpha 2-adrenoceptor blocking action which may contribute to its unconventional profile.

  10. The alpha1-adrenoceptor antagonist terazosin induces prostate cancer cell death through a p53 and Rb independent pathway.

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    Xu, Kexin; Wang, Xianghong; Ling, Patrick M T; Tsao, S W; Wong, Y C

    2003-01-01

    Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in men. Treatment failure in prostate cancer is usually due to the development of androgen independence and resistance to chemotherapeutic drugs at an advanced stage. Recently, it was reported that the alpha1-adrenoceptor antagonist terazosin was able to inhibit prostate cancer cell growth and indicated that it may have an implication in the treatment of prostate cancer. The aim of the present study was to investigate the mechanisms involved in terazosin-induced prostate cancer cell death using two androgen-independent cell lines, PC-3 and DU145. Our results showed that terazosin inhibited not only prostate cancer cell growth but also colony forming ability, which is the main target of chemotherapy. We also found that the sensitivity of these cells to terazosin was not affected by the presence of either functional p53 or Rb, suggesting that the terazosin-induced cell death was independent of p53 and Rb. However, the terazosin-induced cell death was associated with G1 phase cell cycle arrest and up-regulation of p27KIP1. In addition, up-regulation of Bax and down-regulation of Bcl-2 was also observed indicating that these two apoptotic regulators may play important roles in terazosin-mediated cell death pathway. Our results provide evidence for the first time that terazosin may have a therapeutic potential in the treatment of advanced prostate cancer.

  11. Ranolazine enhances nicardipine-induced relaxation of alpha1-adrenoceptor-mediated contraction on isolated rabbit aorta.

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    Malavaki, Christina; Hatziefthimiou, Apostolia; Daskalopoulou, Stella S; Stefanidis, Ioannis; Karatzaferi, Christina; Aidonidis, Isaac

    2015-04-01

    Ranolazine (RAN) and nicardipine (NIC) have been studied for their vasorelaxing effects but the combination of these agents against adrenergic vasoconstriction has not been tested. The present study aimed at investigating the vasorelaxing effect by the combination of the two agents on alpha1-adrenoceptor-mediated contraction on isolated rabbit aorta. Aortic rings were mounted for isometric tension recording in organ baths containing Krebs-Henseleit solution. Concentration-response curves of RAN (10(-9) to 10(-4) M), NIC (10(-1) to 10(-5) M), and RAN + NIC (3 x 10(-6) M) were obtained in a cumulative manner using phenylephrine (PE, 2 x 10(-6) M) as constrictor agent. The effective concentration (EC)50 values for RAN and NIC were 6.5 x 10(-6) M and 1.4 x 10(-5) M, respectively. The treatment of PE-precontracted aortic rings with either RAN or NIC up to 65 min revealed that both agents displayed a biphasic pattern of initial rising and late sustained phases of relaxation. At 35 min of incubation, RAN and NIC induced relaxation by 23 +/- 3% and 14 +/- 4%, respectively (N = 7, P=NS, RAN vs. NIC); their combination resulted in a 34 +/- 4% relaxation (N=7; P < 0.01, RAN + NIC vs. NIC). At 65 min the effect of NIC prevailed and tended to be closer to the values of the combination treatment (P < 0.01, RAN + NIC vs. RAN). The results indicate that RAN at therapeutic concentrations exerts a significant additive vasorelaxing effect when combined with NIC in rabbit aorta.

  12. Involvement of dopamine D1 receptors and alpha1-adrenoceptors in the antidepressant-like effect of chlorpheniramine in the mouse tail suspension test.

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    Hirano, Shoko; Miyata, Shigeo; Onodera, Kenji; Kamei, Junzo

    2007-05-07

    It has been reported that chlorpheniramine, a classical antihistamine, has antidepressant-like effects in animal models of depression. In this study, we examined the involvement of dopaminergic (dopamine D(1) and dopamine D(2) receptors), noradrenergic (alpha(1)- and beta-adrenoceptors) and serotonergic (5-HT(1A) and 5-HT(2) receptors) receptors in the antidepressant-like effect of chlorpheniramine in the mouse tail suspension test. We also investigated the involvement of these monoamine receptors in the antidepressant-like effect of imipramine for comparison with the mechanisms of the effect of chlorpheniramine. Both imipramine and chlorpheniramine significantly reduced the duration of immobility in the tail suspension test without affecting spontaneous locomotor activity in mice. The anti-immobility effect of imipramine (30 mg/kg, i.p.) was significantly antagonized by the selective dopamine D(1) receptor antagonist SCH23390 but not by the other receptor antagonists. In contrast, the anti-immobility effect of chlorpheniramine was significantly inhibited by SCH23390 and the selective alpha(1)-adrenoceptor antagonist prazosin, but not by the other receptor antagonists. In conclusion, these results suggest that chlorpheniramine exerts an antidepressant-like effect in the mouse tail suspension test that is mediated by at least the activation of dopamine D(1) receptors and alpha(1)-adrenoceptors. In addition, the antidepressant-like effect of chlorpheniramine may be induced by several mechanisms that are different from those involved in the antidepressant-like effect of imipramine.

  13. Inhibition of human ether-a-go-go-related gene potassium channels by alpha 1-adrenoceptor antagonists prazosin, doxazosin, and terazosin.

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    Thomas, Dierk; Wimmer, Anna-Britt; Wu, Kezhong; Hammerling, Bettina C; Ficker, Eckhard K; Kuryshev, Yuri A; Kiehn, Johann; Katus, Hugo A; Schoels, Wolfgang; Karle, Christoph A

    2004-05-01

    Human ether-a-go-go-related gene (HERG) potassium channels are expressed in multiple tissues including the heart and adenocarcinomas. In cardiomyocytes, HERG encodes the alpha-subunit underlying the rapid component of the delayed rectifier potassium current, I(Kr), and pharmacological reduction of HERG currents may cause acquired long QT syndrome. In addition, HERG currents have been shown to be involved in the regulation of cell proliferation and apoptosis. Selective alpha 1-adrenoceptor antagonists are commonly used in the treatment of hypertension and benign prostatic hyperplasia. Recently, doxazosin has been associated with an increased risk of heart failure. Moreover, quinazoline-derived alpha 1-inhibitors induce apoptosis in cardiomyocytes and prostate tumor cells independently of alpha1-adrenoceptor blockade. To assess the action of the effects of prazosin, doxazosin, and terazosin on HERG currents, we investigated their acute electrophysiological effects on cloned HERG potassium channels heterologously expressed in Xenopus oocytes and HEK 293 cells.Prazosin, doxazosin, and terazosin blocked HERG currents in Xenopus oocytes with IC(50) values of 10.1, 18.2, and 113.2 microM respectively, whereas the IC(50) values for HERG channel inhibition in human HEK 293 cells were 1.57 microM, 585.1 nM, and 17.7 microM. Detailed biophysical studies revealed that inhibition by the prototype alpha 1-blocker prazosin occurred in closed, open, and inactivated channels. Analysis of the voltage-dependence of block displayed a reduction of inhibition at positive membrane potentials. Frequency-dependence was not observed. Prazosin caused a negative shift in the voltage-dependence of both activation (-3.8 mV) and inactivation (-9.4 mV). The S6 mutations Y652A and F656A partially attenuated (Y652A) or abolished (F656A) HERG current blockade, indicating that prazosin binds to a common drug receptor within the pore-S6 region. In conclusion, this study demonstrates that HERG

  14. Rapid Eye Movement Sleep Deprivation Induces Neuronal Apoptosis by Noradrenaline Acting on Alpha1 Adrenoceptor and by Triggering Mitochondrial Intrinsic Pathway

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    Somarajan, Bindu I.; Khanday, Mudasir A.; Mallick, Birendra N.

    2016-01-01

    Many neurodegenerative disorders are associated with rapid eye movement sleep (REMS) loss; however, the mechanism was unknown. As REMS loss elevates noradrenaline (NA) level in the brain as well as induces neuronal apoptosis and degeneration, in this study, we have delineated the intracellular molecular pathway involved in REMS deprivation (REMSD)-associated NA-induced neuronal apoptosis. Rats were REMS deprived for 6 days by the classical flower pot method; suitable controls were conducted and the effects on apoptosis markers evaluated. Further, the role of NA was studied by one, intraperitoneal (i.p.) injection of NA-ergic alpha1 adrenoceptor antagonist prazosin (PRZ) and two, by downregulation of NA synthesis in locus coeruleus (LC) neurons by local microinjection of tyrosine hydroxylase siRNA (TH-siRNA). Immunoblot estimates showed that the expressions of proapoptotic proteins viz. Bcl2-associated death promoter protein, apoptotic protease activating factor-1 (Apaf-1), cytochrome c, caspase9, caspase3 were elevated in the REMS-deprived rat brains, while caspase8 level remained unaffected; PRZ treatment did not allow elevation of these proapoptotic factors. Further, REMSD increased cytochrome c expression, which was prevented if the NA synthesis from the LC neurons was blocked by microinjection of TH-siRNA in vivo into the LC during REMSD in freely moving normal rats. Mitochondrial damage was re-confirmed by transmission electron microscopy, which showed distinctly swollen mitochondria with disintegrated cristae, chromosomal condensation, and clumping along the nuclear membrane, and all these changes were prevented in PRZ-treated rats. Combining findings of this study along with earlier reports, we propose that upon REMSD NA level increases in the brain as the LC, NA-ergic REM-OFF neurons do not cease firing and TH is upregulated in those neurons. This elevated NA acting on alpha1 adrenoceptors damages mitochondria causing release of cytochrome c to activate

  15. Effects of niflumic acid on alpha1-adrenoceptor-induced vasoconstriction in mesenteric artery in vitro and in vivo in two-kidney one-clip hypertensive rats.

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    He, Y; Tabrizchi, R

    1997-06-11

    The influence of niflumic acid (3 and 10 microM), a Cl- channel antagonist, on cirazoline-induced vasoconstriction in isolated perfused mesenteric artery (5 ml/min) from two-kidney one-clip (2K1C) hypertensive and sham normotensive rats was examined. In addition, the effect of a single i.v. bolus injection of niflumic acid (3 mg/kg) on cirazoline-mediated reduction in vascular conductance in superior mesenteric artery was determined in pentobarbital-anaesthetized hypertensive and normotensive rats. Bolus injections of cirazoline induced a dose-dependent transient increase in the perfusion pressure in vitro. In the presence of niflumic acid, cirazoline-mediated vasoconstriction was significantly inhibited. Cirazoline-induced vasoconstriction in isolated mesenteric beds was also significantly inhibited following perfusion with Cl(-)-free buffer. Pre-perfusion of mesenteric blood vessels with Cl(-)-free buffer resulted in a significantly greater inhibition of cirazoline-mediated vasoconstriction in sham normotensive rats than in hypertensive rats. We found that in Cl(-)-free buffer, cirazoline-mediated vasoconstriction could be further inhibited by niflumic acid. Intravenous infusion of cumulative doses of cirazoline in vivo caused a dose-dependent decrease in superior mesenteric vascular conductance. Pretreatment with niflumic acid significantly impaired cirazoline-mediated decreases in vascular conductance. Our results indicate that chloride ions play an important role in alpha1-adrenoceptor-mediated vasoconstriction in mesenteric blood vessels. In addition, the contribution of chloride ions in alpha1-adrenoceptor-mediated vasoconstriction in blood vessels from hypertensive rats appears to be reduced.

  16. Tamsulosin: assessment of affinity of 3H-prazosin bindings to two alpha1-adrenoceptor subtypes (alpha1H and alpha1L) in bovine prostate and rat heart and brain.

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    Maruyama, K; Nakamura, T; Yoshihara, T; Fukutomi, J; Sugiyama, K; Hattorim, K; Ohnuki, T; Watanabe, K; Nagatomo, T

    1998-10-01

    1. The present study was designed to assess the displacement potencies of tamsulosin to 3H-prazosin bindings in two alpha1-adrenoceptor (AR) subtypes (alpha1H and alpha1L) in bovine prostate, rat heart and brain compared with those of amosulalol, labetalol, ketanserin, clonidine and propranolol. 2. The pKi values of tamsulosin to alpha1H and alpha1L subtypes in bovine prostate were 9.13 and 8.99 and these values were almost the same as those of prazosin. On the other hand, low pKi binding values of amosulalol, labetalol, ketanserin, clonidine and propranolol to these subtypes were observed. 3. Low pKi values of tamsulosin to alpha2- and beta-ARs and muscarinic and 5HT2 receptors in the rat brain were observed. 4. These results suggest that tamsulosin has high affinities to alpha1L-AR subtypes in bovine prostate and rat hearts as well as alpha1H-AR subtypes, implying an inhibitory effect of this drug on the contraction of the prostate.

  17. Regulation of renal artery smooth muscle tone by alpha1-adrenoceptors: role of voltage-gated calcium channels and intracellular calcium stores.

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    Eckert, R E; Karsten, A J; Utz, J; Ziegler, M

    2000-04-01

    The ischemia induced vasospasm of the renal arterial blood vessels mediated by alpha1-adrenoceptors is of importance for the loss of kidney function. This is based on reduced perfusion of the kidney cortex occurring in kidney transplant and organ preserving surgery. The present study considered the intracellular mechanism of the norepinephrine (NE) induced renal artery vasospasm by using swine renal artery smooth muscle ring. Norepinephrine and phenylephrine (PE) induced dose-dependent and fully reversible isometric contractions with a threshold concentration of 10 nM (n = 7) and 10 nM (n = 4), and an EC50 of 0.3 microM and 1 microM, respectively. The receptor was identified as alpha1A-subtype. The contraction was completely inhibited by verapamil (IC50 = 1.51 microM; n = 11) and diltiazem (IC50 = 9.49 microM; n = 8) and 85% by nifedipine (IC50 = 0.13 microM; n = 21). Blockade of the intracellular inositol- 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP3)-sensitive Ca2+ store by thapsigargin (1 microM, n = 7) or suppression of Ca2+ release from the intracellular Ca2+-sensitive Ca2+ store by ryanodine (100 microM, n = 4) inhibited the PE induced contraction by 39.5% and 47.6%, respectively. The results suggest a key role of voltage-dependent Ca2+ channels and intracellular Ca2+ stores in the alpha1A-adrenoceptor induced contraction of the renal artery.

  18. Alterations in alpha sub 1 - adrenoceptor function in rabbit aortic smooth muscle after long term administration of verapamil

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    Aceto, J.F.

    1988-01-01

    Aortic rings from naive rabbits and rabbits previously treated with large doses of verapamil for eight days were studied in vitro on day nine. Treated rings showed a decrease in norepinephrine potency and maximum developed isometric tension. Standard tissue bath analysis revealed a significant increase in the apparent dissociation constant of norepinephrine for the adrenoceptor which partly accounts for the decreased potency. Similar changes in potency and efficacy were found with other selected vasoconstrictors namely angiotensin, serotonin, and KCl. In contrast to the affinity change for norepinephrine, the alpha-adrenoceptor specific antagonist phentolamine revealed no change in adrenoceptor affinity after verapamil pretreatment. Further investigation using direct binding with {sup 125}I-labelled BE 2254, a high affinity alpha-adrenoceptor antagonist, showed only a slight decrease in the affinity of the pretreated tissues studied, thereby confirming that the main effect of chronic verapamil is peculiar to agonists.

  19. Multiple actions of glaucine on cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterases, alpha 1-adrenoceptor and benzothiazepine binding site at the calcium channel.

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    Ivorra, M. D.; Lugnier, C.; Schott, C.; Catret, M.; Noguera, M. A.; Anselmi, E.; D'Ocon, P.

    1992-01-01

    1. In the present study, the properties of glaucine (an aporphine structurally related to papaverine) were compared with those of papaverine, diltiazem, nifedipine and prazosin. The work includes functional studies on rat isolated aorta contracted with noradrenaline, caffeine or KCl, and a determination of the affinity of glaucine at calcium channel binding sites of alpha-adrenoceptors, by use of [3H]-(+)-cis-diltiazem, [3H]-nitrendipine and [3H]-prazosin binding to cerebral cortical membranes. The effects of glaucine on the different molecular forms of cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterases (PDE) isolated from bovine aorta were also determined. 2. Contraction evoked by noradrenaline (1 microM) or depolarizing solution (60 mM KCl) were inhibited in a concentration-dependent manner by all the compounds tested. As expected, prazosin showed a greater selectivity of action on NA-induced contraction, whereas nifedipine and diltiazem appeared more potent on KCl-induced contraction. Glaucine had a greater potency on the contraction elicited by noradrenaline whereas papaverine acted non specifically. 3. In Ca(2+)-free solution, prazosin (0.1 microM) and glaucine (0.1 mM) inhibited the contraction evoked by NA; diltiazem (0.1 mM) diminished this contraction whereas nifedipine (1 microM) had no effect. Preincubation of tissues with glaucine, diltiazem, nifedipine and prazosin did not modify the contractile response induced by caffeine. In contrast, papaverine (0.1 mM) significantly inhibited the contractions evoked by NA or caffeine in Ca(2+)-free medium. 4. Glaucine and papaverine show affinity at the [3H]-prazosin binding site and at the benzothiazepine binding site of the Ca(2+)-channel receptor complex, but have no effect at the dihydropyridine binding site in rat cerebral cortex.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:1327380

  20. Studies on quinazolines. 5. 2,3-dihydroimidazo[1,2-c]quinazoline derivatives: a novel class of potent and selective alpha 1-adrenoceptor antagonists and antihypertensive agents.

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    Chern, J W; Tao, P L; Yen, M H; Lu, G Y; Shiau, C Y; Lai, Y J; Chien, S L; Chan, C H

    1993-07-23

    A series of 2-[(substituted phenylpiperazin-1-yl)methyl]- and 2-[(substituted phenylpiperidin-1-yl)methyl]-2,3-dihydroimidazo[1,2- c]quinazolin-5(6H)-ones or -5(6H)-thiones, and 3-[(substituted phenylpiperazin-1-yl)methyl]-2,3-dihydroimidazo[1,2-c]quinaz oline derivatives were synthesized, as conformationally restricted analogues of SGB-1534 and ketanserin, for evaluation as alpha-antagonists and antihypertensive agents. Most compounds containing a (substituted phenylipiperazinyl)methyl side chain displayed high binding affinity for alpha 1-adrenoceptor with no significant activity at alpha 2-sites. Compounds having a (substituted phenylpiperazinyl)methyl at the 3-position of 2,3-dihydroimidazo[1,2-c]quinazolin-5(6H)-one ring system had a better activity than those with the same substituent at the 2-position. Structure-activity relationships for alpha 1-adrenoceptor affinity are presented and indicate that compounds with substitution at the ortho position on the benzene ring of the phenylpiperazine side chain moiety are more potent than those without substitution and/or substitutions at the 3- and 4-positions. Computer-assisted superimposition of SGB-1534 and 20b showed little structural correspondence between the quinazolinone and 2,3-dihydroimidazo[1,2-c]quinazoline nucleus, and specific interactions of these molecular fragments with the receptor protein appear unlikely. Antihypertensive activity was evaluated via intravenous administration of each compound to spontaneously hypertensive rats, and compounds (16a, 16b, 20b, and 28b) illustrated similar efficacy to SGB-1534 when assessed after 6 h. The pA2 value for 16a against phenylephedrine in rat aorta was much higher than that of prazosin. On the basis of alpha 1-adrenoceptor affinity/selectivity in vitro and duration of antihypertensive action in vivo, compounds 20b and 28b warrant further evaluation.

  1. The role of sodium pump activity in the hyperpolarization and in subsequent depolarization of smooth muscle in response to stimulation of post-synaptic alpha 1-adrenoceptors.

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    Török, T L; Vizi, E S

    1980-01-01

    The electrical and mechanical activities of guinea pig taenia coli smooth muscle were measured by a "sucrose gap" technique. Under the same experimental conditions the ionic content of smooth muscle was also measured. The mean value of the resting potential was 56.9 +/- 1.1 mV (S.E.M.; n = 46). In normal Krebs solution immediately after dissection intracellular sodium amounted to 30.1, and intracellular calcium to 1.5 mmole x kg-1 wet weight. In response to adrenaline administration there was a Ca-dependent hyperpolarization (peak, 6.8 +/- 0.3 mV S.E.M.; n = 5) and an increased Na efflux with a rate constant (k) of 0.16 min-1 (60'). Removal of adrenaline was followed by so-called "postadrenaline depolarization" i.e. the decrease of the membrane potential was greater than the initial rise, an effect enhanced by ouabain (2 X 10(-5) M). Clonidine (5.3 X 10(-6) M), a selective presynaptic-adrenoceptor (alpha 2-receptor) stimulant failed to produce hyperpolarization, however, phenylephrine (5 X 10(-5) M) a pure postsynaptic alpha-adrenoceptor (alpha 1-receptor) stimulant produced a similar effect as adrenaline. In addition, yohimbine (1.4 X 10(-6) M), a typical presynaptic alpha-adrenoceptor inhibitor failed to affect the action of adrenaline or phenylephrine. These facts indicate that the alpha 1-adrenoceptors present on the smooth muscle are different from those situated presynaptically on the cholinergic nerve terminals modulating the release of acetylcholine. The effect of ouabain to lower membrane potential proved to be Ca2+-dependent. The intracellular sodium content was enhanced by ouabain from 30.1 to 90.9 +/- 4.7 mmole x kg-1 wet weight (60'). On washing out ouabain, hyperpolarization "post-ouabain hyperpolarization" was detected, i.e. the rise of membrane potential was greater than the initial fall. It is suggested that the sodium pump plays a significant role in the post-ouabain hyperpolarization. Direct calculation of sodium movements suggests that the

  2. Milnacipran, a serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor, suppresses long-term potentiation in the rat hippocampal CA1 field via 5-HT1A receptors and alpha 1-adrenoceptors.

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    Tachibana, Kaori; Matsumoto, Machiko; Togashi, Hiroko; Kojima, Taku; Morimoto, Yuji; Kemmotsu, Osamu; Yoshioka, Mitsuhiro

    2004-03-04

    Pharmacological characteristics of a serotonin (5-HT) and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor (SNRI), milnacipran, in modulation of the synaptic plasticity were investigated. Milnacipran (30 mg/kg, i.p.) suppressed the long-term potentiation (LTP) in the hippocampal CA1 field of anesthetized rats. Milnacipran-induced suppression was reversed by pretreatment with the selective 5-HT1A receptor antagonist WAY 100635 (0.1 mg/kg, i.v.) or the alpha1-adrenoceptor antagonist prazosin (1 and 10 microg/rat, i.c.v.). The alpha2-adrenoceptor antagonist idazoxan (5 mg/kg, i.p.) did not influence the milnacipran-induced synaptic responses. These data suggest that the inhibitory effects of milnacipran on LTP induction are mediated via both 5-HT1A receptors and alpha1-adrenoceptors. In other words, functional interaction between the serotonergic and noradrenergic neuronal systems is involved in alteration of the hippocampal synaptic plasticity, which may be implicated in the SNRI-induced therapeutic effect on psychiatric disorders.

  3. Comparison of relaxation responses of cavernous and trigonal smooth muscles from rabbits by alpha1-adrenoceptor antagonists; prazosin, terazosin, doxazosin, and tamsulosin.

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    Seo, K. K.; Lee, M. Y.; Lim, S. W.; Kim, S. C.

    1999-01-01

    Alpha1a-adrenergic receptor (AR) primarily mediates the contraction of the prostatic and cavernous smooth muscles. Among clinically available alpha1-AR antagonists for the medical management of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), tamsulosin has a modest selectivity for alpha1A- and alpha1D- over alpha1B-ARs. To compare the effects of various alpha1-AR antagonists on relaxation responses of cavernous and trigonal smooth muscles, isometric tension studies with relatively selective (tamsulosin) and non-selective (prazosin, doxazosin, and terazosin) alpha1A-AR antagonists, were conducted in the cavernous and trigonal muscle strips of rabbits (n=10 each). Tamsulosin had the strongest inhibitory effect on contraction of trigonal smooth muscle among the various alpha1-AR antagonists, and the inhibitory activities of prazosin, doxazosin, and terazosin were not statistically different. All alpha1-AR antagonists caused concentration-dependent relaxation of the cavernous muscle strips. Tamsulosin was shown to have greater potency than prazosin (more than 100-fold), doxazosin (more than 1000-fold), and terazosin (more than 1000-fold), in relaxation of cavernous smooth muscle. In conclusion, tamsulosin might be the most effective drug among the four commonly used alpha1-AR antagonists for the medical management of BPH. Tamsulosin might be a potential substitute for phentolamine in combination with vasoactive agents as an intracavernous injection therapy for patients with erectile dysfunction. PMID:10102527

  4. Synthesis and structure-activity relationships of a new model of arylpiperazines. 8. Computational simulation of ligand-receptor interaction of 5-HT(1A)R agonists with selectivity over alpha1-adrenoceptors.

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    López-Rodríguez, María L; Morcillo, Maria José; Fernández, Esther; Benhamú, Bellinda; Tejada, Ignacio; Ayala, David; Viso, Alma; Campillo, Mercedes; Pardo, Leonardo; Delgado, Mercedes; Manzanares, Jorge; Fuentes, José A

    2005-04-07

    We have designed and synthesized a new series of arylpiperazines V exhibiting high 5-HT(1A)R affinity and selectivity over alpha(1)-adrenoceptors. The new selective 5-HT(1A)R ligands contain a hydantoin (m = 0) or diketopiperazine (m = 1) moiety and an arylpiperazine moiety separated by one methylene unit (n = 1). The aryl substituent of the piperazine moiety (Ar) consists of different benzofused rings mimicking the favorable voluminous substituents at ortho and meta positions predicted by 3D-QSAR analysis in the previously reported series I. In particular, (S)-2-[[4-(naphth-1-yl)piperazin-1-yl]methyl]-1,4-dioxoperhydropyrrolo[1,2-a]pyrazine [(S)-9, CSP-2503] (5-HT(1A), K(i) = 4.1 nM; alpha(1), K(i) > 1000 nM) has been pharmacologically characterized as a 5-HT(1A)R agonist at somatodendritic and postsynaptic sites, endowed with anxiolytic properties. Ligand (S)-9 is predicted, in computer simulations, to bind Asp(3.32) in TMH 3, Thr(5.39) and Ser(5.42) in TMH 5, and Trp(6.48) in TMH 6. We propose that agonists modify, by means of an explicit hydrogen bond, the conformation of Trp(6.48) from pointing toward TMH 7, in the inactive gauche+ conformation, to pointing toward the ligand binding site, in the active trans conformation.

  5. Development of a radioiodinated ligand for characterising. cap alpha. /sub 1/-adrenoceptors. [Pentolamine and 2 BETA-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-ethylaminomethyl)-tetralone

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    Adams, A.; Jarrott, B.

    1982-03-15

    Two ..cap alpha..-adrenoceptor antagonists, phentolamine and 2-(..beta..-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-ethylaminomethyl)-tetralone (BE 2254) which are phenolic derivatives were radioiodinated after chloramine-T oxidation of Na/sup 125/I and the labelled material isolated by chromatography. /sup 125/I-Phentolamine does not bind selectively to ..cap alpha..-adrenoceptors in guinea pig brain whereas the /sup 125/I-BE 2254 derivative binds rapidly, reversibly and with high affinity to these receptors with a K/sub d/ of 230 pM. At low concentrations of /sup 125/I-BE 2254 (< 100 pM) approx. 90% of the bound radioligand is specifically bound and under these conditions drug displacement studies show that the ligand binds predominantly to the ..cap alpha../sub 1/ subclass of adrenoceptors. Binding measurements to kidney and smooth muscle membrane preparations indicate that /sup 125/I-BE 2254 may also be a useful tool in the study of ..cap alpha..-adrenoceptors in peripheral tissues. The high specific activity of /sup 125/I-BE 2254 permits the use of minimal quantities of membrane material for receptor assay and ligand displacement measurements, e.g. 250 ..mu..g per assay tube, and this provides a significant advantage over the use of existing radioligands such as /sup 3/H-prazosin which requires approx. 40 times as much tissue.

  6. Combined administration of alpha1-adrenoceptor antagonist prazosin and beta-blocker propranolol impairs spatial avoidance learning on a dry arena.

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    Petrasek, Tomas; Doulames, Vanessa; Prokopova, Iva; Vales, Karel; Stuchlik, Ales

    2010-04-02

    Spatial learning is a widely studied type of animal behavior often considered as a model of higher human cognitive functions. Noradrenergic receptors play a modulatory role in many nerve functions, including vigilance, attention, reward, learning and memory. The present study aimed at studying the effects of separate or combined systemic administration of the alpha1-adrenergic antagonist prazosin (1 and 2 mg/kg) and beta-blocker propranolol (5 and 20 mg/kg) on the hippocampus-dependent learning in the active allothetic place avoidance (AAPA) task. Both centrally active drugs impaired spatial learning when administered together, exerting no effect in separate applications. Locomotion was impaired only in a combined application of higher doses of both drugs (2 mg/kg prazosin and 20 mg/kg propranolol). These results suggest an in vivo interaction between these two types of receptors in spatial navigation regulation.

  7. α1-Adrenoceptors and ejaculatory function

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    Michel, M C

    2007-01-01

    The abnormal ejaculation of semen is a typical but infrequent side effect of some α1-adrenoceptor antagonists, particularly those with selectivity for α1A-adrenoceptors such as silodosin or tamsulosin. Recent clinical studies suggest that this represents a relative anejaculation rather than a retrograde ejaculation. An elegant study in this issue of the journal using α1A single and α1A/B/D triple knock-out mice reports a similar phenomenon in rodents. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, the reduced ejaculation and related male infertility is shown to be caused by an impaired function of the vas deferens rather than by alterations in sperm formation, number or function. Similarities and differences between mouse and human data are discussed, particularly why a complete inhibition of all three α1-adrenoceptor subtypes has the strongest effects in mice whereas apparently only α1A-adrenoceptor-selective drugs impair ejaculatory function in humans. PMID:17603543

  8. The effect of urapidil, an alpha-1 adrenoceptor antagonist and a 5-HT1A agonist, on the vascular tone of the porcine coronary and pulmonary arteries, the rat aorta and the human pulmonary artery.

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    Bopp, Claire; Auger, Cyril; Diemunsch, Pierre; Schini-Kerth, Valérie

    2016-05-15

    Urapidil (Eupressyl(®)) an antihypertensive drug acting as an α1 antagonist and a 5-HT1A agonist, may be of special interest in the treatment of hypertension associated with preeclamptic toxaemia and hypoxia-induced pulmonary arterial vasoconstriction. However, the effect of urapidil on vascular tone has been poorly investigated. Vascular reactivity was evaluated using pulmonary and coronary arteries from 36 pigs, aortae from 22 rats and 9 human pulmonary artery samples suspended in organ chambers. Concentration-relaxation curves either to urapidil, 5-HT, or the 5-HT1A receptor agonist 8-OH-DPAT were constructed after pre-contraction of rings. Pig pulmonary and coronary artery rings were contracted with U46619, a thromboxane mimetic, rat aortic rings with either endothelin-1 or phenylephrine, and human pulmonary artery rings with U46619 or phenylephrine. Urapidil markedly inhibited phenylephrine-induced contractions in rat aortic rings with and without endothelium with a more pronounced effect observed in rings without endothelium. Both 5-HT and 8-OH-DPAT failed to induce relaxation in rat aortic rings with an intact endothelium. 5-HT, but not urapidil and 8-OH-DPAT, induced a concentration-dependent relaxation in the porcine coronary and pulmonary artery rings with an intact endothelium (P<0.05). 5-HT and phenylephrine but not urapidil caused concentration-dependent contractions in human pulmonary artery rings. The present findings, while confirming that urapidil is a potent inhibitor of α1-adrenoceptor-induced contraction, do not support the role of 5-HT1A receptor activation in the control of the vascular tone of the different types of arteries tested in response to urapidil. In addition, they indicate that urapidil seems to preferentially target arteries with endothelial dysfunction.

  9. Endothelial α1-adrenoceptors regulate neo-angiogenesis

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    Ciccarelli, M; Santulli, G; Campanile, A; Galasso, G; Cervèro, P; Altobelli, G G; Cimini, V; Pastore, L; Piscione, F; Trimarco, B; Iaccarino, G

    2007-01-01

    Background and purpose: Intact endothelium plays a pivotal role in post-ischaemic angiogenesis. It is a phenomenon finely tuned by activation and inhibition of several endothelial receptors. The presence of α1-adrenoceptors on the endothelium suggests that these receptors may participate in regenerative phenomena by regulating the responses of endothelial cells involved in neo-angiogenesis. Experimental approach: We evaluated the expression of the subtypes of the α1-adrenoceptor in isolated endothelial cells harvested from Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) rats. We explored the possibility these α1-adrenoceptors may influence the pro-angiogenic phenotype of endothelial cells in vitro. In vivo, we used a model of hindlimb ischaemia in WKY rats, to assess the effects of α1 adrenoceptor agonist or antagonist on angiogenesis in the ischaemic hindlimb by laser Doppler blood flow measurements, digital angiographies, hindlimb perfusion with dyed beads and histological evaluation. Key results: In vitro, pharmacological antagonism of α1-adrenoceptors in endothelial cells from WKY rats by doxazosin enhanced, while stimulation of these adrenoceptors with phenylephrine, inhibited endothelial cell proliferation and DNA synthesis, ERK and retinoblastoma protein (Rb) phosphorylation, cell migration and tubule formation. In vivo, we found increased α1-adrenoceptor density in the ischaemic hindlimb, compared to non-ischaemic hindlimb, suggesting an enhanced α1-adrenoceptor tone in the ischaemic tissue. Treatment with doxazosin (0.06 mg kg−1 day−1 for 14 days) did not alter systemic blood pressure but enhanced neo-angiogenesis in the ischaemic hindlimb, as measured by all our assays. Conclusions: Our findings support the hypothesis that the α1-adrenoceptors in endothelial cells provide a negative regulation of angiogenesis. PMID:18084315

  10. β1-Adrenoceptor blocker aggravated ventricular arrhythmia.

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    Wang, Yan; Patel, Dimpi; Wang, Dao Wu; Yan, Jiang Tao; Hsia, Henry H; Liu, Hao; Zhao, Chun Xia; Zuo, Hou Juan; Wang, Dao Wen

    2013-11-01

    To assess the impact of β1 -adrenoceptor blockers (β1 -blocker) and isoprenaline on the incidence of idiopathic repetitive ventricular arrhythmia that apparently decreases with preprocedural anxiety. From January 2010 to July 2012, six patients were identified who had idiopathic ventricular arrhythmias that apparently decreased (by greater than 90%) with preprocedural anxiety. The number of ectopic ventricular beats per hour (VPH) was calculated from Holter or telemetry monitoring to assess the ectopic burden. The mean VPH of 24 hours from Holter before admission (VPH-m) was used as baseline (100%) for normalization. β1 -Blockers, isoprenaline, and/or aminophylline were administrated successively on the ward and catheter lab to evaluate their effects on the ventricular arrhythmias. Among 97 consecutive patients with idiopathic ventricular arrhythmias, six had reduction in normalized VPHs in the hour before the scheduled procedure time from (104.6 ± 4.6%) to (2.8 ± 1.6%) possibly due to preprocedural anxiety (P < 0.05), then increased to (97.9 ± 9.7%) during β1 -blocker administration (P < 0.05), then quickly reduced to (1.6 ± 1.0%) during subsequent isoprenaline infusion. Repeated β1 -blocker quickly counteracted the inhibitory effect of isoprenaline, and VPHs increased to (120.9 ± 2.4%) from (1.6 ± 1.0%; P < 0.05). Isoprenaline and β1 -blocker showed similar effects on the arrhythmias in catheter lab. In some patients with structurally normal heart and ventricular arrhythmias there is a marked reduction of arrhythmias associated with preprocedural anxiety. These patients exhibit a reproducible sequence of β1 -blocker aggravation and catecholamine inhibition of ventricular arrhythmias, including both repetitive ventricular premature beats and monomorphic ventricular tachycardia. ©2013, The Authors. Journal compilation ©2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  11. Differential vascular α1-adrenoceptor antagonism by tamsulosin and terazosin

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    Schäfers, Rafael F; Fokuhl, Bernd; Wasmuth, Andrea; Schumacher, Helmut; Taguchi, Katsunari; de Mey, Christian; Philipp, Thomas; Michel, Martin C

    1999-01-01

    Aims In patients with lower urinary tract symptoms suggestive of benign prostatic obstruction the α1-adrenoceptor antagonist terazosin lowers blood pressure whereas only very small if any alterations were reported with the α1-adrenoceptor antagonist tamsulosin. Therefore, we have compared the vascular α1-adrenoceptor antagonism of tamsulosin and terazosin directly. Methods Ten healthy subjects were investigated in a randomized, single-blind, three-way cross-over design and received a single dose of 0.4 mg tamsulosin, 5 mg terazosin or placebo on 3 study days at least 1 week apart. Before and 1, 3, 5, 7, 10 and 23.5 h after drug intake, alterations of diastolic blood pressure and other haemodynamic parameters in response to a graded infusion of the α1-adrenoceptor agonist phenylephrine were determined non-invasively. Results At most time points tamsulosin inhibited phenylephrine-induced diastolic blood pressure elevations significantly less than terazosin (5 h time point: median difference in inhibition 35%, 95% CI: 18.7–50.3%). On the other hand, phenylephrine-induced changes of cardiac output, heart rate and stroke volume were similar during both active treatments. Conclusions In doses equi-effective for treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms tamsulosin causes less inhibition of vasoconstriction than terazosin. PMID:10073742

  12. Beta 1-adrenoceptors mediate smooth muscle relaxation in mouse isolated trachea.

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    Henry, P. J.; Goldie, R. G.

    1990-01-01

    1. The relaxant effects to the beta-adrenoceptor agonists isoprenaline, adrenaline, noradrenaline, RO363, procaterol and fenoterol were investigated in carbachol-contracted mouse isolated tracheal preparations. 2. The order of potencies for those beta-adrenoceptor agonists that induced full relaxation of carbachol-contracted mouse tracheal preparations was isoprenaline greater than RO363 greater than noradrenaline = adrenaline greater than fenoterol. The EC50 value of isoprenaline for relaxation was 46 nM. The beta 1-adrenoceptor-selective agonist, RO363 was ten times more potent than the beta 2-adrenoceptor-selective agonist, fenoterol. The highly beta 2-adrenoceptor-selective agonist procaterol was a partial relaxant and induced only 28 +/- 4% relaxation. 3. Relaxations induced by noradrenaline and isoprenaline were not significantly affected by the neuronal uptake inhibitor, cocaine (10 microM) or by the extraneuronal uptake inhibitor, deoxycorticosterone acetate (25 microM) respectively. The alpha-adrenoceptor agonist methoxamine induced no observable elevation of mouse tracheal smooth muscle tone. 4. Schild plots for the beta-adrenoceptor antagonists, atenolol and betaxolol (beta 1-adrenoceptor-selective) and ICI 118,551 (beta 2-adrenoceptor-selective) were linear, with slope values approaching unity. Mean pA2 values derived for atenolol, betaxolol and ICI 118,551 for antagonism of beta-adrenoceptor-mediated relaxation were 7.1, 8.4 and 7.2, respectively. These data were independent of the use of isoprenaline or noradrenaline as the agonist. 5. These findings indicate that beta-adrenoceptor-mediated relaxations of mouse isolated trachea occur predominantly through activation of beta 1-adrenoceptors. PMID:2158831

  13. α1-Adrenoceptor subtypes and lower urinary tract symptoms

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    Schwinn, Debra A; Roehrborn, Claus G

    2008-01-01

    Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a common cause of urinary outflow obstruction in aging men leading to lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS). α1-Adrenoceptors (α1ARs) antagonists (blockers) have become a mainstay of LUTS treatment because they relax prostate smooth muscle and decrease urethral resistance, as well as relieving bladder LUTS symptoms. A review of key recent clinical trials suggests new insights into the role of specific α1AR subtypes in the treatment of LUTS. PMID:18304211

  14. Presynaptic beta-adrenoceptors in rat atria: evidence for the presence of stereoselective beta 1-adrenoceptors.

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    Heimburger, M.; Montero, M. J.; Fougeres, V.; Beslot, F.; Davy, M.; Midol-Monnet, M.; Cohen, Y.

    1989-01-01

    1. Presynaptic beta-adrenoceptor activity was studied in rat isolated atria, previously loaded with [3H]-noradrenaline. The stimulation-induced release of 3H transmitter was measured in the presence of cocaine, and adrenaline was used as a facilitatory beta-adrenoceptor agonist. 2. Adrenaline (0.1 and 2 nM) increased, by about 50%, the evoked efflux of tritium. With phenoxybenzamine present, the same activity was shown with 10 nM adrenaline. 3. The beta 2-selective adrenoceptor blocking drugs: IPS 339 and ICI 118 551 caused a concentration-dependent decrease in the activity of adrenaline. Cardioselective beta-blocking drugs: acebutolol, beta-xolol, nebivolol and its isomers (R 67 138 and R 67 145) also reduced dose-dependently the agonistic action of adrenaline. The order of potency for nebivolol and its isomers was R 67 138 greater than nebivolol greater than R 67 145. The activity of pindolol was not concentration-dependent. The inhibitory effect of acebutolol was also observed in the presence of blockade of alpha-adrenoceptors. 4. The postsynaptic beta-adrenoceptor blocking activity of nebivolol and its isomers was studied in pithed rats. They reduced isoprenaline-induced tachycardia without altering hypotensive responses. The order of potency was: R 67 138 greater than nebivolol greater than R 67 145. 5. It is concluded that in rat isolated atria, presynaptic beta 2- and beta 1-adrenoceptors coexist and that facilitatory beta 1-adrenoceptors are stereospecific. PMID:2572291

  15. α1-Adrenoceptor vasoconstriction in the tail artery during ageing

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    Vila, Elisabet; Vivas, Nuria M; Tabernero, Antonia; Giraldo, Jesús; Arribas, Silvia M

    1997-01-01

    We have studied the α1-adrenoceptor-mediated responses in intact tail artery rings from 3–4 and 20–22 months old Sprague-Dawley rats, focusing on possible endothelial alterations. The influence of nitric oxide released by the endothelium, the number of α1-adrenoceptors and the functional receptor reserve were evaluated to determine their contribution to the contractile response mediated by this receptor. The state of the endothelial layer was assessed by confocal microscopy. Noradrenaline (1 nM–100 μM) induced concentration-dependent vasoconstriction. The maximum contractions to noradrenaline (P<0.05) and to 75 mM KCl (P<0.01) were higher in young than in old animals. The density (Bmax) of α1-adrenoceptors and the dissociation constant (KD) obtained in [3H]-prazosin binding experiments were unchanged by age. The apparent affinity (pKA) and the percentage of functional receptors (qx100) remaining after phenoxybenzamine (0.03 μM) were similar in both age groups. After partial α1-adrenoceptor inactivation with phenoxybenzamine, NG-nitro-L-arginine methylester (30 μM) significantly potentiated the E/[A] curve to noradrenaline in young rats. However, only responses to 0.1 to 1 μM noradrenaline were significantly potentiated in old animals. In addition, 94% of the vessels from young, but only 52% from old rats were relaxed by 80–100% of the noradrenaline (0.03 μM) contraction, with 1 μM acetylcholine. No modifications in the area (μm2) or in the number of endothelial nuclei (per mm2) were observed between age groups. An elongation of the nuclei of endothelial cells was observed in the old animals. These data suggest that the noradrenaline-induced contraction is decreased in old rats probably due to differences in either the contractile machinery or postreceptor mechanisms. These alterations may be accompanied by an impairment of the release or production of NO from endothelial cells. PMID:9222562

  16. Vaninolol: a new selective beta 1-adrenoceptor antagonist derived from vanillin.

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    Wu, B N; Hwang, T L; Liao, C F; Chen, I J

    1994-07-05

    The beta-adrenoceptor blocking properties of vaninolol ((+/-)4-[4'-(2-hydroxy-3-tert-butyl-aminopropoxy)-3'-methoxyphenyl]- 3-buten-2-one), derived from vanillin, were first investigated under in vivo and in vitro conditions. Vaninolol (0.1, 0.5, 1.0 mg/kg, i.v.), as well as propranolol, produced a dose-dependent bradycardia response and a sustained pressor action in urethane-anesthetized normotensive rats. Vaninolol inhibited the tachycardia effects induced by (-)isoproterenol, but had no blocking effect on the arterial pressor responses induced by phenylephrine. These findings suggested that vaninolol possessed beta-adrenergic blocking activity, but was without alpha-adrenergic blocking activity. In isolated guinea-pig tissues, vaninolol antagonized (-)isoproterenol-induced positive inotropic and chronotropic effects of the atria and tracheal relaxation responses in a concentration-dependent manner. The parallel shift to the right of the concentration-response curve of (-)isoproterenol suggested that vaninolol was a beta-adrenoceptor competitive antagonist. The effect of vaninolol was more potent on the atria than on tracheal tissues, indicating it had some beta 1-adrenoceptor selectivity. On the other hand, the order of the hydrophilicity was atenolol > vaninolol > propranolol. In addition, vaninolol had a mild direct cardiac depression at high concentrations and was without intrinsic sympathomimetic activity (ISA). Furthermore, binding characteristics of vaninolol and other beta-adrenoceptor antagonists were evaluated in [3H]dihydroalprenolol binding to guinea-pig ventricular membranes. The order of potency of beta-adrenoceptor antagonists in competing for the binding sites was (-)propranolol > vaninolol > or = atenolol. In conclusion, vaninolol was found to be a selective beta 1-adrenoceptor antagonist with relatively low lipophilicity in comparison with propranolol, devoid of ISA, and had a mild myocardial depressant effect.

  17. Up-regulation of cutaneous α1-adrenoceptors after a burn.

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    Drummond, Peter D; Dawson, Linda F; Finch, Philip M; Drummond, Eleanor S; Wood, Fiona M; Fear, Mark W

    2015-09-01

    Stimulation of α1-adrenoceptors evokes inflammatory cytokine production, boosts neurogenic inflammation and pain, and influences cellular migration and proliferation. As expression of α1-adrenoceptors increases on dermal nerves and keratinocytes after peripheral nerve injury, the aim of this study was to determine whether another form of tissue injury (a cutaneous burn) triggered a similar response. In particular, changes in expression of α1-adrenoceptors were investigated on dermal nerve fibres, keratinocytes and fibroblast-like cells using immunohistochemistry 2-12 weeks after a full thickness burn in Wistar rats. Within two weeks of the burn, local increases in α1-adrenoceptor expression were seen in the re-forming epidermis, in dense bands of spindle-shaped cells in the upper dermis (putatively infiltrating immune cells and fibroblasts), and on nerve fibres in the deep dermis. In addition, nerve fibre density increased approximately three-fold in the deep dermis, and this response persisted for several more weeks. In contrast, α1-adrenoceptor labelled cells and staining intensity in the upper dermis decreased contralateral to the burn, as did nerve fibre density in the deep dermis. These findings suggest that inflammatory mediators and/or growth factors at the site of a burn trigger the synthesis of α1-adrenoceptors on resident epidermal cells and nerve fibres, and an influx of α1-adrenoceptor labelled cells. The heightened expression of α1-adrenoceptors in injured tissue could shape inflammatory and wound healing responses.

  18. How important is the α1 adrenoceptor in primate and rodent proximal urethra? Sex differences in the contribution of α1 adrenoceptor to urethral contractility.

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    Alexandre, Eduardo C; de Oliveira, Mariana G; Campos, Rafael; Kiguti, Luiz Ricardo A; Calmasini, Fabiano B; Silva, Fábio H; Grant, Andrew D; Yoshimura, Naoki; Antunes, Edson

    2017-03-15

    Urethral smooth muscle (USM) contributes to urinary continence by contracting during the urine storage phase, which is mainly mediated by activation of post-junctional α1-adrenoceptors. Males and females show differences in the functioning of the lower urinary tract and the most common urinary tract symptoms (LUTS). LUTS in men typically occur in association with bladder outlet obstruction, whereas in women urinary urge-incontinence symptoms are more common. Therefore, this study aimed to evaluate sex differences in α1-adrenoceptor subtype expression and their importance in proximal urethra contraction in mouse (C57BL6/J) and marmoset (Callithrix jacchus). Contractile responses to phenylephrine, noradrenaline, potassium chloride (KCl) and electrical-field stimulation (EFS) were evaluated. Phenylephrine, noradrenaline, KCl and EFS produced markedly greater contractions in male mice and marmoset USM compared with females. The sex differences remained unchanged by L-NAME (NOS inhibitor), atropine (muscarinic antagonist) and PPADS (P2X1 purinoceptor antagonist). Additionally, selective α1A- (but not α1B- and α1D) adrenoceptor antagonists significantly reduced phenylephrine-induced USM contractions. qRT-PCR for α1A, B and C-adrenoceptor subtypes revealed a marked presence of α1A adrenoceptor subtype in male USM, but not females. Male mouse urethra also exhibited a higher tyrosine hydroxylase mRNA expression. Histomorphometric analysis showed a greater USM area in male than female mice. In conclusion, male mouse and marmoset proximal USM shows strong α1A adrenoceptor-induced contractions and abundant α1A adrenoceptor expression, whereas α1A adrenoceptor-mediated mechanisms are much less important in females. The differential expression of α1-adrenoceptors in the proximal urethra may contribute to the higher incidence of urinary incontinence in women and obstructed voiding in men.

  19. Critical role of transcription factor cyclic AMP response element modulator in beta1-adrenoceptor-mediated cardiac dysfunction.

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    Lewin, Geertje; Matus, Marek; Basu, Abhijit; Frebel, Karin; Rohsbach, Sebastian Pius; Safronenko, Andrej; Seidl, Matthias Dodo; Stümpel, Frank; Buchwalow, Igor; König, Simone; Engelhardt, Stefan; Lohse, Martin J; Schmitz, Wilhelm; Müller, Frank Ulrich

    2009-01-06

    Chronic stimulation of the beta(1)-adrenoceptor (beta(1)AR) plays a crucial role in the pathogenesis of heart failure; however, underlying mechanisms remain to be elucidated. The regulation by transcription factors cAMP response element-binding protein (CREB) and cyclic AMP response element modulator (CREM) represents a fundamental mechanism of cyclic AMP-dependent gene control possibly implicated in beta(1)AR-mediated cardiac deterioration. We studied the role of CREM in beta(1)AR-mediated cardiac effects, comparing transgenic mice with heart-directed expression of beta(1)AR in the absence and presence of functional CREM. CREM inactivation protected from cardiomyocyte hypertrophy, fibrosis, and left ventricular dysfunction in beta(1)AR-overexpressing mice. Transcriptome and proteome analysis revealed a set of predicted CREB/CREM target genes including the cardiac ryanodine receptor, tropomyosin 1alpha, and cardiac alpha-actin as altered on the mRNA or protein level along with the improved phenotype in CREM-deficient beta(1)AR-transgenic hearts. The results imply the regulation of genes by CREM as an important mechanism of beta(1)AR-induced cardiac damage in mice.

  20. Chemically Homogenous Compounds with Antagonistic Properties at All α1-Adrenoceptor Subtypes but not β1-Adrenoceptor Attenuate Adrenaline-Induced Arrhythmia in Rats

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    Pytka, Karolina; Lustyk, Klaudia; Żmudzka, Elżbieta; Kotańska, Magdalena; Siwek, Agata; Zygmunt, Małgorzata; Dziedziczak, Agnieszka; Śniecikowska, Joanna; Olczyk, Adrian; Gałuszka, Adam; Śmieja, Jarosław; Waszkielewicz, Anna M.; Marona, Henryk; Filipek, Barbara; Sapa, Jacek; Mogilski, Szczepan

    2016-01-01

    Studies proved that among all α1-adrenoceptors, cardiac myocytes functionally express only α1A- and α1B-subtype. Scientists indicated that α1A-subtype blockade might be beneficial in restoring normal heart rhythm. Therefore, we aimed to determine the role of α1-adrenoceptors subtypes (i.e., α1A and α1B) in antiarrhythmic effect of six structurally similar derivatives of 2-methoxyphenylpiperazine. We compared the activity of studied compounds with carvedilol, which is β1- and α1-adrenoceptors blocker with antioxidant properties. To evaluate the affinity for adrenergic receptors, we used radioligand methods. We investigated selectivity at α1-adrenoceptors subtypes using functional bioassays. We tested antiarrhythmic activity in adrenaline-induced (20 μg/kg i.v.), calcium chloride-induced (140 and 25 mg/kg i.v.) and barium chloride-induced (32 and 10 mg/kg i.v.) arrhythmia models in rats. We also evaluated the influence of studied compounds on blood pressure in rats, as well as lipid peroxidation. All studied compounds showed high affinity toward α1-adrenoceptors but no affinity for β1 receptors. Biofunctional studies revealed that the tested compounds blocked α1A-stronger than α1B-adrenoceptors, but except for HBK-19 they antagonized α1A-adrenoceptor weaker than α1D-subtype. HBK-19 showed the greatest difference in pA2 values—it blocked α1A-adrenoceptors around seven-fold stronger than α1B subtype. All compounds showed prophylactic antiarrhythmic properties in adrenaline-induced arrhythmia, but only the activity of HBK-16, HBK-17, HBK-18, and HBK-19 (ED50 = 0.18–0.21) was comparable to that of carvedilol (ED50 = 0.36). All compounds reduced mortality in adrenaline-induced arrhythmia. HBK-16, HBK-17, HBK-18, and HBK-19 showed therapeutic antiarrhythmic properties in adrenaline-induced arrhythmia. None of the compounds showed activity in calcium chloride- or barium chloride-induced arrhythmias. HBK-16, HBK-17, HBK-18, and HBK-19 decreased heart

  1. Blockade of median raphe nucleus α1-adrenoceptor subtypes increases food intake in rats.

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    da Silva, Eduardo Simão; Flores, Rafael Appel; Cella, Elisa Carolina; Levone, Brunno Rocha; Taschetto, Ana Paula; Kochenborger, Larissa; Terenzi, Mariana Graciela; Faria, Moacir Serralvo; Paschoalini, Marta Aparecida

    2014-09-01

    Previous studies have shown that the blockade of α1-adrenoceptors in the median raphe nucleus (MnR) of free-feeding animals increases food intake. Since there is evidence for the presence of α1A-, α1B- and α1D-adrenoceptors in the MnR of rats, this study investigated the involvement of MnR α1-adrenoceptor subtypes in the control of feeding behavior, looking for possible differences on the role of each α1-adrenoceptor in feeding. Male adult rats weighing 280-300 g with guide cannulae chronically implanted above the MnR were injected with antagonists of α1A- (RS100329, 0, 2, 4 or 20 nmol), α1B- (Rec 15/2615, 0, 2, 4 or 20 nmol) or α1D-adrenoceptor (BMY 7378, 0, 2, 4 or 20 nmol). Subsequently, behavioral evaluation of ingestive and non-ingestive parameters was monitored for 1h and the amount of food and water ingested was assessed for 4h. The highest dose (20 nmol) of RS100329 and BMY 7378 increased food intake, feeding duration and frequency, and decreased the latency to start feeding. During the second hour 2 nmol dose of Rec 15/2615 increased food intake and all doses of BMY 7378 decreased water intake. No behavioral alterations were observed during the fourth hour. The results corroborate previous work from our lab in which we describe the involvement of α1-adrenoceptors of MnR on food intake control. Moreover, we show evidence that α1A- and α1D-adrenoceptors mediate feeding responses to adrenaline injections and that the behavioral modifications are of considerable duration, persisting up to 2h after injection of the antagonists. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Antiarrhythmic activity of some xanthone derivatives with β1-adrenoceptor affinities in rats.

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    Rapacz, Anna; Sapa, Jacek; Bednarski, Marek; Filipek, Barbara; Szkaradek, Natalia; Marona, Henryk

    2014-09-05

    A series of aminoalkanolic derivatives of xanthone with high affinity for β1-adrenoceptors was evaluated for antiarrhythmic activity in the model of ischemia-reperfusion in isolated hearts, as well as in barium chloride- and adrenaline-induced model of arrhythmia. In order to better understand biological activity of studied compounds, the influence on β2-adrenoceptors in guinea-pig trachea and vasorelaxant properties in rat aorta were evaluated. Furthermore, due to assessed antioxidant activity, some biochemical studies were also performed. All tested compounds showed prominent antiarrhythmic activity in the model of ventricular arrhythmias associated with coronary artery occlusion and reperfusion. In this experiment the most active was compound MH-97. Whereas, compound MH-82 was the most active in barium- and adrenaline-induced arrhythmia after i.v. or p.o. administration, respectively. These two compounds have higher affinity to β1-adrenoceptors than compound MH-87, thus it suggests that blocking properties of β1-adrenoceptors are involved in the observed antiarrhythmic effects. All studied compounds have revealed antagonistic potency for β2-adrenoceptors in tracheal smooth muscle, however weaker than that of propranolol. None of tested compounds demonstrated antioxidant effect. They also had weak calcium entry blocking activity. The results of this study suggest that new compounds with antiarrhythmic activity might be found in the group of xanthone derivatives.

  3. The α1 adrenoceptors in ventrolateral orbital cortex contribute to the expression of morphine-induced behavioral sensitization in rats.

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    Wei, Lai; Zhu, Yuan-Mei; Zhang, Yu-Xiang; Liang, Feng; Li, Teng; Gao, Hong-Yu; Huo, Fu-Quan; Yan, Chun-Xia

    2016-01-01

    The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of microinjection of benoxathian, selective α1 adrenoceptor antagonist, into the ventrolateral orbital cortex (VLO) on morphine-induced behavioral sensitization and its underlying molecular mechanism in rats. A single morphine treatment protocol was used in establishing the behavioral sensitization model. The effect of bilateral intra-VLO benoxathian injection on locomotor activity was examined and the protein expression levels of α1 adrenoceptors and activation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) in the VLO were detected after locomotor test. The results showed that a single injection of morphine could induce behavioral sensitization by a low challenge dosage of morphine after a 7-days drug free period. Benoxathian significantly suppressed the expression but not the development of morphine-induced behavioral sensitization. Morphine treatment significantly elicited ERK phosphorylation and downregulated the expression level of α1 adrenoceptors in the VLO. In addition, intra-VLO benoxathian injection enhanced the expression levels of α1 adrenoceptors and phosphorylated ERK. These results suggest that α1 adrenoceptors in the VLO are involved in regulating the expression of morphine-induced behavioral sensitization. The effect of decreased locomotor activity by blocking α1 adrenoceptors might be associated with activation of ERK in the VLO.

  4. Molecular characterization of alpha 1- and alpha 2-adrenoceptors.

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    Harrison, J K; Pearson, W R; Lynch, K R

    1991-02-01

    Three 'alpha 1-adrenoceptors' and three 'alpha 2-adrenoceptors' have now been cloned. How closely do these receptors match the native receptors that have been identified pharmacologically? What are the properties of these receptors, and how do they relate to other members of the cationic amine receptor family? Kevin Lynch and his colleagues discuss these questions in this review.

  5. Amygdala, Anxiety and Alpha(1) Adrenoceptors: Investigations Utilizing a Rodent Model of Traumatic Stress

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    2006-08-23

    for example) and increase its likelihood of survival. Given appropriate levels of threat ( life - threatening or repeated), long term changes can...stressful conditions. It can arise from any number of 2 potentially life threatening events, from natural disasters to personal assaults, and it is...does not expect to have a career, marriage, children, or a normal life span) D. Persistent symptoms of increased arousal (not present before the

  6. Characterization of α1-adrenoceptor subtypes mediating vasoconstriction in human umbilical vein

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    Errasti, Andrea Emilse; Velo, María Pía Rogines; Torres, Rodrigo Martín; Sardi, Sergio Pablo; Rothlin, Rodolfo Pedro

    1999-01-01

    The present study attempted to characterize pharmacologically the subtypes of α-adrenoceptors mediating contractions in human umbilical vein (HUV). HUV rings were mounted in isolated organ baths and cumulative concentration-response curves were constructed for the α-adrenoceptor agonists phenylephrine and adrenaline. Adrenaline was more potent than phenylephrine (pD2=7.29 and 6.04 respectively). Isoproterenol exhibited no agonism on KCl pre-contracted HUV rings. Propranolol (1 μM) and rauwolscine (0.1 μM) did not affect the concentration-response curves to adrenaline. These results demonstrate the lack of involvement of functional β- or α2-adrenoceptors in adrenaline-induced vasoconstriction. The non subtype selective α1-adrenoceptor antagonist prazosin was evaluated on phenylephrine and adrenaline concentration-response curves. The effects of the competitive α1A and α1D-adrenoceptor antagonists, 5-methyl urapidil and BMY 7378 and the irreversible α1B selective compound chloroethylclonidine (CEC) were also evaluated on adrenaline concentration-response curves. The potencies of prazosin against responses mediated by adrenaline (pA2=10.87) and phenylephrine (pA2=10.70) indicate the involvement of prazosin-sensitive functional α1-adrenoceptor subtype in vasoconstriction of the HUV. The potencies of 5-methyl urapidil (pA2=6.70) and BMY 7378 (pA2=7.34) were not consistent with the activation of an α1A- or α1D-adrenoceptor population. Exposure to a relatively low CEC concentration (3 μM) abolished the maximum response to adrenaline suggesting that this response was mediated by an α1B-adrenoceptor subtype. We conclude that HUV express a prazosin-sensitive functional α1-adrenoceptor resembling the α1B-subtype according with the low pA2 values for both 5-methyl urapidil and BMY 7378 and the high sensitivity to CEC. PMID:10077236

  7. Sub-chronic lead exposure produces β1-adrenoceptor downregulation decreasing arterial pressure reactivity in rats.

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    Toscano, Cindy Medici; Simões, Maylla Ronacher; Alonso, Maria Jesus; Salaices, Mercedes; Vassallo, Dalton Valentim; Fioresi, Mirian

    2017-07-01

    Lead is considered a causative factor for hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases. To investigate the effects of sub-chronic lead exposure on blood pressure reactivity and cardiac β1-adrenoceptor activity and to evaluate whether the effects found in vitro are similar to those found in vivo. Male Wistar rats were randomly distributed into two groups: control rats (Ct) and rats administered drinking water containing 100ppm lead (Pb) for 30days. Blood pressure in the Pb rats increased starting from the first week of treatment until the end of the study [systolic blood pressure, Ct: 122±4 vs. Pb: 143±3mmHg; diastolic blood pressure, Ct: 63±4 vs. Pb: 84±4mmHg]. The heart rate was also increased (Ct: 299±11 vs. Pb: 365±11bpm), but the pressure reactivity to phenylephrine was decreased. Losartan and hexamethonium exhibited a greater reduction in blood pressure of Pb rats than in the Ct rats. Isoproterenol increased the left ventricular systolic and end-diastolic pressure, and heart rate only in Ct rats, suggesting that lead induced β1-adrenoceptor downregulation. Indomethacin reduced the blood pressure and heart rate in the Pb rats, suggesting the involvement of cyclooxygenase-derived products (which are associated with reduced nitric oxide bioavailability) in this process. These findings offer further evidence that the effects of sub-chronic lead exposure in vitro can be reproduced in vivo-even at low concentrations-thus triggering mechanisms for the development of hypertension. Therefore, lead should be considered an environmental risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Renal denervation causes chronic hypotension in rats: role of beta1-adrenoceptor activity.

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    Jacob, Frédéric; LaBine, Brian G; Ariza, Pilar; Katz, Stephen A; Osborn, John W

    2005-04-01

    1. Renal denervation (RDNX) chronically lowers mean arterial pressure (MAP) in normal rats but mechanisms leading to this hypotensive response remain unknown. 2. We hypothesized that this sustained decrease in arterial pressure was because of a loss of beta1-adrenoceptor mediated renin secretion. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were assigned to sham (SHAM; n = 9), unilateral (UniRDNX; n = 9), or bilateral (RDNX; n = 10) renal denervation groups and instrumented for telemetric MAP measurements, plasma renin concentration (PRC) measurements and intravenous infusion. Twenty-four h MAP, heart rate, sodium and water balances were recorded 5 days before, 3 days during and 3 days after 1-adrenoceptor blockade with atenolol. 3. The 5-day control MAP was significantly lower in RDNX (97 +/- 1 mmHg) compared to SHAM (105 +/- 2 mmHg) and UniRDNX (102 +/- 2 mmHg) rats. No significant differences in basal PRC were observed between RDNX (2.2 +/- 0.3 ngAng1/mL per h), UniRDNX (2.6 +/- 0.4 ng/Ang1/mL per h) and SHAM (2.6 +/- 0.4 ngAng1/mL per h) rats. By day 1 of atenolol, PRC was significantly lower in UniRDNX rats (1.8 +/- 0.2 ngAg1/mL per h) compared to control values, but was unchanged during atenolol infusion in the other groups. By day 3 of atenolol, MAP was significantly decreased in all groups, but the absolute levels of MAP remained statistically different between RDNX (87 +/- 1 mmHg) and SHAM (91 +/- 1 mmHg) groups. 4. We conclude that the arterial pressure lowering effect of RDNX is not solely dependent on the loss of neural control of renin release.

  9. Enhanced vasoconstriction to α1-adrenoceptor stimulation during cooling in mouse cutaneous plantar arteries.

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    Goto, Kazunori; Saito, Shin-ya; Ishikawa, Tomohisa

    2014-11-05

    Cutaneous arteries are known to constrict in response to cooling via α2C-adrenoceptors. The involvement of α1-adrenoceptors in the cooling response has also recently been suggested by in vivo studies in mice. The present study was thus aimed to confirm it in the isolated mouse cutaneous plantar artery. Changes in vessel diameter were measured by pressurized arteriography. Myogenic constriction was induced depending on intraluminal pressure, and was nearly abolished by the Ca(2+) channel blocker nifedipine or by lowering bath temperature to 24°C. The α1-adrenoceptor agonist phenylephrine produced two-phase constriction composed of phasic and tonic components, both of which were enhanced by the cooling to 24°C. Nifedipine partly inhibited the phenylephrine constriction at 37°C, and the nifedipine-resistant constriction was further inhibited by the inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP3) receptor inhibitor xestospongin C. Although the cooling to 24°C still enhanced the phenylephrine constriction in the presence of nifedipine, the enhancement was not observed in the presence of both nifedipine and xestospongin C. In Ca(2+)-free solution, phenylephrine produced two-phase constriction at 37°C, which was abolished by 30-min treatment with thapsigargin, an inhibitor of sarcoplasmic/endoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+)-ATPase (SERCA). In contrast, short-term treatment with thapsigargin for 3min rather enhanced the phenylephrine constriction in Ca(2+)-free solution at 37°C; however, the enhanced constriction by the cooling to 24°C was not further enhanced by the SERCA inhibitor. These results suggest that cooling inhibits Ca(2+) re-uptake by SERCA, thereby enhancing constriction induced by Ca(2+) released via IP3 receptors in the mouse plantar artery.

  10. Quantification and distribution of α1-adrenoceptor subtype mRNAs in human proximal urethra

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    Nasu, Kimio; Moriyama, Nobuo; Fukasawa, Ritsu; Tsujimoto, Gozoh; Tanaka, Teruo; Yano, Junichi; Kawabe, Kazuki

    1998-01-01

    We performed RNase protection assays and in situ hybridization to investigate the ratio of the three α1-adrenoceptor subtype mRNAs, α1a, α1b and α1d, in human proximal urethra, and their localization in urethral cross-sections. As revealed by the RNase protection assays, α1a was the predominant subtype mRNA in both male and female urethral samples. α1d mRNA was detected only in the female sample, and α1b mRNA was not detected in any of the samples tested. The ratio of the abundance of the subtype mRNAs, α1a : α1b : α1d, was 100 : 0 : 0 in the male urethra and 90 : 0 : 10 in the female urethra.In situ hybridization studies showed no significant differences in the cross-sectional distribution of α1-adrenoceptor subtype mRNAs between male and female urethras. Intense α1a staining was observed in the smooth muscle of the urethra, but α1b and α1d staining was much less intense.Of the three cloned α1 subtypes, α1a is the most likely to be responsible for the contraction of the human urethra. Owing to the side effects of nonselective α1 drugs, α1-selective drugs may be clinically superior to nonselective drugs for the treatment of urethral disorders. PMID:9579721

  11. Acute denervation alters the epithelial response to adrenoceptor activation through an increase in α1-adrenoceptor expression on villus enterocytes

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    Baglole, Carolyn J; Sigalet, David L; Martin, Gary R; Yao, Shengtao; Meddings, Jon B

    2005-01-01

    Loss of sympathetic input due to intestinal denervation results in hypersensitivity and increased intestinal secretion. It is unknown whether denervation-induced alterations in intestinal epithelial physiology are the result of changes in adrenoceptors on enterocytes (ENTs). The purpose of this study was to examine adrenoceptor distribution and pharmacology on small intestinal ENTs following acute intestinal denervation. Lewis rats underwent small bowel transplantation (SBT) or sham operation and proximal small intestinal segments were harvested 1, 2 and 4 weeks postoperatively. Intestinal electrolyte movement was assessed using short-circuit current (Isc) measurements of stripped epithelial sheets following stimulation with phenylephrine (PE), an α1-adrenoceptor agonist. The presence of adrenoceptor subtypes on separated villus and crypt ENTs was assessed using flow cytometry. α1-Adrenoceptors were found on approximately 27% of jejunal villus ENTs, but not crypt ENTs, following acute extrinsic denervation. ENTs from the Lewis rat have few β-adrenoceptors. α1-Adrenoceptor stimulation of acutely denervated intestinal epithelial sheets decreased Isc by −13.45%. This effect was mediated by a reduction in chloride (Cl−) secretion; the absence of Cl− reversed the Isc to +13.79%. In conclusion, loss of sympathetic innervation to the gastrointestinal epithelium causes acute upregulation of α1-adrenoceptors on villus ENTs, leading to inhibition of Cl− secretion at the villus tip. The increase in adrenoceptors may reflect a compensatory mechanism to combat the increased secretory state of the bowel due to the loss of the sympathetic innervation and tonic control over intestinal secretion. PMID:16258526

  12. α1-Adrenoceptors and muscarinic receptors in voiding function – binding characteristics of therapeutic agents in relation to the pharmacokinetics

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    Yamada, Shizuo; Ito, Yoshihiko; Tsukada, Hideo

    2011-01-01

    In vivo and ex vivo binding of α1-adrenoceptor and muscarinic receptors involved in voiding function is reviewed with therapeutic agents (α1-adrenoceptor antagonists: prazosin, tamsulosin and silodosin; and muscarinic receptor antagonists: oxybutynin, tolterodine, solifenacin, propiverine, imiafenacin and darifenacin) in lower urinary tract symptoms. This approach allows estimation of the inhibition of a well-characterized selective (standard) radioligand by unlabelled potential drugs or direct measurement of the distribution and receptor binding of a standard radioligand or radiolabelled form of a novel drug. In fact, these studies could be conducted in various tissues from animals pretreated with radioligands and/or unlabelled novel drugs, by conventional radioligand binding assay, radioactivity measurement, autoradiography and positron emission tomography. In vivo and ex vivo receptor binding with α1-adrenoceptor antagonists and muscarinic receptor antagonists have been proved to be useful in predicting the potency, organ selectivity and duration of action of drugs in relation to their pharmacokinetics. Such evaluations of drug–receptor binding reveal that adverse effects could be avoided by the use of new α1-adrenoceptor antagonists and muscarinic receptor antagonists for the treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms. Thus, the comparative analysis of α1-adrenoceptor and muscarinic receptor binding characteristics in the lower urinary tract and other tissues after systemic administration of therapeutic agents allows the rationale for their pharmacological characteristics from the integrated viewpoint of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. The current review emphasizes the usefulness of in vivo and ex vivo receptor binding in the discovery and development of novel drugs for the treatment of not only urinary dysfunction but also other disorders. PMID:21265873

  13. α1-Adrenoceptors and muscarinic receptors in voiding function - binding characteristics of therapeutic agents in relation to the pharmacokinetics.

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    Yamada, Shizuo; Ito, Yoshihiko; Tsukada, Hideo

    2011-08-01

    In vivo and ex vivo binding of α(1)-adrenoceptor and muscarinic receptors involved in voiding function is reviewed with therapeutic agents (α(1)-adrenoceptor antagonists: prazosin, tamsulosin and silodosin; and muscarinic receptor antagonists: oxybutynin, tolterodine, solifenacin, propiverine, imiafenacin and darifenacin) in lower urinary tract symptoms. This approach allows estimation of the inhibition of a well-characterized selective (standard) radioligand by unlabelled potential drugs or direct measurement of the distribution and receptor binding of a standard radioligand or radiolabelled form of a novel drug. In fact, these studies could be conducted in various tissues from animals pretreated with radioligands and/or unlabelled novel drugs, by conventional radioligand binding assay, radioactivity measurement, autoradiography and positron emission tomography. In vivo and ex vivo receptor binding with α(1)-adrenoceptor antagonists and muscarinic receptor antagonists have been proved to be useful in predicting the potency, organ selectivity and duration of action of drugs in relation to their pharmacokinetics. Such evaluations of drug-receptor binding reveal that adverse effects could be avoided by the use of new α(1)-adrenoceptor antagonists and muscarinic receptor antagonists for the treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms. Thus, the comparative analysis of α(1)-adrenoceptor and muscarinic receptor binding characteristics in the lower urinary tract and other tissues after systemic administration of therapeutic agents allows the rationale for their pharmacological characteristics from the integrated viewpoint of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. The current review emphasizes the usefulness of in vivo and ex vivo receptor binding in the discovery and development of novel drugs for the treatment of not only urinary dysfunction but also other disorders. © 2011 The Authors. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology © 2011 The British Pharmacological

  14. Marked behavioral activation from inhibitory stimulation of locus coeruleus α1-adrenoceptors by a full agonist

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    Stone, Eric A.; Lin, Yan; Sarfraz, Yasmeen; Quartermain, David

    2009-01-01

    α1-Adrenoceptors are concentrated in the locus coeruleus (LC) where they appear to regulate various active behaviors but have been difficult to stimulate effectively. The present study examined the behavioral, pharmacological and neural effects of possible stimulation of these receptors with 6-fluoronorepinephrine (6FNE), the only known selective α-agonist that has full efficacy at all brain α-receptors. Infusion of this compound in the mouse LC was found to produce extreme activation of diverse motivated behaviors of exploration, wheel running and operant approach responding in different environments consistent with a global behavioral function of the dorsal noradrenergic system. Infusion of selective antagonists of α1- (terazosin) or α2-(atipamezole) receptors or of either the partial α1-agonist, phenylephrine, or full α2-agonist, dexmedetomidine, indicated that the behavioral effects of 6FNE were due largely due to activation of LC α1-receptors consistent with the known greater density of α1-than α2-adrenoreceptors in the mouse nucleus. Immunohistochemistry of fos in tyrosine hydroxylase-positive LC neurons following IV ventricular infusions indicated that 6FNE markedly depressed whereas terazosin strongly enhanced the apparent functional activity of the nucleus. The changes in fos expression following 6FNE and terazosin were significantly greater than those following dexmedetomidine and atipamezole. It is hypothesized that the α1-receptors of the mouse LC are strongly activated by 6FNE and serve to potently inhibit its tonic or stress-induced activity which in turn disinhibits prepotent motivated behaviors. PMID:19632210

  15. Beta/sub 1/-adrenoceptors in rat hepatoma, desensitization by isoproterenol and phorbol-myristate-acetate

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    Garcia-Sainz, J.A.; Alcantara, R.; Hernandez-Sotomayor, S.M.T.; Mas-Oliva, J.

    1989-01-01

    The beta-adrenergic responsiveness of hepatocytes obtained from hypothyroid rats and of a transplantable hepatoma cell line (AS-30D) were studied by measuring the accumulation of cyclic AMP. The potency order for agonists in hepatocytes was: isoproterenol > epinephrine >> norepinephrine whereas in the hepatoma cells the potency order was: isoproterenol > norepinephrine /equivalent to/ epinephrine. The effect of isoproterenol was antagonized in hepatocytes by low concentrations of ICI 118551 and only partially by concentrations of atenolol as high as 100 ..mu..M. In hepatome cells the effect of isoproterenol was inhibited by both antagonists with the potency order atenolol > ICI 118551. These data indicate that in hepatocytes the effect is mediated by beta/sub 2/-adrenoceptors whereas in hepatoma cells it is through beta/sub 1/-adrenoceptors. Preincubation of hepatoma cells with isoproterenol or phorbol-myristate-acetate diminished the subsequent beta-adrenergic responsiveness of the cells. Interestingly, when both isoproterenol and phorbol-myristate-acetate were present during the preincubation the beta-adrenergic desensitization observed was bigger than that induced by any of these agents alone.

  16. Effects of chronic isoproterenol administration of. beta. /sub 1/-adrenoceptors and growth of pancreas of young and adult rats

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    Schneyer, C.A.; Humphreys-Beher, M.

    1988-06-01

    (/sup 3/H)Dihydroalprenolol (DHA) binding of membranes of adult pancreas differed from that of pancreas of young rats, and the DHA binding in the presence of atenolol or butoxamine also was different in the two age groups. The adult pancreas had 93% ..beta../sub 2/- and 7% ..beta../sub 1/-adrenoceptors and did not exhibit an increased incorporation of (/sup 3/H)thymidine into deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) following 2 days of DL-isoproterenol (ISO) administration; in contrast, pancreas of the 20-day-old rat had 71% ..beta../sub 2/-adrenoceptors and 27% ..beta../sub 1/-adrenoceptors and exhibited a 34-fold increase over that of adult, and a 6-fold increase over that of the control 20-day-old pancreas. Acinar cell differentiation was also accelerated by a 7-day regimen of ISO administration from 13 to 20 days of age. These growth responses to ISO appear to be ..beta../sub 1/ mediated. The lack of ..beta../sub 1/-adrenoceptors in the adult may account for the failure of the adult pancreas to exhibit a growth response to ISO.

  17. Pannexin-1 channels do not regulate α1-adrenoceptor-mediated vasoconstriction in resistance arteries.

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    Angus, James A; Betrie, Ashenafi H; Wright, Christine E

    2015-03-05

    Recent reports have provided evidence for a new concept that in small resistance arteries α1D-adrenoceptor-mediated contraction is intimately linked to pannexin-1 (Px1) hemichannels that open to allow the release of ATP, from the smooth muscle effector cell, that acts back on P2Y purinoceptors to cause contraction. This concept mainly relied on using mefloquine 10-20μM as a putative selective Px1 channel-blocking agent to completely inhibit the contraction to phenylephrine, but not K(+) 40mM. Lower concentrations of mefloquine had no effect. The purpose of the present study was to explore the specificity of mefloquine for Px1 channels and the role of these channels in small artery contraction. In mouse and rat isolated small resistance arteries, either pressurised or set up for wire myography, the effects of mefloquine on contractions to K(+), phenylephrine and a range of vasoconstrictor agents were assessed and compared with the Px1 channel inhibitor carbenoxolone. Mefloquine had a wide range of inhibitory actions at 10-20μM, some 200-fold above the concentrations previously shown to inhibit expressed Px1 channel activity. Mefloquine 3-10μM inhibited phenylephrine, U46619, vasopressin, endothelin-1, sympathetic nerve stimulation and K(+) 40mM-mediated contractions in rat and mouse small mesenteric, and mouse thoracodorsal, arteries. Carbenoxolone 1-100μM did not inhibit the contractile responses to these agents in small resistance arteries. The present study demonstrates that in small resistance arteries there is no evidence that Px1 channels releasing ATP have any role in the constrictor actions of α1-adrenoceptor activation.

  18. Rayleigh light scattering detection of three α1-adrenoceptor antagonists coupled with high performance liquid chromatograph

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    Li, Ai Ping; Peng, Huanjun; Peng, Jing Dong; Zhou, Ming Qiong; Zhang, Jing

    2015-08-01

    Herein, a Rayleigh light-scattering (RLS) detection method combined with high performance liquid chromatograph (HPLC) without any post-column probe was developed for the separation and determination of three α1-adrenoceptor antagonists. The quantitative analysis is benefiting from RLS signal enhancement upon addition of methanol which induced molecular aggregation to form an hydrophobic interface between aggregates and water that produce a sort of superficial enhanced scattering effect. A good chromatographic separation among the compounds was achieved using a Gemini 5u C18 reversed phase column (250 mm × 4.6 mm; 4 μm) with a mobile phase consisting of methanol and ammonium acetate-formic acid buffer solution (25 mM; pH = 3.0) at the flow rate of 0.7 mL min-1. The RLS signal was monitored at λex = λem = 354 nm. A limit of detection (LOD) of 0.065-0.70 μg L-1 was reached and a linear range was found between peak height and concentration in the range of 0.75-15 μg L-1 for doxazosin mesylate (DOX), 0.075-3.0 μg L-1 for prazosin hydrochloride (PRH), and 0.25-5 μg L-1 for terazosin hydrochloride (TEH), with linear regression coefficients all above 0.999. Recoveries from spiked urine samples were 88.4-99.0% which is within acceptable limits. The proposed method is convenient, reliable and sensitive which has been used successfully in human urine samples.

  19. Beta1-adrenoceptor polymorphism predicts flecainide action in patients with atrial fibrillation.

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    Nia, Amir M; Caglayan, Evren; Gassanov, Natig; Zimmermann, Tom; Aslan, Orhan; Hellmich, Martin; Duru, Firat; Erdmann, Erland; Rosenkranz, Stephan; Er, Fikret

    2010-07-02

    Antiarrhythmic action of flecainide is based on sodium channel blockade. Beta(1)-adrenoceptor (beta(1)AR) activation induces sodium channel inhibition, too. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the impact of different beta(1)AR genotypes on antiarrhythmic action of flecainide in patients with structural heart disease and atrial fibrillation. In 145 subjects, 87 with atrial fibrillation, genotyping was performed to identify the individual beta(1)AR Arg389Gly and Ser49Gly polymorphism. Resting heart rate during atrial fibrillation and success of flecainide-induced cardioversion were correlated with beta(1)AR genotype. The overall cardioversion rate with flecainide was 39%. The Arg389Arg genotype was associated with the highest cardioversion rate (55.5%; OR 3.30; 95% CI; 1.34-8.13; p = 0.003) compared to patients with Arg389Gly (29.5%; OR 0.44; 95% CI; 0.18-1.06; p = 0.066) and Gly389Gly (14%; OR 0.24; 95% CI 0.03-2.07; p = 0.17) variants. The single Ser49Gly polymorphism did not influence the conversion rate. In combination, patients with Arg389Gly-Ser49Gly genotype displayed the lowest conversion rate with 20.8% (OR 0.31; 95% CI; 0.10-0.93; p = 0.03). In patients with Arg389Arg variants the heart rate during atrial fibrillation was significantly higher (110+/-2.7 bpm; p = 0.03 vs. other variants) compared to Arg389Gly (104.8+/-2.4 bpm) and Gly389Gly (96.9+/-5.8 bpm) carriers. The Arg389Gly-Ser49Gly genotype was more common in patients with atrial fibrillation compared to patients without atrial fibrillation (27.6% vs. 5.2%; HR 6.98; 95% CI; 1.99-24.46; p<0.001). The beta(1)AR Arg389Arg genotype is associated with increased flecainide potency and higher heart rate during atrial fibrillation. The Arg389Gly-Ser49Gly genotype might be of predictive value for atrial fibrillation.

  20. Lack of Gαi2 leads to dilative cardiomyopathy and increased mortality in β1-adrenoceptor overexpressing mice

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    Keller, Kirsten; Maass, Martina; Dizayee, Sara; Leiss, Veronika; Annala, Suvi; Köth, Jessica; Seemann, Wiebke K.; Müller-Ehmsen, Jochen; Mohr, Klaus; Nürnberg, Bernd; Engelhardt, Stefan; Herzig, Stefan; Birnbaumer, Lutz; Matthes, Jan

    2015-01-01

    Aims Inhibitory G (Gi) proteins have been proposed to be cardioprotective. We investigated effects of Gαi2 knockout on cardiac function and survival in a murine heart failure model of cardiac β1-adrenoceptor overexpression. Methods and results β1-transgenic mice lacking Gαi2 (β1-tg/Gαi2−/−) were compared with wild-type mice and littermates either overexpressing cardiac β1-adrenoceptors (β1-tg) or lacking Gαi2 (Gαi2−/−). At 300 days, mortality of mice only lacking Gαi2 was already higher compared with wild-type or β1-tg, but similar to β1-tg/Gαi2−/−, mice. Beyond 300 days, mortality of β1-tg/Gαi2−/− mice was enhanced compared with all other genotypes (mean survival time: 363 ± 21 days). At 300 days of age, echocardiography revealed similar cardiac function of wild-type, β1-tg, and Gαi2−/− mice, but significant impairment for β1-tg/Gαi2−/− mice (e.g. ejection fraction 14 ± 2 vs. 40 ± 4% in wild-type mice). Significantly increased ventricle-to-body weight ratio (0.71 ± 0.06 vs. 0.48 ± 0.02% in wild-type mice), left ventricular size (length 0.82 ± 0.04 vs. 0.66 ± 0.03 cm in wild types), and atrial natriuretic peptide and brain natriuretic peptide expression (mRNA: 2819 and 495% of wild-type mice, respectively) indicated hypertrophy. Gαi3 was significantly up-regulated in Gαi2 knockout mice (protein compared with wild type: 340 ± 90% in Gαi2−/− and 394 ± 80% in β1-tg/Gαi2−/−, respectively). Conclusions Gαi2 deficiency combined with cardiac β1-adrenoceptor overexpression strongly impaired survival and cardiac function. At 300 days of age, β1-adrenoceptor overexpression alone had not induced cardiac hypertrophy or dysfunction while there was overt cardiomyopathy in mice additionally lacking Gαi2. We propose an enhanced effect of increased β1-adrenergic drive by the lack of protection via Gαi2. Gαi3 up-regulation was not sufficient to compensate for Gαi2 deficiency, suggesting an isoform-specific or

  1. The beta 1-adrenoceptor antagonist, betaxolol, is not released from the heart of the anaesthetized dog during sympathetic nerve stimulation.

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    Duval, N.; Lee, C. R.; Eon, M. T.; Petruzzo, P.; Langer, S. Z.

    1988-01-01

    1. We investigated the hypothesis that the beta 1-adrenoceptor antagonist, betaxolol, can be accumulated by cardiac sympathetic nerve endings and then released together with noradrenaline during accelerans nerve stimulation. 2. Dogs were chronically treated with betaxolol (1 mg kg-1 daily, s.c.) for 7 days. Twenty four hours after the last dose, there was a significant retention of betaxolol in the heart of these dogs treated chronically with the beta 1-adrenoceptor antagonist. However, during in vivo accelerans nerve stimulation, the concentration of betaxolol in the coronary sinus was not modified, whereas the noradrenaline concentration increased significantly. 3. Chronic betaxolol treatment antagonized the tachycardia induced by electrical stimulation of the cardiac accelerator nerves or by intravenous isoprenaline. However, the tachycardia induced by nerve stimulation was not antagonized to a greater extent than that induced by isoprenaline. 4. These findings are discussed in relation to a similar in vivo study in dogs treated with propranolol, in which the drug was found to be released into the coronary circulation during stimulation of the accelerans nerve. PMID:2905183

  2. Betaxolol, a beta(1)-adrenoceptor antagonist, reduces Na(+) influx into cortical synaptosomes by direct interaction with Na(+) channels: comparison with other beta-adrenoceptor antagonists.

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    Chidlow, G; Melena, J; Osborne, N N

    2000-06-01

    Betaxolol, a beta(1)-adrenoceptor antagonist used for the treatment of glaucoma, is known to be neuroprotective in paradigms of ischaemia/excitotoxicity. In this study, we examined whether betaxolol and other beta-adrenoceptor antagonists interact directly with neurotoxin binding to sites 1 and 2 of the voltage-sensitive sodium channel (Na(+) channel) in rat cerebrocortical synaptosomes. Betaxolol inhibited specific [(3)H]-batrachotoxinin-A 20-alpha-benzoate ([(3)H]-BTX-B) binding to neurotoxin site 2 in a concentration-dependent manner with an IC(50) value of 9.8 microM. Comparison of all the beta-adrenoceptor antagonists tested revealed a potency order of propranolol>betaxolol approximately levobetaxolol>levobunolol approximately carteolol>/=timolol>atenolol. None of the drugs caused a significant inhibition of [(3)H]-saxitoxin binding to neurotoxin receptor site 1, even at concentrations as high as 250 microM. Saturation experiments showed that betaxolol increased the K(D) of [(3)H]-BTX-B binding but had no effect on the B(max). The association kinetics of [(3)H]-BTX-B were unaffected by betaxolol, but the drug significantly accelerated the dissociation rate of the radioligand. These findings argue for a competitive, indirect, allosteric mode of inhibition of [(3)H]-BTX-B binding by betaxolol. Betaxolol inhibited veratridine-stimulated Na(+) influx in rat cortical synaptosomes with an IC(50) value of 28. 3 microM. Carteolol, levobunolol, timolol and atenolol were significantly less effective than betaxolol at reducing veratridine-evoked Na(+) influx. The ability of betaxolol to interact with neurotoxin site 2 of the Na(+) channel and inhibit Na(+) influx may have a role in its neuroprotective action in paradigms of excitotoxicity/ischaemia and in its therapeutic effect in glaucoma.

  3. Effects of α1-adrenoceptor agonist phenylephrine on swelling-activated chloride currents in human atrial myocytes.

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    Li, Yetao; Du, Xinling

    2015-02-01

    Swelling-activated chloride currents (ICl.swell) play an important role in cardiac electrophysiology and arrhythmogenesis. However, the regulation of these currents has not been clarified to date. In this research, we focused on the function of phenylephrine, an α1-adrenoceptor agonist, in the regulation of I(Cl.swell) in human atrial myocytes. We recorded I(Cl.swell) evoked by a hypotonic bath solution with the whole-cell patch-clamp technique. We found that I(Cl.swell) increased over time, and it was difficult to achieve absolute steady state. Phenylephrine potentiated I(Cl.swell) from -1.00 ± 0.51 pA/pF at -90 mV and 2.58 ± 1.17 pA/pF at +40 mV to -1.46 ± 0.70 and 3.84 ± 1.67 pA/pF, respectively (P < 0.05, n = 6), and the upward trend in ICl.swell was slowed after washout. This effect was concentration-dependent, and the α1-adrenoceptor antagonist prazosin shifted the dose-effect curve rightward. Addition of prazosin or the protein kinase C (PKC) inhibitor bisindolylmaleimide (BIM) attenuated the effect of phenylephrine. The PKC activator phorbol 12,13-dibutyrate (PDBu) activated I(Cl.swell) from -1.69 ± 1.67 pA/pF at -90 mV and 5.58 ± 6.36 pA/pF at +40 mV to -2.41 ± 1.95 pA/pF and 7.05 ± 6.99 pA/pF, respectively (P < 0.01 at -90 mV and P < 0.05 at +40 mV; n = 6). In conclusion, the α1-adrenoceptor agonist phenylephrine augmented I(Cl.swell), a result that differs from previous reports in other animal species. The effect was attenuated by BIM and mimicked by PDBu, which indicates that phenylephrine might modulate I(Cl,swell) in a PKC-dependent manner.

  4. Pharmacological pleiotropism of the human recombinant α1A-adrenoceptor: implications for α1-adrenoceptor classification

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    Ford, Anthony P D W; Daniels, Donald V; Chang, David J; Gever, Joel R; Jasper, Jeffrey R; Lesnick, John D; Clarke, David E

    1997-01-01

    Three fully-defined α1-adrenoceptors (α1A, α1B and α1D) have been established in pharmacological and molecular studies. A fourth α1-adrenoceptor, the putative α1L-adrenoceptor, has been defined in functional but not molecular studies, and has been proposed to mediate contraction of human lower urinary tract tissues; its relationship to the three fully characterized α1-adrenoceptors is not known. In the present study, binding affinities were estimated by displacement of [3H]-prazosin in membrane homogenates of Chinese hamster ovary (CHO-K1) cells stably expressing the human α1A-, α1B- and α1D-adrenoceptors and were compared with affinity estimates obtained functionally in identical cells by measuring inhibition of noradrenaline (NA)-stimulated accumulation of [3H]-inositol phosphates. For the α1A-adrenoceptor, binding studies revealed a pharmacological profile typical for the classically defined α1A-adrenoceptor, such that prazosin, RS-17053, WB 4101, 5-methylurapidil, Rec 15/2739 and S-niguldipine all displayed subnanomolar affinity. A different profile of affinity estimates was obtained in inositol phosphates accumulation studies: prazosin, WB 4101, 5-methylurapidil, RS-17053 and S-niguldipine showed 10 to 40 fold lower affinity than in membrane binding. However, affinity estimates were not ‘frameshifted', as tamsulosin, indoramin and Rec 15/2739 yielded similar, high affinity estimates in binding and functional assays. In contrast, results from human α1B- and α1D-adrenoceptors expressed in CHO-K1 cells gave antagonist affinity profiles in binding and functional assays that were essentially identical. A concordance of affinity estimates from the functional (inositol phosphates accumulation) studies of the α1A-adrenoceptor in CHO-K1 cells was found with estimates published recently from contractile studies in human lower urinary tract tissues (putative α1L-adrenoceptor). These data show that upon functional pharmacological analysis, the

  5. β1 -Adrenoceptor, but not β2 -adrenoceptor, subtype regulates heart rate in type 2 diabetic rats in vivo.

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    Cook, Rosalind F; Bussey, Carol T; Mellor, Kimberley M; Cragg, Patricia A; Lamberts, Regis R

    2017-08-01

    What is the central question of the study? The sympathetic system regulates heart rate via β-adrenoceptors; this is impaired during diabetes. However, the specific β-adrenoceptor subtype contributions in heart rate regulation in diabetes in vivo are unknown. What is the main finding and its importance? Telemetric recordings in conscious non-diabetic and type 2 diabetic rats demonstrated that the β1 -adrenoceptor subtype, and not the β2 -adrenoceptor, regulated the lower resting heart rate and increased β-adrenoceptor responsiveness in diabetes in vivo. This provides new physiological insight into the dysregulation of heart rate in type 2 diabetes, which is important for improving therapeutic strategies targeting the diabetic chronotropic incompetence. β-Adrenoceptor blockers are widely used to reduce heart rate, the strongest predictor of mortality in cardiac patients, but are less effective in diabetic patients. This study aimed to determine the specific contributions of β1 - and β2 -adrenoceptor subtypes to chronotropic responses in type 2 diabetes in vivo, which are currently unknown. Type 2 diabetic and non-diabetic rats were implanted with radiotelemeters to measure arterial blood pressure and derive heart rate in conscious conditions. Vascular access ports were implanted to inject isoprenaline (β1 - and β2 -adrenoceptor agonist, 0.1-300 μg kg(-1) ) in the presence of atenolol (β1 -adrenoceptor antagonist, 2000 μg kg(-1) ) or nadolol (β1 - and β2 -adrenoceptor agonist, 4000 μg kg(-1) ) to determine the chronotropic contributions of the β-adrenoceptor subtypes. Resting heart rate was reduced in diabetic rats (388 ± 62 versus 290 ± 37 beats min(-1) non-diabetic versus diabetic, P < 0.05, mean ± SD), which remained after atenolol or nadolol administration. Overall β-adrenoceptor chronotropic responsiveness was increased in diabetic rats (change in heart rate at highest dose of isoprenaline: 135 ± 66 versus 205 ± 28

  6. Pharmacological classification of α1-adrenoceptors mediating contractions of rabbit isolated ear artery: comparison with rat isolated thoracic aorta

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    Fagura, M S; Lydford, S J; Dougall, I G

    1997-01-01

    The present study attempted to classify pharmacologically the α1-adrenoceptor subtype(s) present in two isolated, vascular ring preparations, the rabbit ear artery and rat thoracic aorta. In the ear artery, the agonist effects of phenylephrine were antagonized by 5-methyl urapidil (pA2=7.90; Schild slope=0.85) and BMY 7378 (pA2=6.11; Schild slope=0.80) but not in a simple competitive manner. The shallow Schild slopes are consistent with the activation of a heterogeneous receptor population. Indeed the 5-methyl urapidil data set could be fitted to a two-receptor model yielding a high antagonist affinity (pKBH) estimate of 7.85 and a low affinity (pKBL) estimate of 6.03. The effects of clonidine in the ear artery were competitively antagonised by 5-methyl urapidil (pKB=7.91) and BMY 7378 (pKB=5.53). These data are consistent with contractions to clonidine being mediated by a single receptor subtype. In the aorta, the effects of phenylephrine were antagonized by 5-methyl urapidil (pA2=7.95; Schild slope=1.11) and BMY 7378 (pA2=9.08; Schild slope=0.73). Neither data set was consistent with a simple competitive interaction. The BMY 7378 data suggested again, that phenylephrine was acting at a heterogeneous receptor population. Subsequent analysis by the two-receptor model yielded a high affinity (pKBH) estimate of 8.95 and a low affinity (pKBL) estimate of 7.00. The alkylating agent, chloroethylclonidine (CEC) elicited concentration-dependent contractions in the ear artery with a potency (p[A]50) of 5.57. Pretreatment of this tissue with CEC (5 μM, 30 min incubation) had no effect on subsequent responses to phenylephrine. In contrast, in the aorta, CEC demonstrated no agonism but pretreatment with this agent (5 μM, 15 min incubation) caused a rightward shift and depression of subsequent phenylephrine concentration-effect curves. The affinity of clonidine in the rabbit ear artery (pKA=6.17) was found to be significantly different to its affinity in the

  7. Prazosin, an α(1)-adrenoceptor antagonist, prevents memory deterioration in the APP23 transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer's disease.

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    Katsouri, Loukia; Vizcaychipi, Marcela P; McArthur, Simon; Harrison, Ian; Suárez-Calvet, Marc; Lleo, Alberto; Lloyd, Dafydd G; Ma, Daqing; Sastre, Magdalena

    2013-04-01

    Noradrenergic deficits have been described in the hippocampus and the frontal cortex of Alzheimer's disease brains, which are secondary to locus coeruleus degeneration. Locus coeruleus is the brain stem nucleus responsible for synthesis of noradrenaline and from where all noradrenergic neurons project. In addition, it has been suggested that noradrenaline might play a role in modulating inflammatory responses in Alzheimer's disease. In this study we aimed to investigate the effect of various agonists and antagonists for adrenergic receptors on amyloid precursor protein processing. Among them, we found that prazosin, an α(1)-adrenoceptor antagonist, was able to reduce the generation of amyloid β in N2a cells. Treatment of transgenic APP23 mice with prazosin prevented memory deficits over time. Although prazosin did not influence amyloid plaque load, it induced astrocytic proliferation and increased the release of apolipoprotein E and anti-inflammatory cytokines. These findings suggest that chronic treatment with prazosin leads to an anti-inflammatory response with potential beneficial effects on cognitive performance.

  8. Demonstration of. beta. /sub 1/-adrenoceptor mediating relaxation of porcine coronary artery by radioligand binding and pharmacological methods

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    Yamada, S.; Kashiwabara, T.; Yamazawa, T.; Harada, Y.; Nakayama, K.

    1988-01-01

    ..beta..-adrenoceptors in the porcine coronary artery were characterized by a radioligand binding assay using (-)-(/sup 3/H)dihydroalprenolol (DHA) and also by measuring the relaxant response of isolated coronary artery to norepinephrine. Specific (-)-(/sup 3/H)DHA binding in the porcine coronary artery was saturable, reversible and of high affinity with a maximal number of binding sites of 63 fmol/mg protein, and it showed a pharmacological specificity as well as stereoselectivity which characterized ..beta..-adrenoceptors. The Hofstee analysis of inhibition of (-)-(/sup 3/H)DHA binding by atenolol, practolol and ICI 118551 has shown that the averaged concentration of ..beta../sub 1/ and ..beta../sub 2/-adrenoceptors in this tissue was 68% and 32% respectively. The relaxant response of isolated coronary artery to norepinephrine was competitively antagonized by (-)propranolol, (+)propranolol, atenolol, practolol and ICI 118551. The pA/sub 2/ values of these adrenoceptor antagonists were significantly correlated with the Ki values for ..beta../sub 1/ but not ..beta../sub 2/-adrenoceptors determined by the (-)-(/sup 3/H)DHA binding assay. Thus, the present study demonstrates that the relaxant response of porcine coronary artery to norepinephrine is predominantly mediated through the stimulation of ..beta../sub 1/-adrenoceptors on vascular smooth muscles.

  9. Involvement of the α1-adrenoceptor in sleep-waking and sleep loss-induced anxiety behavior in zebrafish.

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    Singh, A; Subhashini, N; Sharma, S; Mallick, B N

    2013-08-15

    Sleep is a universal phenomenon in vertebrates, and its loss affects various behaviors. Independent studies have reported that sleep loss increases anxiety; however, the detailed mechanism is unknown. Because sleep deprivation increases noradrenalin (NA), which modulates many behaviors and induces patho-physiological changes, this study utilized zebrafish as a model to investigate whether sleep loss-induced increased anxiety is modulated by NA. Continuous behavioral quiescence for at least 6s was considered to represent sleep in zebrafish; although some authors termed it as a sleep-like state, in this study we have termed it as sleep. The activity of fish that signified sleep-waking was recorded in light-dark, during continuous dark and light; the latter induced sleep loss in fish. The latency, number of entries, time spent and distance travelled in the light chamber were assessed in a light-dark box test to estimate the anxiety behavior of normal, sleep-deprived and prazosin (PRZ)-treated fish. Zebrafish showed increased waking during light and complete loss of sleep upon continuous exposure to light for 24h. PRZ significantly increased sleep in normal fish. Sleep-deprived fish showed an increased preference for dark (expression of increased anxiety), and this effect was prevented by PRZ, which increased sleep as well. Our findings suggest that sleep loss-induced anxiety-like behavior in zebrafish is likely to be mediated by NA's action on the α1-adrenoceptor.

  10. The tricyclic antidepressants amitriptyline, nortriptyline and imipramine are weak antagonists of human and rat alpha1B-adrenoceptors.

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    Nojimoto, F D; Mueller, A; Hebeler-Barbosa, F; Akinaga, J; Lima, V; Kiguti, L R de A; Pupo, A S

    2010-01-01

    Although it is long known that the tricyclic antidepressants amitriptyline, nortriptyline and imipramine inhibit the noradrenaline transporter and alpha(1)-adrenoceptors with similar affinities, which may lead to self-cancelling actions, the selectivity of these drugs for alpha(1)-adrenoceptor subtypes is unknown. The present study investigates the selectivity of amitriptyline, nortriptyline and imipramine for human recombinant and rat native alpha(1)-adrenoceptor subtypes. The selectivity of amitriptyline, nortriptyline and imipramine was investigated in HEK-293 cells expressing each of the human alpha(1)-subtypes and in rat native receptors from the vas deferens (alpha(1A)), spleen (alpha(1B)) and aorta (alpha(1D)) through [(3)H]prazosin binding, and noradrenaline-induced intracellular Ca(2+) increases and contraction assays. Amitriptyline, nortriptyline and imipramine showed considerably higher affinities for alpha(1A)- (approximately 25- to 80-fold) and alpha(1D)-adrenoceptors (approximately 10- to 25-fold) than for alpha(1B)-adrenoceptors in both contraction and [(3)H]prazosin binding assays with rat native and human receptors, respectively. In addition, amitriptyline, nortriptyline and imipramine were substantially more potent in the inhibition of noradrenaline-induced intracellular Ca(2+) increases in HEK-293 cells expressing alpha(1A)- or a truncated version of alpha(1D)-adrenoceptors which traffics more efficiently towards the cell membrane than in cells expressing alpha(1B)-adrenoceptors. Amitriptyline, nortriptyline and imipramine are much weaker antagonists of rat and human alpha(1B)-adrenoceptors than of alpha(1A)- and alpha(1D)-adrenoceptors. The differential affinities for these receptors indicate that the alpha(1)-adrenoceptor subtype which activation is most increased by the augmented noradrenaline availability resultant from the blockade of neuronal reuptake is the alpha(1B)-adrenoceptor. This may be important for the behavioural effects of these

  11. α1-Adrenoceptors in the hippocampal dentate gyrus involved in learning-dependent long-term potentiation during active-avoidance learning in rats.

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    Lv, Jing; Zhan, Su-Yang; Li, Guang-Xie; Wang, Dan; Li, Ying-Shun; Jin, Qing-Hua

    2016-11-09

    The hippocampus is the key structure for learning and memory in mammals and long-term potentiation (LTP) is an important cellular mechanism responsible for learning and memory. The influences of norepinephrine (NE) on the modulation of learning and memory, as well as LTP, through β-adrenoceptors are well documented, whereas the role of α1-adrenoceptors in learning-dependent LTP is not yet clear. In the present study, we measured extracellular concentrations of NE in the hippocampal dentate gyrus (DG) region using an in-vivo brain microdialysis and high-performance liquid chromatography techniques during the acquisition and extinction of active-avoidance behavior in freely moving conscious rats. Next, the effects of prazosin (an antagonist of α1-adrenoceptor) and phenylephrine (an agonist of the α1-adrenoceptor) on amplitudes of field excitatory postsynaptic potential were measured in the DG region during the active-avoidance behavior. Our results showed that the extracellular concentration of NE in the DG was significantly increased during the acquisition of active-avoidance behavior and gradually returned to the baseline level following extinction training. A local microinjection of prazosin into the DG significantly accelerated the acquisition of the active-avoidance behavior, whereas a local microinjection of phenylephrine retarded the acquisition of the active-avoidance behavior. Furthermore, in all groups, the changes in field excitatory postsynaptic potential amplitude were accompanied by corresponding changes in active-avoidance behavior. Our results suggest that NE activation of α1-adrenoceptors in the hippocampal DG inhibits active-avoidance learning by modulation of synaptic efficiency in rats.

  12. Characterization of central alpha-adrenoceptors using /sup 3/H-clonidine and its derivatives

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    Jarrott, B.; Louis, W.J.; Summers, R.J.

    1983-02-01

    alpha-Adrenoceptors in brain can be studied readily by radioligand binding techniques. This provides valuable information not only on the distribution of receptors in brain regions, but also on the regulation of receptors. The usefulness of this technique is dependent in part on a radioligand with high specificity for the receptor under study. Researchers' studies have shown that /sup 3/H-clonidine does not bind exclusively to alpha 2-adrenoceptor subtypes, but also interacts with alpha 1-adrenoceptors. In contrast, /sup 3/H-guanfacine labels a high affinity alpha 2 subtype with good selectivity, but /sup 3/H-lofexidine probably labels with both alpha 2 and alpha 1-adrenoceptor binding sites.

  13. Preclinical evaluation of an 18F-labelled β1-adrenoceptor selective radioligand based on ICI 89,406

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    Law, Marilyn P.; Wagner, Stefan; Kopka, Klaus; Renner, Christiane; Pike, Victor W.; Schober, Otmar; Schäfers, Michael

    2010-01-01

    Purpose Radioligand binding studies indicate a down-regulation of myocardial β1-adrenoceptors (β1-AR) in cardiac disease which may or may not be associated with a decrease in β2-ARs. We have chosen ICI 89,406, a β1-selective AR antagonist, as the lead structure to develop new β1-AR radioligands for PET and have synthesised a fluoro-ethoxy derivative (F-ICI). Methods (S)-N-[2-[3-(2-Cyano-phenoxy)-2-hydroxy-propylamino]-ethyl]-N′-[4-(2-[18F]fluoro-ethoxy)-phenyl]-urea ((S)-[18F]F-ICI) was synthesised. Myocardial uptake of radioactivity after intravenous injection of (S)-[18F]F-ICI into adult CD1 mice or Wistar rats was assessed with positron emission tomography (PET) and postmortem dissection. Metabolism was assessed by high-performance liquid chromatography analysis of plasma and urine. Results The heart was visualised with PET after injection of (S)-[18F]F-ICI but neither unlabelled F-ICI nor propranolol (non-selective β-AR antagonist) injected 15 min after (S)-[18F]F-ICI affected myocardial radioactivity. Ex vivo dissection demonstrated that predosing with propranolol or CGP 20712 (β1-selective AR-antagonist) did not affect myocardial radioactivity. Radiometabolites rapidly appeared in plasma and both (S)-[18F]F-ICI and radiometabolites accumulated in urine. Conclusions Myocardial uptake of (S)-[18F]F-ICI after intravenous injection was mainly at sites unrelated to β1-ARs. (S)-[18F]F-ICI is not a suitable β1-selective-AR radioligand for PET. PMID:20447564

  14. 5-HT1A receptor pharmacophores to screen for off-target activity of α1-adrenoceptor antagonists

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    Ngo, Tony; Nicholas, Timothy J.; Chen, Junli; Finch, Angela M.; Griffith, Renate

    2013-04-01

    The α1-adrenoceptors (α1-ARs), in particular the α1A-AR subtype, are current therapeutic targets of choice for the treatment of urogenital conditions, such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Due to the similarity between the transmembrane domains of the α1-AR subtypes, and the serotonin receptor subtype 1A (5-HT1A-R), currently used α1-AR subtype-selective drugs to treat BPH display considerable off-target affinity for the 5-HT1A-R, leading to side effects. We describe the construction and validation of pharmacophores for 5-HT1A-R agonists and antagonists. Through the structural diversity of the training sets used in their development, these pharmacophores define the properties of a compound needed to bind to 5-HT1A receptors. Using these and previously published pharmacophores in virtual screening and profiling, we have identified unique chemical compounds (hits) that fit the requirements to bind to our target, the α1A-AR, selectively over the off-target, the 5-HT1A-R. Selected hits have been obtained and their affinities for α1A-AR, α1B-AR and 5-HT1A-R determined in radioligand binding assays, using membrane preparations which contain human receptors expressed individually. Three of the tested hits demonstrate statistically significant selectivity for α1A-AR over 5-HT1A-R. All seven tested hits bind to α1A-AR, with two compounds displaying K i values below 1 μM, and a further two K i values of around 10 μM. The insights and knowledge gained through the development of the new 5-HT1A-R pharmacophores will greatly aid in the design and synthesis of derivatives of our lead compound, and allow the generation of more efficacious and selective ligands.

  15. Anxiogenic Effects of Acute Injection of Sesame oil May be Mediated by β-1 Adrenoceptors in the Basolateral Amygdala.

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    Kesmati, Mahnaz; Mard-Soltani, Maysam; Khajehpour, Lotfolah

    2014-01-01

    A few studies have indicates that the sesame oil influences anxiety, but many reports show that β-1 adrenoceptors (ARs) of the basolateral amygdala (BLA) plays a pivotal role in this regard. Therefore, in this study the effect of acute injection of sesame oil on anxiety-like behavior in the presence and absence of the BLA β-1 ARs in the male Wistar rats were investigated. Guide cannulas, for seven groups of rats, were implanted bilaterally into the BLA. Two weeks after the stereotaxic surgery, anxiety-like behaviors (the OAT%, OAE % and locomotor activity) were evaluated by Elevated Plus-Maze (EPM) for all groups. 3 groups received different volumes of sesame oil (i.p.) and they were compared with control group (received saline via i.p.), and the anxiogenic volume of sesame oil (1.5ml/kg) was determined. Then, 3 other groups received constant effective volume of sesame oil (1.5ml/kg) along with 3 different doses of betaxolol, selective β-1 ARs antagonist, intra BLA microinjection in order to be compared with sesame oil group (1.5 ml/kg). The acute injection of sesame oil with the volume dependent manner showed an anxiogenic effect with reduction of the OAT% and OAE% which the maximum effect of sesame oil was observed in the dose of 1.5mg/kg. Also, betaxolol with dose dependent manner attenuated the anxiogenic effects of sesame oil (1.5mg/kg), but this reduction could not remove the anxiety effects completely. It seems that the sesame oil acute (i.p.) injection induces anxiety, and this effect is attenuated by inhibition of β-1ARs in the BLA.

  16. The three α1-adrenoceptor subtypes show different spatio-temporal mechanisms of internalization and ERK1/2 phosphorylation.

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    Perez-Aso, M; Segura, V; Montó, F; Barettino, D; Noguera, M A; Milligan, G; D'Ocon, P

    2013-10-01

    We analyzed the kinetic and spatial patterns characterizing activation of the MAP kinases ERK 1 and 2 (ERK1/2) by the three α1-adrenoceptor (α1-AR) subtypes in HEK293 cells and the contribution of two different pathways to ERK1/2 phosphorylation: protein kinase C (PKC)-dependent ERK1/2 activation and internalization-dependent ERK1/2 activation. The different pathways of phenylephrine induced ERK phosphorylation were determined by western blot, using the PKC inhibitor Ro 31-8425, the receptor internalization inhibitor concanavalin A and the siRNA targeting β-arrestin 2. Receptor internalization properties were studied using CypHer5 technology and VSV-G epitope-tagged receptors. Activation of α1A- and α1B-ARs by phenylephrine elicited rapid ERK1/2 phosphorylation that was directed to the nucleus and inhibited by Ro 31-8425. Concomitant with phenylephrine induced receptor internalization α1A-AR, but not α1B-AR, produced a maintained and PKC-independent ERK phosphorylation, which was restricted to the cytosol and inhibited by β-arrestin 2 knockdown or concanavalin A treatment. α1D-AR displayed constitutive ERK phosphorylation, which was reduced by incubation with prazosin or the selective α1D antagonist BMY7378. Following activation by phenylephrine, α1D-AR elicited rapid, transient ERK1/2 phosphorylation that was restricted to the cytosol and not inhibited by Ro 31-8425. Internalization of the α1D-AR subtype was not observed via CypHer5 technology. The three α1-AR subtypes present different spatio-temporal patterns of receptor internalization, and only α1A-AR stimulation translates to a late, sustained ERK1/2 phosphorylation that is restricted to the cytosol and dependent on β-arrestin 2 mediated internalization.

  17. The α1 adrenoceptor antagonist prazosin enhances sleep continuity in fear-conditioned Wistar-Kyoto rats.

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    Laitman, Benjamin M; Gajewski, Nicholas D; Mann, Graziella L; Kubin, Leszek; Morrison, Adrian R; Ross, Richard J

    2014-03-03

    Fragmentation of rapid eye movement sleep (REMS) is well described in individuals with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and likely has significant functional consequences. Fear-conditioned rodents may offer an attractive model of the changes in sleep that characterize PTSD. Following fear conditioning (FC), Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) rats, a strain known to be particularly stress-sensitive, have increased REMS fragmentation that can be quantified as a shift in the distribution of REMS episodes towards the more frequent occurrence of sequential REMS (inter-REMS episode interval≤3 min) vs. single REMS (interval>3 min). The α1 adrenoceptor antagonist prazosin has demonstrated efficacy in normalizing sleep in PTSD. To determine the utility of fear-conditioned WKY rats as a model of sleep disturbances typical of PTSD and as a platform for the development of new treatments, we tested the hypothesis that prazosin would reduce REMS fragmentation in fear-conditioned WKY rats. Sleep parameters and freezing (a standard measure of anxiety in rodents) were quantified at baseline and on Days 1, 7, and 14 following FC, with either prazosin (0.01mg/kg, i.p.) or vehicle injections administered prior to testing in a between-group design. Fear conditioning was achieved by pairing tones with a mild electric foot shock (1.0mA, 0.5s). One, 7, and 14 days following FC, prazosin or vehicle was injected, the tone was presented, freezing was measured, and then sleep was recorded from 11 AM to 3 PM. WKY rats given prazosin, compared to those given vehicle, had a lower amount of seq-REMS relative to total REMS time 14 days after FC. They also had a shorter non-REMS latency and fewer non-REMS arousals at baseline and on Days 1 and 7 after FC. Thus, in FC rats, prazosin reduced both REMS fragmentation and non-REMS discontinuity.

  18. alpha-Adrenoceptor blocking properties of raubasine in pithed rats.

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    Demichel, P.; Gomond, P.; Roquebert, J.

    1982-01-01

    1 Raubasine was compared with yohimbine and corynanthine in pithed rats. Antagonist activity at alpha 1-adrenoceptors was evaluated on the pressor response to electrical stimulation of the spinal sympathetic outflow and to phenylephrine administration, both being reduced by raubasine in the dose range 1 to 4 mg/kg. Corynanthine was quantitatively similar, but yohimbine was not only less potent but also in doses of 0.125 to 0.5 mg/kg enhanced the effects of electrical stimulation. 2 Antagonist activity at alpha 2-adrenoceptors was determined against the inhibitory effects of clonidine on tachycardia induced by electrical stimulation of cardiac sympathetic nerves and against the pressor responses to B-HT-933 injection. Raubasine up to 4 mg/kg, like corynanthine, did not affect the pressor responses to B-HT-933 nor did it reduce the inhibitory effect of clonidine. By contrast yohimbine reduced the response to BHT-933 and antagonized clonidine as well as enhancing the tachycardia caused by electrical stimulation. 3 The results indicate that, in vivo, raubasine, like corynanthine, is a selective antagonist at alpha 1-adrenoceptors and that yohimbine is more potent in blocking alpha 2-than alpha 1-adrenoceptors. PMID:6128043

  19. Immobility from administration of the alpha1-adrenergic antagonist, terazosin, in the IVth ventricle in rats.

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    Stone, Eric A; Lin, Yan; Quartermain, David

    2003-12-26

    Brain alpha1-adrenoceptors have been shown to be essential for motor activity and movement in mice using intraventricular injection of alpha1-antagonists. To facilitate subsequent neuroanatomical mapping of these receptors, the present study was undertaken to replicate these effects in the rat. Rats were administered the alpha1-antagonist, terazosin, in the absence and presence of the alpha1-agonist, phenylephrine, in the IVth ventricle and were tested for their motor activity responses to an environmental change. Terazosin was found to produce a dose-dependent, virtually complete cessation of behavioral activity that was reversed by coinfusion of phenylephrine. The results could not be explained by sedation. It is concluded that central alpha1-adrenoceptors are essential for behavioral activation in rats as in mice.

  20. New potential uroselective NO-donor alpha1-antagonists.

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    Boschi, Donatella; Tron, Gian Cesare; Di Stilo, Antonella; Fruttero, Roberta; Gasco, Alberto; Poggesi, Elena; Motta, Gianni; Leonardi, Amedeo

    2003-08-14

    A recent uroselective alpha(1)-adrenoceptor antagonist, REC15/2739, has been joined with nitrooxy and furoxan NO-donor moieties to give new NO-donor alpha(1)-antagonists. All the compounds studied proved to be potent and selective ligands of human cloned alpha(1a)-receptor subtype. Derivatives 6 and 7 were able to relax the prostatic portion of rat vas deferens contracted by (-)-noradrenaline because of both their alpha(1A)-antagonist and their NO-donor properties.

  1. The regulation of mitogenesis and apoptosis in response to the persistent stimulation of α1-adrenoceptors: a possible role of 15-lipoxygenase

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    Nishio, Eisuke; Watanabe, Yasuhiro

    1997-01-01

    Activation of α1-adrenoceptor stimulation regulates eicosanoid metabolism and growth in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). The purpose of this study was to investigate the functional implications of lipoxygenase pathway in α1-adrenoceptor-stimulated VSMCs growth through mutually exclusive biological functions, that is cell proliferation and cell death.Phenylephrine (10 μM), a specific α1-adrenoceptor agonist, enhanced [3H]-thymidine incorporation by 300% above basal. Nordihydroguaiaretic acid (NDGA), a lipoxygenase inhibitor, caused 36 and 50% decrease in phenylephrine (10 μM)-stimulated [3H]-thymidine incorporation at concentrations of 1 μM and 10 μM respectively.Inversely, treatment of phenylephrine (10 μM)-stimulated VSMCs with NDGA induced DNA fragmentation in a dose-dependent fashion. The level of induction of DNA fragmentation by NDGA was 225, 319 and 406% above the phenylephrine (10 μM)-level at concentrations of 0.1 μM, 1 μM and 10 μM, respectively. This induction of DNA fragmentation was partially prevented by exogenous 15-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid (15-HETE). The inhibition of apoptosis was 53 and 63% at concentrations of 5 μM and 10 μM of 15HETE, respectively, as compared with phenylephrine (10 μM) in the presence of NDGA (10 μM).Furthermore, we performed the time-course analysis of Bcl-2 protein expression in phenylephrine (10 μM)-stimulated VSMCs. The expression of Bcl-2 protein disappeared after a 2 h incubation in the presence of NDGA (10 μM), but remained stable after a 2 h incubation period in the absence of NDGA (10 μM).These results suggest that the lipoxygenase pathway is involved in cell proliferation by preventing apoptosis through the level of Bcl-2 protein expression. PMID:9421304

  2. Characterization of the alpha-adrenoceptors in the female rabbit urethra.

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    Andersson, K. E.; Larsson, B.; Sjögren, C.

    1984-01-01

    A radioligand binding technique was used to evaluate the proportions of alpha 1- and alpha 2-adrenoceptors in crude membrane preparations obtained from the female rabbit bladder base and urethra. In addition, urethral rings were studied in vitro in an attempt to determine if alpha 1- and/or alpha 2-adrenoceptors are located postjunctionally in the urethral smooth muscle. Studies of the inhibition of [3H]-dihydroergocryptine binding by the selective alpha 1-adrenoceptor antagonist prazosin or the selective alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonist rauwolscine revealed the alpha-adrenoceptor population to consist of approximately 25% alpha 1-adrenoceptors and 75% alpha 2-adrenoceptors. These proportions were confirmed in saturation studies with [3H]-prazosin and [3H]-rauwolscine. The sum of alpha 1- and alpha 2-adrenoceptors labelled by these selective alpha 1- and alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonists was about equal to the number labelled by the non-selective alpha-adrenoceptor antagonist [3H]-dihydroergocryptine. Noradrenaline, as well as the selective alpha 1-adrenoceptor agonist phenylephrine and the selective alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonist clonidine, induced contractions of urethral ring preparations. Prazosin blocked contractions induced by phenylephrine to a greater extent than contractions induced by clonidine. The opposite was true for the inhibitory effect of rauwolscine. In addition to showing that both alpha 1- and alpha 2-adrenoceptor binding sites exist in membrane preparations of the rabbit bladder base and urethra, the results reveal the presence of both adrenoceptor subtypes postjunctionally in the rabbit urethra; and both mediate contraction of the smooth muscle. PMID:6322895

  3. The 5-HT1A Receptor PET Radioligand 11C-CUMI-101 Has Significant Binding to α1-Adrenoceptors in Human Cerebellum, Limiting Its Use as a Reference Region.

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    Shrestha, Stal S; Liow, Jeih-San; Jenko, Kimberly; Ikawa, Masamichi; Zoghbi, Sami S; Innis, Robert B

    2016-12-01

    Prazosin, a potent and selective α1-adrenoceptor antagonist, displaces 25% of (11)C-CUMI-101 ([O-methyl-(11)C]2-(4-(4-(2-methoxyphenyl)piperazin-1-yl)butyl)-4-methyl-1,2,4-triazine-3,5(2H,4H)dione) binding in monkey cerebellum. We sought to estimate the percentage contamination of (11)C-CUMI-101 binding to α1-adrenoceptors in human cerebellum under in vivo conditions. In vitro receptor-binding techniques were used to measure α1-adrenoceptor density and the affinity of CUMI-101 for these receptors in human, monkey, and rat cerebellum. Binding potential (maximum number of binding sites × affinity [(1/dissociation constant]) was determined using in vitro homogenate binding assays in human, monkey, and rat cerebellum. (3)H-prazosin was used to determine the maximum number of binding sites, as well as the dissociation constant of (3)H-prazosin and the inhibition constant of CUMI-101. α1-adrenoceptor density and the affinity of CUMI-101 for these receptors were similar across species. Cerebellar binding potentials were 3.7 for humans, 2.3 for monkeys, and 3.4 for rats. Reasoning by analogy, 25% of (11)C-CUMI-101 uptake in human cerebellum reflects binding to α1-adrenoceptors, suggesting that the cerebellum is of limited usefulness as a reference tissue for quantification in human studies. © 2016 by the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Inc.

  4. Beta1-adrenoceptor stimulation by high-dose terbutaline downregulates terbutaline-stimulated alveolar fluid clearance in ex vivo rat lung.

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    Sakuma, T; Tuchihara, C; Ishigaki, M; Osanai, K; Nambu, Y; Toga, H; Takahashi, K; Ohya, N; Inoue, M; Matthay, M A

    2001-01-01

    Because high-dose terbutaline and isoproterenol (10(-3) M), beta2-adrenergic agonists, failed to increase alveolar fluid clearance, the mechanisms responsible for this effect were examined in ex vivo rat lungs. An isosmolar 5% albumin solution with Evans blue dye was instilled into the distal airspaces in isolated rat lungs that were then inflated with 100% oxygen at an airway pressure of 8 cm H2O in a 37 degrees C incubator. Alveolar fluid clearance was measured by the progressive increase in dye concentrations over 1 hour. The results indicated that: (1) although 10(-5) M terbutaline or isoproterenol increased alveolar fluid clearance, 10(-3) M terbutaline or isoproterenol did not; (2) both concentrations of terbutaline (10(-5), 10(-3) M) increased intracellular adenosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate in cultured type II alveolar epithelial cells; (3) instillation of atenolol, a selective beta1-adrenergic antagonist, in the presence of either 10(-3) M terbutaline or isoproterenol was associated with an increase in alveolar fluid clearance. These results suggested that beta1-adrenoceptor stimulation prevented the normal response to a beta2-adrenergic agonist. To further test this hypothesis, a selective beta1-adrenergic agonist, denopamine, was administered; these results showed that (4) 10(-3) M denopamine, a selective beta1-adrenergic agonist, inhibited the increase in alveolar fluid clearance in the presence of 10(-5) M terbutaline; (5) hypoxia for 2 hours did not alter the effects of terbutaline on alveolar fluid clearance. The mechanism for the inability of the alveolar epithelium to respond to high-dose terbutaline or isoproterenol with the normal upregulation of alveolar fluid clearance in ex vivo rats lungs appears to be mediated by beta1-adrenoceptor stimulation that subsequently suppresses the beta2-adrenergic response.

  5. Preferential reduction of binding of sup 125 I-iodopindolol to beta-1 adrenoceptors in the amygdala of rat after antidepressant treatments

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    Ordway, G.A.; Gambarana, C.; Tejani-Butt, S.M.; Areso, P.; Hauptmann, M.; Frazer, A. )

    1991-05-01

    This study utilized quantitative receptor autoradiography to examine the effects of repeated administration of antidepressants to rats on the binding of the beta adrenoceptor antagonist, {sup 125}I-iodopindolol ({sup 125}I-IPIN) to either beta-1 or beta-2 adrenoceptors in various regions of brain. Antidepressants were selected to represent various chemical and pharmacological classes including tricyclic compounds (desipramine and protriptyline), monoamine oxidase inhibitors (clorgyline, phenelzine and tranylcypromine), atypical antidepressants (mianserin and trazodone) and selective inhibitors of the uptake of serotonin (citalopram and sertraline). Additionally, rats were treated with various psychotropic drugs that lack antidepressant efficacy (cocaine, deprenyl, diazepam and haloperidol). Repeated treatment of rats with desipramine, protriptyline, clorgyline, phenelzine, tranylcypromine or mianserin reduced the binding of {sup 125}I-IPIN to beta-1 adrenoceptors in many brain areas. Only in the basolateral and lateral nuclei of the amygdala did all six of these antidepressants significantly reduce {sup 125}I-IPIN binding to beta-1 adrenoceptors. In these amygdaloid nuclei, the magnitude of the reduction in the binding of {sup 125}I-IPIN caused by each of these drugs was comparable to or greater than the reduction in binding produced in any other region of brain. Reductions of binding of {sup 125}I-IPIN after antidepressant treatments were not consistently observed in the cortex, the area of brain examined most often in homogenate binding studies. Only the monoamine oxidase inhibitors caused reductions in the binding of {sup 125}I-IPIN to beta-2 adrenoceptors, and this effect was generally localized to the amygdala and hypothalamus.

  6. Influence of high dietary sodium intake on the functional subtypes of alpha-adrenoceptors in the renal cortical vasculature of Wistar-Kyoto rats.

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    Kazi, R N; Munavvar, A S; Abdullah, N A; Khan, A H; Johns, E J

    2009-01-01

    1 Increased renal vascular resistance is one renal functional abnormality that contributes to hypertension, and alpha(1)-adrenoceptors play a pivotal role in modulating this renal vascular resistance. This study investigates the functional contribution of alpha(1)-adrenoceptor subtypes in the renal cortical vasculature of Wistar-Kyoto rats on a normal sodium diet (WKYNNa) compared with those given saline to drink for 6 weeks (WKYHNa). 2 The renal cortical vascular responses to the adrenergic agonists noradrenaline (NA), methoxamine (ME) and phenylephrine (PE) were measured in WKYHNa and WKYNNa rats either in the absence (the control phase) or presence of chloroethylclonidine (CEC), an alpha(1B)-adrenoceptor antagonist, 5-methylurapidil (5-MeU), an alpha(1A) antagonist, or BMY7378, an alpha(1D) antagonist. 3 Results showed a greater renal cortical vascular sensitivity to NA, PE and ME in the WKYHNa compared with WKYNNa rats (P < 0.05). Moreover, 5-MeU and BMY7378 attenuated adrenergically induced renal cortical vasoconstriction in WKYHNa and WKYNNa rats; this response was largely blunted in CEC-treated WKYHNa rats (all P < 0.05) but not in CEC-treated WKYNNa rats. 4 The data suggest that irrespective of dietary sodium content, in Wistar-Kyoto rats alpha(1A)- and alpha(1D)-subtypes are the major alpha(1)-adrenoceptors in renal cortical vasculature; however, there appears to be a functional involvement of alpha(1B)-adrenoceptors in the WKYHNa rats.

  7. Effects of the myocardial-selective alpha 1-adrenoceptor antagonist UK-52046 and atenolol, alone and in combination, on experimental cardiac arrhythmias in dogs.

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    Uprichard, A. G.; Harron, D. W.; Wilson, R.; Shanks, R. G.

    1988-01-01

    1. Adrenaline-induced arrhythmias in anaesthetized dogs respired with halothane were attenuated in 3 groups of 6 dogs by either UK-52046, 3.8 +/- 1.4 micrograms kg-1 (mean +/- s.e.mean), atenolol 14.6 +/- 2.1 micrograms kg-1, or a combination containing equal amounts of the two drugs of 0.36 +/- 0.1 microgram kg-1. The pressor response to adrenaline was reduced (P less than 0.01) by UK-52046 but not by atenolol or the combination of both drugs. 2. In a group of 6 dogs with multiventricular ectopic beats 24 h after coronary artery ligation (CAL), UK-52046, 32 micrograms kg-1, increased the number of sinus beats in each 5 min period from 137 +/- 47 to 662 +/- 99 (P less than 0.01); this was associated with a significant (P less than 0.01) fall in blood pressure. Atenolol in doses of up to 800 micrograms kg-1 had no effect. 3. UK-52046, 3.7 +/- 1.4 micrograms kg-1, prevented adrenaline-induced arrhythmias 3-4 days after CAL in 6/6 conscious dogs; atenolol in doses of up to 100 micrograms kg-1 produced an 84.4 +/- 7.4% reduction in the number of ventricular ectopic beats. A combination containing 3.7 +/- 1.1 micrograms kg-1 of each drug prevented the arrhythmia in 6/6 dogs. The pressor response to adrenaline was attenuated (P less than 0.05) by UK-52046, but resting blood pressure was unaffected by the different treatments. An increase (P less than 0.01) in heart rate was associated with both UK-52046 and the combination. 4. Neither UK-52046 (doses up to 64 micrograms kg-1) nor atenolol (up to 800 micrograms kg-1) had any effect upon ouabain-induced arrhythmias in 2 groups of 6 anaesthetized dogs. 5. In a study of the early (1a/1b) arrhythmias of acute myocardial ischaemia, the total number of ventricular ectopic beats occurring within 30 min of CAL was not reduced by 4 micrograms kg-1 UK-52046 but fell (P less than 0.01 compared with placebo) after 8 micrograms kg-1 [median values with ranges for placebo, 4 micrograms kg-1 and 8 micrograms kg-1 respectively 190 (4-674), 246 (9-1204) and 12 (1-154)]. Both doses of UK-52046 were associated with significant falls in blood pressure. 6. The arrhythmias produced by programmed electrical stimulation were studied in 2 groups of 6 conscious dogs, 7-30 days after CAL. With placebo, 4/6 dogs remained unchanged and 2 died: UK-52046 prevented arrhythmias in 2/6, 2 remained unchanged and 2 died (P = 0.29).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 400 WORDS) PMID:2905912

  8. Pharmacological tolerance to alpha 1-adrenergic receptor antagonism mediated by terazosin in humans.

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    Vincent, J; Dachman, W; Blaschke, T F; Hoffman, B B

    1992-01-01

    Chronic administration of alpha 1-receptor antagonists is associated with loss of clinical efficacy, especially in congestive heart failure, although the mechanism is uncertain. To evaluate changes in venous alpha 1-adrenoceptor responsiveness during chronic alpha 1-adrenoceptor blockade, dose-response curves to phenylephrine and angiotensin II were constructed in 10 healthy subjects before, during, and after administration of terazosin 1 mg orally for 28 d. Terazosin initially shifted the dose-response curve of phenylephrine to the right, with a significant increase in ED50 for phenylephrine from a control value of 102 to 759 ng/min on day 1 of terazosin (P < 0.001). However, by day 28, the dose-response curve had shifted back towards baseline with an ED50 of 112 ng/min. After discontinuing terazosin, the ED50 for phenylephrine remained near the baseline value, indicating no evidence of supersensitivity to phenylephrine. There was no change in responsiveness to angiotensin II during the course of treatment with terazosin. Plasma terazosin concentrations were stable throughout the period of drug administration. The mean Kd of terazosin was estimated as 11 +/- 15 nM in the first few days of treatment. This study demonstrates that pharmacological tolerance to the alpha 1-adrenoceptor blocking action of terazosin occurs in man and may be responsible for loss in efficacy with chronic therapy. PMID:1358918

  9. The influence of alpha1-adrenoreceptors on neuropeptide release from primary sensory neurons of the lower urinary tract.

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    Trevisani, Marcello; Campi, Barbara; Gatti, Raffaele; André, Eunice; Materazzi, Serena; Nicoletti, Paola; Gazzieri, David; Geppetti, Pierangelo

    2007-09-01

    Adrenergic alpha(1)-receptors agonists and antagonists have been reported to increase and reduce, respectively, neurogenic inflammatory responses mediated by capsaicin-sensitive sensory neurons. However, the precise role and localization of the alpha(1)-adrenoceptors involved in these effects are not known. We have studied in the rat whether functional alpha(1)-adrenoreceptors are expressed in primary sensory neurons, and whether they regulate neurogenic inflammation and nociceptive responses in the urinary bladder. The alpha(1)-adrenoreceptor agonist phenylephrine (1 micromol/l) (1) mobilized intracellular Ca(2+) in cultured lumbar and sacral dorsal root ganglia neurons, (2) caused the release of substance P (SP) from terminals of capsaicin-sensitive sensory neurons from the lumbar enlargement of the dorsal spinal cord and urinary bladder, and (3) increased plasma protein extravasation in the urinary bladder. All these effects were abolished by the alpha(1)-adrenoceptor antagonist alfuzosin (10 micromol/l). Furthermore, alfuzosin (30 microg/kg, i.v.) partially, but significantly, inhibited cyclophosphamide-induced plasma protein extravasation in the rat urinary bladder. Phenylephrine-induced Ca(2+) mobilization in cultured dorsal root ganglia neurons was exaggerated by pretreating the rats in vivo with cyclophosphamide. Finally, cyclophosphamide increased c-fos expression in the rat lumbar spinal cord. Also these in vitro and in vivo effects were inhibited by pretreatment with alfuzosin. Alpha(1)-adrenoceptors are functionally expressed by capsaicin-sensitive, nociceptive, primary sensory neurons of the rat urinary tract, and their activation may contribute to signal irritative and nociceptive responses arising from the urinary tract. It is possible that, at least, part of the beneficial effects of alpha(1)-adrenoceptor antagonists in the amelioration of storage symptoms in the lower urinary tract derives from their inhibitory effect on neurogenic inflammatory

  10. Up-regulation of α1a and α1d-adrenoceptors in the prostate by administration of subtype selective α1-adrenoceptor antagonist tamsulosin in patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia.

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    Kojima, Yoshiyuki; Sasaki, Shoichi; Kubota, Yasue; Imura, Makoto; Oda, Nobuyuki; Kiniwa, Mamoru; Hayashi, Yutaro; Kohri, Kenjiro

    2011-10-01

    We examined the change in α(1)-adrenoceptor subtype expression in the prostate due to chronic tamsulosin administration in a benign prostatic hyperplasia rat model and in patients. We measured α(1)-adrenoceptor subtype expression after tamsulosin administration in the prostate of the benign prostatic hyperplasia rat model using TaqMan® reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction. We also measured expression before and after 12-week tamsulosin treatment in the prostate of patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia. We examined the correlation between the change in α(1)-adrenoceptor expression due to tamsulosin treatment and acute urinary retention during long-term followup. The expression of α(1a) and α(1d)-adrenoceptors was significantly increased in dose dependent fashion by tamsulosin in the benign prostatic hyperplasia rat model. Median mRNA expression of subtypes α(1a) and α(1d)-adrenoceptors was 1.4 (IQR 0.6, 3.0) and 1.7 × 1,000 copies per 1 ng β-actin (IQR 0.9, 2.4) before treatment, and 6.0 (IQR 2.0, 8.0) and 2.2 × 1,000 copies per 1 ng β-actin (IQR 1.7, 3.6), respectively, after treatment. The expression of α(1a) and α(1d)-adrenoceptors significantly increased after tamsulosin treatment (p <0.01 and <0.05, respectively). This increase was observed in 10 patients in whom acute urinary retention did not develop during long-term followup but not in 4 in whom acute urinary tract retention developed. Tamsulosin up-regulated α(1a) and α(1d)-adrenoceptors, suggesting that it has clinical selectivity for α(1a) and α(1d)-adrenoceptors. Up-regulation of α(1)-adrenoceptors subtype expression is considered an adaptive response to chronic tamsulosin administration. The difference in the response to α(1)-adrenoceptors antagonists among patients may contribute to the diversity in the long-term efficiency of α(1)-adrenoceptor antagonists. Copyright © 2011 American Urological Association Education and Research, Inc. Published by Elsevier Inc. All

  11. The affinity of betaxolol, a beta 1-adrenoceptor-selective blocking agent, for beta-adrenoceptors in the bovine trachea and heart.

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    Satoh, E.; Narimatsu, A.; Hosohata, Y.; Tsuchihashi, H.; Nagatomo, T.

    1993-01-01

    1. The specificity of betaxolol, a beta-adrenoceptor antagonist, for beta 1- and beta 2-adrenoceptors was compared with that of other beta-antagonists, atenolol, ICI-118551, butoxamine and (+/-)-propranolol, in the bovine trachea and heart by competitive interaction with [3H]-CGP12177 as a radioligand. 2. The radioligand Kd values were 0.75 +/- 0.12 and 1.60 +/- 0.11 nM in the trachea and heart, respectively, and the Bmax values were 34.00 +/- 4.41 and 21.54 +/- 2.94 fmol mg-1 protein, respectively. 3. Using ICI-118551, we determined the ratio of beta 1:beta 2-adrenoceptors in the trachea and heart to be approximately 29:71 and 56:44, respectively. 4. In the trachea, a beta 2-predominant tissue, betaxolol and atenolol were more selective for beta 1-adrenoceptor binding sites than beta 2-adrenoceptor binding sites, whereas ICI-118551 and butoxamine were more selective for beta 2-adrenoceptor binding sites. 5. The beta 1-selectivity of betaxolol was 2.2 and 2.7 fold higher than that of atenolol in the bovine trachea and heart. These findings suggest that betaxolol may be useful in the treatment of hypertension, cardiac arrhythmia and angina pectoris. PMID:8383566

  12. Mediation of noradrenaline-induced contractions of rat aorta by the alpha 1B-adrenoceptor subtype.

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    Testa, R; Guarneri, L; Poggesi, E; Simonazzi, I; Taddei, C; Leonardi, A

    1995-01-01

    1. The subtypes of alpha 1-adrenoceptor mediating contractions to exogenous noradrenaline (NA) in rat aorta have been examined in both biochemical and functional studies. 2. Incubation of rat aortic membranes with the irreversible alpha 1B-adrenoceptor antagonist, chloroethylclonidine (CEC: 10 microM) did not change the KD of [3H]-prazosin binding in comparison to untreated membranes, but reduced by 88% the total number of binding sites (Bmax). 3. Contractions of rat aortic strips to NA after CEC (50 microM for 30 min) incubation followed by repetitive washing, showed a marked shift in the potency of NA and a partial reduction in the maximum response. The residual contractions to NA after CEC incubation were not affected by prazosin (10 nM). 4. The competitive antagonists prazosin, terazosin, (R)-YM-12617, phentolamine, 5-methylurapidil and spiperone inhibited contractions to NA with estimated pA2 values of 9.85, 8.54, 9.34, 7.71, 7.64 and 8.41, respectively. 5. The affinity of the same antagonists for the alpha 1A- and alpha 1B- adrenoceptors was evaluated by utilizing membranes from rat hippocampus pretreated with CEC, and rat liver, respectively. 5-Methylurapidil and phentolamine were confirmed as selective for the alpha 1A-adrenoceptors, whereas spiperone was alpha 1B-selective. 6. A significant correlation was found between the pA2 values of the alpha 1-adrenoceptor antagonists tested and their affinity for the alpha 1B-adrenoceptor subtype, but not for the alpha 1A-subtype. 7. In conclusion, these findings indicate that in rat aorta most of the contraction is mediated by alpha 1B-adrenoceptors, and that the potency (pA2) of an antagonist in this tissue should be related to its antagonistic effect on this subtype of the alpha 1-adrenoceptor population. PMID:7773533

  13. Betaxolol, a β1-adrenoceptor antagonist, reduces Na+ influx into cortical synaptosomes by direct interaction with Na+ channels: comparison with other β-adrenoceptor antagonists

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    Chidlow, Glyn; Melena, José; Osborne, Neville N

    2000-01-01

    Betaxolol, a β1-adrenoceptor antagonist used for the treatment of glaucoma, is known to be neuroprotective in paradigms of ischaemia/excitotoxicity. In this study, we examined whether betaxolol and other β-adrenoceptor antagonists interact directly with neurotoxin binding to sites 1 and 2 of the voltage-sensitive sodium channel (Na+ channel) in rat cerebrocortical synaptosomes.Betaxolol inhibited specific [3H]-batrachotoxinin-A 20-α-benzoate ([3H]-BTX-B) binding to neurotoxin site 2 in a concentration-dependent manner with an IC50 value of 9.8 μM. Comparison of all the β-adrenoceptor antagonists tested revealed a potency order of propranolol>betaxolol≈levobetaxolol>levobunolol≈carteolol⩾timolol>atenolol.None of the drugs caused a significant inhibition of [3H]-saxitoxin binding to neurotoxin receptor site 1, even at concentrations as high as 250 μM.Saturation experiments showed that betaxolol increased the KD of [3H]-BTX-B binding but had no effect on the Bmax. The association kinetics of [3H]-BTX-B were unaffected by betaxolol, but the drug significantly accelerated the dissociation rate of the radioligand. These findings argue for a competitive, indirect, allosteric mode of inhibition of [3H]-BTX-B binding by betaxolol.Betaxolol inhibited veratridine-stimulated Na+ influx in rat cortical synaptosomes with an IC50 value of 28.3 μM. Carteolol, levobunolol, timolol and atenolol were significantly less effective than betaxolol at reducing veratridine-evoked Na+ influx.The ability of betaxolol to interact with neurotoxin site 2 of the Na+ channel and inhibit Na+ influx may have a role in its neuroprotective action in paradigms of excitotoxicity/ischaemia and in its therapeutic effect in glaucoma. PMID:10864881

  14. The 2.1 Å resolution structure of cyanopindolol-bound β1-adrenoceptor identifies an intramembrane Na+ ion that stabilises the ligand-free receptor.

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    Miller-Gallacher, Jennifer L; Nehmé, Rony; Warne, Tony; Edwards, Patricia C; Schertler, Gebhard F X; Leslie, Andrew G W; Tate, Christopher G

    2014-01-01

    The β1-adrenoceptor (β1AR) is a G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) that is activated by the endogenous agonists adrenaline and noradrenaline. We have determined the structure of an ultra-thermostable β1AR mutant bound to the weak partial agonist cyanopindolol to 2.1 Å resolution. High-quality crystals (100 μm plates) were grown in lipidic cubic phase without the assistance of a T4 lysozyme or BRIL fusion in cytoplasmic loop 3, which is commonly employed for GPCR crystallisation. An intramembrane Na+ ion was identified co-ordinated to Asp872.50, Ser1283.39 and 3 water molecules, which is part of a more extensive network of water molecules in a cavity formed between transmembrane helices 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7. Remarkably, this water network and Na+ ion is highly conserved between β1AR and the adenosine A2A receptor (rmsd of 0.3 Å), despite an overall rmsd of 2.4 Å for all Cα atoms and only 23% amino acid identity in the transmembrane regions. The affinity of agonist binding and nanobody Nb80 binding to β1AR is unaffected by Na+ ions, but the stability of the receptor is decreased by 7.5°C in the absence of Na+. Mutation of amino acid side chains that are involved in the co-ordination of either Na+ or water molecules in the network decreases the stability of β1AR by 5-10°C. The data suggest that the intramembrane Na+ and associated water network stabilise the ligand-free state of β1AR, but still permits the receptor to form the activated state which involves the collapse of the Na+ binding pocket on agonist binding.

  15. Intrinsic cardiac neurons involved in cardiac regulation possess alpha 1-, alpha 2-, beta 1- and beta 2-adrenoceptors.

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    Armour, J A

    1997-03-01

    To determine whether intrinsic cardiac neurons involved in cardiac regulation possess alpha 1-, alpha 2-, beta 1-, or beta 2-adrenoceptors. The alpha1-adrenoceptor agonist phenylephrine, the alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonist clonidine, the beta 1-adrenoceptor agonist prenaterol and the beta 2-adrenoceptor agonist terbutaline were administered individually to a population of spontaneously active intrinsic cardiac neurons either locally (10 microL of 100 microM solution; eight dogs) or via the local arterial blood supply (0.1 mL of 100 microM solution; 20 dogs) in artificially ventilated, open chest anesthetized dogs. Neuronal and cardiac effects induced by each of the adrenergic agonists were also tested in the presence of an antagonist selective to each adrenoceptor subtype studied. The activity of intrinsic cardiac neurons was modified by at least one of the adrenoceptor agonists tested, and 34% of the spontaneously active neurons were affected by all four agonists. Alpha-adrenoceptor agonists either increased or decreased neuronal activity, depending on the population of neurons studied. On the other hand, the activity generated by intrinsic cardiac neurons was augmented by beta-adrenoceptor agonists. Ventricular contractile force increased when intrinsic cardiac neurons were excited by adrenoceptor agonists. The spontaneous activity generated by neurons was suppressed by beta-adrenoceptor, but not alpha-adrenoceptor, blockade. Neuronal and cardiovascular responses were no longer elicited by an agonist in the presence of its selective antagonist; they were elicited in the presence of antagonists to the other receptor subtypes studied. Intrinsic cardiac neurons involved in cardiac regulation possess alpha 1-, alpha 2-, beta 1- or beta 2-adrenoceptors. Intrinsic cardiac adrenergic neurons receive tonic inputs via beta-, but not alpha-, adrenoceptors. These data indicate that adrenergic blockade may affect cardiac function, in part, via modification of the intrinsic

  16. Are [O-methyl-11C]derivatives of ICI 89,406 beta1-adrenoceptor selective radioligands suitable for PET?

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    Law, Marilyn P; Wagner, Stefan; Kopka, Klaus; Pike, Victor W; Schober, Otmar; Schäfers, Michael

    2008-01-01

    Radioligand binding studies show that beta(1)-adrenoceptor (beta(1)-AR) density may be reduced in heart disease without down regulation of beta(2)-ARs. Radioligands are available for measuring total beta-AR density non-invasively with clinical positron emission tomography (PET) but none are selective for beta(1)- or beta(2)-ARs. The aim was to evaluate ICI 89,406, a beta(1)-AR-selective antagonist amenable to labelling with positron emitters, for PET. The S-enantiomer of an [O-methyl-(11)C] derivative of ICI 89,406 ((S)-[(11)C]ICI-OMe) was synthesised. Tissue radioactivity after i.v. injection of (S)-[(11)C]ICI-OMe (< 2 nmol x kg(-1)) into adult Wistar rats was assessed by small animal PET and post mortem dissection. Metabolism was assessed by HPLC of extracts prepared from plasma and tissues and by measuring [(11)C]CO(2) in exhaled air. The heart was visualised by PET after injection of (S)-[(11)C]ICI-OMe but neither unlabelled (S)-ICI-OMe nor propranolol (non-selective beta-AR antagonist) injected 15 min after (S)-[(11)C]ICI-OMe affected myocardial radioactivity. Ex vivo dissection showed that injecting unlabelled (S)-ICI-OMe, propranolol or CGP 20712A (beta(1)-selective AR antagonist) at high dose (> 2 mumol x kg(-1)) before (S)-[(11)C]ICI-OMe had a small effect on myocardial radioactivity. HPLC demonstrated that radioactivity in myocardium was due to unmetabolised (S)-[(11)C]ICI-OMe although (11)C-labelled metabolites rapidly appeared in plasma and liver and [(11)C]CO(2) was detected in exhaled air. Myocardial uptake of (S)-[(11)C]ICI-OMe after i.v. injection was low, possibly due to rapid metabolism in other tissues. Injection of unlabelled ligand or beta-AR antagonists had little effect indicating that binding was mainly to non-specific myocardial sites, thus precluding the use of (S)-[(11)C]ICI-OMe to assess beta(1)-ARs with PET.

  17. Quantification and distribution of α1-adrenoceptor subtype mRNAs in human vas deferens: comparison with those of epididymal and pelvic portions

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    Moriyama, Nobuo; Nasu, Kimio; Takeuchi, Takumi; Akiyama, Katsuyoshi; Murata, Satoshi; Nishimatsu, Hiroaki; Yano, Junichi; Tsujimoto, Gozoh; Kawabe, Kazuki

    1997-01-01

    This study was intended to quantify the amounts of the α1-adrenoceptor subtype mRNAs in human vas deferens, and demonstrate the receptor subtype responsible for the vas contraction. The RNase protection assay showed that the mean total amount of α1a mRNA was 7.4±2.2 pg/5 μg of poly (A)+ RNA (97.0% of the total α1 mRNA) in the epididymal portion (E-vas) and 4.9±0.8 pg/5 μg of poly (A)+ RNA (96.3% of the total) in the pelvic portion (P-vas). The E-vas showed a tendency to have a greater α1a mRNA abundance than the P-vas (P=0.11). The α1b and α1d mRNAs were absent or of extremely low abundance. By an in situ hybridization, the α1a and α1d mRNAs were recognized in the smooth muscle cells of the E-vas and the P-vas, and the distribution pattern the same in both tissues. The α1b mRNA positive site was scarcely detectable in both vas portions. In a functional study, l-phenylephrine produced concentration-dependent contraction in the E-vas (Emax=2.24±0.70 g; pD2=5.32±0.09) and the P-vas (Emax=2.46±0.46 g; pD2=5.07±0.12). KMD-3213, a novel α1A-adrenoceptor-selective antagonist, caused parallel rightward shifts of the concentration–response curves for l-phenylephrine. Apparent pKB values were 9.90±0.16 for the E-vas and 9.71±0.17 for the P-vas. There was no significant difference in Emax, pD2 or pKB estimates between the two portions. We have found that α1a mRNA is predominant in the human vas deferens, and confirmed that contraction of this organ is mediated by the α1A-adrenoceptor. PMID:9401762

  18. [Additional administration of dutasteride in patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia who did not respond sufficiently to α1-adrenoceptor antagonist : investigation of clinical factors affecting the therapeutic effect of dutasteride].

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    Masuda, Mitsunobu; Murai, Tetsuo; Osada, Yutaka; Kawai, Masaki; Kasuga, Jun; Yokomizo, Yumiko; Kuroda, Shinnosuke; Nakamura, Mami; Noguchi, Go

    2014-02-01

    We performed additional administration of dutasteride in patients who did not respond sufficiently to α1-adrenoceptor antagonist treatment for lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) (LUTS/BPH). Among 76 registered patients, efficacy was analyzed in 58 patients. International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS), subscores for voiding and storage symptoms and quality of life (QOL) on the IPSS, and Overactive Bladder Symptom Score (OABSS) were all significantly improved from the third month of administration compared to the time of initiating additional administration of dutasteride. Additional administration of dutasteride also significantly reduced prostate volume, and residual urine with the exception of the sixth month after administration. Age at initiation of administration and voiding symptom subscore on the IPSS were clinical factors affecting the therapeutic effects of dutasteride. The rate of improvement with treatment decreased with increasing age at initiation of dutasteride administration, and increased as voiding symptom subscore on the IPSS increased. Therefore, additional administration of dutasteride appears useful for cases of LUTS/BPH in which a sufficient response is not achieved with α1-adrenoceptor antagonist treatment. Because patients who have severe voiding symptoms or begin dutasteride at an early age may be expected to respond particularly well to dutasteride in terms of clinical efficacy, they were considered to be suitable targets for additional administration.

  19. Alpha1A-adrenoceptors predominate in the control of blood pressure in mouse mesenteric vascular bed.

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    Martínez-Salas, S G; Campos-Peralta, J M; Pares-Hipolito, J; Gallardo-Ortíz, I A; Ibarra, M; Villalobos-Molina, R

    2007-07-01

    1 The pressor action of the alpha1A-adrenoceptor agonist, A61603 (N-[5-(4,5-dihydro-1H-imidazol-2-yl)-2-hydroxy-5,6,7,8-tetrahydronaphthalen-1-yl] methanesulfonamide) or the alpha1-adrenoceptor agonist phenylephrine, and their blockade by selective alpha1-adrenoceptor antagonists in the mouse isolated mesenteric vascular bed were evaluated. 2 A61603 showed a approximately 235-fold higher potency in elevating perfusion pressure in mesenteric bed compared to phenylephrine. 3 The alpha1A-adrenoceptor selective antagonist RS 100329 (5-methyl-3-[3-[4-[2-(2,2,2,-trifluoroethoxy) phenyl]-1-piperazinyl] propyl]-2,4-(1H)-pyrimidinedione), displaced with high affinity agonist concentration-response curves to the right in a concentration-dependent manner. 4 The alpha1D-adrenoceptor selective antagonist BMY 7378 (8-[2-[4-(2-methoxyphenyl)-1-piperazinyl]ethyl]-8-azaspiro[4.5] decane-7,9-dione), did not displace A61603 nor did it block the phenylephrine-induced pressor response. 5 The alpha1B/D-adrenoceptor alkylating antagonist chloroethylclonidine (CEC), caused a rightward shift of the phenylephrine concentration-response curve and reduced its maximum response; however, CEC only slightly modified A61603 evoked contraction. 6 The results indicate that the isolated mouse mesenteric vascular bed expresses alpha1A-adrenoceptors and suggest a very discrete role for 1B-adrenoceptors.

  20. alpha. -Adrenergic vasoconstriction and receptor subtypes in large coronary arteries of calves

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    Young, M.A.; Vatner, D.E.; Knight, D.R.; Graham, R.M.; Homcy, C.J.; Vatner, S.F. New England Regional Primate Research Center, Southborough, MA )

    1988-12-01

    The authors investigated {alpha}-adrenoceptor subtype distribution in large coronary arteries from both functional and biochemical perspectives. The effects of intracoronary administration of the selective {alpha}{sub 1}-adrenoceptor agonist phenylephrine, of the selective {alpha}{sub 2}-adrenoceptor agonist B-HT 920 and of the mixed {alpha}{sub 1+2}-adrenoceptor agonist norepinephrine were examined on measurements of left circumflex coronary artery diameter in conscious calves. After {beta}-adrenergic blockade, equivalent reductions in large coronary artery diameter were observed with phenylephrine, B-HT, and norepinephrine. Phenylephrine-induced constrictions were abolished by prazosin, an {alpha}{sub 1}-selective antagonist, but unaffected by rauwolscine, an {alpha}{sub 2}-selective antagonist. Conversely, the B-HT-induced constriction was abolished by rauwolscine but unaffected by prazosin. Coronary constriction with norepinephrine was attenuated with either prazosin or rauwolscine and abolished by the two antagonists combined. Ligand-binding studies in which ({sup 3}H)prazosin and ({sup 3}H)rauwolscine and sarcolemmal membranes were used revealed an {alpha}{sub 1}-adrenoceptor density of 15 {plus minus} 3.1 fmol/mg protein with a dissociation constant (K{sub D}) of 0.7 {plus minus} 0.2 nM and an {alpha}{sub 2}-adrenoceptor density of 68 {plus minus} 5.1 fmol/mg protein, with a K{sub D} of 7.4 {plus minus} 1.2 nM. Thus large coronary arteries of the calf contain both {alpha}{sub 1}- and {alpha}{sub 2}-adrenoceptor subtypes, each of which elicits constriction of the large coronary artery in the conscious animal.

  1. Effects of chronic treatment with the new ultra-long-acting β2 -adrenoceptor agonist indacaterol alone or in combination with the β1 -adrenoceptor blocker metoprolol on cardiac remodelling.

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    Rinaldi, Barbara; Donniacuo, Maria; Sodano, Loredana; Gritti, Giulia; Martuscelli, Eugenio; Orlandi, Augusto; Rafaniello, Concetta; Rossi, Francesco; Calzetta, Luigino; Capuano, Annalisa; Matera, Maria Gabriella

    2015-07-01

    The ability of a chronic treatment with indacaterol, a new ultra-long-acting β2 -adrenoceptor agonist, to reverse cardiac remodelling and its effects in combination with metoprolol, a selective β1 -adrenoceptor antagonist, were investigated on myocardial infarction in a rat model of heart failure (HF). We investigated the effects of indacaterol and metoprolol, administered alone or in combination, on myocardial histology, β-adrenoceptor-mediated pathways, markers of remodelling and haemodynamic parameters in a rat model of HF. Five groups of rats were assessed: sham-operated rats; HF rats; HF + indacaterol 0.3 mg·kg(-1) ·day(-1) ; HF + metoprolol 100 mg·kg(-1) ·day(-1) ; HF + metoprolol + indacaterol. All pharmacological treatments continued for 15 weeks. Treatment with either indacaterol or metoprolol significantly reduced the infarct size in HF rats. However, the combination of indacaterol and metoprolol reduced the infarct size even further, reduced both BP and heart rate, reversed the decrease in ejection fraction, normalized left ventricular systolic and diastolic internal diameters, normalized the decreased β1 adrenoceptor mRNA expression as well as cardiac cAMP levels and reduced cardiac GPCR kinase 2 expression, compared with the untreated HF group. The results of our study demonstrated an additive interaction between indacaterol and metoprolol in normalizing and reversing cardiac remodelling in our experimental model of HF. The translation of these findings to clinical practice might be of interest, as this combination of drugs could be safer and more effective in patients suffering from HF and COPD. © 2015 The British Pharmacological Society.

  2. Effects of chronic treatment with the new ultra-long-acting β2-adrenoceptor agonist indacaterol alone or in combination with the β1-adrenoceptor blocker metoprolol on cardiac remodelling

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    Rinaldi, Barbara; Donniacuo, Maria; Sodano, Loredana; Gritti, Giulia; Martuscelli, Eugenio; Orlandi, Augusto; Rafaniello, Concetta; Rossi, Francesco; Calzetta, Luigino; Capuano, Annalisa; Matera, Maria Gabriella

    2015-01-01

    Background and Purpose The ability of a chronic treatment with indacaterol, a new ultra-long-acting β2-adrenoceptor agonist, to reverse cardiac remodelling and its effects in combination with metoprolol, a selective β1-adrenoceptor antagonist, were investigated on myocardial infarction in a rat model of heart failure (HF). Experimental Approach We investigated the effects of indacaterol and metoprolol, administered alone or in combination, on myocardial histology, β-adrenoceptor-mediated pathways, markers of remodelling and haemodynamic parameters in a rat model of HF. Five groups of rats were assessed: sham-operated rats; HF rats; HF + indacaterol 0.3 mg·kg−1·day−1; HF + metoprolol 100 mg·kg−1·day−1; HF + metoprolol + indacaterol. All pharmacological treatments continued for 15 weeks. Key Results Treatment with either indacaterol or metoprolol significantly reduced the infarct size in HF rats. However, the combination of indacaterol and metoprolol reduced the infarct size even further, reduced both BP and heart rate, reversed the decrease in ejection fraction, normalized left ventricular systolic and diastolic internal diameters, normalized the decreased β1 adrenoceptor mRNA expression as well as cardiac cAMP levels and reduced cardiac GPCR kinase 2 expression, compared with the untreated HF group. Conclusion and Implications The results of our study demonstrated an additive interaction between indacaterol and metoprolol in normalizing and reversing cardiac remodelling in our experimental model of HF. The translation of these findings to clinical practice might be of interest, as this combination of drugs could be safer and more effective in patients suffering from HF and COPD. PMID:25825265

  3. Differential effects of short- and long-term bupivacaine treatment on α1-adrenoceptor-mediated contraction of isolated rat aorta rings and the reversal effect of lipid emulsion

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    Guo, Hao; Zhang, He-fei; Xu, Wen-qi; Du, Qian; Zhao, Jing; Ren, Lei-ming

    2015-01-01

    Aim: Arterial function is significantly influenced by bupivacaine at both clinically relevant concentrations and toxic concentrations, but the underlying mechanisms are not fully understood. In the present study we investigated the role of α1-adrenoceptors in bupivacaine effects on isolated rat aortas. Methods: Isolated aortic rings were prepared from rats and suspended in an organ bath. Phenylephrine (Phe)-induced vasoconstriction and acetylcholine (ACh)-induced vasodilation were recorded through an isometric force transducer connected to a data acquisition system. Results: Administration of bupivacaine (30–300 μmol/L) produced mild vasoconstriction, and this response declined with repeated administrations. Treatment of the aortic rings with bupivacaine (3–30 μmol/L) for 20 min enhanced Phe-induced vasoconstriction, while treatment for 40 min suppressed Phe-induced vasoconstriction. Both the short- and long-term bupivacaine treatment suppressed ACh-induced vasodilation. Incubation of the aortic rings with 0.2%–0.6% lipid emulsion (LE) for 100 min significantly increased the pD2 and Emax values of Phe-induced vasoconstriction, and incubation with 0.4% LE for 100 min reversed the inhibition of bupivacaine on vasoconstriction induced by Phe (30 μmol/L). In contrast, incubation with LE suppressed ACh-induced vasodilation, even at a lower concentration and with a 5-min incubation. Conclusion: Bupivacaine exerts dual effects on α1-adrenoceptor-mediated vasoconstriction of isolated rat aortic rings: short-term treatment enhances the response, while long-term treatment inhibits it; the inhibition may be reversed via long-term incubation with LE. PMID:26073324

  4. Effects of alpha adrenoceptor blockade on renal nerve stimulation-induced norepinephrine release and vasoconstriction in the dog kidney.

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    Hisa, H; Araki, S; Tomura, Y; Hayashi, Y; Satoh, S

    1989-02-01

    Effects of alpha-antagonists on renal norepinephrine (NE) release and vasoconstriction induced by renal nerve stimulation (RNS) were examined in pentobarbital-anesthetized dogs. RNS at 1,2 and 3 Hz (1 msec duration, 10-20 V) for 1 min decreased renal blood flow (RBF) and increased both the renal venous NE concentration (NEC) and calculated renal NE efflux (NEE). The RBF responses to 2 and 3 Hz RNS and NEC responses to 1, 2 and 3 Hz RNS during intrarenal arterial infusion of yohimbine (1.0 micrograms/kg/min) were greater than those observed during the control period. The NEE responses to 1 and 2 Hz RNS, but not to 3 Hz RNS, were also potentiated by the yohimbine infusion. Prazosin treatment (0.2 mg/kg i.v.) attenuated the RBF responses. Subsequent infusion of yohimbine potentiated both the NEC and NEE responses to 1, 2 and 3 Hz RNS in this alpha-1 adrenoceptor-blocked state. These results suggest that an alpha-2 adrenoceptor-mediated inhibitory mechanism of neural NE release exists in the dog kidney, which can be activated by endogenously released catecholamines to modulate the neural control of renal hemodynamics. Alpha-1 adrenoceptor-mediated renal vasoconstriction may affect the evaluation of neural NE release by NEE when high-frequency RNS is applied during inhibition of the alpha-2 adrenoceptor-mediated mechanism.

  5. Relation of central alpha-adrenoceptor and other receptors to the control of renin secretion.

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    Ganong, W F

    1983-02-01

    The location and nature of the receptors in the brain on which clonidine acts to decrease renin secretion have been investigated in dogs. Clonidine was injected into the vertebral and carotid arteries, and its effects were compared with those of norepinephrine and epinephrine when injected into the third ventricle. It was also injected intravenously (IV) after transection of the brain stem and following treatment with intraventricular 6-hydroxydopamine. The results suggest that the renin-regulating receptors are located in the brain stem in a region different from the receptors mediating the depressor response, that they are alpha 2-adrenoceptors, and that they are postsynaptic in location. Central alpha 1-adrenoceptors appear to mediate increased renin secretion. Central serotonergic receptors also mediate increased renin secretion, but it is not known how the alpha 1- and alpha 2-adrenoceptors interact with the serotonergic systems.

  6. Alpha1L-adrenoceptor mediation of smooth muscle contraction in rabbit bladder neck: a model for lower urinary tract tissues of man.

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    Kava, M S; Blue, D R; Vimont, R L; Clarke, D E; Ford, A P

    1998-04-01

    1. The alpha1-adrenoceptor population mediating contractile responses to noradrenaline (NA) in smooth muscles of the bladder neck from rabbit (RBN) has been characterized by use of quantitative receptor pharmacology. 2. Experiments with several 'key' alpha1-adrenoceptor antagonists of varying subtype selectivities (RS-17053, BMY 7378, indoramin, 5-methylurapidil, prazosin, REC 15/2739, SNAP 5089, terazosin, WB 4101, tamsulosin, (+)-cyclazosin and RS-100329) were conducted. Schild regression analyses yielded affinity (mean pKb) estimates of 7.1, 6.2, 8.6, 8.6, 8.4, 9.3, 7.0, 7.4, 8.9, 10.0, 7.1 and 9.3, respectively, although deviations from unit Schild regression slope question the robustness of data for RS-17053 and SNAP 5089. 3. The nature of antagonism by these agents and the profile of affinity determinations generated together suggest that a single alpha1-adrenoceptor subtype mediates contractile responses of RBN to NA. Additional studies with phenylephrine indicated also an agonist-independence of this profile. Pharmacologically, this profile was reminiscent of that described as 'alpha1L'-adrenoceptor, which has been shown to mediate contractions of several tissues including lower urinary tract (LUT) tissues of man. Furthermore, a similarity was noticed between the 'alpha1L'-adrenoceptor described here in RBN and the rabbit and human cloned alpha1a-adrenoceptor (based on data from both whole cell radioligand binding at 37 degrees C and [3H]-inositol phosphates accumulation assays), characterizations of which have been published elsewhere. 4. In conclusion, the RBN appears to provide a predictive pharmacological assay for the study of NA-induced smooth muscle contraction in LUT tissues of man.

  7. Synergistic alpha-1 and alpha-2 adrenergic stimulation of rat proximal nephron Na+/H+ exchange

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    Gesek, F.A.; Cragoe, E.J. Jr.; Strandhoy, J.W.

    1989-06-01

    Both alpha-1 and alpha-2 adrenoceptors have been localized to the renal cortex, with the majority of binding sites on the proximal tubule. Because the major regulator of Na+ uptake into the proximal tubule is the Na+/H+ exchanger, and because alpha-1 and alpha-2 adrenoceptors stimulate it in other tissues, we tested the hypothesis that both alpha adrenoceptor subtypes can increase Na+ uptake into the proximal nephron by stimulating the Na+/H+ antiporter. Enhancement of Na+ transport by agonists was studied in isolated rat proximal tubules by determining the uptake of 22Na that was suppressible by the Na+/H+ inhibitor, 5-(N-ethyl-N-isopropyl)amiloride (EIPA). The phorbol ester, phorbol-12-myristate-13-acetate, (0.1 microM), directly stimulated the antiporter through protein kinase C and increased EIPA-suppressible 22Na uptake 250% above control. The alpha-1 adrenoceptor agonists, cirazoline and phenylephrine, in addition to the mixed agonist, norepinephrine, maximally stimulated uptake by 226 to 232% at 1 microM concentrations. alpha-2 agonists produced a range of maximal stimulations at 1 microM from 65% with guanabenz to 251% with B-HT 933. Increases in 22Na uptake by agonists were inhibited by selective adrenergic antagonists and by EIPA. The drugs did not change the EIPA-resistant component of 22Na uptake. Inasmuch as the adrenoceptor subtypes likely stimulated Na+/H+ exchange by differing intracellular pathways impinging upon common transport steps, we examined whether simultaneous stimulation of both pathways was additive. Submaximal concentrations (5 nM each) of alpha-1 and alpha-2 adrenoceptor agonists in combination synergistically enhanced 22Na uptake to a level similar to 1 microM concentrations of adrenoceptor agonists alone or in combination.

  8. Interaction between alpha(1)- and alpha(2)-adrenoreceptors contributes to enhanced constrictor effects of norepinephrine in mesenteric veins compared to arteries.

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    Sporkova, Alexandra; Perez-Rivera, Alex; Galligan, James J

    2010-09-25

    Mesenteric veins are more sensitive than arteries to the constrictor effects of sympathetic nerve stimulation and alpha-adrenoceptor agonists. We tested the hypothesis that alpha(1)- and alpha(2)-adrenoceptors interact to enhance adrenergic reactivity of mesenteric veins. We studied neurogenic and agonist-induced constrictions of mesenteric veins and arteries in vitro. Norepinephrine concentration-response curves were left-shifted in veins compared to arteries. UK 14,304 (0.01-1 microM, alpha(2)-adrenoceptor receptor agonist) did not constrict arteries or veins but enhanced constrictions and Ca(2+) signals mediated by alpha(1)-adrenoceptor stimulation in veins. Yohimbine (alpha(2)-adrenoceptor receptor antagonist) and MK912 (alpha(2C)-adrenoceptor receptor antagonist), but not alpha(2A)- or alpha(2B)-adrenoceptor antagonists, produced rightward shifts in norepinephrine concentration-response curves in veins. Pharmacological studies revealed that alpha(1D)-adrenoceptors mediate venous constrictions. Norepinephrine responses in veins from alpha(2C)-adrenoceptor knock-out (KO) mice were not different from wild type veins. Yohimbine inhibited norepinephrine constrictions in alpha(2C)-adrenoceptor KO veins suggesting that there is upregulation of other alpha(2)-adrenoceptors in alpha(2C)-KO mice. These data indicate that alpha(1D)- and alpha(2C)-adrenoceptors interact in veins but not in arteries. This interaction enhances venous adrenergic reactivity. Mesenteric vein-specific alpha(2)-adrenoceptor linked Ca(2+) and perhaps other signaling pathways account for enhanced venous adrenergic reactivity. 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Responses to noradrenaline in human subcutaneous resistance arteries are mediated by both alpha 1- and alpha 2-adrenoceptors.

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    Nielsen, H.; Mortensen, F. V.; Mulvany, M. J.

    1990-01-01

    1. In vitro experiments in a microvascular myograph were designed to characterize postjunctional alpha-adrenoceptors of human subcutaneous resistance arteries (normalised internal diameter 143-313 microns). 2. Both the alpha 1-selective agonist phenylephrine in the presence of 0.3 microM yohimbine and the alpha 2-selective agonist B-HT 933 in the presence of 0.3 microM prazosin elicited prominent and concentration-dependent contractions. The maximum response to phenylephrine and B-HT 933 was not different from the response to high K physiological salt solution (125 mM K+), and the pD2 values (-log EC50) were 5.90 and 6.11, respectively. 3. In the presence of the alpha 2-selective antagonist yohimbine (0.3 microM), the alpha 1-selective antagonist prazosin competitively antagonised the responses to phenylephrine; the pA2 of prazosin for the receptor which mediated the response to phenylephrine was 8.41. 4. Blockade of either alpha 2-adrenoceptors with 0.1 microM yohimbine or alpha 1-adrenoceptors with 0.1 microM prazosin caused shifts to the right of the noradrenaline concentration-response curves and the shifts in pD2 were 0.69 and 0.61, respectively. The combination of the two antagonists at the above-mentioned concentrations caused a marked, parallel shift to the right of the noradrenaline concentration-response curve, the shift of the pD2 was 2.68. 5. These results suggest that activation of both alpha 1- and alpha 2-adrenoceptors produces contractions in human subcutaneous resistance arteries, and that responses to noradrenaline in these vessels are mediated by both alpha-adrenoceptor subtypes. PMID:1970494

  10. Estrogen modulates alpha(1)/beta-adrenoceptor- induced signaling and melatonin production in female rat pinealocytes.

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    Hernández-Díaz, F J; Sánchez, J J; Abreu, P; López-Coviella, I; Tabares, L; Prieto, L; Alonso, R

    2001-02-01

    Nocturnal rise in pineal melatonin output is due to the night-induced acceleration of noradrenergic transmission and alpha(1)- and beta-adrenoceptor activation. In addition, in female animals, cyclic oscillations in circulating levels of sex steroid hormones are accompanied by changes in the rate of pineal melatonin secretion. To investigate whether estrogen directly affects pineal adrenoceptor responsiveness, pinealocytes from 21-day-old ovariectomized rats were exposed to physiological concentrations of 17beta-estradiol (17beta-E(2)) and treated with noradrenergic agonists. Direct exposure to 17beta-E(2) reduced alpha(1)/beta-adrenoceptor-induced stimulation of melatonin synthesis and release. This effect was mediated by an estrogen-dependent inhibition of both beta-adrenoceptor-induced accumulation of cAMP and alpha(1)-adrenoceptor-induced phosphoinositide hydrolysis. Furthermore, estrogen reduced transient Ca(2+) signals elicited in single pinealocytes by alpha(1)-adrenoceptor activation or by potassium-induced depolarization. In the case of beta-adrenoceptor responsiveness, neither forskolin- nor cholera toxin-induced accumulation of cAMP were affected by previous exposure to 17beta-E(2). This indicates that estrogen effects must be exerted upstream from adenylylcyclase activation, and independent of modifications in G protein expression, therefore suggesting changes in either adrenoceptor expression or receptor-effector coupling mechanisms. Since estrogen effects upon adrenoceptor responsiveness in pineal cells was not mimicked by 17beta-E(2) coupled to bovine serum albumin and showed a latency of 48 h, this effect could be compatible with a genomic action mechanism. This is also consistent with the presence of two estrogen receptor proteins, alpha- and beta-subtypes, in female rat pinealocytes under the present experimental conditions.

  11. Evidence that different regional sympathetic outflows vary in their sensitivity to the sympathoinhibitory actions of putative 5-HT1A and alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonists in anaesthetized cats.

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    Ramage, A. G.; Wilkinson, S. J.

    1989-01-01

    1. An investigation was carried out to determine whether the centrally acting hypotensive drugs whose mechanisms of action are due either to activation of 5-HT1A receptors (flesinoxan, 8-hydroxy-2-(di-n-propylamino)tetralin (8-OH-DPAT) and urapidil--also an alpha 1-adrenoceptor antagonist) or to activation of alpha 2-adrenoceptors (clonidine and moxonidine) cause differential sympathoinhibition. 2. Cats were anaesthetized with alpha-chloralose and simultaneous recordings were made of whole cardiac, splanchnic and renal nerve activity, blood pressure and heart rate. Cumulative dose-response (i.v.) curves were constructed in separate experiments for the above hypotensive agents on these parameters. 3. Renal nerve activity was found to be more sensitive to the sympathoinhibitory action of flesinoxan and 8-OH-DPAT when compared with cardiac nerve activity, whereas the reverse was observed for clonidine and moxonidine, cardiac being more sensitive than renal nerve activity. Splanchnic nerve activity was similarly affected by all drugs. Furthermore at the highest dose, all drugs tended to cause complete inhibition in all regional sympathetic nerve outflows. 4. Urapidil differed from all the above hypotensive drugs in that it caused a similar degree of sympathoinhibition in all sympathetic outflows at all doses. It is suggested that this may be due to the ability of urapidil to block central alpha 1-adrenoceptors in addition to stimulation of 5-HT1A receptors. PMID:2575414

  12. The pharmacology of fluparoxan: a selective alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonist.

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    Halliday, C A; Jones, B J; Skingle, M; Walsh, D M; Wise, H; Tyers, M B

    1991-04-01

    1. This paper describes the pharmacology of the novel alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonist fluparoxan (GR 50360) which is currently being studied clinically as a potential anti-depressant. Idazoxan and yohimbine were included in many studies for comparison. 2. In the rat isolated, field-stimulated vas deferens and the guinea-pig isolated, field-stimulated ileum preparations, fluparoxan was a reversible competitive antagonist of the inhibitory responses to the alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonist UK-14304 with pKB values of 7.87 and 7.89 respectively. In the rat isolated anococcygeus muscle, fluparoxan was a much weaker competitive antagonist of the contractile response to the alpha 1-adrenoceptor agonist phenylephrine with a pKB of 4.45 giving an alpha 2: alpha 1-adrenoceptor selectivity ratio of greater than 2500. 3. In the conscious mouse, fluparoxan (0.2-3.0 mg kg-1) was effective by the oral route and of similar potency to idazoxan in preventing clonidine-induced hypothermia and antinociception. In the rat, UK-14304-induced hypothermia (ED50 = 1.4 mg kg-1, p.o. or 0.5 mg kg-1, i.v.) and rotarod impairment (ED50 = 1.1 mg kg-1 p.o. or 1.3 mg kg-1, i.v.) were antagonized by fluparoxan. Fluparoxan, 0.67-6 mg kg-1, p.o., also prevented UK-14304-induced sedation and bradycardia in the dog. 4. In specificity studies fluparoxan had low or no affinity for a wide range of neurotransmitter receptor sites at concentrations up to at least 1 x 10(-5) M. It displayed weak affinity for 5-HT1A (pIC50 = 5.9) and 5-HT1B (pKi = 5.5) binding sites in rat brain. 5. We conclude that fluparoxan is a highly selective and potent alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonist. The density of rat brain [3H]-dihydroalprenolol binding sites was reduced by 26% when fluparoxan was administered chronically for 6 days at a dose of 12 mg kg- 1 orally twice daily. The down-regulation of beta-adrenoceptors by fluparoxan is consistent with its antidepressant potential.

  13. Mutual interaction of histamine H3-receptors and alpha 2-adrenoceptors on noradrenergic terminals in mouse and rat brain cortex.

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    Schlicker, E; Behling, A; Lümmen, G; Malinowska, B; Göthert, M

    1992-06-01

    Brain cortex slices were preincubated with 3H-noradrenaline and superfused with physiological salt solution containing desipramine. We studied the inhibition of the electrically evoked tritium overflow caused by histamine in the presence of alpha-adrenoceptor ligands (mouse and rat brain cortex), and the inhibition caused by talipexole (the former B-HT 920) in the presence of H3-receptor ligands (mouse brain cortex). In mouse brain cortex slices, the inhibitory effect of histamine on the tritium overflow evoked by 36 pulses, 0.3 Hz was not changed by the alpha 1-adrenoceptor antagonist prazosin, but increased by the alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonist rauwolscine. When the current strength or the duration of electrical pulses was reduced to compensate for the increase in evoked tritium overflow produced by rauwolscine, the latter still enhanced the effect of histamine. The histamine-induced inhibition of tritium overflow evoked by 360 pulses, 3 Hz was not affected by the alpha 1-adrenoceptor agonist phenylephrine but attenuated by the alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonist talipexole. Finally, the inhibition by histamine of the tritium overflow evoked by 3 pulses, 100 Hz was attenuated by talipexole but not affected by rauwolscine. Conversely, the inhibitory effect of talipexole on tritium overflow elicited by 360 pulses, 3 Hz was slightly attenuated by the H3-receptor agonist R-(-)-alpha-methylhistamine but not affected by the H3-receptor antagonist thioperamide. In rat brain cortex slices, histamine only tended to inhibit tritium overflow evoked by 360 pulses, 3 Hz, both in the absence of alpha-adrenoceptor antagonists and in the presence of prazosin. However, histamine markedly inhibited the evoked overflow in the presence of rauwolscine.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  14. Rapid Eye Movement Sleep Deprivation Associated Increase in Na-K ATPase Activity in the Rat Brain is Due to Noradrenaline Induced α1-Adrenoceptor Mediated Increased α-Subunit of the Enzyme.

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    Amar, Megha; Mallick, Birendra Nath

    2015-08-01

    Rapid eye movement sleep (REMS) modulates Na-K ATPase activity and maintains brain excitability. REMS deprivation (REMSD)-associated increased Na-K ATPase activity is mediated by noradrenaline (NA) acting on α1-adrenoceptor (AR) in the brain. It was shown that NA-induced increased Na-K ATPase activity was due to allosteric modulation as well as increased turnover of the enzyme. Although the former has been studied in detail, our understanding on the latter was lacking, which we have studied. Male Wistar rats were REMS deprived for 4-days by classical flower-pot method; suitable control experiments were conducted. In another set, α1-AR antagonist prazosin (PRZ) was i.p. injected 48 h REMSD onward. At the end of experiments rats were sacrificed by cervical dislocation and brains were removed. Synaptosomes prepared from the brains were used to estimate Na-K ATPase activity as well as protein expressions of different isoforms of the enzyme subunits using western blot. REMSD significantly increased synaptosomal Na-K ATPase activity and that was due to differential increase in the expressions of α1-, α2- and α3-isoforms, but not that of β1- and β2-isoforms. PRZ reduced the REMSD-induced increased Na-K ATPase activity and protein expressions. We also observed that the increased Na-K ATPase subunit expression was not due to enhanced mRNA synthesis, which suggests the possibility of post-transcriptional regulation. Thus, the findings suggest that REMSD-associated increased Na-K ATPase activity is due to elevated level of α-subunit of the enzyme and that is induced by NA acting on α1-AR mediated mRNA-stabilization.

  15. Impaired alpha1-adrenergic responses in aged rat hearts.

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    Montagne, Olivier; Le Corvoisier, Philippe; Guenoun, Thierry; Laplace, Monique; Crozatier, Bertrand

    2005-06-01

    To determine age-related changes in the cardiac effect of alpha1-adrenergic stimulation, both cardiomyocyte Ca2+-transient and cardiac protein kinase C (PKC) activity were measured in 3-month- (3MO) and 24-month- (24MO) old Wistar rats. Ca2+ transients obtained under 1 Hz pacing by microfluorimetry of cardiomyocyte loaded with indo-1 (405/480 nm fluorescence ratio) were compared in control conditions (Kreb's solution alone) and after alpha1-adrenergic stimulation (phenylephrine or cirazoline, an alpha1-specific agonist). PKC activity and PKC translocation index (particulate/total activity) were also assayed before and after alpha1-adrenergic stimulation. In 3MO, cirazoline induced a significant increase in Ca2+ transient for a 10(-9) M concentration which returned to control values for larger concentrations. In contrast, in 24MO, we observed a constant negative effect of cirazoline on the Ca2+ transient with a significant decrease at 10(-6) M compared with both baseline and Kreb's solution. Preliminary experiments showed that, in a dose-response curve to phenylephrine, the response of Ca2+ transient was maximal at 10(-7) M. This concentration induced a significant increase in Ca2+ transient in 3MO and a significant decrease in 24MO. The same concentration was chosen to perform PKC activity measurements under alpha1-adrenergic stimulation. In the basal state, PKC particulate activity was higher in 24MO than that in 3MO but was not different in cytosolic fractions; so that the translocation index was higher in 24MO (P < 0.01). After phenylephrine, a translocation of PKC toward the particulate fraction was observed in 3MO but not in 24MO. In conclusion, cardiac alpha1-adrenoceptor response was found to be impaired in aged hearts. The negative effect of alpha1-adrenergic stimulation on Ca2+ transient in cardiomyocytes obtained from old rats can be related to an absence of alpha1-adrenergic-induced PKC translocation.

  16. Influence of ephedrine and the role of alpha subtype adrenoreceptors in the vascular bed of the cat lung.

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    Kaye, Alan D; Hoover, Jason M; Baber, Syed R; Ibrahim, Ikhlass N

    2006-01-01

    In a university research laboratory and in separate experiments, the effects of phentolamine, the alpha-adrenergic antagonist; prazosin, an alpha1-adrenoceptor antagonist; 5-methyl-urapidil, the selective alpha1A-subtype adrenoceptor antagonist; chloroethylclonidine, an alpha1B- and alpha1D-subtype adrenoceptor antagonist; and BMY 7378, a selective alpha1D-subtype adrenoceptor antagonist were analyzed in an attempt to identify any significant effect on pulmonary arterial responses to ephedrine and other agonist agents in the pulmonary vascular bed of the cat. Under constant flow conditions, lobar arterial perfusion pressure and systemic pressure were continuously monitored, electronically averaged, and permanently recorded. In the isolated left lower lobe of the pulmonary feline vascular bed, ephedrine induced a dose-dependent vasoconstrictor response that was not significantly altered following administration of 5-methyl-urapidil. The vasopressor activity as a result of ephedrine was significantly decreased after administration of phentolamine, prazosin, chloroethylclonidine, and BMY 7378. Further, when the alpha1B- and alpha1D-subtype adrenoceptor antagonist chloroethylclonidine was given, there was almost complete elimination of the ephedrine-induced vasoconstrictor response. The results of this study suggest that ephedrine causes a dose-dependent vasopressor response in the feline pulmonary vascular bed and that this activity may be mediated or modulated by both alpha1B- and alpha1D-subtype adrenoceptor sensitive pathways.

  17. Different subtypes of alpha 1A-adrenoceptor mediating contraction of rat epididymal vas deferens, rat hepatic portal vein and human prostate distinguished by the antagonist RS 17053.

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    Marshall, I.; Burt, R. P.; Green, G. M.; Hussain, M. B.; Chapple, C. R.

    1996-01-01

    1. The alpha 1-adrenoceptor subtype mediating contraction of the rat hepatic portal vein to phenylephrine was characterized by use of competitive antagonists previously shown to have selectivity between the expressed alpha 1-subtype clones. Prazosin competitively antagonized the phenylephrine contractions with a pA2 value of 9.2, as did WB 4101 (pA2 9.4), 5-methyl urapidil (pA2 8.6), indoramin (pA2 8.4) and BMY 7378 (pA2 6.5). 2. The pA2 values on the rat portal vein correlated highly with their previously published pA2 values for the alpha 1A-adrenoceptors mediating contraction of the rat epididymal vas deferens and human prostate and poorly with those for the alpha 1B- and alpha 1D-adrenoceptors mediating contraction of the rat spleen and aorta, respectively. The antagonist pA2 values on the rat portal vein correlated highly with their previously published pK1 values for the expressed alpha 1a-clone and poorly with those for the expressed alpha 1b- and alpha 1d-clones. Therefore the results show that contraction of the rat portal vein to phenylephrine is mediated by alpha 1A-adrenoceptors. 3. The novel alpha 1-adrenoceptor antagonist RS 17053 had a relatively high affinity for the alpha 1A-adrenoceptors mediating contraction of the rat epididymal vas deferens (pA2 9.5) compared with the alpha 1B-adrenoceptors in the rat spleen (pA2 7.2) or the alpha 1D-adrenoceptors in the rat aorta (pKB 7.1), in agreement with its selectivity for the expressed alpha 1a-clone. However, RS 17053 had over 100 fold lower affinity for the alpha 1A-adrenoceptors mediating contraction of the rat portal vein (pKB 7.1) and human prostate (pKB 7.1) compared with its affinity for the alpha 1A-adrenoceptors in the rat epididymal vas deferens or the expressed alpha 1a-clone. 4. The difference in affinity of RS 17053 between the rat epididymal vas deferens and rat portal vein cannot be explained by a species difference in the receptor. Therefore RS 17053 may distinguish between subtypes of

  18. Inhibitory effects of amiloride on alpha adrenoceptors in canine vascular smooth muscle

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    Shi, A.G.; Wang, Z.L.; Kwan, C.Y.; Daniel, E.E. )

    1990-05-01

    Amiloride inhibits vascular smooth muscle contractions from canine aorta and saphenous vein. The mechanisms were studied using radioligand binding and functional techniques. Amiloride inhibited ({sup 3}H)prazosin and ({sup 3}H)rauwolscine binding to alpha-1 and alpha-2 adrenoceptors in a concentration-dependent manner. Amiloride increased Kd values for ({sup 3}H)rauwolscine without affecting the maximum binding of ({sup 3}H)prazosin. These results suggest that the drug interacts with the alpha-1 adrenoceptor binding sites in a competitive manner and with the alpha-2 adrenoceptor binding sites in a noncompetitive manner. Amiloride reduced maximal contractile responses to agonists selective for both alpha adrenoceptors and to elevated K+, the EC50 values were increased by about 10-fold in the presence of amiloride. In Ca+(+)-free Krebs' solution, contractions induced in saphenous vein after addition of Ca++ in saphenous vein in the presence of adrenoceptor agonists were inhibited by amiloride. Our results suggest that amiloride reduced alpha-1 and alpha-2 adrenoceptor-mediated responses and inhibited Ca++ influx.

  19. Rapid component I(Kr) of cardiac delayed rectifier potassium currents in guinea-pig is inhibited by alpha(1)-adrenoreceptor activation via protein kinase A and protein kinase C-dependent pathways.

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    Wang, Sen; Xu, Dong-Jie; Cai, Jing-Bo; Huang, Yuan-Zhu; Zou, Jian-Gang; Cao, Ke-Jiang

    2009-04-17

    Ventricular tachyarrhythmias are often precipitated by physical or emotional stress, indicating a link between increased adrenergic stimulation and cardiac ion channel activity. Human ether-a-go-go related gene (hERG) potassium channels conduct the rapid component of delayed rectifier potassium current, I(kr), a crucial component for action potential repolarization. To evaluate the correlation between increased alpha(1)-adrenergic activity and the rapid component of cardiac I(kr), whole-cell patch-clamp recording was performed in isolated guinea-pig ventricular myocytes. Stimulation of alpha(1)-adrenoceptors using phenylephrine (0.1 nM-100 microM) reduced I(kr) current in a dose-dependent manner at 37 degrees C. Phenylephrine (0.1 microM) reduced I(kr) current to 66.83+/-3.16%. Chelerythrine (1 microM), a specific inhibitor of protein kinase C (PKC) completely inhibited the changes in I(kr) trigged by 0.1 microM phenylephrine. KT5720 (2.5 microM), a specific inhibitor of protein kinase A (PKA) partially inhibited the current decrease induced by 0.1 microM phenylephrine. Both chelerythrine and KT5720 drastically reduced the phenylephrine-induced effects, indicating possible involvement of PKC and PKA in the alpha(1)-adrenergic inhibition of I(kr). Our data suggest a link between I(kr) and the alpha(1)-adrenoceptor, involving activation of PKC and PKA in arrhythmogenesis.

  20. Alpha-adrenergic modulation of synaptic transmission in rabbit pancreatic ganglia.

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    Yi, Eunyoung; Love, Jeffrey A

    2005-10-30

    Pancreatic ganglia contain noradrenergic nerve terminals whose role in ganglionic transmission is unknown. Intracellular recordings from rabbit pancreatic neurons were used to study the effects of alpha-adrenergic agonists and antagonists on ganglionic transmission and to determine if endogenously released norepinephrine contributed to synaptic depression. Significant regional differences in alpha adrenergic effects were observed. In neurons from ganglia of the head/neck region norepinephrine or selective alpha(2) agonists presynaptically inhibited ganglionic transmission and this effect was antagonized by the alpha(2) antagonist yohimbine. In the majority of cells membrane hyperpolarization accompanied presynaptic inhibition during superfusion of alpha(2) agonists. Repetitive nerve stimulation evoked a presynaptic post-train depression (PTD) of ganglionic transmission in all neurons tested. A combination of nisoxetine (selective inhibitor of the norepinephrine transporter) and tyramine (releaser of endogenous catecholamines) increased PTD. Pretreatment with clonidine inhibited synaptic transmission and abolished PTD while yohimbine did not affect it. Pretreatment with guanethidine (>or=3.5 h) also failed reduce PTD while neurons unresponsive to alpha(2) adrenoceptor agonists routinely exhibited PTD, implying the presence of other inhibitory neurotransmitters sharing a common presynaptic mechanism with alpha(2) agonists. In the majority of neurons from ganglia of the body region superfusion of norepinephrine or the selective alpha(1) agonist phenylephrine evoked membrane depolarization and facilitated ganglionic transmission. These effects were antagonized by the alpha(1) antagonist prazosin. The remaining neurons exhibited either alpha(2)-mediated synaptic inhibition or no-response. In conclusion, inhibitory alpha(2) and excitatory alpha(1) adrenoceptors exist in pancreatic ganglia and predominate in the head/neck and body, respectively. Norepinephrine, released

  1. Differential neural activation of vascular alpha-adrenoceptors in oral tissues of cats.

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    Koss, Michael C

    2002-04-05

    The aim of this study was to determine the relative contribution of alpha(1)- and alpha(2)-adrenoceptors involved in sympathetic-evoked vasoconstrictor responses in tissues perfused by the lingual arterial circulation in pentobarbital anesthetized cats. Blood flow in the lingual artery was measured by ultrasonic flowmetry. Laser-Doppler flowmetry was utilized to measure oral tissue vasoconstrictor responses in the maxillary gingiva and from the surface of the tongue. Electrical stimulation of the preganglionic superior cervical sympathetic nerve resulted in frequency-dependent blood flow decreases at all three sites. These responses were stable over time and were uniformly antagonized by administration of phentolamine (0.3 - 3.0 mg kg(-1)). The selective alpha(1)-adrenoceptor antagonist, prazosin (10 - 300 microg kg(-1)), attenuated vasoconstriction in the lingual artery and gingiva, but was ineffective in blocking vasoconstriction in the tongue. Subsequent administration of rauwolscine (300 microg kg(-1)) antagonized remaining vasoconstrictor responses. In contrast, rauwolscine (10 - 300 microg kg(-1)), given alone, blocked evoked vasoconstriction in the tongue, and was without effect on gingival or lingual artery vasoconstrictor responses. Subsequent administration of prazosin (300 microg kg(-1)) largely antagonized remaining neurally elicited responses. These results suggest that neural vasoconstrictor responses in some regional vascular beds in the cat oral cavity are mediated by both alpha(1)- and alpha(2)-adrenoceptors. In contrast, tongue surface vasoconstrictor responses to sympathetic nerve activation appear to be mediated primarily by alpha(2)-adrenoceptors.

  2. Role of alpha 1- and alpha 2-adrenoceptors in catecholamine-induced hyperglycaemia, lipolysis and insulin secretion in conscious fasted rabbits.

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    Moratinos, J; Carpene, C; de Pablos, I; Reverte, M

    1988-06-01

    1. In conscious fasted rabbits an intravenous infusion of clonidine (2 micrograms kg-1 min-1) induced hyperglycaemia. The increase in blood glucose was accompanied by an inhibition of insulin secretion and basal lipolysis. 2. Yohimbine infused at a rate of 20 micrograms kg-1 min-1 suppressed clonidine-induced hyperglycaemia and blocked the inhibitory effect on insulin secretion mediated by the alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonist. 3. The intravenous infusion of amidephrine (10 micrograms kg-1 min-1) induced an increase in insulin secretion in the absence of patent hyperglycaemia. Prazosin, 0.3 mg kg-1 s.c. selectively antagonized the effect of amidephrine on insulin secretion. 4. Isoprenaline infusion (4.4 micrograms kg-1 min-1) evoked a significant increase in blood glycerol and immunoreactive insulin plasma levels. Both responses were clearly attenuated when alpha 2-adrenoceptors were simultaneously stimulated by selective (clonidine) and less selective (phenylephrine, 20 micrograms kg-1 min-1) agonists. 5. Amidephrine infusion did not induce appreciable changes in blood glycerol nor did it modify, isoprenaline-induced lipolytic response. 6. Simultaneous infusion of isoprenaline and amidephrine induced a remarkable increase in insulin secretion. 7. It is concluded that in normal fasted rabbits stimulation of alpha 2-adrenoceptors depresses basal and beta-adrenoceptor mediated lipolysis and insulin secretion. On the other hand, selective stimulation of alpha 1-adrenoceptors does not affect lipolysis but induces insulin release. Simultaneous stimulation of alpha 1- and beta-adrenoceptors potentiates the insulin secretory response.

  3. Radiation dosimetry of iodine-123 HEAT, an alpha-1 receptor imaging agent

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    Thomas, K.D.; Greer, D.M.; Couch, M.W.; Williams, C.M.

    1987-11-01

    Biologic distribution data in the rat were obtained for the alpha-1 adrenoceptor imaging agent (+/-) 2-(beta-(iodo-4-hydroxyphenyl)ethylaminomethyl)tetralone (HEAT) labeled with (/sup 123/I). The major excretory routes were through the liver (67%) and the kidney (33%). Internal radiation absorbed dose estimates to nine source organs, total body, the GI tract, gonads, and red bone marrow were calculated for the human using the physical decay data for (/sup 123/I). The critical organ was found to be the lower large intestine, receiving 1.1 rad per mCi of (/sup 123/I)HEAT administered. The total-body dose was found to be 58 mrad per mCi.

  4. A tyrosine kinase regulates alpha-adrenoceptor-stimulated contraction and phospholipase D activation in the rat aorta.

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    Jinsi, A; Paradise, J; Deth, R C

    1996-04-29

    Since previous studies had indicated a role for tyrosine kinases in alpha 2-adrenoceptor-induced contractile responses in other blood vessels, as well as in the activation of phospholipase D, we examined the sensitivity of these responses in rat aorta to the tyrosine kinase inhibitor genistein. Contractions induced by both noradrenaline and the alpha 2-adrenoceptor-selective agonist UK14304 (5-bromo-6-[2-imidazolin-2-yl-amino]-quinoxaline) were fully inhibited by genistein, with the latter responses being more sensitive. Contractions induced by high K+ buffer were also inhibited, but to a lesser extent. Both agonists caused a stimulation of phospholipase D activity, which could be blocked by pretreatment with pertussis toxin, indicating involvement of either Gi or Go. Genistein completely inhibited the agonist-induced phospholipase D activity and also substantially reduced the basal level of phospholipase D activity. Pretreatment with either the alpha 1-adrenoceptor antagonist prazosin or the alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonist rauwolscine was also effective in eliminating the agonist-induced increase of phospholipase D. These results indicate that a tyrosine kinase-regulated phospholipase D plays a critical role in alpha-adrenoceptor-induced contractions of the rat aorta and that stimulation of both alpha 1- and alpha 2-adrenoceptors is essential to allow phospholipase activation.

  5. The role of alpha- and beta-adrenoceptor subtypes in mediating the effects of catecholamines on fasting glucose and insulin concentrations in the rat.

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    John, G. W.; Doxey, J. C.; Walter, D. S.; Reid, J. L.

    1990-01-01

    1. The role of alpha- and beta-adrenoceptor subtypes in the regulation of plasma glucose and immunoreactive insulin (IRI) levels has been investigated in normal conscious fasted rats by employing selective agonists and antagonists. 2. Adrenaline (0.2 mg kg-1)-induced hyperglycaemia was abolished by the selective alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonist idazoxan (1.0 mg kg-1), unaltered by non-selective beta-adrenoceptor blockade (propranolol, 1.0 mg kg-1) and potentiated by the selective alpha 1-adrenoceptor antagonist prazosin (0.3 mg kg-1). Adrenaline increased plasma IRI levels in the presence of idazoxan but not in the presence of either prazosin or propranolol. 3. The selective alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonists UK 14304 (0.1 and 0.3 mg kg-1) and BHT-920 (0.2 and 0.5 mg kg-1) elicited dose-dependent hyperglycaemic responses, but did not alter plasma IRI levels. UK 14304 (0.1 mg kg-1)-evoked hyperglycaemia was blocked by idazoxan but not by prazosin. 4. The selective alpha 1-adrenoceptor agonists methoxamine (0.3 mg kg-1) and phenylephrine (0.3 mg kg-1) failed to modify either plasma glucose or IRI levels. 5. Isoprenaline (0.2 mg kg-1) elicited hyperglycaemic and insulinotropic responses which were attenuated by propranolol (1.0 mg kg-1) and the selective beta 2-adrenoceptor antagonist ICI 118551 (1.0 mg kg-1), but not by the beta 1-selective antagonists atenolol (1.0 mg kg-1) and betaxolol (1.0 mg kg-1). 6. None of the antagonists per se affected basal plasma glucose or IRI concentrations, except prazosin (1.0 mg kg-1).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:1976400

  6. Evidence for direct regulation of myocardial Na+/H+ exchanger isoform 1 phosphorylation and activity by 90-kDa ribosomal S6 kinase (RSK): effects of the novel and specific RSK inhibitor fmk on responses to alpha1-adrenergic stimulation.

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    Cuello, Friederike; Snabaitis, Andrew K; Cohen, Michael S; Taunton, Jack; Avkiran, Metin

    2007-03-01

    Multiple stimuli of physiological and pathophysiological significance, including alpha1-adrenoceptor agonists, stimulate the cardiac sarcolemmal Na+/H+ exchanger isoform 1 (NHE1) through activation of the mitogen-activated or extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) kinase (MEK) ERK-90-kDa ribosomal S6 kinase (RSK) signaling cascade. However, the individual contributions of ERK and RSK, which can each phosphorylate the NHE1 regulatory domain, to such stimulation are unknown. In the present study, we have used the novel RSK inhibitor fmk to determine the role of RSK as a direct regulator of NHE1 phosphorylation and activity in response to alpha1-adrenergic stimulation, in ventricular myocytes isolated from the adult rat heart. Initial experiments confirmed that pretreatment of myocytes with fmk before exposure to the alpha1-adrenoceptor agonist phenylephrine inhibited RSK C-terminal kinase activity and thereby RSK N-terminal kinase activation, without affecting MEK or ERK activation. Pretreatment of myocytes with fmk also inhibited phenylephrine-induced increases in NHE1 phosphorylation and the rate of NHE1-mediated H+ efflux under conditions of intracellular acidosis. These findings reveal, for the first time to our knowledge, that RSK is the principal regulator of NHE1 phosphorylation and activity after alpha1-adrenergic stimulation in adult myocardium.

  7. Functional supersensitivity of alpha 1-adrenergic system in spinal ventral horn is due to absence of an uptake system and not to postsynaptic change.

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    Hirayama, T; Ono, H; Fukuda, H

    1991-01-25

    The excitatory effects of adrenoceptor agonists on ventral horn cells were compared using an extracellular recording technique in spinal cord slices isolated from non-treated and 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA)-treated rats (intracisternally 14 days previously). In spinal cord slices isolated from 6-OHDA-treated rats, the concentration-response curves for the alpha 1-adrenoceptor-mediated facilitatory effects produced by noradrenaline and phenylephrine but not those produced by methoxamine and isoproterenol were shifted to the left. 6-OHDA pretreatment decreased the level and uptake of noradrenaline and increased the number of [3H]prazosin binding sites in the spinal cord. These results suggest that in 6-OHDA-induced denervation, functional supersensitivity of the alpha 1-adrenergic system in the spinal ventral horn is due to absence of an uptake system, and not to postsynaptic change.

  8. Postsynaptic alpha-adrenoceptors in the perfused canine saphenous vein in vitro.

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    Nunes, J P; Moura, D; Guimarães, S; de la Lande, I S

    1991-05-01

    To study the relative localization of alpha 1 and alpha 2-adrenoceptors in relation to the intima and the adventitia of canine saphenous vein, a comparison was made of the potency of alpha 1- and alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonists applied by intraluminal and extraluminal route of perfused segments of that vessel. Noradrenaline was the most potent of the agonists used and was approximately as potent by intraluminal as by extraluminal route. Cocaine (12 mumol/l) caused supersensitivity to noradrenaline which was of about the same magnitude (threefold) irrespective of the route of administration of noradrenaline. The selective alpha 1-agonist phenylephrine was about 10 times less potent than noradrenaline and was also equieffective by both routes. The selective alpha 2-agonist UK-14,304, at concentrations lower than 0.3 mumol/l, caused very small responses and only in 3 out of 14 experiments. In all cases it caused responses at concentrations higher than 0.3 mumol/l. Cocaine did not change the sensitivity to either phenylephrine or UK-14,304. Thus, it is concluded that the results obtained with cocaine agreed with expectations for a homogeneously innervated tissue. Furthermore, alpha 1-adrenoceptors seem to predominate and to be evenly distributed throughout the media. The lack of responses to the low concentrations of UK-14,304--those selectively acting on alpha 2-adrenoceptors--was ascribed to the very low efficacy of this agonist on the distal part of the canine saphenous vein and to the tone created by the perfusion pressure which might be high enough to mask this small response.

  9. Alpha Blockers

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    ... conditions such as high blood pressure and benign prostatic hyperplasia. Find out more about this class of medication. ... these conditions: High blood pressure Enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia) Though alpha blockers are commonly used to treat ...

  10. Alpha Thalassemia

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    ... an apparently normal individual has a child with hemoglobin H disease or alpha thalassemia minor. It can ... gene on one chromosome 25% 25% 25% 25% hemoglobin H disease there is a 25% chance with ...

  11. Modification of certain pharmacological effects of ethanol by lipophilic alpha-1 adrenergic agonists

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    Menon, M.K.; Dinovo, E.C.; Haddox, V.G.

    1987-09-28

    The influence of four centrally-acting alpha-1 adrenoceptor agonists, namely, 2(2-chloro-5-trifluoromethylphenylimino) imidazolidine (St 587), cirazoline, (-) 1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-8-methoxy-5-methylthio-2-naphthalenamine ((-)SKF 89748A) and 2-(2-methylindazol-4-imino)imidazolidine (Sgd 101/75) on the pharmacological effects of ethanol was investigated. All four drugs reduced the duration of ethanol-induced hypnosis in C57B1/6 mice, this effect being proportional to their relative potencies to exert central alpha-1 agonism. In prazosin-pretreated mice, St 587 failed to reduce the hypnotic effect of ethanol, which provided strong evidence for the role of alpha-1 agonism for the hypnosis reducing effect of St 587. Hyperactivity induced in C57B1/6 mice by a subhypnotic dose of ethanol and St 587 was reported earlier. In the present study, St 587, cirazoline and (-)SKF 89748A produced similar response, but no correlation between this effect and ethanol hypnosis blockade could be established. 19 references, 8 figures, 2 tables.

  12. Correlation between phosphatidylinositol labeling and contraction in rabbit aorta: effect of alpha-1 adrenergic activation

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    Villalobos-Molina, R.; Uc, M.; Hong, E.; Garcia-Sainz, J.A.

    1982-07-01

    Activation of rabbit aortic strips with alpha adrenergic agonists increased the labeling (with (/sup 32/P)Pi) of phosphatidylinositol (PI) and phosphatidic acid and contracted the vascular preparations in dose-related fashion. Epinephrine, norepinephrine and methoxamine produced maximal effects, whereas clonidine behaved as partial agonist and B-HT 933 (2-amino-6-ethyl-4,5,7,8-tetrahydro-6H-oxazole-(5,4-d) azepin dihydrochloride) was almost without activity in the two experimental models used. Phenylephrine was a full agonist in producing contraction, but failed to elicit the maximal increase in PI labeling. The EC50 values to produce contraction of aortic strips were lower for all agonists than those required to increase the incorporation of radioactive phosphate into PI, but there was a good correlation between the two sets of data. The increased PI labeling and contraction of aortic strips induced by epinephrine were antagonized by prazosin and yohimbine in dose-related fashion, but the first alpha blocker was about three orders of magnitude more potent than the second in antagonizing the two effects. The present results indicate that both stimulation of PI labeling and contraction are mediated through activation of alpha-1 adrenoceptors in rabbit aorta.

  13. Alpha fetoprotein

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    ... the liver Liver cancer Malignant teratoma Recovery from hepatitis Problems during pregnancy Alternative Names Fetal alpha globulin; AFP Images Blood ... JL, et al, eds. Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies . 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2012:chap 11. Read More ... cancer - hepatocellular carcinoma Malignant teratoma of the ...

  14. Modulation of noradrenergic transmission in the rat isolated portal vein: role of prejunctional alpha 2-adrenoceptors and beta-adrenoceptors.

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    Ortiz de Urbina, A V; Davy, M; Midol-Monnet, M; Heimburger, M; Beslot, F; Cohen, Y

    1992-07-01

    1. The effect of several adrenoceptor agonists and antagonists on the spontaneous and stimulus-evoked release of [3H]noradrenaline was studied in rat isolated portal vein. 2. Yohimbine (10(-6)M) increased the stimulus-evoked [3H]noradrenaline efflux. Adrenaline alone (3 x 10(-6)M) was without effect, while it increased the resting efflux when added together with yohimbine. 3. Propranolol alone was without effect on the release of [3H]noradrenaline. When added (2 x 10(-6)M) at the same time as yohimbine, it reduced the stimulation-induced 3H efflux. When added before adrenaline and yohimbine, propranolol (10(-5)M) reduced both spontaneous and stimulus-evoked release of [3H]noradrenaline. 4. The effect of several beta-blocking drugs was measured on the enhancing effect of yohimbine on the stimulation-evoked 3H efflux. The beta 1-adrenoceptor blocking drugs: atenolol (5 x 10(-6) and 10(-5) M), metoprolol (5 x 10(-6) and 10(-5) M), like the more selective bisoprolol (2 x 10(-6) and 4 x 10(-6) M) inhibited yohimbine activity. Likewise, propranolol (2 x 10(-6) and 5 x 10(-6)M) and the beta 2-adrenoceptor blocker ICI 118551 exhibited an antagonistic effect. 5. These results indicate the possibility for noradrenaline to activate presynaptic beta-adrenoceptors in rat portal vein. They show an interaction between the presynpatic alpha 2- and beta-adrenoceptor mediated systems in the release of noradrenaline. They suggest the presence and the activity of facilitatory beta 1-adrenoceptors.

  15. Evidence that two stereochemically different alpha-2 adrenoceptors modulate norepinephrine release in rat cerebral cortex

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    Harsing, L.G. Jr.; Vizi, E.S. )

    1991-01-01

    Cerebral cortex slices from the rat were loaded with (3H)norepinephrine ((3H)NE) and superfused in order to measure the release of radioactivity at rest and in response to electrical stimulation. The (-)-isomer and the (+)-isomer of CH-38083 (7,8-(methylenedioxy)-14- alpha-hydroxyalloberbane HCl), a selective alpha-2-adrenoceptor antagonist with an alloberbane skeleton, increased the electrically induced release of (3H)NE in a concentration-dependent manner, and a similar effect was observed with racemic CH-38083 and idazoxan. The stereoisomers of CH-38083 applied in a concentration range of 10(-8) to 10(-6) mol/l were equipotent in facilitating stimulation-evoked (3H)NE release: concentrations needed to enhance tritium outflow by 50% were 1.3 X 10(-7) mol/l for (-)-CH-38083 and 1.4 X 10(-7) mol/l for (+)-CH-38083. Exogenous NE decreased the electrically stimulated release of (3H)NE, and the stereoisomers of CH-38083 antagonized this inhibition with different potencies: the dissociation constant (KB) values for (-)-isomer and for (+)-isomer of CH-38083 were 14.29 and 97.18 nmol/l. These data indicate that presynaptic alpha-2 adrenoceptors that are available for NE released from axon terminals do not show stereospecificity toward enantiomers of CH-38083, whereas those that are occupied by exogenous NE are much more sensitive toward (-)-CH-38083. The alpha-1 adrenoceptor antagonist prazosin also differentiated between the alpha-2 adrenoceptor subtypes: prazosin (10(-6) mol/l) did not alter the increase of electrically induced (3H)NE release evoked by (-)- and (+)-CH-38083; however, in its presence, the stereoisomers of CH-38083 failed to antagonize the inhibitory effect of exogenous NE on its own release.

  16. Role of polyamines and cAMP-dependent mechanisms on 5alpha-dihydrotestosterone-elicited functional effects in isolated right atria of rat.

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    Sánchez, Manuel; Secades, Lorena; Bordallo, Carmen; Meana, Clara; Rubín, José Manuel; Cantabrana, Begoña; Bordallo, Javier

    2009-10-01

    Androgens produce acute vasodilation of systemic, pulmonary, and coronary arteries in several mammal preparations and increase cardiomyocyte contractility. A decrease of the spontaneous beating of sinoatrial cells has also been described. The aim of this study was to characterize the direct effect of 5alpha-dihydrotestosterone on the spontaneous chronotropism and inotropism in the same preparation as an approach to establish the effect on cardiac output and their mechanism of action. The effects were studied on isolated right atria of Wistar rats placed in an organ bath in Tyrode solution at 37 degrees C and bubbled with carbogen. In male rats, the acute administration of 5alpha-dihydrotestosterone, a nonaromatizable derivate of testosterone, elicited a positive inotropism, which was associated with a negative chronotropism. As reported in the left atria, polyamines and beta-adrenoceptors played a role in 5alpha-dihydrotestosterone-elicited positive inotropism because the effect was antagonized by alpha-difluoromethylornithine, an inhibitor of polyamine synthesis, and atenolol, a beta1-adrenoceptor blocker, but not on the negative effect on chronotropism. The androgen increased the sinoatrial node recovery time, suggesting an effect on the mechanisms of spontaneous diastolic depolarization involved in atria pacemaking. These effects of 5alpha-dihydrotestosterone are not hormonally regulated because they are similarly produced in estrogenized females and gonadectomized male and female rats. These results suggest that the androgen could acutely improve cardiac performance.

  17. Neuroendocrine effects of dexmedetomidine: evidence of cross-tolerance between a mu-opioid agonist and an alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonist in growth hormone secretion of the male rat.

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    Idänpään-Heikkilä, J J; Rauhala, P; Männistö, P T

    1996-03-01

    The role of alpha 2-adrenergic receptors (adrenoceptors) in the secretion of growth hormone, prolactin and thyrotropin was studied using highly selective agonists and antagonists of the alpha 2-adrenoceptor. The interplay between opiates and alpha 2-adrenergic drugs in the acute secretion of growth hormone and prolactin, as well as the possible cross-tolerance between morphine (mu-opioid receptor agonist) and dexmedetomidine (alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonist) in growth hormone secretion were also evaluated. Dexmedetomidine dose-dependently increased plasma growth hormone and prolactin levels and decreased thyrotropin levels. The enhanced secretion of both growth hormone and prolactin was antagonized by atipamezole (an alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonist) but not by prazosin (an alpha 1-adrenoceptor antagonist). Morphine (5 mg/kg)-induced stimulation of growth hormone secretion was antagonized by both naloxone (mu-opioid antagonist) and atipamezole. Naloxone, but not atipamezole, antagonized the morphine-induced increase in prolactin secretion. Dexmedetomidine increased growth hormone secretion in the saline pretreated rats, but did not do so in the morphine-tolerant rats. The stimulation of alpha 2-adrenoceptor enhances secretion of both growth hormone and prolactin. The adrenergic regulation of thyrotropin secretion still remains unclear. Evidently, adrenergic mechanisms are involved in the morphine-induced stimulation of growth hormone secretion, but not in the morphine-induced stimulation of prolactin secretion. In addition, there is a clear cross-tolerance between dexmedetomidine and morphine in growth hormone secretion of the rat.

  18. Mivazerol, a novel compound with high specificity for alpha 2 adrenergic receptors: binding studies on different human and rat membrane preparations.

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    Noyer, M; de Laveleye, F; Vauquelin, G; Gobert, J; Wülfert, E

    1994-03-01

    Mivazerol, 3-[1(H-imidazol-4-yl)methyl]-2-hydroxybenzamide hydrochloride, a new potential anti-ischemic drug designed by UCB S.A. Pharma Sector, has been studied in binding experiments on adrenergic, dopaminergic, serotoninergic, muscarinic and idazoxan binding sites. Our results indicate that this compound displays high affinity and marked specificity for alpha 2 adrenoceptors. Mivazerol displaced the binding of the alpha 2 adrenoceptor antagonist [3H]RX 821002 to the alpha 2A adrenoceptors in human frontal cortex membranes with an apparent Ki value of 37 nM. The competition curve was shallow (nH = 0.55), suggesting that this compound acts as an alpha 2 adrenergic agonist. Mivazerol was also a potent competitor for [3H]RX 821002 binding to human platelet membranes (containing alpha 2A adrenoceptors) and rat kidney membranes (75% of the alpha 2 adrenoceptors of the alpha 2B subtype), indicating that this compound is not alpha 2 adrenoceptor subtype selective. Equilibrium dissociation constants for alpha 1 adrenoceptors (displacement of [3H]prazosin) and 5-HT1A receptors (displacement of [3H]rauwolscine) were respectively about 120 times (Ki = 4.4 microM) and 14 times (Ki = 530 nM) higher than that for the alpha 2 adrenoceptors. Equilibrium dissociation constants were approximately 1000 times higher for all other receptors tested in this study; namely beta 1 and beta 2 adrenoceptors, D1- and D2-dopamine receptors, M1-, M2- and M3-muscarinic receptors, 5-HT2 receptors and non-adrenergic idazoxan binding sites.

  19. Postsynaptic alpha-adrenoceptors, calcium mobilization and (/sup 3/H), 4-dihydropyridine binding in vascular smooth muscle of rat tail artery

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    Su, C.M.

    1985-01-01

    Pharmacologic characterization of post-synaptic ..cap alpha..-adrenoceptors in rat tail artery was examined by using selective agonists and antagonists. In this tissue, the ..cap alpha..-adrenoceptor agonists employed all produced concentration-dependent mechanical responses with rank order of potency, clonidine > norepinephrine > norepinephrine > phenylephrine > UK > 14304 > B-HT 920. This order of agonists activities not consistent with a simple classification into ..cap alpha../sub 1/- and ..cap alpha../sub 2/-adrenoceptors in the rat tail artery. Antagonism by prazosin and yohimbine of phenylephrine, norepinephrine and clonidine responses did not reveal the anticipated discrimination between ..cap alpha../sub 1/- and ..cap alpha../sub 2/-adrenoceptors. Potassium depolarization-induced responses were very sensitive to antagonism by the Ca/sup 2 +/ antagonists nifedipine and D 600. The sensitivity sequence of ..cap alpha..-adrenoceptor agonist induced responses to nifedipine and D 600 is H-HT 920 (> clonidine) > phenylephrine > norepinephrine. This disagrees with the thesis that ..cap alpha../sub 2/-adrenoceptor mediated responses in vascular smooth muscle are more sensitive than are ..cap alpha../sub 1/-adrenoceptor mediated responses to Ca/sup 2 +/ channel antagonists. Radioligand binding studies of (/sup 3/H)nitrendipine and (/sup 3/H)Bay K 8644 to microsomal preparations of tail artery membrane a single set of high affinity binding sites and there is a good correlation between the pharmacological potencies and binding affinities of these agents. In addition, study of the displacement of (/sup 3/H)nitrendipine by Bay K 8644 revealed IC/sub 50/ and K/sub l/ values which are in approximate accord with those determined for pharmacologic experiments.

  20. Nondeletional alpha-thalassemia: first description of alpha Hph alpha and alpha Nco alpha mutations in a Spanish population.

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    Ayala, S; Colomer, D; Aymerich, M; Pujades, A; Vives-Corrons, J L

    1996-07-01

    Several different deletions underlie the molecular basis of alpha-thalassemia. The most common alpha-thalassemia determinant in Spain is the rightward deletion (-alpha 3.7). To our knowledge, however, no cases of alpha-thalassemia due to nondeletional mutations have so far been described in this particular Mediterranean area. Here, we report the existence of nondeletional forms of alpha-thalassemia in ten Spanish families. The alpha 2-globin gene was characterized in ten unrelated patients and their relatives only when the presence of deletional alpha-thalassemia was ruled out. The alpha 2-globin gene analysis was performed using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) followed by restriction enzyme analysis or by allelespecific priming. This allowed the identification of a 5-base pair (bp) deletion at the donor site of IVS I (alpha Hph alpha) in 9 cases and the alpha 2 initiation codon mutation (alpha Nco alpha) in one case. Although these alpha 2-globin gene mutations are found in other mediterranean areas, our results demonstrate their presence in the Spanish population and suggest that the alpha Hph alpha/alpha alpha genotype is probably the most common nondeletional form of alpha-thalassemia in Spain.

  1. Inhibitory effects of calcium antagonists on alpha-adrenoceptor-mediated contraction in the human internal mammary artery.

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    He, G W; Acuff, T E; Ryan, W H; Yang, C Q; Douthit, M B; Bowman, R T; Mack, M J

    1994-01-01

    1. The internal mammary artery has become a preferred coronary bypass graft. Sympathomimetic amines are spasmogens for vasospasm and calcium antagonists are frequently administered drugs perioperatively. The effect of calcium antagonists on alpha-adrenoceptor-mediated contraction depends on the subtype of alpha-adrenoceptor and the type of origin of vascular smooth muscle. This study was designed to investigate the effect of calcium antagonists on alpha-adrenoceptor-mediated contraction in the IMA. 2. Human IMA segments taken from 22 patients undergoing IMA--coronary artery bypass grafting were mounted in an organ bath under the physiological pressure determined from their own length-tension curves. 3. Three ring segments were allocated into three groups. One served as a control and the others were treated with clinically related concentrations of nifedipine (20 or 200 nM) for 25 min before concentration-contraction curves to alpha 1-adrenoceptor agonist methoxamine (MO) or full alpha-adrenoceptor agonist noradrenaline (NA) were established. 4. In separate experiments, the concentration-relaxation curves to nifedipine were established in the IMA rings precontracted with MO (30 microM) or NA (10 microM). Glyceryl trinitrate (GTN, 3 microM) was added to further relax the vessels. 5. Pretreatment with nifedipine (200 nM) only slightly inhibited the MO- (1.74 +/- 0.32 vs 2.88 +/- 0.56 g) or NA- (2.43 +/- 0.66 vs 3.60 +/- 0.82 g) induced contraction without statistical significance (P > 0.05). 6. On the other hand, nifedipine only caused 34.49% relaxation in the MO-precontracted and 24.39% relaxation in the NA-precontracted IMAs. In contrast, GTN caused 76.16% (against MO, P < 0.05) or 92.22% (against NA, P < 0.0001) relaxation.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:7910471

  2. Role of alpha2C-adrenoceptors in the reduction of skin blood flow induced by local cooling in mice.

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    Honda, M; Suzuki, M; Nakayama, K; Ishikawa, T

    2007-09-01

    The reduction of skin blood flow induced by local cooling results from a reflex increase in sympathetic output and an enhanced vasoconstrictor activity of cutaneous vessels. The present study investigated the latter local response in vivo in tetrodotoxin-treated mice, in which the sympathetic nerve tone was abolished. Male ddY mice, anaesthetized with pentobarbitone, were treated with tetrodotoxin and artificially ventilated. The plantar skin blood flow (PSBF) was measured by laser Doppler flowmetry. Cooling the air temperature around the left foot from 25 to 10 degrees C decreased the PSBF of the left foot. Bunazosin, an alpha (1)-adrenoceptor antagonist, RS79948, an alpha (2)-adrenoceptor antagonist, and MK-912, an alpha (2C)-adrenoceptor antagonist, all significantly inhibited the cooling-induced reduction of PSBF; the inhibition by bunazosin was relatively small compared with that by RS79948 and MK-912. The response was not affected by guanethidine or bretylium, but was diminished in adrenalectomized mice. An intra-arterial injection of clonidine, an alpha (2)-adrenoceptor agonist, to the left iliac artery of adrenalectomized mice caused a transient decrease in PSBF, which was significantly augmented at 10 degrees C. MK-912 suppressed only the augmented portion at 10 degrees C. Y-27632, H-1152 and fasudil, Rho kinase inhibitors, also inhibited the cooling-induced reduction of PSBF. RS79948 caused no further reduction of the cooling-induced response after the inhibition by Y-27632. Local cooling-induced reduction of skin blood flow in mice primarily results from increased reactivity of alpha (2C)-adrenoceptors to circulating catecholamines, in which the Rho/Rho kinase pathway is involved.

  3. Binding kinetics and sequencing of hepatic alpha1-adrenergic receptors in two marine teleosts, mackerel (Scomber scombrus) and anchovy (Engraulis encrasicolus).

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    Fabbri, Elena; Chen, Xi; Capuzzo, Antonio; Moon, Thomas W

    2008-03-01

    Liver alpha(1)-adrenoceptors (ARs) are demonstrated, or at least hypothesized, in freshwater and brackish-water teleosts, whereas no data are available for marine teleosts. This study evaluates the presence of alpha(1)-ARs in the liver of two marine teleosts, the anchovy Engraulis encrasicolus and the mackerel Scomber scombrus, and examines on a broad scale the possibility that habitats posing different challenges also influence phenotypic trait selection. Binding assays were performed also on liver membranes from the carp Cyprinus carpio as a direct comparison with a freshwater species. Scatchard analysis of [(3)H]prazosin binding to purified liver membranes from anchovy, mackerel and carp resulted in K(d) values of 1.51+/-0.085, 1.26+/-0.098, and 2.61+/-0.22 nM, and B(max) values of 87.4+/-9.12, 77+/-8.29, and 115.22+/-3.31 fmol/mg protein, respectively. Thus, alpha(1)-ARs of the two marine teleosts showed higher [(3)H]prazosin affinity compared with those of the freshwater/brackish-water fish studied thus far, whereas the number of liver binding sites did not differ significantly from that of carp, eel or trout. A preliminary phylogeny based on amino acid sequence analysis indicated the presence of at least an alpha(1A)-AR in mackerel and an alpha(1D)-AR in both anchovy and mackerel. This is the first indication of alpha(1)-AR subtypes in any marine species, but further studies are needed to ascertain the physiological role of these alpha(1)-ARs in these two marine species.

  4. Presynaptic alpha2-adrenoceptors control excitatory, but not inhibitory, transmission at rat hippocampal synapses.

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    Boehm, S

    1999-09-01

    1. The effects of noradrenaline on neurotransmission at rat hippocampal synapses were investigated by recording autaptic currents in single neurons isolated on glial microislands. Noradrenaline reduced excitatory, but not inhibitory, autaptic currents in a pertussis toxin-sensitive manner, but the amine did not affect glutamate-evoked currents. 2. The inhibition of excitatory autaptic currents by noradrenaline was half-maximal at 0. 11 +/- 0.06 microM. The alpha2-adrenoceptor agonists UK 14 304 and clonidine were equipotent to noradrenaline in reducing these currents, whereas the alpha1-adrenoceptor agonist methoxamine and the beta-adrenoceptor agonist isoprenaline (isoproterenol) were ineffective. The reduction of excitatory autaptic currents by noradrenaline was not altered by the alpha1-adrenergic antagonist urapidil or the beta-antagonist propranolol, but reduced by the alpha2-antagonist yohimbine. The subtype-preferring antagonists rauwolscine and phentolamine (both at 0.3 microM) caused 9-fold and 36-fold rightward shifts in the concentration-response curve for the noradrenaline-dependent reduction of excitatory autaptic currents, respectively. Prazosine (1 microM) did not affect this concentration-response curve. 3. Noradrenaline reduced voltage-activated Ca2+ currents in excitatory, but not in inhibitory, microisland neurons. For comparison, the GABAB agonist baclofen reduced both excitatory and inhibitory autaptic currents and diminished voltage-activated Ca2+ currents in both types of neurons. The inhibition of Ca2+ currents by noradrenaline was half-maximal at 0.17 +/- 0.05 microM, and UK 14 304 and clonidine were equipotent to noradrenaline in reducing these currents. The noradrenaline-induced reduction of Ca2+ currents was antagonized by yohimbine, but not by urapidil or propranolol; the subtype-preferring alpha2-adrenergic antagonists displayed the following rank order of activity: phentolamine > rauwolscine > prazosine. 4. Noradrenaline did not

  5. Ab initio alpha-alpha scattering

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    Elhatisari, Serdar; Lee, Dean; Rupak, Gautam; Epelbaum, Evgeny; Krebs, Hermann; Lähde, Timo A.; Luu, Thomas; Meißner, Ulf-G.

    2015-12-01

    Processes such as the scattering of alpha particles (4He), the triple-alpha reaction, and alpha capture play a major role in stellar nucleosynthesis. In particular, alpha capture on carbon determines the ratio of carbon to oxygen during helium burning, and affects subsequent carbon, neon, oxygen, and silicon burning stages. It also substantially affects models of thermonuclear type Ia supernovae, owing to carbon detonation in accreting carbon-oxygen white-dwarf stars. In these reactions, the accurate calculation of the elastic scattering of alpha particles and alpha-like nuclei—nuclei with even and equal numbers of protons and neutrons—is important for understanding background and resonant scattering contributions. First-principles calculations of processes involving alpha particles and alpha-like nuclei have so far been impractical, owing to the exponential growth of the number of computational operations with the number of particles. Here we describe an ab initio calculation of alpha-alpha scattering that uses lattice Monte Carlo simulations. We use lattice effective field theory to describe the low-energy interactions of protons and neutrons, and apply a technique called the ‘adiabatic projection method’ to reduce the eight-body system to a two-cluster system. We take advantage of the computational efficiency and the more favourable scaling with system size of auxiliary-field Monte Carlo simulations to compute an ab initio effective Hamiltonian for the two clusters. We find promising agreement between lattice results and experimental phase shifts for s-wave and d-wave scattering. The approximately quadratic scaling of computational operations with particle number suggests that it should be possible to compute alpha scattering and capture on carbon and oxygen in the near future. The methods described here can be applied to ultracold atomic few-body systems as well as to hadronic systems using lattice quantum chromodynamics to describe the interactions of

  6. Ab initio alpha-alpha scattering.

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    Elhatisari, Serdar; Lee, Dean; Rupak, Gautam; Epelbaum, Evgeny; Krebs, Hermann; Lähde, Timo A; Luu, Thomas; Meißner, Ulf-G

    2015-12-03

    Processes such as the scattering of alpha particles ((4)He), the triple-alpha reaction, and alpha capture play a major role in stellar nucleosynthesis. In particular, alpha capture on carbon determines the ratio of carbon to oxygen during helium burning, and affects subsequent carbon, neon, oxygen, and silicon burning stages. It also substantially affects models of thermonuclear type Ia supernovae, owing to carbon detonation in accreting carbon-oxygen white-dwarf stars. In these reactions, the accurate calculation of the elastic scattering of alpha particles and alpha-like nuclei--nuclei with even and equal numbers of protons and neutrons--is important for understanding background and resonant scattering contributions. First-principles calculations of processes involving alpha particles and alpha-like nuclei have so far been impractical, owing to the exponential growth of the number of computational operations with the number of particles. Here we describe an ab initio calculation of alpha-alpha scattering that uses lattice Monte Carlo simulations. We use lattice effective field theory to describe the low-energy interactions of protons and neutrons, and apply a technique called the 'adiabatic projection method' to reduce the eight-body system to a two-cluster system. We take advantage of the computational efficiency and the more favourable scaling with system size of auxiliary-field Monte Carlo simulations to compute an ab initio effective Hamiltonian for the two clusters. We find promising agreement between lattice results and experimental phase shifts for s-wave and d-wave scattering. The approximately quadratic scaling of computational operations with particle number suggests that it should be possible to compute alpha scattering and capture on carbon and oxygen in the near future. The methods described here can be applied to ultracold atomic few-body systems as well as to hadronic systems using lattice quantum chromodynamics to describe the interactions of

  7. alpha-Hexachlorocyclohexane (alpha-HCH)

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    alpha - Hexachlorocyclohexane ( alpha - HCH ) ; CASRN 319 - 84 - 6 Human health assessment information on a chemical substance is included in the IRIS database only after a comprehensive review of toxicity data , as outlined in the IRIS assessment development process . Sections I ( Health Hazard Ass

  8. Changes in [3H]-UK 14304 binding to alpha 2-adrenoceptors in morphine-dependent guinea-pigs.

    PubMed Central

    Varani, K.; Beani, L.; Bianchi, C.; Borea, P. A.; Simonato, M.

    1995-01-01

    1. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of a noradrenergic input in the cortex of morphine-dependent animals. Binding of the alpha 1-adrenoceptor ligand [3H]-prazosin did not change in cortical membranes taken from morphine-dependent as compared to control guinea-pigs. However, binding of the alpha 2-adrenoceptor ligand [3H]-UK 14304 showed decreased KD (-30%) in the absence of significant changes in Bmax, either in cortical membranes or in synaptosomes. 2. Several characteristics of this phenomenon were identified. First, it occurs in a time-dependent fashion, in that it takes 5 days of chronic morphine treatment to start developing. Second, it can be observed after acute administration of high doses of morphine (100 mg kg-1). Third, it does not require a connection with the locus coeruleus or with other subcortical structures, in that it can be reproduced in vitro in isolated cortical slices. Fourth, it requires the integrity of cortical structures, since it cannot be reproduced in vitro in cortical synaptosomes. 3. Release studies were run to attempt identification of a functional correlate of the above observations. No changes were observed in the ability of the alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonist UK 14304 to inhibit 35 mM K(+)-evoked [3H]-noradrenaline outflow from cortical synaptosomes taken from morphine-dependent as compared to control guinea-pigs. However, a large decrease in the IC50 of UK 14304 for the inhibition of 35 mM K(+)-evoked [3H]-gamma-aminobutyric acid ([3H]-GABA) outflow (41 vs. 501 nM) was observed in morphine-dependent as compared to control animals. 4. These data suggest that, in the guinea-pig, chronic morphine treatment is associated with a shift from a low to high affinity agonist state in alpha 2-adrenoceptors on cortical GABA terminals. PMID:8719786

  9. Alpha-1 antitrypsin test

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    ... this page: //medlineplus.gov/ency/article/003715.htm Alpha-1 antitrypsin blood test To use the sharing features on this page, please enable JavaScript. Alpha-1 antitrypsin is a laboratory test to measure ...

  10. The Alpha Centauri System.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Soderblom, David R.

    1987-01-01

    Describes the Alpha Centauri star system, which is the closest star system to the sun. Discusses the difficulties associated with measurements involving Alpha Centauri, along with some of the recent advances in stellar seismology. Raises questions about the possibilities of planets around Alpha Centauri. (TW)

  11. The Alpha Antihydrogen Experiment

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    Madsen, N.; Andresen, G.; Bertsche, W.; Boston, A.; Bowe, P. D.; Butler, E.; Cesar, C. L.; Chapman, S.; Charlton, M.; Chartier, M.; Fajans, J.; Funakoshi, R.; Gill, D. R.; Hangst, J. S.; Hardy, W. N.; Hayano, R. S.; Hayden, M.; Hydomako, R.; Jenkins, M. J.; Jørgensen, L. V.; Kurchaninov, L.; Nolan, P.; Olchanski, K.; Olin, A.; Page, R. D.; Povilus, A.; Robicheaux, F.; Sarid, E.; Seif El Nasr, S.; Silveira, D. M.; Storey, J. W.; Thompson, R. I.; van der Werf, D. P.; Wurtele, J. S.; Yamazaki, Y.

    2008-03-01

    ALPHA is a new experiment at the CERN Antiproton Decelerator (AD). The short term goal of ALPHA is trapping of cold antihydrogen, with the long term goal of conducting precise spectroscopic comparisons of hydrogen and antihydrogen. Here we present the current status of ALPHA and the physics considerations and results leading to its design as well as recent progress towards trapping.

  12. The Alpha Centauri System.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Soderblom, David R.

    1987-01-01

    Describes the Alpha Centauri star system, which is the closest star system to the sun. Discusses the difficulties associated with measurements involving Alpha Centauri, along with some of the recent advances in stellar seismology. Raises questions about the possibilities of planets around Alpha Centauri. (TW)

  13. A possible structural determinant of selectivity of boldine and derivatives for the alpha 1A-adrenoceptor subtype.

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    Madrero, Y.; Elorriaga, M.; Martinez, S.; Noguera, M. A.; Cassels, B. K.; D'Ocon, P.; Ivorra, M. D.

    1996-01-01

    1. The selectivity of action of boldine and the related aporphine alkaloids, predicentrine (9-O-methylboldine) and glaucine (2,9-O-dimethylboldine) and alpha 1-adrenoceptor subtypes was studied by examining [3H]-prazosin competition binding in rat cerebral cortex. WB 4101 and benoxathian were used as selective alpha 1A-adrenoceptor antagonists. 2. In the competition experiments [3H]-prazosin (0.2 nM) binding was inhibited by WB 4101 and benoxathian. The inhibition curves displayed shallow slopes which could be subdivided into high and low affinity components (pKi = 9.92 and 8.29 for WB 4101, 9.35 and 7.94 for benoxathian). The two antagonists recognized approximately 37% of the sites with high affinity from among the total [3H]-prazosin specific binding sites. 3. Boldine, predicentrine and glaucine also competed for [3H]-prazosin (0.2 nM) binding with shallow and biphasic curves recognizing 30-40% of the sites with high affinity. Drug affinities (pKi) at the high and low affinity sites were, 8.31 and 6.50, respectively, for boldine, 8.13 and 6.39 for predicentrine, and 7.12 and 5.92 for glaucine. The relative order of selectivity for alpha 1A-adrenoceptors was boldine (70 fold alpha 1A-selective) = predicentrine (60 fold, alpha 1A-selective) > glaucine (15 fold, alpha 1A-selective). 4. Pretreatment of rat cerebral cortex membranes with chloroethylclonidine (CEC, 10 microM) for 30 min at 37 degrees C followed by thorough washing out reduced specific [3H]-prazosin binding by approximately 70%. The CEC-insensitive [3H]-prazosin binding was inhibited by boldine monophasically (Hill slope = 0.93) with a single pKi value (7.76). 5. These results suggest that whereas the aporphine structure shared by these alkaloids is responsible for their selectively of action for the alpha 1A-adrenoceptor subtype in rat cerebral cortex, defined functional groups, namely the 2-hydroxy function, induces a significant increase in alpha 1A-subtype selectivity and affinity. PMID:8982502

  14. Role of noradrenaline on the expression of the Na+/K+-ATPase alpha2 isoform and the contractility of cultured rat vas deferens.

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    Quintas, Luis Eduardo M; Lafayette, Simone S L; Caricati-Neto, Afonso; Jurkiewicz, Aron; Noël, François

    2002-11-15

    Rat vasa deferentia were cultured for 3 days in Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium in the absence or presence of 1 microM noradrenaline (NA) to investigate if the lack of NA release is the key factor to explain the selective reduction of the Na(+)/K(+)-ATPase alpha(2) isoform previously observed after in vivo denervation of this organ (Quintas et al., Biochem Pharmacol 2000;60:741-7). The lack of effects of the indirect sympathomimetic tyramine and the neuronal amine uptake blocker cocaine on NA curves indicated that cultured organs were denervated completely. Organ culture induced supersensitivity, expressed as a 6.3-fold increase of pD(2) and a 42% elevation of maximal contraction for NA but not for Ba(2+). Western blotting indicated that the level of the alpha(1) isoform of Na(+)/K(+)-ATPase was unchanged after organ culture, but the alpha(2) isoform was down-regulated drastically to levels that were barely detectable. The addition of NA to the culture medium did not prevent the reduction of alpha(2) expression although it did impede NA supersensitivity (in fact a 4-fold decrease of pD(2) and a 32% reduction of maximal response were observed after incubation in the presence of NA). A striking reduction of L-type Ca(2+) channel expression also was observed, indicated by an 85% decrease of [3H]isradipine binding sites. These data suggest that NA is a trophic factor relevant to the control of muscle contraction, mediated by alpha(1)-adrenoceptors, but not to the expression of either Na(+)/K(+)-ATPase or the L-type Ca(2+) channel.

  15. Alpha-adrenoceptor mediated responses of the cauda epididymis of the guinea-pig.

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    Haynes, J. M.; Hill, S. J.

    1996-01-01

    1. The subtypes of alpha-adrenoceptor mediating the contractile responses of the cauda epididymis of the guinea-pig were investigated. The alpha 1-adrenoceptor agonist phenylephrine, but not the alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonist, xylazine (up to 10 microM), elicited concentration-dependent contractions from preparations of cauda epididymis (EC50 3.4 microM). The L-type Ca2+ channel antagonist, nifedipine (10 microM), reduced the maximal response to phenylephrine (by 77%). Preincubation of tissues with the alpha 1B-adrenoceptor-alkylating agent, chloroethylclonidine (50 microM, 30 min), shifted phenylephrine concentration-response curves to the right (4 fold) only when the alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonist idazoxan (100 nM) was included during the pre-incubation with chloroethylclonidine. 2. Xylazine (1 microM) significantly shifted phenylephrine concentration-response curves to the left (3 fold); this effect was attenuated by idazoxan (100 nM). Both the incubation of preparations with nifedipine (10 microM) and the pre-incubation of preparations with chloroethylclonidine (50 microM, 30 min) attenuated the potentiating effects of xylazine (1 microM). Protection of alpha 2-adrenoceptors with idazoxan (100 nM) during the chloroethylclonidine (50 microM, 30 min) incubation restored the xylazine-mediated enhancement of phenylephrine concentration-response curves. Pertussis toxin (200 ng ml-1, 24 h) attenuated the xylazine (1 microM)-mediated potentiation of phenylephrine concentration-response curves. 3. Following the pre-incubation of preparations with chloroethylclonidine (50 microM, 30 min) 5-methylurapidil (10 nM to 3 microM) shifted phenylephrine concentration-response curves, in parallel, to the right with mean pKB values in the range of 8.27 (at 10 nM 5-methylurapidil) to 7.76 (at 3 microM 5-methylurapidil), the addition of idazoxan (100 nM) to the incubation medium did not significantly affect the 5-methylurapidil (10 to 300 nM) pKB values (8.41 to 7.64, respectively

  16. Interpreting EEG alpha activity.

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    Bazanova, O M; Vernon, D

    2014-07-01

    Exploring EEG alpha oscillations has generated considerable interest, in particular with regards to the role they play in cognitive, psychomotor, psycho-emotional and physiological aspects of human life. However, there is no clearly agreed upon definition of what constitutes 'alpha activity' or which of the many indices should be used to characterize it. To address these issues this review attempts to delineate EEG alpha-activity, its physical, molecular and morphological nature, and examine the following indices: (1) the individual alpha peak frequency; (2) activation magnitude, as measured by alpha amplitude suppression across the individual alpha bandwidth in response to eyes opening, and (3) alpha "auto-rhythmicity" indices: which include intra-spindle amplitude variability, spindle length and steepness. Throughout, the article offers a number of suggestions regarding the mechanism(s) of alpha activity related to inter and intra-individual variability. In addition, it provides some insights into the various psychophysiological indices of alpha activity and highlights their role in optimal functioning and behavior. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. Facilitatory interplay in alpha 1a and beta 2 adrenoceptor function reveals a non-Gq signaling mode: implications for diversification of intracellular signal transduction.

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    Copik, Alicja J; Ma, Cynthia; Kosaka, Alan; Sahdeo, Sunil; Trane, Andy; Ho, Hoangdung; Dietrich, Paul S; Yu, Helen; Ford, Anthony P D W; Button, Donald; Milla, Marcos E

    2009-03-01

    Agonist occupied alpha(1)-adrenoceptors (alpha(1)-ARs) engage several signaling pathways, including phosphatidylinositol hydrolysis, calcium mobilization, arachidonic acid release, mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase activation, and cAMP accumulation. The natural agonist norepinephrine (NE) activates with variable affinity and intrinsic efficacy all adrenoceptors, and in cells that coexpress alpha(1)- and beta-AR subtypes, such as cardiomyocytes, this leads to coactivation of multiple downstream pathways. This may result in pathway cross-talk with significant consequences to heart physiology and pathologic state. To dissect signaling components involved specifically in alpha(1A)- and beta(2)-AR signal interplay, we have developed a recombinant model system that mimics the levels of receptor expression observed in native cells. We followed intracellular Ca(2+) mobilization to monitor in real time the activation of both G(q) and G(s) pathways. We found that coactivation of alpha(1A)- and beta(2)-AR by the nonselective agonist NE or via a combination of the highly selective alpha(1A)-AR agonist A61603 and the beta-selective agonist isoproterenol led to increases in Ca(2+) influx from the extracellular compartment relative to stimulation with A61603 alone, with no effect on the associated transient release of Ca(2+) from intracellular stores. This effect became more evident upon examination of an alpha(1A)-AR variant exhibiting a partial defect in coupling to G(q), and we attribute it to potentiation of a non G(q)-pathway, uncovered by application of a combination of xestospongin C, an endoplasmic reticulum inositol 1,4,5-triphosphate receptor blocker, and 2-aminoethoxydiphenyl borate, a nonselective storeoperated Ca(2+) entry channel blocker. We also found that stimulation with A61603 of a second alpha(1A)-AR variant entirely unable to signal induced no Ca(2+) unless beta(2)-AR was concomitantly activated. These results may be accounted for by the presence of alpha

  18. Y-12 Alpha Calutron

    SciTech Connect

    2011-09-23

    The Alpha Calutron video shows the world's only Alpha Calutron magnets located in Building 9731 at the Y-12 National Security Complex, the first building completed on the site early in 1943. The calutrons were used to separate the first isotopes other than uranium.

  19. ALPHA CONTAMINATION MONITORING

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    This project was conducted to determine the alpha hazard existing in the vicinity of the missile launch pad following the destruction of a missile ...were used for plutonium particle collection. Because all warhead-carrying missiles were properly launched after Project 2.3 was approved, no alpha contamination data was obtained.

  20. Event counting alpha detector

    DOEpatents

    Bolton, Richard D.; MacArthur, Duncan W.

    1996-01-01

    An electrostatic detector for atmospheric radon or other weak sources of alpha radiation. In one embodiment, nested enclosures are insulated from one another, open at the top, and have a high voltage pin inside and insulated from the inside enclosure. An electric field is produced between the pin and the inside enclosure. Air ions produced by collision with alpha particles inside the decay volume defined by the inside enclosure are attracted to the pin and the inner enclosure. With low alpha concentrations, individual alpha events can be measured to indicate the presence of radon or other alpha radiation. In another embodiment, an electrical field is produced between parallel plates which are insulated from a single decay cavity enclosure.

  1. Event counting alpha detector

    DOEpatents

    Bolton, R.D.; MacArthur, D.W.

    1996-08-27

    An electrostatic detector is disclosed for atmospheric radon or other weak sources of alpha radiation. In one embodiment, nested enclosures are insulated from one another, open at the top, and have a high voltage pin inside and insulated from the inside enclosure. An electric field is produced between the pin and the inside enclosure. Air ions produced by collision with alpha particles inside the decay volume defined by the inside enclosure are attracted to the pin and the inner enclosure. With low alpha concentrations, individual alpha events can be measured to indicate the presence of radon or other alpha radiation. In another embodiment, an electrical field is produced between parallel plates which are insulated from a single decay cavity enclosure. 6 figs.

  2. Imaging alpha particle detector

    DOEpatents

    Anderson, David F.

    1985-01-01

    A method and apparatus for detecting and imaging alpha particles sources is described. A conducting coated high voltage electrode (1) and a tungsten wire grid (2) constitute a diode configuration discharge generator for electrons dislodged from atoms or molecules located in between these electrodes when struck by alpha particles from a source (3) to be quantitatively or qualitatively analyzed. A thin polyester film window (4) allows the alpha particles to pass into the gas enclosure and the combination of the glass electrode, grid and window is light transparent such that the details of the source which is imaged with high resolution and sensitivity by the sparks produced can be observed visually as well. The source can be viewed directly, electronically counted or integrated over time using photographic methods. A significant increase in sensitivity over other alpha particle detectors is observed, and the device has very low sensitivity to gamma or beta emissions which might otherwise appear as noise on the alpha particle signal.

  3. Imaging alpha particle detector

    DOEpatents

    Anderson, D.F.

    1980-10-29

    A method and apparatus for detecting and imaging alpha particles sources is described. A dielectric coated high voltage electrode and a tungsten wire grid constitute a diode configuration discharge generator for electrons dislodged from atoms or molecules located in between these electrodes when struck by alpha particles from a source to be quantitatively or qualitatively analyzed. A thin polyester film window allows the alpha particles to pass into the gas enclosure and the combination of the glass electrode, grid and window is light transparent such that the details of the source which is imaged with high resolution and sensitivity by the sparks produced can be observed visually as well. The source can be viewed directly, electronically counted or integrated over time using photographic methods. A significant increase in sensitivity over other alpha particle detectors is observed, and the device has very low sensitivity to gamma or beta emissions which might otherwise appear as noise on the alpha particle signal.

  4. Alpha-particle diagnostics

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    Young, K.M.

    1991-01-01

    This paper will focus on the state of development of diagnostics which are expected to provide the information needed for {alpha}- physics studies in the future. Conventional measurement of detailed temporal and spatial profiles of background plasma properties in DT will be essential for such aspects as determining heating effectiveness, shaping of the plasma profiles and effects of MHD, but will not be addressed here. This paper will address (1) the measurement of the neutron source, and hence {alpha}-particle birth profile, (2) measurement of the escaping {alpha}-particles and (3) measurement of the confined {alpha}-particles over their full energy range. There will also be a brief discussion of (4) the concerns about instabilities being generated by {alpha}-particles and the methods necessary for measuring these effects. 51 refs., 10 figs.

  5. Reexamination of the {alpha}-{alpha}''fishbone'' potential

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    Day, J. P.; McEwen, J. E.; Elhanafy, M.; Smith, E.; Woodhouse, R.; Papp, Z.

    2011-09-15

    The fishbone potential of composite particles simulates the Pauli effect by nonlocal terms. We determine the {alpha}-{alpha} fishbone potential by simultaneously fitting to two-{alpha} resonance energies, experimental phase shifts, and three-{alpha} binding energies. We found that, essentially, a simple Gaussian can provide a good description of two-{alpha} and three-{alpha} experimental data without invoking three-body potentials.

  6. Alpha and beta thalassemia.

    PubMed

    Muncie, Herbert L; Campbell, James

    2009-08-15

    The thalassemias are a group of inherited hematologic disorders caused by defects in the synthesis of one or more of the hemoglobin chains. Alpha thalassemia is caused by reduced or absent synthesis of alpha globin chains, and beta thalassemia is caused by reduced or absent synthesis of beta globin chains. Imbalances of globin chains cause hemolysis and impair erythropoiesis. Silent carriers of alpha thalassemia and persons with alpha or beta thalassemia trait are asymptomatic and require no treatment. Alpha thalassemia intermedia, or hemoglobin H disease, causes hemolytic anemia. Alpha thalassemia major with hemoglobin Bart's usually results in fatal hydrops fetalis. Beta thalassemia major causes hemolytic anemia, poor growth, and skeletal abnormalities during infancy. Affected children will require regular lifelong blood transfusions. Beta thalassemia intermedia is less severe than beta thalassemia major and may require episodic blood transfusions. Transfusion-dependent patients will develop iron overload and require chelation therapy to remove the excess iron. Bone marrow transplants can be curative for some children with beta thalassemia major. Persons with thalassemia should be referred for preconception genetic counseling, and persons with alpha thalassemia trait should consider chorionic villus sampling to diagnose infants with hemoglobin Bart's, which increases the risk of toxemia and postpartum bleeding. Persons with the thalassemia trait have a normal life expectancy. Persons with beta thalassemia major often die from cardiac complications of iron overload by 30 years of age.

  7. The alpha channeling effect

    SciTech Connect

    Fisch, N. J.

    2015-12-10

    Alpha particles born through fusion reactions in a tokamak reactor tend to slow down on electrons, but that could take up to hundreds of milliseconds. Before that happens, the energy in these alpha particles can destabilize on collisionless timescales toroidal Alfven modes and other waves, in a way deleterious to energy confinement. However, it has been speculated that this energy might be instead be channeled into useful energy, so as to heat fuel ions or to drive current. Such a channeling needs to be catalyzed by waves Waves can produce diffusion in energy of the alpha particles in a way that is strictly coupled to diffusion in space. If these diffusion paths in energy-position space point from high energy in the center to low energy on the periphery, then alpha particles will be cooled while forced to the periphery. The energy from the alpha particles is absorbed by the wave. The amplified wave can then heat ions or drive current. This process or paradigm for extracting alpha particle energy collisionlessly has been called alpha channeling. While the effect is speculative, the upside potential for economical fusion is immense. The paradigm also operates more generally in other contexts of magnetically confined plasma.

  8. Effects of endothelial nitric oxide synthase, alpha-adducin, and other candidate gene polymorphisms on blood pressure response to hydrochlorothiazide.

    PubMed

    Turner, Stephen T; Chapman, Arlene B; Schwartz, Gary L; Boerwinkle, Eric

    2003-10-01

    Pharmacogenetic discoveries may enable greater individualization of antihypertensive drug therapy. We investigated polymorphisms in the genes encoding endothelial nitric oxide synthase (Glu298-->Asp), alpha-adducin (Gly460-->Trp), the beta(1)-adrenoceptor (Arg389-->Gly), beta2-adrenoceptor (Arg16-->Gly), and lipoprotein lipase (Ser447-->Stop) for their potential influences on blood pressure (BP) response to a thiazide diuretic. The sample consisted of 291 unrelated non-Hispanic African American adults (150 women and 141 men) and 294 unrelated non-Hispanic white adults (126 women and 168 men) who were between 30 and 59.9 years of age and who had essential hypertension. Previous antihypertensive drug therapy was withdrawn for at least 4 weeks, and subjects were then treated with hydrochlorothiazide (25 mg daily) for 4 weeks to determine BP response. The covariates of ethnicity, gender, age, and waist-to-hip ratio accounted for 26% of interindividual variation in systolic BP response and 11% of interindividual variation in diastolic BP response. After adjustment for covariates, the endothelial nitric oxide synthase Glu298-->Asp polymorphism made an additional statistically significant contribution to predicting diastolic BP response to hydrochlorothiazide, accounting for another 1% of interindividual variation in response (P =.034). In contrast, the other polymorphisms, including the alpha-adducin Gly460-->Trp polymorphism, made no statistically significant contributions to prediction of BP response. Although we reject the null hypothesis of no genetic effects on BP response to hydrochlorothiazide, the influence of variation at single sites is likely to be small. More extensive characterization of genetic variation is required for pharmacogenetic approaches to become clinically useful in tailoring antihypertensive drug therapy for individual patients.

  9. Alpha One Foundation

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  10. alpha2-Adrenoreceptor antagonists.

    PubMed

    Mayer, P; Imbert, T

    2001-06-01

    A review of the literature relating to the therapeutic potential of alpha2-adrenoceptor antagonists published between 1990 and 2000 is presented. Although extensively studied since the early 1970s in a wide spectrum of therapeutic applications, the distinction of alpha2-adrenoceptor subtypes and some emerging evidence concerning new applications in neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, obesity and schizophrenia, have refreshed an interest in this class of agents.

  11. Coaching the alpha male.

    PubMed

    Ludeman, Kate; Erlandson, Eddie

    2004-05-01

    Highly intelligent, confident, and successful, alpha males represent about 70% of all senior executives. Natural leaders, they willingly take on levels of responsibility most rational people would find overwhelming. But many of their quintessential strengths can also make alphas difficult to work with. Their self-confidence can appear domineering. Their high expectations can make them excessively critical. Their unemotional style can keep them from inspiring their teams. That's why alphas need coaching to broaden their interpersonal tool kits while preserving their strengths. Drawing from their experience coaching more than 1,000 senior executives, the authors outline an approach tailored specifically for the alpha. Coaches get the alpha's attention by inundating him with data from 360-degree feedback presented in ways he will find compelling--both hard-boiled metrics and vivid verbatim comments from colleagues about his strengths and weaknesses. A 360-degree assessment is a wake-up call for most alphas, providing undeniable proof that their behavior doesn't work nearly as well as they think it does. That paves the way for a genuine commitment to change. In order to change, the alpha must venture into unfamiliar--and often uncomfortable--psychological territory. He must admit vulnerability, accept accountability not just for his own work for others', connect with his underlying emotions, learn to motivate through a balance of criticism and validation, and become aware of unproductive behavior patterns. The goal of executive coaching is not simply to treat the alpha as an individual problem but to improve the entire team dynamic. Initial success creates an incentive to persevere, and the virtuous cycle reverberates throughout the entire organization.

  12. [alpha-Neurotoxins and alpha-conotoxins--nicotinic cholinoreceptor blockers].

    PubMed

    Utkin, Iu N; Kasheverov, I E; Tsetlin, V I

    1999-11-01

    The review is devoted to the competitive blockers of different nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, alpha-neurotoxins from snake venoms, and alpha-conotoxins from marine snails of the Conidae family. The relationship between the structure and function of these toxins is discussed. Recent data on the mechanism of alpha-neurotoxin and alpha-conotoxin interaction with the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor are presented.

  13. Alpha Particle Diagnostic

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    Fisher, Ray, K.

    2009-05-13

    The study of burning plasmas is the next frontier in fusion energy research, and will be a major objective of the U.S. fusion program through U.S. collaboration with our international partners on the ITER Project. For DT magnetic fusion to be useful for energy production, it is essential that the energetic alpha particles produced by the fusion reactions be confined long enough to deposit a significant fraction of their initial ~3.5 MeV energy in the plasma before they are lost. Development of diagnostics to study the behavior of energetic confined alpha particles is a very important if not essential part of burning plasma research. Despite the clear need for these measurements, development of diagnostics to study confined the fast confined alphas to date has proven extremely difficult, and the available techniques remain for the most part unproven and with significant uncertainties. Research under this grant had the goal of developing diagnostics of fast confined alphas, primarily based on measurements of the neutron and ion tails resulting from alpha particle knock-on collisions with the plasma deuterium and tritium fuel ions. One of the strengths of this approach is the ability to measure the alphas in the hot plasma core where the interesting ignition physics will occur.

  14. Mechanisms of vasoconstrictor responses to KCl in rat isolated perfused tail arteries: interaction with the alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonist UK14304.

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    Xiao, X H; Rand, M J

    1991-04-17

    The vasoconstriction in rat tail arteries during exposure to 56 mM KCl for 2-5 min consisted of an initial sharp peak followed by a secondary plateau. Both components were reduced by the alpha 1-adrenoceptor antagonists prazosin and WB4010. In arteries from reserpine-pretreated rats, the plateau was markedly reduced and only slightly further attenuated by prazosin, however the initial peak was not reduced but was now not affected by prazosin. Thus, the response to KCl in arteries from normal rats is partly due to release of noradrenaline, and this occurs to a greater extent in the plateau than in the peak component. Addition of UK14304 during the plateau reduced the vasoconstriction in arteries from normal rats; however, in arteries from reserpine-pretreated rats there was increased vasoconstriction. These effects of UK14304 were abolished by idazoxan and were not affected by prazosin, and can be attributed to prejunctional inhibition of noradrenaline release in arteries from normal rats and postjunctional enhancement of vasoconstriction in arteries from reserpine-pretreated rats.

  15. Alpha irradiation modeling

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    Keeton, S C; Mount, M E

    1999-03-26

    With the end of the Cold War and the associated limitations imposed on the nuclear weapons stockpile by strategic arms treaties, much has changed in the stockpile stewardship program. Weapons that were originally designed for stockpile lives on the order of 15 to 20 years are now being evaluated for much longer periods: in some cases as much as 60 years. As such, issues that were once considered to be of no consequence are being reexamined. Among these is the extent of the radiation dose received by secondary organics over time that results from the intrinsic alpha source of the weapon components. This report describes the results of work performed to estimate the alpha radiation deposition in the organic components of an LLNL system at specific points in its stockpile life. Included are discussions of the development of the intrinsic time- and energy-dependent alpha source term per unit mass, estimation of the effective source and absorber material thicknesses, development of a simplified model for the total intrinsic alpha source term and energy deposition in the absorber, and the alpha radiation deposition in the organic components of a selected LLNL weapon.

  16. ALPHA MIS: Reference manual

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    Lovin, J.K.; Haese, R.L.; Heatherly, R.D.; Hughes, S.E.; Ishee, J.S.; Pratt, S.M.; Smith, D.W.

    1992-02-01

    ALPHA is a powerful and versatile management information system (MIS) initiated and sponsored and by the Finance and Business Management Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, who maintain and develop it in concert with the Business Systems Division for its Information Center. A general-purpose MIS, ALPHA allows users to access System 1022 and System 1032 databases to obtain and manage information. From a personal computer or a data terminal, Energy Systems employees can use ALPHA to control their own report reprocessing. Using four general commands (Database, Select, Sort, and Report) they can (1) choose a mainframe database, (2) define subsets within it, (3) sequentially order a subset by one or more variables, and (4) generate a report with their own or a canned format.

  17. The Apollo Alpha Spectrometer.

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    Jagoda, N.; Kubierschky, K.; Frank, R.; Carroll, J.

    1973-01-01

    Located in the Science Instrument Module of Apollo 15 and 16, the Alpha Particle Spectrometer was designed to detect and measure the energy of alpha particles emitted by the radon isotopes and their daughter products. The spectrometer sensor consisted of an array of totally depleted silicon surface barrier detectors. Biased amplifier and linear gate techniques were utilized to reduce resolution degradation, thereby permitting the use of a single 512 channel PHA. Sensor identification and in-flight radioactive calibration were incorporated to enhance data reduction.

  18. The Apollo Alpha Spectrometer.

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    Jagoda, N.; Kubierschky, K.; Frank, R.; Carroll, J.

    1973-01-01

    Located in the Science Instrument Module of Apollo 15 and 16, the Alpha Particle Spectrometer was designed to detect and measure the energy of alpha particles emitted by the radon isotopes and their daughter products. The spectrometer sensor consisted of an array of totally depleted silicon surface barrier detectors. Biased amplifier and linear gate techniques were utilized to reduce resolution degradation, thereby permitting the use of a single 512 channel PHA. Sensor identification and in-flight radioactive calibration were incorporated to enhance data reduction.

  19. From Alpha to Omega

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    Czaja, Paul Clement

    2006-01-01

    The Alpha point of the authors' life as a Montessori educator began in 1959, when he was a graduate student studying philosophy at Fordham University in the Bronx, New York. While studying the works of the great American philosopher William James, the author came across the writings of Maria Montessori and immediately became captivated by her…

  20. [alpha]-Oxocarboxylic Acids

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    Kerber, Robert C.; Fernando, Marian S.

    2010-01-01

    Several [alpha]-oxocarboxylic acids play key roles in metabolism in plants and animals. However, there are inconsistencies between the structures as commonly portrayed and the reported acid ionization constants, which result because the acids are predominantly hydrated in aqueous solution; that is, the predominant form is RC(OH)[subscript 2]COOH…

  1. Alpha Antihydrogen Experiment

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    Fujiwara, M. C.; Andresen, G. B.; Ashkezari, M. D.; Baquero-Ruiz, M.; Bertsche, W.; Bray, C. C.; Butler, E.; Cesar, C. L.; Chapman, S.; Charlton, M.; Cesar, C. L.; Fajans, J.; Friesen, T.; Gill, D. R.; Hangst, J. S.; Hardy, W. N.; Hayano, R. S.; Hayden, M. E.; Humphries, A. J.; Hydomako, R.; Jonsell, S.; Kurchaninov, L.; Lambo, R.; Madsen, N.; Menary, S.; Nolan, P.; Olchanski, K.; Olin, A.; Povilus, A.; Pusa, P.; Robicheaux, F.; Sarid, E.; Silveira, D. M.; So, C.; Storey, J. W.; Thompson, R. I.; van der Werf, D. P.; Wilding, D.; Wurtele, J. S.; Yamazaki, Y.

    2011-12-01

    ALPHA is an experiment at CERN, whose ultimate goal is to perform a precise test of CPT symmetry with trapped antihydrogen atoms. After reviewing the motivations, we discuss our recent progress toward the initial goal of stable trapping of antihydrogen, with some emphasis on particle detection techniques.

  2. From Alpha to Omega

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    Czaja, Paul Clement

    2006-01-01

    The Alpha point of the authors' life as a Montessori educator began in 1959, when he was a graduate student studying philosophy at Fordham University in the Bronx, New York. While studying the works of the great American philosopher William James, the author came across the writings of Maria Montessori and immediately became captivated by her…

  3. [alpha]-Oxocarboxylic Acids

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    Kerber, Robert C.; Fernando, Marian S.

    2010-01-01

    Several [alpha]-oxocarboxylic acids play key roles in metabolism in plants and animals. However, there are inconsistencies between the structures as commonly portrayed and the reported acid ionization constants, which result because the acids are predominantly hydrated in aqueous solution; that is, the predominant form is RC(OH)[subscript 2]COOH…

  4. Radial-velocity variations in Alpha Ori, Alpha Sco, and Alpha Her

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    Smith, M.A.; Patten, B.M.; Goldberg, L. Computer Sciences Corp., Seabrook, MD Iowa State Univ., Ames )

    1989-12-01

    Radial-velocity observations of Alpha Ori, Alpha Sco A, and Alpha Her A are used to study radial-velocity periodicities in M supergiants. The data refer to several metallic lines in the H-alpha region and to H-alpha itself. It is shown that Alpha Ori and Alpha Sco A have cycle lengths of about 1 yr and semiamplitudes of 2 km/s. It is suggested that many semiregular red supergiant varibles such as Alpha Ori may be heading toward chaos. All three stars show short-term stochastic flucutations with an amplitude of 1-2 km/s. It is found that the long-term variability of H-alpha velocities may be a consequence of intermittent failed ejections. 58 refs.

  5. Summary of Alpha Particle Transport

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    Medley, S.S.; White, R.B.; Zweben, S.J.

    1998-08-19

    This paper summarizes the talks on alpha particle transport which were presented at the 5th International Atomic Energy Agency's Technical Committee Meeting on "Alpha Particles in Fusion Research" held at the Joint European Torus, England in September 1997.

  6. HB Hillingdon [alpha46(CE4)Phe-->Val (alpha1 Or alpha2)]: a new alpha chain hemoglobin variant.

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    Babb, Anna; Solaiman, Susannah; Green, Brian N; Mantio, Debbie; Patel, Ketan

    2009-01-01

    Routine antenatal hemoglobinopathy screening detected a new alpha chain variant that eluted with Hb A(2) on cation exchange high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) in a lady of Sri Lankan origin who had normal hematological indices. The mutation was identified by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) as alpha46(CE4)Phe-->Val, inferring that the variant was due to a single base change at codon 46 (TTC>GTC) of the alpha1- or alpha2-globin genes.

  7. The ALPHA Magnetic Spectrometer

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    Viertel, G. M.; Capell, M.

    1998-12-01

    The ALPHA Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) will be the first large magnetic spectrometer in space. It is scheduled to be installed on the future International Space Station ALPHA (ISSA) in the year 2002 to perform measurements of the charged particle composition to answer fundamental questions in particle physics and astrophysics. Before installation on ISSA, AMS will fly on the shuttle DISCOVERY for a period of 10 days starting in May 1998. This will enable AMS to perform a test of the apparatus and first measurements. The AMS detector has five major components: A permanent NdFeB magnet, six planes of Silicon double-sided microstrip detectors, a plastic scintillator time of flight hodoscope, a plastic scintillator anticoincidence counter and an Aerogel Cherenkov threshold counter. In addition, there are electronics, support infrastructure and interfaces.

  8. Simultaneous quantification of GABAergic 3alpha,5alpha/3alpha,5beta neuroactive steroids in human and rat serum.

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    Porcu, Patrizia; O'Buckley, Todd K; Alward, Sarah E; Marx, Christine E; Shampine, Lawrence J; Girdler, Susan S; Morrow, A Leslie

    2009-01-01

    The 3alpha,5alpha- and 3alpha,5beta-reduced derivatives of progesterone, deoxycorticosterone, dehydroepiandrosterone and testosterone enhance GABAergic neurotransmission and produce inhibitory neurobehavioral and anti-inflammatory effects. Despite substantial information on the progesterone derivative (3alpha,5alpha)-3-hydroxypregnan-20-one (3alpha,5alpha-THP, allopregnanolone), the physiological significance of the other endogenous GABAergic neuroactive steroids has remained elusive. Here, we describe the validation of a method using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry to simultaneously identify serum levels of the eight 3alpha,5alpha- and 3alpha,5beta-reduced derivatives of progesterone, deoxycorticosterone, dehydroepiandrosterone and testosterone. The method shows specificity, sensitivity and enhanced throughput compared to other methods already available for neuroactive steroid quantification. Administration of pregnenolone to rats and progesterone to women produced selective effects on the 3alpha,5alpha- and 3alpha,5beta-reduced neuroactive steroids, indicating differential regulation of their biosynthetic pathways. Pregnenolone administration increased serum levels of 3alpha,5alpha-THP (+1488%, p<0.001), (3alpha,5alpha)-3,21-dihydroxypregnan-20-one (3alpha,5alpha-THDOC, +205%, p<0.01), (3alpha,5alpha)-3-hydroxyandrostan-17-one (3alpha,5alpha-A, +216%, p<0.001), (3alpha,5alpha,17beta)-androstane-3,17-diol (3alpha,5alpha-A-diol, +190%, p<0.01). (3alpha,5beta)-3-hydroxypregnan-20-one (3alpha,5beta-THP) and (3alpha,5beta)-3-hydroxyandrostan-17-one (3alpha,5beta-A) were not altered, while (3alpha,5beta)-3,21-dihydroxypregnan-20-one (3alpha,5beta-THDOC) and (3alpha,5beta,17beta)-androstane-3,17-diol (3alpha,5beta-A-diol) were increased from undetectable levels to 271+/-100 and 2.4+/-0.9 pg+/-SEM, respectively (5/8 rats). Progesterone administration increased serum levels of 3alpha,5alpha-THP (+1806%, p<0.0001), 3alpha,5beta-THP (+575%, p<0.001), 3alpha,5alpha

  9. Antihydrogen studies in ALPHA

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    Madsen, N.; ALPHA Collaboration

    2016-11-01

    The ALPHA experiment studies antihydrogen as a means to investigate the symmetry of matter and antimatter. Spectroscopic studies of the anti-atom hold the promise of the most precise direct comparisons of matter and antimatter possible. ALPHA was the first to trap antihydrogen in a magnetic trap, allowing the first ever detection of atomic transitions in an anti-atom. More recently, through stochastic heating, we have also been able to put a new limit on the charge neutrality of antihydrogen. ALPHA is currently preparing to perform the first laser-spectroscopy of antihydrogen, hoping to excite the 2s state using a two-photon transition from the 1s state. We discuss the recent results as well as the key developments that led to these successes and discuss how we are preparing to perform the first laser-spectroscopy. We will also discuss plans to use our novel technique for gravitational tests on antihydrogen for a direct measurement of the sign of the gravitational force on antihydrogen.

  10. alpha-Adrenergic activity and cardiovascular effects of besipirdine HCl (HP 749) and metabolite P7480 in vitro and in the conscious rat and dog.

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    Hubbard, J W; Nordstrom, S T; Smith, C P; Brooks, K M; Laws-Ricker, L; Zhou, L; Vargas, H M

    1997-04-01

    Besipirdine displays potent adrenergic activity in a variety of pharmacological and behavioral tests. Based on this property, we evaluated the effects of besipirdine and its N-despropyl metabolite N-despropyl-besipirdine (P7480) on cardiovascular function in rats and dogs. Besipirdine and P7480 bind alpha-2 adrenoceptors (K(I): 380 and 10 nM, respectively) and facilitate the stimulated release of [3H]norepinephrine from rat cortical slices due to presynaptic autoreceptor blockade. In rat aorta rings and the pithed rat, P7480, but not besipirdine, also behaved as a postsynaptic alpha-1 adrenoceptor agonist. In conscious rats, besipirdine (2-10 mg/kg, p.o.) and P7480 (3-10 mg/kg, p.o.) produced dose-related increases in mean arterial pressure. Inhibition of hepatic cytochrome P-450 enzyme activity blocked the pressor effect of besipirdine, but not of P7480; therefore, P7480 mediated besipirdine's pressor effect. The bradycardia after either agent was unaffected. In conscious dogs, besipirdine (0.1-2 mg/kg, p.o.) also produced dose-related hypertension and bradycardia. The hypertension, but not the bradycardia, were sensitive to prazosin (3 mg/kg, p.o.), but not hexamethonium (10 mg/kg, p.o.). Muscarinic and beta-adrenergic receptor blockade studies in anesthetized dogs demonstrated the bradycardia to be due to withdrawal of cardiac sympathetic tone. These findings suggest that besipirdine's peripheral hypertensive effect is primarily mediated by the pressor metabolite P7480, although facilitated norepinephrine release may contribute. Besipirdine's bradycardic action appears to be centrally mediated, because both compounds lacked direct negative chronotropic activity on spontaneously beating guinea pig atria in vitro.

  11. Contribution of both Ca2+ entry and Ca2+ sensitization to the alpha1-adrenergic vasoconstriction of rat penile small arteries.

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    Villalba, Nuria; Stankevicius, Edgaras; Garcia-Sacristán, Albino; Simonsen, Ulf; Prieto, Dolores

    2007-02-01

    Sympathetic adrenergic nerves maintain the flaccid state of the penis through the tonic release of norepinephrine that contracts trabecular and arterial smooth muscle. Simultaneous measurements of intracellular Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)](i)) and tension and experiments with alpha-toxin-permeabilized arteries were performed in branches of the rat dorsal penile artery to investigate the intracellular Ca(2+) signaling pathways underlying alpha(1)-adrenergic vasoconstriction. Phenylephrine increased both [Ca(2+)](i) and tension, these increases being abolished by extracellular Ca(2+) removal and reduced by about 50% by the L-type Ca(2+) channel blocker nifedipine (0.3 microM). Non-L-type Ca(2+) entry through store-operated channels was studied by inhibiting the sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+)-ATPase with cyclopiazonic acid (CPA). CPA (30 microM) induced variable phasic contractions that were abolished by extracellular Ca(2+) removal and by the store-operated channels antagonist 2-aminoethoxydiphenyl borate (2-APB, 50 microM) and largely inhibited by nifedipine (0.3 microM). CPA induced a sustained increase in [Ca(2+)](i) that was reduced in a Ca(2+)-free medium. Under conditions of L-type channels blockade, Ca(2+) readmission after store depletion with CPA evoked a sustained and marked elevation in [Ca(2+)](i) not coupled to contraction. 2-APB (50 microM) inhibited the rise in [Ca(2+)](i) evoked by CPA and the nifedipine-insensitive increases in both [Ca(2+)](i) and contraction elicited by phenylephrine. In alpha-toxin-permeabilized penile arteries, activation of G proteins with guanosine 5'-O-(3-thiotriphosphate) and of the alpha(1)-adrenoceptor with phenylephrine both enhanced the myofilament sensitivity to Ca(2+). This Ca(2+) sensitization was reduced by selective inhibitors of PKC, tyrosine kinase (TK), and Rho kinase (RhoK) by 43%, 67%, and 82%, respectively. As a whole, the present data suggest the alpha(1)-adrenergic vasoconstriction in penile small arteries

  12. Mass loss in Alpha Cygni - Synthetic H-Alpha profiles

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    Kunasz, P. B.; Morrison, N. D.

    1982-01-01

    Alpha Cygni (A2 Ia) is the brightest and best-studied A type supergiant. The star's position in the H-R diagram makes the determination of its mass loss rate extremely important. The present investigation is concerned with a semiempirical modeling of the H-alpha profile in Alpha Cyg in connection with the objective of estimating the mass loss rate and further constraining the physical state of the stellar wind. The synthetic H-alpha profiles considered are compared with the observed profiles in Alpha Cyg. It is concluded that a spherically symmetric, steady-state model, with the network of hydrogen transitions treated in detail, can fit the deeper observed profiles but not the shallower ones. The obtained results indicate that, within the context of the turbulent models, the mass loss rate of Alpha Cyg is (1.7 + or - 0.4) x 10 to the -7th solar mass per year.

  13. Background canceling surface alpha detector

    DOEpatents

    MacArthur, D.W.; Allander, K.S.; Bounds, J.A.

    1996-06-11

    A background canceling long range alpha detector which is capable of providing output proportional to both the alpha radiation emitted from a surface and to radioactive gas emanating from the surface. The detector operates by using an electrical field between first and second signal planes, an enclosure and the surface or substance to be monitored for alpha radiation. The first and second signal planes are maintained at the same voltage with respect to the electrically conductive enclosure, reducing leakage currents. In the presence of alpha radiation and radioactive gas decay, the signal from the first signal plane is proportional to both the surface alpha radiation and to the airborne radioactive gas, while the signal from the second signal plane is proportional only to the airborne radioactive gas. The difference between these two signals is proportional to the surface alpha radiation alone. 5 figs.

  14. Background canceling surface alpha detector

    DOEpatents

    MacArthur, Duncan W.; Allander, Krag S.; Bounds, John A.

    1996-01-01

    A background canceling long range alpha detector which is capable of providing output proportional to both the alpha radiation emitted from a surface and to radioactive gas emanating from the surface. The detector operates by using an electrical field between first and second signal planes, an enclosure and the surface or substance to be monitored for alpha radiation. The first and second signal planes are maintained at the same voltage with respect to the electrically conductive enclosure, reducing leakage currents. In the presence of alpha radiation and radioactive gas decay, the signal from the first signal plane is proportional to both the surface alpha radiation and to the airborne radioactive gas, while the signal from the second signal plane is proportional only to the airborne radioactive gas. The difference between these two signals is proportional to the surface alpha radiation alone.

  15. Long range alpha particle detector

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    MacArthur, Duncan W.; Wolf, Michael A.; McAtee, James L.; Unruh, Wesley P.; Cucchiara, Alfred L.; Huchton, Roger L.

    1993-01-01

    An alpha particle detector capable of detecting alpha radiation from distant sources. In one embodiment, a high voltage is generated in a first electrically conductive mesh while a fan draws air containing air molecules ionized by alpha particles through an air passage and across a second electrically conductive mesh. The current in the second electrically conductive mesh can be detected and used for measurement or alarm. The detector can be used for area, personnel and equipment monitoring.

  16. Long range alpha particle detector

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    MacArthur, D.W.; Wolf, M.A.; McAtee, J.L.; Unruh, W.P.; Cucchiara, A.L.; Huchton, R.L.

    1993-02-02

    An alpha particle detector capable of detecting alpha radiation from distant sources. In one embodiment, a high voltage is generated in a first electrically conductive mesh while a fan draws air containing air molecules ionized by alpha particles through an air passage and across a second electrically conductive mesh. The current in the second electrically conductive mesh can be detected and used for measurement or alarm. The detector can be used for area, personnel and equipment monitoring.

  17. Are alpha-gliadins glycosylated?

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    Turner, J B; Garner, G V; Gordon, D B; Brookes, S J; Smith, C A

    2002-02-01

    Alpha-gliadins isolated by carboxymethylcellulose chromatography contain noncovalently bound glucose probably due to contaminating proteoglycans and to material shed from the column. Traces of carbohydrate remain strongly bound to alpha-gliadins even after harsh denaturation, but our results indicate alpha-gliadins are not glycoproteins. Suggestions that gliadins are glycoproteins are probably due to contamination with this glucose and the presence of these proteoglycans.

  18. Drosophila melanogaster importin alpha1 and alpha3 can replace importin alpha2 during spermatogenesis but not oogenesis.

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    Mason, D Adam; Fleming, Robert J; Goldfarb, David S

    2002-01-01

    Importin alpha's mediate the nuclear transport of many classical nuclear localization signal (cNLS)-containing proteins. Multicellular animals contain multiple importin alpha genes, most of which fall into three conventional phylogenetic clades, here designated alpha1, alpha2, and alpha3. Using degenerate PCR we cloned Drosophila melanogaster importin alpha1, alpha2, and alpha3 genes, demonstrating that the complete conventional importin alpha gene family arose prior to the split between invertebrates and vertebrates. We have begun to analyze the genetic interactions among conventional importin alpha genes by studying their capacity to rescue the male and female sterility of importin alpha2 null flies. The sterility of alpha2 null males was rescued to similar extents by importin alpha1, alpha2, and alpha3 transgenes, suggesting that all three conventional importin alpha's are capable of performing the important role of importin alpha2 during spermatogenesis. In contrast, sterility of alpha2 null females was rescued only by importin alpha2 transgenes, suggesting that it plays a paralog-specific role in oogenesis. Female infertility was also rescued by a mutant importin alpha2 transgene lacking a site that is normally phosphorylated in ovaries. These rescue experiments suggest that male and female gametogenesis have distinct requirements for importin alpha2. PMID:12019231

  19. Alpha particle confinement in tokamaks

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    White, R.B.; Mynick, H.E.

    1988-11-01

    An assessment of diffusive tokamak transport mechanisms of concern for alpha particles indicates that the ''stochastic regime'' is the only one which appears to pose a real danger for adequate alpha confinement. This fact, in conjunction with the threshold character of that mechanism, allows one to decide whether an alpha born at a given location will be lost or confined, according to a very simple criterion. Implementing this criterion numerically results in a new code for the assessment of alpha confinement, which is orders of magnitude faster than earlier codes used for this purpose. 13 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab.

  20. Modeling Solar Lyman Alpha Irradiance

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    Pap, J.; Hudson, H. S.; Rottman, G. J.; Willson, R. C.; Donnelly, R. F.; London, J.

    1990-01-01

    Solar Lyman alpha irradiance is estimated from various solar indices using linear regression analyses. Models developed with multiple linear regression analysis, including daily values and 81-day running means of solar indices, predict reasonably well both the short- and long-term variations observed in Lyman alpha. It is shown that the full disk equivalent width of the He line at 1083 nm offers the best proxy for Lyman alpha, and that the total irradiance corrected for sunspot effect also has a high correlation with Lyman alpha.

  1. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's Reading Improvement Program for Minorities.

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    Marable, June Morehead

    This document discusses the founding and establishment of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's reading experience pilot project. The efforts of this project were aligned with those of Right to Read and Reading Is Fundamental (RIF). Because of the response from parents and children, plans are being made to increase present operations within the next…

  2. Resting alpha activity predicts learning ability in alpha neurofeedback

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    Wan, Feng; Nan, Wenya; Vai, Mang I.; Rosa, Agostinho

    2014-01-01

    Individuals differ in their ability to learn how to regulate the brain activity by neurofeedback. This study aimed to investigate whether the resting alpha activity can predict the learning ability in alpha neurofeedback. A total of 25 subjects performed 20 sessions of individualized alpha neurofeedback and the learning ability was assessed by three indices respectively: the training parameter changes between two periods, within a short period and across the whole training time. It was found that the resting alpha amplitude measured before training had significant positive correlations with all learning indices and could be used as a predictor for the learning ability prediction. This finding would help the researchers in not only predicting the training efficacy in individuals but also gaining further insight into the mechanisms of alpha neurofeedback. PMID:25071528

  3. Alpha-particle microdosimetry.

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    Chouin, Nicolas; Bardies, Manuel

    2011-07-01

    With the increasing availability of alpha emitters, targeted α-particle therapy has emerged as a solution of choice to treat haematological cancers and micrometastatic and minimal residual diseases. Alpha-particles are highly cytotoxic because of their high linear energy transfer (LET) and have a short range of a few cell diameters in tissue, assuring good treatment specificity. These radiologic features make conventional dosimetry less relevant for that context. Stochastic variations in the energy deposited in cell nuclei are important because of the microscopic target size, low number of α- particle traversals, and variation in LET along the α-particle track. Microdosimetry provides a conceptual framework that aims at a systematic analysis of the stochastic distribution of energy deposits in irradiated matter. The different quantities of microdosimetry and the different methods of microdosimetric calculations were described in the early eighties. Since then, numerous models have been published through the years and applied to analyse experimental data or to model realistic therapeutic situations. Major results have been an accurate description of the high toxicity of α-particles, and the description of the predominant effect of activity distribution at the cellular scale on toxicity or efficacy of potential targeted α-particle therapies. This last factor represents a major limitation to the use of microdosimetry in vivo because determination of the source - target distribution is complicated. The future contributions of microdosimetry in targeted α-particle therapy research will certainly depend on the ability to develop high-resolution detectors and on the implementation of pharmaco-kinetic models at the tumour microenvironment scale.

  4. Microscopic cluster model of {alpha}+n, {alpha}+p, {alpha}+ {sup 3}He, and {alpha}+{alpha} elastic scattering from a realistic effective nuclear interaction

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    Dohet-Eraly, J.; Baye, D.

    2011-07-15

    An effective nucleon-nucleon interaction adapted to cluster-model calculations of collisions is derived from the realistic Argonne potential AV18 with the unitary correlation operator method. The unitary correlation is determined from the {alpha}+{alpha} elastic phase shifts calculated in a cluster approach by the generator coordinate method coupled with the microscopic R-matrix method. With this interaction, the elastic phase shifts for the {alpha}+n, {alpha}+p, and {alpha}+{sup 3}He collisions are calculated within the same model. Without further adjustment, a good agreement with experimental data is obtained with a small model space.

  5. EEG Alpha Power and Intelligence.

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    Doppelmayr, M.; Klimesch, W.; Stadler, W.; Pollhuber, D.; Heine, C.

    2002-01-01

    Tested whether alpha power in different sub-bands is selectively related to intelligence. For 74 Austrian subjects, the EEG was recorded during a resting session and 2 different intelligence tests were performed. Findings show a strong positive correlation between intelligence and alpha power. (SLD)

  6. The ALPHA antihydrogen trapping apparatus

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    Amole, C.; Andresen, G. B.; Ashkezari, M. D.; Baquero-Ruiz, M.; Bertsche, W.; Bowe, P. D.; Butler, E.; Capra, A.; Carpenter, P. T.; Cesar, C. L.; Chapman, S.; Charlton, M.; Deller, A.; Eriksson, S.; Escallier, J.; Fajans, J.; Friesen, T.; Fujiwara, M. C.; Gill, D. R.; Gutierrez, A.; Hangst, J. S.; Hardy, W. N.; Hayano, R. S.; Hayden, M. E.; Humphries, A. J.; Hurt, J. L.; Hydomako, R.; Isaac, C. A.; Jenkins, M. J.; Jonsell, S.; Jørgensen, L. V.; Kerrigan, S. J.; Kurchaninov, L.; Madsen, N.; Marone, A.; McKenna, J. T. K.; Menary, S.; Nolan, P.; Olchanski, K.; Olin, A.; Parker, B.; Povilus, A.; Pusa, P.; Robicheaux, F.; Sarid, E.; Seddon, D.; Seif El Nasr, S.; Silveira, D. M.; So, C.; Storey, J. W.; Thompson, R. I.; Thornhill, J.; Wells, D.; van der Werf, D. P.; Wurtele, J. S.; Yamazaki, Y.

    2014-01-01

    The ALPHA collaboration, based at CERN, has recently succeeded in confining cold antihydrogen atoms in a magnetic minimum neutral atom trap and has performed the first study of a resonant transition of the anti-atoms. The ALPHA apparatus will be described herein, with emphasis on the structural aspects, diagnostic methods and techniques that have enabled antihydrogen trapping and experimentation to be achieved.

  7. Prothymosin alpha in human blood.

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    Panneerselvam, C; Haritos, A A; Caldarella, J; Horecker, B L

    1987-01-01

    The major cross-reacting peptide in human plasma detected with a radioimmunoassay (RIA) for thymosin alpha 1 was identified as prothymosin alpha, based on its elution properties in gel-filtration chromatography and its amino acid composition after purification by HPLC. A small quantity (less than 10%) of the total cross-reacting material was recovered in fractions corresponding to lower molecular weight thymosin alpha 1-like peptides. The total quantity of cross-reacting material detected in human blood, expressed as thymosin alpha 1 equivalents, was 11-14 pmol/ml (approximately 90% was recovered in the leukocyte fraction, approximately 10% was in the plasma fraction, and 1-2% was in the erythrocyte fraction). The peptide present in leukocytes was also identified as prothymosin alpha. After correction for the 5-times lower molar reactivity of prothymosin alpha in the thymosin alpha 1 RIA employed in these experiments, we estimate that the content of prothymosin alpha in human blood is 55-70 pmol/ml (0.6-0.8 microgram/ml). The relatively small quantities recovered in the erythrocyte and plasma fractions may be attributed to contamination of the former by leukocytes or to leakage from leukocytes into the plasma. PMID:3474615

  8. Alpha particle emitters in medicine

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    Fisher, D.R.

    1989-09-01

    Radiation-induced cancer of bone, liver and lung has been a prominent harmful side-effect of medical applications of alpha emitters. In recent years, however, the potential use of antibodies labeled with alpha emitting radionuclides against cancer has seemed promising because alpha particles are highly effective in cell killing. High dose rates at high LET, effectiveness under hypoxic conditions, and minimal expectancy of repair are additional advantages of alpha emitters over antibodies labeled with beta emitting radionuclides for cancer therapy. Cyclotron-produced astatine-211 ({sup 211}At) and natural bismuth-212 ({sup 212}Bi) have been proposed and are under extensive study in the United States and Europe. Radium-223 ({sup 223}Ra) also has favorable properties as a potential alpha emitting label, including a short-lived daughter chain with four alpha emissions. The radiation dosimetry of internal alpha emitters is complex due to nonuniformly distributed sources, short particle tracks, and high relative specific ionization. The variations in dose at the cellular level may be extreme. Alpha-particle radiation dosimetry, therefore, must involve analysis of statistical energy deposition probabilities for cellular level targets. It must also account fully for nonuniform distributions of sources in tissues, source-target geometries, and particle-track physics. 18 refs., 4 figs.

  9. DFT CONFORMATIONAL STUDIES OF ALPHA-MALTOTRIOSE

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    Recent DFT optimization studies on alpha-maltose improved our understanding of the preferred conformations of alpha-maltose and the present study extends these studies to alpha-maltotriose with three alpha-D-glucopyranose residues linked by two alpha-[1-4] bridges, denoted herein as DP-3's. Combina...

  10. Syntheses of alpha-arbutin-alpha-glycosides and their inhibitory effects on human tyrosinase.

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    Sugimoto, Kazuhisa; Nomura, Koji; Nishimura, Takahisa; Kiso, Taro; Sugimoto, Kenji; Kuriki, Takashi

    2005-03-01

    Alpha-arbutin is a tyrosinase inhibitor. We synthesized alpha-arbutin-alpha-glycosides by the transglycosylation reaction of cyclomaltodextrin glucanotransferase from Bacillus macerans using alpha-arbutin and starch as acceptor and donor molecules, respectively. We isolated and characterized two major products from the reaction mixture. The structural analyses using 13C- and 1H-NMR spectroscopy proved that they were 4-hydroxyphenyl alpha-maltoside (alpha-Ab-alpha-G1) and 4-hydroxyphenyl alpha-maltotrioside (alpha-Ab-alpha-G2). Both alpha-Ab-alpha-G1 and alpha-Ab-alpha-G2 exhibited competitive-type inhibition on human tyrosinase as alpha-arbutin does. Their K(i) values were calculated to be 0.6 mM and 2.8 mM, respectively, which is slightly and significantly higher than that of alpha-arbutin (0.2 mM).

  11. Prevalence of -alpha(3.7) and alpha alpha alpha(anti3.7) alleles in sickle cell trait and beta-thalassemia patients in Mexico.

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    Nava, María Paulina; Ibarra, Bertha; Magaña, María Teresa; de la Luz Chávez, María; Perea, F Javier

    2006-01-01

    The aim of this study was to determine the frequency of alpha-globin gene mutations in three groups of Mexican unrelated individuals. The first two groups were normal and sickle cell trait individuals from the Costa Chica region, a place with a 12.8% frequency of HbS carriers, and the third group comprised of Mexican mestizo patients with beta-thalassemia. We searched for -alpha(3.7) and -alpha(4.2) alpha(+)-thalassemia deletion alleles, as well as the alpha alpha alpha(anti3.7) triplication through long-gap PCR. The alleles -alpha(3.7) and alpha alpha alpha(anti3.7) were found in the heterozygote state only; 19% of the normal subjects had the -alpha(3.7) allele, and 2% showed the alpha alpha alpha(anti3.7) allele. In individuals with the sickle cell trait, 17% had the -alpha(3.7) deletion, and the alpha alpha alpha(anti3.7) triplication was observed in 3% of these individuals. We revealed that 16% of the subjects with beta-thalassemia showed the -alpha(3.7) deletion and 28% the alpha alpha alpha(anti3.7) triplication. The -alpha(4.2) deletion was not detected in any individual. The frequency of the -alpha(3.7) allele was roughly the same in the three groups studied; this can be explained by the fact that the three groups have common genes from Africa and the Mediterranean, where a high prevalence of alpha(+)-thalassemia has been observed. To our knowledge, the frequency of alpha alpha alpha(anti3.7) triplication observed in the Mexican beta-thalassemia patients is the highest reported. As the -alpha(3.7) and alpha alpha alpha(anti3.7) alleles are very common in our selected populations, we believe that there is a need to investigate systematically the alpha-globin gene mutations in all hemoglobinopathies in the Mexican population.

  12. Venus - Alpha Regio

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    1990-01-01

    The eastern edge of Alpha Regio is shown in this image centered at 30 degrees south latitude and 11.8 degrees east longitude (longitude on Venus is measured from 0 degrees to 360 degrees east). Seven circular, dome-like hills, averaging 25 kilometers (15 miles) in diameter with maximum heights of 750 meters (2,475 feet) dominate the scene. These features are interpreted as very thick lava flows that came from an opening on the relatively level ground, which allowed the lava to flow in an even pattern outward from the opening. The complex fractures on top of the domes suggest that if the domes were created by lava flows, a cooled outer layer formed and then further lava flowing in the interior stretched the surface. The domes may be similar to volcanic domes on Earth. Another interpretation is that the domes are the result of molten rock or magma in the interior that pushed the surface layer upward. The near-surface magma then withdrew to deeper levels, causing the collapse and fracturing of the dome surface. The bright margins possibly indicate the presence of rock debris on the slopes of the domes. Some of the fractures on the plains cut through the domes, while others appear to be covered by the domes. This indicates that active processes pre date and post date the dome-like hills. The prominent black area in the northeast corner of the image is a data gap. North is at the top of the image.

  13. Pharmacological studies of human erectile tissue: characteristics of spontaneous contractions and alterations in alpha-adrenoceptor responsiveness with age and disease in isolated tissues.

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    Christ, G. J.; Maayani, S.; Valcic, M.; Melman, A.

    1990-01-01

    1. The pathophysiology of impotence related to vascular smooth muscle dysfunction in the male corpus cavernosum was studied on human isolated erectile tissue (HET). Studies were conducted on 140 sections of HET obtained from 38 male patients undergoing surgery for implantation of penile prostheses to correct underlying erectile dysfunction. 2. Spontaneous myotonic oscillations were characteristic of greater than 90% of all HET preparations at 37 degrees C. These spontaneous oscillations were markedly attenuated by indomethacin, BW755C, nifedipine, removal of extracellular Ca2+, or lower temperatures (less than or equal to 32 degrees C), but were not sensitive to inhibition by atropine, phentolamine or tetrodotoxin. Our data suggest that the oscillations may, at least in part, result from the generation and/or release of a stable cyclo-oxygenase product and a consequent increase in transmembrane Ca2+ influx. 3. The phenylephrine-induced contractions in HET may be reliably assayed up to 24 h after surgical removal, without significant alterations in the EC50, maximum response (Emax) or slope index of the steady-state concentration-response curve to phenylephrine. 4. The competitive and surmountable nature of the antagonism of phenylephrine-induced contractions by prazosin and yohimbine allowed calculation of antagonist dissociation constants. The calculated pKb values for prazosin and yohimbine, respectively, were 9.47 +/- 0.49 and 5.54 +/- 0.22. The rank order of agonist potency in HET was: noradrenaline = phenylephrine much greater than clonidine. These data indicate the presence of a population of membrane receptors that are predominantly of the alpha 1-adrenoceptor subtype.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:1701678

  14. Alpha detection on moving surfaces

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    MacArthur, D.; Orr, C.; Luff, C.

    1998-12-01

    Both environmental restoration (ER) and decontamination and decommissioning (D and D) require characterization of large surface areas (walls, floors, in situ soil, soil and rubble on a conveyor belt, etc.) for radioactive contamination. Many facilities which have processed alpha active material such as plutonium or uranium require effective and efficient characterization for alpha contamination. Traditional methods for alpha surface characterization are limited by the short range and poor penetration of alpha particles. These probes are only sensitive to contamination located directly under the probe. Furthermore, the probe must be held close to the surface to be monitored in order to avoid excessive losses in the ambient air. The combination of proximity and thin detector windows can easily cause instrument damage unless extreme care is taken. The long-range alpha detection (LRAD) system addresses these problems by detecting the ions generated by alpha particles interacting with ambient air rather than the alpha particle directly. Thus, detectors based on LRAD overcome the limitations due to alpha particle range (the ions can travel many meters as opposed to the several-centimeter alpha particle range) and penetrating ability (an LRAD-based detector has no window). Unfortunately, all LRAD-based detectors described previously are static devices, i.e., these detectors cannot be used over surfaces which are continuously moving. In this paper, the authors report on the first tests of two techniques (the electrostatic ion seal and the gridded electrostatic LRAD detector) which extend the capabilities of LRAD surface monitors to use over moving surfaces. This dynamic surface monitoring system was developed jointly by Los Alamos National Laboratory and at BNFL Instruments. All testing was performed at the BNFL Instruments facility in the UK.

  15. Alpha-particle spectrometer experiment

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    Gorenstein, P.; Bjorkholm, P.

    1972-01-01

    Mapping the radon emanation of the moon was studied to find potential areas of high activity by detection of radon isotopes and their daughter products. It was felt that based on observation of regions overflown by Apollo spacecraft and within the field of view of the alpha-particle spectrometer, a radon map could be constructed, identifying and locating lunar areas of outgassing. The basic theory of radon migration from natural concentrations of uranium and thorium is discussed in terms of radon decay and the production of alpha particles. The preliminary analysis of the results indicates no significant alpha emission.

  16. Alpha-particle spectrometer experiment

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    Gorenstein, P.; Bjorkholm, P.

    1972-01-01

    Mapping the radon emanation of the moon was studied to find potential areas of high activity by detection of radon isotopes and their daughter products. It was felt that based on observation of regions overflown by Apollo spacecraft and within the field of view of the alpha-particle spectrometer, a radon map could be constructed, identifying and locating lunar areas of outgassing. The basic theory of radon migration from natural concentrations of uranium and thorium is discussed in terms of radon decay and the production of alpha particles. The preliminary analysis of the results indicates no significant alpha emission.

  17. Alpha-particle clustering in excited alpha-conjugate nuclei

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    Borderie, B.; Raduta, Ad R.; Ademard, G.; Rivet, M. F.; De Filippo, E.; Geraci, E.; Le Neindre, N.; Alba, R.; Amorini, F.; Cardella, G.; Chatterjee, M.; Guinet, D.; Lautesse, P.; La Guidara, E.; Lanzalone, G.; Lanzano, G.; Lombardo, I.; Lopez, O.; Maiolino, C.; Pagano, A.; Papa, M.; Pirrone, S.; Politi, G.; Porto, F.; Rizzo, F.; Russotto, P.; Wieleczko, J. P.

    2017-06-01

    The nuclear reaction 40Ca+12C at 25 MeV per nucleon incident energy was used to produce excited alpha-conjugate fragments from projectile fragmentation mechanism. From a careful selection provided by a complete detection and from comparisons with models of sequential and simultaneous decays, evidence in favor of α-particle clustering from excited light alpha-conjugate nuclei is reported.

  18. Synthesis of a precursor for the preparation of 9 alpha,11 alpha-tritiated 5 alpha-androstane-3 alpha,17 beta-diol 17-glucuronide

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    Rao, P.N.; Damodaran, K.M.

    1984-03-01

    Starting from 11 beta-hydroxytestosterone, the synthesis of a strategic precursor, C-9 (11) unsaturated 5 alpha-androstane-3 alpha, 17 beta-diol 17-glucuronide (9a), for the preparation of 9 alpha,11 alpha-tritiated 5 alpha-androstane-3 alpha, 17 beta-diol 17-glucuronide has been achieved. The authors optimized the reaction conditions for catalytic reduction employing hydrogen and subsequent base hydrolysis followed by purification on Amberlite XAD-2 resin to obtain the saturated 5 alpha-androstane-3 alpha, 17 beta-diol 17-glucuronide.

  19. Effect of D-004, a lipid extract from the Cuban royal palm fruit, on in vitro and in vivo effects mediated by alpha-adrenoceptors in rats.

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    Arruzazabala, M L; Más, R; Carbajal, D; Molina, V

    2005-01-01

    Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is the non-malignant, uncontrolled growth of glandular and stromal elements of the prostate gland. Lipid extracts from Saw palmetto (Arecaceae) fruits are widely used to treat BPH. The Cuban royal palm (Roystonea regia) is a member of the same family. Previous studies have found that D-004, a lipid extract from the R. regia fruit, administered orally at 200-800 mg/day for 14 days, prevented testosterone- but not dihydrotestosterone-induced prostate hyperplasia in rats. To determine whether D-004 can inhibit noradrenaline (NA) [norepinephrine]- and acetylcholine (ACh)-induced smooth muscle contraction in rat vas deferens and to investigate the in vivo effects of D-004 on NA pressure-elevating effects in rats, an effect mediated by vascular alpha1-adrenoceptors. In vitro effects were investigated by adding D-004 (125-500 microg/mL) to preparations of rat vas deferens suspended in an organ bath containing Tyrode's solution, in which in vitro contractions were induced by NA or ACh. Negative and positive controls containing Tyrode's solution alone or with Saw palmetto extracts (125-500 microg/mL), respectively, were included. To assess the in vivo effects of D-004 on arterial blood pressure, rats were randomly distributed to one of five groups (ten rats/group): these consisted of a negative control group receiving the vehicle, two groups treated with D-004 (400 and 800 mg/kg) and two other groups treated with Saw palmetto (400 and 800 mg/kg). All treatments were orally administered. Rats were anaesthetised with sodium thiopental. Heart rate and blood pressure were registered in baseline conditions. Immediately afterwards, rats were injected intravenously over 5 seconds with successive doses of NA (1, 2 and 4 microg/kg) [0.1mL/100g], with 5 minutes' interval between doses. D-004 and Saw palmetto (125-500 microg/mL) significantly (p < 0.05) and dose dependently inhibited contractions induced by NA in rat vas deferens versus control. D

  20. Genetics Home Reference: alpha thalassemia

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    ... a blood disorder that reduces the production of hemoglobin . Hemoglobin is the protein in red blood cells that ... alpha thalassemia , a reduction in the amount of hemoglobin prevents enough oxygen from reaching the body's tissues. ...

  1. Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) Overview

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    The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) is flying to the station on STS-134. The AMS experiment is a state-of-the-art particle physics detector being operated by an international team composed of 60 ...

  2. Narrow lines from alpha-alpha reactions. [in Galaxy

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    Kozlovsky, B.; Ramaty, R.

    1977-01-01

    Intensities and spectral shapes of the prompt gamma-ray lines of Li-7 at 0.431 MeV and Be-7 at 0.478 MeV and of the delayed 0.478-MeV line, all resulting from alpha-alpha reactions, are calculated using recent direct measurements of the cross sections for the alpha-alpha reactions. It is found that the intensities of these lines are comparable to that of the 4.44-MeV line of C-12, so that the investigated lines should be observable in large solar flares, provided their Doppler widths are not excessively large. An evaluation of the shapes of the prompt lines indicates that for an isotropic distribution of energetic alpha-particles, the two lines merge into a broad feature which essentially cannot be distinguished from the continuum. A situation in which the delayed 0.478-MeV line could be very narrow is considered.

  3. Mechanism of alpha-tocopheryl-phosphate (alpha-TP) transport across the cell membrane

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    We have reported that alpha-TP is synthesized and hydrolyzed in animal cells and tissues; it modulates also several cell functions (FRBM 39:970, and UBMB Life, 57:23, 2005). While it is similar to alpha-tocopherol (alpha-T), alpha-TP appears to be more potent than alpha-T in inhibiting cell prolifer...

  4. Workshop on Precision Measurements of $\\alpha_s$

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    Bethke, Siegfried; Hoang, Andre H.; Kluth, Stefan; Schieck, Jochen; Stewart, Iain W.; Aoki, S.; Beneke, M.; Bethke, S.; Blumlein, J.; Brambilla, N.; Brodsky, S.; /MIT, LNS

    2011-10-01

    These are the proceedings of the Workshop on Precision Measurements of {alpha}{sub s} held at the Max-Planck-Institute for Physics, Munich, February 9-11, 2011. The workshop explored in depth the determination of {alpha}{sub s}(m{sub Z}) in the {ovr MS} scheme from the key categories where high precision measurements are currently being made, including DIS and global PDF fits, {tau}-decays, electro-weak precision observables and Z-decays, event-shapes, and lattice QCD. These proceedings contain a short summary contribution from the speakers, as well as the lists of authors, conveners, participants, and talks.

  5. Immunodiagnosis of alpha chain disease.

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    Doe, W F; Danon, F; Seligmann, M

    1979-05-01

    Since the early diagnosis of alpha chain disease (alphaCD)) is essential to successful treatment and to epidemiological studies, the available immunodiagnostic techniques were compared for their sensitivity, specificity and ease of performance on a panel of sixteen sera, comprising ten alphaCD sera and six control sera containing either IgA myeloma protein or high levels of polyclonal IgA. Immunoselection by immunoelectrophoresis into gel containing a specially developed anti-Fabalpha antiserum provided the most sensitive and specific detection system for alphaCD protein. The same technique using anti-light chain antiserum for immunoselection was also highly sensitive, but proved less specific, being prone to false positives with difficult IgA myeloma proteins. Somewhat less sensitive, but specific and simple to perform, was immunoelectrophoresis using an antiserum recognizing the conformational specificities of Fabalpha as well as those of the constant region of alpha chains. Immunoselection using the Ouchterlony or rocket techniques proved to be less sensitive and prone to false positives when some IgA myeloma sera were tested.

  6. Immunodiagnosis of alpha chain disease.

    PubMed Central

    Doe, W F; Danon, F; Seligmann, M

    1979-01-01

    Since the early diagnosis of alpha chain disease (alphaCD)) is essential to successful treatment and to epidemiological studies, the available immunodiagnostic techniques were compared for their sensitivity, specificity and ease of performance on a panel of sixteen sera, comprising ten alphaCD sera and six control sera containing either IgA myeloma protein or high levels of polyclonal IgA. Immunoselection by immunoelectrophoresis into gel containing a specially developed anti-Fabalpha antiserum provided the most sensitive and specific detection system for alphaCD protein. The same technique using anti-light chain antiserum for immunoselection was also highly sensitive, but proved less specific, being prone to false positives with difficult IgA myeloma proteins. Somewhat less sensitive, but specific and simple to perform, was immunoelectrophoresis using an antiserum recognizing the conformational specificities of Fabalpha as well as those of the constant region of alpha chains. Immunoselection using the Ouchterlony or rocket techniques proved to be less sensitive and prone to false positives when some IgA myeloma sera were tested. Images FIG. 1 FIG. 2 FIG. 3 FIG. 4 FIG. 5 FIG. 6 FIG. 7 PMID:113152

  7. Differential modulation of α-1 adrenoceptor subtypes by antidepressants in the rat brain.

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    Ramakrishna, D; Subhash, M N

    2010-12-01

    The aim of the present study was to examine the effect of chronic antidepressants treatment on the density of α₁-adrenoceptor (AR) subtypes in rat brain. Density of total α₁ and α(1A)- and α(1Β)-ARs was measured in cortex and cerebellum of rats treated with amitriptyline (AMI), desipramine (DMI) and fluoxetine (FLX), (10 mg/kg body wt), for 30 days, using [³H]prazosin in presence and absence of WB-4101. The density of cortical total α₁-ARs was significantly decreased with AMI (54%) and DMI (25%) treatment, without altering the affinity of the receptor. Fluoxetine did not alter the density of cortical α₁-ARs. The density of cortical α(1A)-ARs was also significantly decreased with AMI (85%) and DMI (50%) treatment, without affecting the affinity. The density of cerebellar total α₁-ARs was significantly decreased with AMI (37%), DMI (50%) and FLX (70%) treatment, without affecting the affinity for [³H]prazosin. The density of α(1A)-ARs was significantly decreased with AMI (67%), DMI (59%) and FLX (92%) treatment. α(1B)-AR density was decreased only with FLX (47%) and DMI (47%) treatment. Correspondingly the basal IP3 and NE (10 μM) stimulated IP3 levels were significantly decreased in AMI (47%), DMI (22%) and FLX (48%) treated rat cortex. The results suggest that chronic antidepressant (AD) treatment down-regulates the cortical and cerebellar total α₁-ARs in rat brain. However, α(1A) subtype is predominantly down-regulated by AMI and DMI, where as FLX affects cerebellar α(1A)-ARs. The region-specific and subtype specific down-regulation of α₁-ARs density, which occurs after prolonged AD treatment, may underline the therapeutic mechanism of action.

  8. Betaxolol, a beta1-adrenoceptor antagonist, protects a transient ischemic injury of the retina.

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    Woo Cheon, Eun; Hee Kim, Young; Yun Cho, Yi; Joon Kim, Hyun; Soo Kang, Sang; Jae Cho, Gyeong; Myong Yoo, Ji; Kyung Song, Joon; Sung Choi, Wan

    2002-11-01

    In the present study, we investigated the protective effects of the topical beta-adrenoceptor antagonist Betoptic((R)) (0.25% betaxolol) in the rat retina following the ischemic injury induced by a transient increase of intraocular pressure (IOP). Like other areas of the central nervous system, the retina is highly vulnerable to ischemic-induced injury. Ischemia was induced in the rat retina by raising the IOP above the systolic blood pressure for 60min. After an ischemia/reperfusion, the thickness of the retinal layers and the immunoreactivities of choline acetyltransferase (ChAT), gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA) and tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) were examined. After a reperfusion period of 7 days, the thickness of both the inner plexiform layer and inner nuclear layer was much decreased. After a reperfusion period of 14-28 days, the thickness of the outer nuclear layer decreased markedly. Moreover, the ChAT and TH immunoreactivity had almost completely disappeared in the retinas after 7 days, while GABA immunoreactivity remained for 28 days. These results suggest that the inner retinal layers are more susceptible to ischemic-induced injury than the outer retinal layer.Histological examination demonstrated protective effects of betaxolol on ischemic-induced retinal damage, which was more substantial in the inner retinal layer. When two drops of betaxolol, once before ischemic injury and twice daily for 28 days after ischemia, were continuously administered, the reductions in the retinal ChAT, GABA and TH immunoreactivities were significantly attenuated. The present study suggests that topically applied betaxolol is an efficient neuroprotective agent and prevents the retinal cell damage induced by ischemic injury in rats.

  9. Betaxolol, a beta1-adrenoceptor antagonist, has an affinity for L-type Ca2+ channels.

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    Melena, J; Wood, J P; Osborne, N N

    1999-08-13

    The effect of betaxolol on the specific binding of [3H]diltiazem and [3H]nitrendipine to rat cortical membranes was examined. Betaxolol inhibited specific [3H]diltiazem and [3H]nitrendipine binding with IC50 values of 19.7 and 46.3 microM, respectively. The effect of betaxolol on L-type Ca2+ channels showed little stereospecificity, since similar inhibitions of radioligand binding were observed with both racemic betaxolol and L-betaxolol. The dissociation kinetics of [3H]diltiazem were unaffected by 30 microM betaxolol, whereas it increased the [3H]nitrendipine dissociation rate, thus suggesting that betaxolol directly interacts with the benzothiazepine binding site and allosterically modulates the dihydropyridine binding site. Carteolol, propranolol and timolol were also found to inhibit both specific [3H]diltiazem and [3H]nitrendipine binding to rat cortical membranes, but with less potency than betaxolol. The ability of betaxolol to interact with L-type Ca2+ channels may have a role in its therapeutic effects in the management of systemic hypertension and in reducing neuronal death as occurring in glaucoma.

  10. The Role of α1-Adrenoceptor Antagonists in the Treatment of Prostate and Other Cancers

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    Batty, Mallory; Pugh, Rachel; Rathinam, Ilampirai; Simmonds, Joshua; Walker, Edwin; Forbes, Amanda; Anoopkumar-Dukie, Shailendra; McDermott, Catherine M.; Spencer, Briohny; Christie, David; Chess-Williams, Russ

    2016-01-01

    This review evaluates the role of α-adrenoceptor antagonists as a potential treatment of prostate cancer (PCa). Cochrane, Google Scholar and Pubmed were accessed to retrieve sixty-two articles for analysis. In vitro studies demonstrate that doxazosin, prazosin and terazosin (quinazoline α-antagonists) induce apoptosis, decrease cell growth, and proliferation in PC-3, LNCaP and DU-145 cell lines. Similarly, the piperazine based naftopidil induced cell cycle arrest and death in LNCaP-E9 cell lines. In contrast, sulphonamide based tamsulosin did not exhibit these effects. In vivo data was consistent with in vitro findings as the quinazoline based α-antagonists prevented angiogenesis and decreased tumour mass in mice models of PCa. Mechanistically the cytotoxic and antitumor effects of the α-antagonists appear largely independent of α 1-blockade. The proposed targets include: VEGF, EGFR, HER2/Neu, caspase 8/3, topoisomerase 1 and other mitochondrial apoptotic inducing factors. These cytotoxic effects could not be evaluated in human studies as prospective trial data is lacking. However, retrospective studies show a decreased incidence of PCa in males exposed to α-antagonists. As human data evaluating the use of α-antagonists as treatments are lacking; well designed, prospective clinical trials are needed to conclusively demonstrate the anticancer properties of quinazoline based α-antagonists in PCa and other cancers. PMID:27537875

  11. The possible role of medial prefrontal cortex beta-1-adrenoceptors in morphine-induced amnesia.

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    Torkaman-Boutorabi, Anahita; Hashemi-Hezaveh, Seyed-Milad; Sheidadoust, Hadi; Zarrindast, Mohammad-Reza

    2014-01-01

    The prelimbic region of the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) in the brain is crucial for memory. Norepinephrine elicits an important influence on mPFC functions. The stimulation of β-adrenoceptors (β-ARs) may play a critical role in the consolidation of long-term memory. The present study examines the possible role of β₁-ARs located in the mPFC on morphine-induced amnesia in rats. The animals were bilaterally implanted with chronic cannulas in the mPFC, trained in a step-through-type passive avoidance task and tested 24 h after training to measure step-through latency. Our present results indicated that posttraining intraperitoneal administration of morphine (2.5, 5 and 7.5 mg/kg) dose-dependently reduced the step-through latency. Different doses of xamoterol (0.01, 0.1 and 1 µg/rat) have shown no significant change in the step-through latency, but posttraining intra-mPFC microinjection of atenolol (0.2 and 0.4 µg/rat) had an amnesic effect. Moreover, atenolol-caused amnesia was reversed by an ineffective dose of xamoterol (0.1 µg/rat). On the other hand, coadministration of an ineffective dose of atenolol (0.1 µg/rat) with an ineffective dose of morphine (2.5 mg/kg) induced an amnesic effect. Meanwhile, xamoterol had no effect on morphine-induced amnesia. These results suggest that β₁-ARs of the prelimbic region in the mPFC may play an important role in morphine-induced amnesia.

  12. In vitro activity of RO363, a beta1-adrenoceptor selective agonist.

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    Iakovidis, D.; Malta, E.; McPherson, G. A.; Raper, C.

    1980-01-01

    1 The beta-adrenoceptor stimulant effects of RO363 and (--)-isoprenaline have been compared in a variety of isolated tissue preparations. 2 RO363 is approximately half as potent as (--)-isoprenaline in tissues where actions are due to beta1-receptor activation (guinea-pig atrial and ileal preparations and ventricular strips from the rabbit, rat and guinea-pig. 3 In uterine and lung strip preparations from the guinea-pig, where responses are due to beta2-receptor stimulation. RO363 is 100 to 350 times less active than (--)-isoprenaline and has a low intrinsic activity. 4 In spontaneously contracted tracheal preparations from the guinea-pig, RO363 is a full agonist and is approximately half as potent as (--)-isoprenaline. These effects of RO363 are due to the activation of a population of beta1-receptors in the tissue since RO363 and (--)-isoprenaline have the same relative potencies in trachea, cardiac and ileal preparations. In addition the Kb values for practolol are similar in all these preparations when RO363 is used as the agonist. 5 The results show that RO363 is a potent and highly selective beta1-receptor agonist. PMID:6103722

  13. Synthesis and structure-activity relationships of novel arylpiperazines as potent antagonists of α1-adrenoceptor.

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    Silva, Renata Oliveira; de Oliveira, Andressa Souza; Nunes Lemes, Laís Flávia; de Camargo Nascente, Luciana; Coelho do Nascimento Nogueira, Patrícia; Silveira, Edilberto R; Brand, Guilherme D; Vistoli, Giulio; Cilia, Antonio; Poggesi, Elena; Buccioni, Michela; Marucci, Gabriella; Bolognesi, Maria Laura; Romeiro, Luiz Antonio Soares

    2016-10-21

    Arylpiperazines 2-11 were synthesized, and their biological profiles at α1-adrenergic receptors (α1-ARs) assessed by binding assays in CHO cells expressing human cloned subtypes and by functional experiments in isolated rat vas deferens (α1A), spleen (α1B), and aorta (α1D). Modifications at the 1,3-benzodioxole and phenyl phamacophoric units resulted in the identification of a number of potent compounds (moderately selective with respect to the α1b-AR), in binding experiments. Notably, compound 7 (LDT451) showed a subnanomolar pKi of 9.41 towards α1a-AR. An encouragingly lower α1B-potency was a general trend for all the series of compounds, which showed α1A/D over α1B selectivity in functional assays. If adequately optimized, such peculiar selectivity could have relevance for a potential LUTS/BPH therapeutic application. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  14. Alpha 2 LASSO Data Bundles

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    Gustafson, William Jr; Vogelmann, Andrew; Endo, Satoshi; Toto, Tami; Xiao, Heng; Li, Zhijin; Cheng, Xiaoping; Kim, Jinwon; Krishna, Bhargavi

    2015-08-31

    The Alpha 2 release is the second release from the LASSO Pilot Phase that builds upon the Alpha 1 release. Alpha 2 contains additional diagnostics in the data bundles and focuses on cases from spring-summer 2016. A data bundle is a unified package consisting of LASSO LES input and output, observations, evaluation diagnostics, and model skill scores. LES input include model configuration information and forcing data. LES output includes profile statistics and full domain fields of cloud and environmental variables. Model evaluation data consists of LES output and ARM observations co-registered on the same grid and sampling frequency. Model performance is quantified by skill scores and diagnostics in terms of cloud and environmental variables.

  15. Space Station alpha joint bearing

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    Everman, Michael R.; Jones, P. Alan; Spencer, Porter A.

    1987-01-01

    Perhaps the most critical structural system aboard the Space Station is the Solar Alpha Rotary Joint which helps align the power generation system with the sun. The joint must provide structural support and controlled rotation to the outboard transverse booms as well as power and data transfer across the joint. The Solar Alpha Rotary Joint is composed of two transition sections and an integral, large diameter bearing. Alpha joint bearing design presents a particularly interesting problem because of its large size and need for high reliability, stiffness, and on orbit maintability. The discrete roller bearing developed is a novel refinement to cam follower technology. It offers thermal compensation and ease of on-orbit maintenance that are not found in conventional rolling element bearings. How the bearing design evolved is summarized. Driving requirements are reviewed, alternative concepts assessed, and the selected design is described.

  16. Alpha Channeling in Mirror Machines

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    Fisch, Nathaniel J.

    2014-07-16

    This Final Report for DE-FG02-06ER54851, Alpha Channeling in Mirror Machines, was in fact submitted on April 9, 2010. Some confusion arose because it was submitted as an initial progress report on a related grant, Alpha Channeling in Open- System Magnetic Devices. The original text is reproduced below, except that the publication record is undated. Note that the articles published in 2009 and 2010 reflect work in fact done under DE-FG02-06ER54851.

  17. NACA Physicist Studying Alpha Rays

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    1957-01-01

    NACA Physicits studying Alpha Rays in a continuous cloud chamber. A cloud chamber is used by Lewis scientists to obtain information aimed at minimizing undesirable effects of radiation on nuclear-powered aircraft components. Here, alpha particles from a polonium source emit in a flower-like pattern at the cloud chamber's center. The particles are made visible by means of alcohol vapor diffusing from an area at room temperature to an area at minus -78 deg. Centigrade. Nuclear-powered aircraft were never developed and aircraft nuclear propulsion systems were canceled in the early 1960s.

  18. Test chamber for alpha spectrometry

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    Larsen, Robert P.

    1977-01-01

    Alpha emitters for low-level radiochemical analysis by measurement of alpha spectra are positioned precisely with respect to the location of a surface-barrier detector by means of a chamber having a removable threaded planchet holder. A pedestal on the planchet holder holds a specimen in fixed engagement close to the detector. Insertion of the planchet holder establishes an O-ring seal that permits the chamber to be pumped to a desired vacuum. The detector is protected against accidental contact and resulting damage.

  19. Bremsstrahlung in {alpha} Decay Reexamined

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    Boie, H.; Scheit, H.; Jentschura, U. D.; Koeck, F.; Lauer, M.; Schwalm, D.; Milstein, A. I.; Terekhov, I. S.

    2007-07-13

    A high-statistics measurement of bremsstrahlung emitted in the {alpha} decay of {sup 210}Po has been performed, which allows us to follow the photon spectra up to energies of {approx}500 keV. The measured differential emission probability is in good agreement with our theoretical results obtained within the quasiclassical approximation as well as with the exact quantum mechanical calculation. It is shown that, due to the small effective electric dipole charge of the radiating system, a significant interference between the electric dipole and quadrupole contributions occurs, which is altering substantially the angular correlation between the {alpha} particle and the emitted photon.

  20. The alpha 4 integrin chain is a ligand for alpha 4 beta 7 and alpha 4 beta 1

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    1995-01-01

    The heterodimeric alpha 4 integrins alpha 4 beta 7 lymphocyte Peyer's patch adhesion molecule ([LPAM]-1) and alpha 4 beta 1 (very late antigen-4) are cell surface adhesion molecules involved in lymphocyte trafficking and lymphocyte-cell and matrix interactions. Known cellular ligands include vascular cell adhesion molecule (VCAM)-1, which binds to alpha 4 beta 1 and alpha 4 beta 7, and the mucosal addressin cell adhesion molecule (MAdCAM)-1, which binds to alpha 4 beta 7. Here we show that the alpha 4 chain of these integrins can itself serve as a ligand. The alpha 4 chain, immunoaffinity purified and immobilized on glass slides, binds thymocytes and T lymphocytes. Binding exhibits divalent cation requirements and temperature sensitivity which are characteristic of integrin-mediated interactions, and is specifically inhibited by anti-alpha 4 integrin antibodies, which exert their effect at the cell surface. Cells expressing exclusively alpha 4 beta 7 (TK-1) or alpha 4 beta 1 (L1-2) both bound avidly, whereas alpha 4-negative cells did not. A soluble 34-kD alpha 4 chain fragment retained binding activity, and it inhibited lymphocyte adhesion to alpha 4 ligands. It has been shown that alpha 4 integrin binding to fibronectin involves an leucine-aspartic acid-valine (LDV) motif in the HepII/IIICS region of fibronectin (CS-1 peptide), and homologous sequences are important in binding to VCAM-1 and MAdCAM-1. Three conserved LDV motifs occur in the extracellular sequence of alpha 4. A synthetic LDV-containing alpha 4- derived oligopeptide supports alpha 4-integrin-dependent lymphocyte adhesion and blocks binding to the 34-kD alpha 4 chain fragment. Our results suggest that alpha 4 beta 7 and alpha 4 beta 1 integrins may be able to bind to the alpha 4 subunit on adjacent cells, providing a novel mechanism for alpha 4 integrin-mediated and activation-regulated lymphocyte interactions during immune responses. PMID:7629498

  1. Improved Alpha Testing Using Hashed Sampling.

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    Wyman, Chris; McGuire, Morgan

    2017-08-14

    We further describe and analyze the idea of hashed alpha testing from Wyman and McGuire [1], which builds on stochastic alpha testing and simplifies stochastic transparency. Typically, alpha testing provides a simple mechanism to mask out complex silhouettes using simple proxy geometry with applied alpha textures. While widely used, alpha testing has a long-standing problem: geometry can disappear entirely as alpha mapped polygons recede with distance. As foveated rendering for virtual reality spreads, this problem worsens as peripheral minification and prefiltering introduce this problem on nearby objects.

  2. Sparse Coding for Alpha Matting.

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    Johnson, Jubin; Varnousfaderani, Ehsan Shahrian; Cholakkal, Hisham; Rajan, Deepu

    2016-07-01

    Existing color sampling-based alpha matting methods use the compositing equation to estimate alpha at a pixel from the pairs of foreground ( F ) and background ( B ) samples. The quality of the matte depends on the selected ( F,B ) pairs. In this paper, the matting problem is reinterpreted as a sparse coding of pixel features, wherein the sum of the codes gives the estimate of the alpha matte from a set of unpaired F and B samples. A non-parametric probabilistic segmentation provides a certainty measure on the pixel belonging to foreground or background, based on which a dictionary is formed for use in sparse coding. By removing the restriction to conform to ( F,B ) pairs, this method allows for better alpha estimation from multiple F and B samples. The same framework is extended to videos, where the requirement of temporal coherence is handled effectively. Here, the dictionary is formed by samples from multiple frames. A multi-frame graph model, as opposed to a single image as for image matting, is proposed that can be solved efficiently in closed form. Quantitative and qualitative evaluations on a benchmark dataset are provided to show that the proposed method outperforms the current stateoftheart in image and video matting.

  3. Sparse Coding for Alpha Matting.

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    Johnson, Jubin; Varnousfaderani, Ehsan; Cholakkal, Hisham; Rajan, Deepu

    2016-04-21

    Existing color sampling based alpha matting methods use the compositing equation to estimate alpha at a pixel from pairs of foreground (F) and background (B) samples. The quality of the matte depends on the selected (F,B) pairs. In this paper, the matting problem is reinterpreted as a sparse coding of pixel features, wherein the sum of the codes gives the estimate of the alpha matte from a set of unpaired F and B samples. A non-parametric probabilistic segmentation provides a certainty measure on the pixel belonging to foreground or background, based on which a dictionary is formed for use in sparse coding. By removing the restriction to conform to (F,B) pairs, this method allows for better alpha estimation from multiple F and B samples. The same framework is extended to videos, where the requirement of temporal coherence is handled effectively. Here, the dictionary is formed by samples from multiple frames. A multi-frame graph model, as opposed to a single image as for image matting, is proposed that can be solved efficiently in closed form. Quantitative and qualitative evaluations on a benchmark dataset are provided to show that the proposed method outperforms current state-of-the-art in image and video matting.

  4. Alpha proton x ray spectrometer

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    Rieder, Rudi; Waeke, H.; Economou, T.

    1994-01-01

    Mars Pathfinder will carry an alpha-proton x ray spectrometer (APX) for the determination of the elemental chemical composition of Martian rocks and soils. The instrument will measure the concentration of all major and some minor elements, including C, N, and O at levels above typically 1 percent.

  5. Meet the Alpha-Pets.

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    Zitlaw, Jo Ann Bruce; Frank, Cheryl Standish

    1985-01-01

    "Alpha-Pets" are the focal point of an integrated, multidisciplinary curriculum. Each pet is featured for a week in a vocabulary-rich story and introduces related activities beginning with the featured letter, such as the four food groups during Freddie Fish's week or universe during Ulysses Unicorn's week. (MT)

  6. Alcoholism, Alpha Production, and Biofeedback

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    Jones, Frances W.; Holmes, David S.

    1976-01-01

    Electroencephalograms of 20 alcoholics and 20 nonalcoholics were obtained. Data indicated that alcoholics produced less alpha than nonalcoholics. In one training condition subjects were given accurate biofeedback, whereas in the other condition subjects were given random (noncontingent) feedback. Accurate biofeedback did not result in greater…

  7. Alcoholism, Alpha Production, and Biofeedback

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    Jones, Frances W.; Holmes, David S.

    1976-01-01

    Electroencephalograms of 20 alcoholics and 20 nonalcoholics were obtained. Data indicated that alcoholics produced less alpha than nonalcoholics. In one training condition subjects were given accurate biofeedback, whereas in the other condition subjects were given random (noncontingent) feedback. Accurate biofeedback did not result in greater…

  8. Coexistence of {alpha}+{alpha}+n+n and {alpha}+t+t cluster structures in {sup 10}Be

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    Itagaki, N.; Ito, M.; Milin, M.; Hashimoto, T.; Ishiyama, H.; Miyatake, H.

    2008-06-15

    The coexistence of the {alpha}+{alpha}+n+n and {alpha}+t+t cluster structures in the excited states of {sup 10}Be has been discussed. In the previous analysis, all the low-lying states of {sup 10}Be were found to be well described by the motion of the two valence neutrons around two {alpha} clusters. However, the {alpha}+t+t cluster structure was found to coexist with the {alpha}+{alpha}+n+n structure around E{sub x}=15 MeV, close to the corresponding threshold. We have introduced a microscopic model to solve the coupling effect between these two configurations. The K=0 and K=1 states are generated from the {alpha}+t+t configurations due to the spin coupling of two triton clusters. The present case of {sup 10}Be is one of the few examples in which completely different configurations of triton-type ({alpha}+t+t three-center) and {alpha}-type ({alpha}+{alpha}+n+n two-center) clusters coexist in a single nucleus in the same energy region.

  9. Modulation of gene expression by alpha-tocopherol and alpha-tocopheryl phosphate in thp-1 monocytes

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    The naturally occurring vitamin E analogue, alpha-tocopheryl phosphate (alphaTP), has been reported to be more potent than the un-phosphorylated alpha alpha-tocopherol (alphaT). We have now measured plasma levels of alphaTP and compared the cellular effects of alphaTP and gamma-tocopheryl phosphate ...

  10. A synopsis of collective alpha effects and implications for ITER

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    Sigmar, D.J.

    1990-10-01

    This paper discusses the following: Alpha Interaction with Toroidal Alfven Eigenmodes; Alpha Interaction with Ballooning Modes; Alpha Interaction with Fishbone Oscillations; and Implications for ITER.

  11. What Causes Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency?

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    ... this page from the NHLBI on Twitter. What Causes Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency? Alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) ... develop. The most common faulty gene that can cause AAT deficiency is called PiZ. If you inherit ...

  12. Venus - False Color Image of Alpha Regio

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    1996-02-07

    NASA's Magellan radar image shows Alpha Regio, a topographic upland. In 1963 Alpha Regio was the first feature on Venus to be identified from Earth based radar. http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00147

  13. The ultraviolet spectra of Alpha Aquilae and Alpha Canis Minoris

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    Morton, D. C.; Bruzual A., G.; Kurucz, R. L.; Spinrad, H.

    1977-01-01

    Scans of Alpha Aql (A7 IV, V) and Alpha CMi (F5 IV-V) obtained with the Copernicus satellite spectrometer over the wavelength range from 2100 to 3200 A are presented along with a spectrum of the integrated solar disk over the same range procured during a calibrated rocket flight. About 1500 fairly strong absorption lines in the Alpha CMi spectrum between 2400 and 2961 A are identified by comparison with a solar atlas and by using a theoretical spectrum synthesized from a blanketed LTE model with an effective temperature of 6500 K and a surface gravity of 10,000 cm/sec per sec. The Mg II resonance doublet at 2795.528 and 2802.704 A is found to be present in all three stars together with a discontinuity at 2635 A due to Fe II, Fe I, Cr I, and Mn II. It is concluded that the Mg II resonance lines and the 2635-A continuum break would be the best spectral features for estimating the redshift of a galaxy observed at low resolution provided the redshift is not less than about 0.75.

  14. The ultraviolet spectra of Alpha Aquilae and Alpha Canis Minoris

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    Morton, D. C.; Bruzual A., G.; Kurucz, R. L.; Spinrad, H.

    1977-01-01

    Scans of Alpha Aql (A7 IV, V) and Alpha CMi (F5 IV-V) obtained with the Copernicus satellite spectrometer over the wavelength range from 2100 to 3200 A are presented along with a spectrum of the integrated solar disk over the same range procured during a calibrated rocket flight. About 1500 fairly strong absorption lines in the Alpha CMi spectrum between 2400 and 2961 A are identified by comparison with a solar atlas and by using a theoretical spectrum synthesized from a blanketed LTE model with an effective temperature of 6500 K and a surface gravity of 10,000 cm/sec per sec. The Mg II resonance doublet at 2795.528 and 2802.704 A is found to be present in all three stars together with a discontinuity at 2635 A due to Fe II, Fe I, Cr I, and Mn II. It is concluded that the Mg II resonance lines and the 2635-A continuum break would be the best spectral features for estimating the redshift of a galaxy observed at low resolution provided the redshift is not less than about 0.75.

  15. Association of actin with alpha crystallins

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    Gopalakrishnan, S.; Boyle, D.; Takemoto, L.; Spooner, B. S. (Principal Investigator)

    1993-01-01

    The alpha crystallins are cytosolic proteins that co-localize and co-purify with actin-containing microfilaments. Affinity column chromatography employing both covalently-coupled actin or alpha crystallin was used to demonstrate specific and saturable binding of actin with alpha crystallin. This conclusion was confirmed by direct visualization of alpha aggregates bound to actin polymerized in vitro. The significance of this interaction in relation to the functional properties of these two polypeptides will be discussed.

  16. Recent Results on the CKM Angle Alpha

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    Mihalyi, A.; /Wisconsin U., Madison

    2005-10-18

    The method to measure the CKM angle {alpha} and the modes sensitive to it are discussed. It is shown that the B {yields} {rho}{rho} decays provide the most stringent constraint on {alpha}, which is found to be {alpha} = 96{sup o} {+-} 10{sup o}(stat) {+-} 4{sup o}(syst){+-} 13{sup o}(penguin).

  17. Interferon-alpha induced Raynaud's syndrome.

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    Kruit, W H; Eggermont, A M; Stoter, G

    2000-11-01

    The cytokine interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha) is increasingly prescribed for a number of indications, especially viral hepatitis and several malignancies. Two patients are described who developed Raynaud's syndrome during treatment with IFN-alpha as adjuvant therapy for high-risk melanoma. With a review of the available literature the symptomatology, possible pathophysiologic mechanisms and treatment options are discussed.

  18. Effectiveness of Alpha Biofeedback Therapy: Negative Results.

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    Watson, Charles G.; Herder, Joseph

    1980-01-01

    Assessed the utility of alpha biofeedback training in the treatment of patients (N=66). Biofeedback and placebo biofeedback groups were given alpha or mock-alpha training sessions. Improvement on 54 variables was compared to that of no-treatment controls. Only a chance number of significant changes appeared among the groups. (Author)

  19. Effectiveness of Alpha Biofeedback Therapy: Negative Results.

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    Watson, Charles G.; Herder, Joseph

    1980-01-01

    Assessed the utility of alpha biofeedback training in the treatment of patients (N=66). Biofeedback and placebo biofeedback groups were given alpha or mock-alpha training sessions. Improvement on 54 variables was compared to that of no-treatment controls. Only a chance number of significant changes appeared among the groups. (Author)

  20. Genetics Home Reference: alpha-mannosidosis

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    ... infantile form Orphanet: Alpha-mannosidosis The MPS Society (UK): Guide to Alpha-Mannosidosis (PDF) Patient Support and ... Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) The MPS Society (UK) GeneReviews (1 link) Alpha-Mannosidosis ClinicalTrials.gov (1 ...

  1. Stereoselective synthesis of Z-alpha-aryl-alpha,beta-unsaturated esters.

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    Mani, Neelakandha S; Mapes, Christopher M; Wu, Jiejun; Deng, Xiaohu; Jones, Todd K

    2006-06-23

    An efficient method for the stereoselective synthesis of (Z)-alpha-arylacrylates is described. Treatment of alpha-hydroxyesters with triflic anhydride and pyridine at 0 degrees C followed by warming to room temperature afforded the corresponding (Z)-alpha-aryl-alpha,beta-unsaturated esters in very good yields and excellent stereoselectivity.

  2. Voglibose: An Alpha Glucosidase Inhibitor

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    Dabhi, Ajay S.; Bhatt, Nikita R.; Shah, Mohit J.

    2013-01-01

    Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is a morbid disease worldwide, with increasing incidence as time passes. It has macro-vascular and micro-vascular complications. The main cause of these complications is poorly controlled postprandial hyperglycaemia. Alpha glucosidase inhibitors, namely acarbose, voglibose and miglitol, are available for therapy. Voglibose is well tolerated and effective in comparable doses among these drugs. This article highlights the important features of voglibose. PMID:24551718

  3. Brassinolide activities of 2alpha,3alpha-diols versus 3alpha,4alpha-diols in the bean second internode bioassay: explanation by molecular modeling methods.

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    Sísa, Miroslav; Vilaplana-Polo, Marc; Ballesteros, Carme Brosa; Kohout, Ladislav

    2007-10-01

    In general, the structural requirements postulated for a high brassinolide activity are: 2alpha,3alpha-diol, 6-ketone or better 7-oxalactone in B-ring, A/B trans fused ring junction, a cis C-22,C-23-diol preferentially with RR configurations, and a C-24 methyl or ethyl substituent [Takatsuto S, Yazawa N, Ikekawa N, Takematsu T, Takeuchi Y, Koguchi M. Structure-activity relationship of brassinosteroids. Phytochemistry 1983;22:2437-41; Thompson MJ, Meudt WJ, Mandava NB, Dutky SR, Lusby WR, Spaulding DW. Synthesis of brassinosteroids and relationship of structure to plant growth-promoting effects. Steroids 1982;39:89-105]. We found that the 3alpha,4alpha-diols 4, 6 and 8 are more active than the 2alpha,3alpha-diols 3, 5 and 7 [Sísa M, Budesínský M, Kohout L. Synthesis of 7a-homo and 7a,7b-dihomo-5alpha-cholestane analogues of brassinolide. Collect Czech Chem Commun 2003;68:2171-89]. This fact is in strong contrast with the structure requirements mentioned above. Our hypothesis suggests that the lower activity of 2alpha,3alpha-diols and/or the higher activity of 3alpha,4alpha-diols could be explained by twisting and distortion of the molecule due to the seven- or eight-membered B-ring and also by the position of a carbonyl group relative to the A-ring diol. 3D-SAR computer methodologies as alignments and overlaps of GRID maps and 3D-QSAR analysis GRID-GOLPE (CoMFA-like) were used as an effort to explain the higher bioactivity of 3alpha,4alpha-diols 4, 6 and 8 in comparison with the 2alpha,3alpha-diols 3, 5 and 7 of B-ring enlarged brassinosteroids.

  4. Formation of varanic acid, 3 alpha, 7 alpha, 12 alpha, 24-tetrahydroxy-5 beta-cholestanoic acid from 3 alpha, 7 alpha, 12 alpha-trihydroxy-5 beta-cholestanoic acid in Bombina orientalis.

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    Une, M; Inoue, A; Hoshita, T

    1996-11-01

    Varanic acid (3 alpha, 7 alpha, 12 alpha, 24-tetrahydroxy-5 beta-cholestanoic acid; 24-OH-THCA) is almost the sole component of bile acids in the bile of Bombina orientalis. To examine in the mechanism of the formation of 24-OH-THCA, radiolabeled (25R)- and (25S)-3 alpha, 7 alpha, 12 alpha-trihdroxy-5 beta-cholestanoic acids [(25R)- and (25S)-THCA] and (24E)-3 alpha, 7 alpha, 12 alpha-trihdroxy-5 beta-cholest-24-enoic acid (delta 24-THCA) were administered intraperitoneally to B. orientalis, gallbladder bile was collected after 24 h, and bile acids were subsequently extracted. Then the bile acids were analyzed by means of radio thin-layer chromatography and radio high-performance liquid chromatography after conversion to p-bromophenacyl ester derivatives. Although delta 24-THCA was not converted to 24-OH-THCA, (25R)-THCA and (25S)-THCA were transformed to (24R,25R)-24-OH-THCA and (24R,25S)-24-OH-THCA, respectively. These results strongly suggest that 24-OH-THCA was transformed via direct hydroxylation of the saturated side chain of THCA, not via hydration to an alpha, beta-unsaturated acid, delta 24-THCA, in B. orientalis.

  5. Alpha voltaic batteries and methods thereof

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    Raffaelle, Ryne P. (Inventor); Jenkins, Phillip (Inventor); Wilt, David (Inventor); Scheiman, David (Inventor); Chubb, Donald (Inventor); Castro, Stephanie (Inventor)

    2011-01-01

    An alpha voltaic battery includes at least one layer of a semiconductor material comprising at least one p/n junction, at least one absorption and conversion layer on the at least one layer of semiconductor layer, and at least one alpha particle emitter. The absorption and conversion layer prevents at least a portion of alpha particles from the alpha particle emitter from damaging the p/n junction in the layer of semiconductor material. The absorption and conversion layer also converts at least a portion of energy from the alpha particles into electron-hole pairs for collection by the one p/n junction in the layer of semiconductor material.

  6. Alpha voltaic batteries and methods thereof

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    Raffaelle, Ryne P. (Inventor); Jenkins, Phillip (Inventor); Wilt, David (Inventor); Scheiman, David (Inventor); Chubb, Donald (Inventor); Castro, Stephanie (Inventor)

    2011-01-01

    An alpha voltaic battery includes at least one layer of a semiconductor material comprising at least one p/n junction, at least one absorption and conversion layer on the at least one layer of semiconductor layer, and at least one alpha particle emitter. The absorption and conversion layer prevents at least a portion of alpha particles from the alpha particle emitter from damaging the p/n junction in the layer of semiconductor material. The absorption and conversion layer also converts at least a portion of energy from the alpha particles into electron-hole pairs for collection by the one p/n junction in the layer of semiconductor material.

  7. Differentiation of the mRNA transcripts originating from the alpha 1- and alpha 2-globin loci in normals and alpha-thalassemics.

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    Liebhaber, S A; Kan, Y W

    1981-08-01

    The alpha-globin polypeptide is encoded by two adjacent genes, alpha 1 and alpha 2. In the normal diploid state (alpha alpha/alpha alpha) all four alpha-globin genes are expressed. Loss or dysfunction of one or more of these genes leads to deficient alpha-globin production and results in alpha-thalassemia. We present a technique to differentially assess the steady-state levels of the alpha 1- and alpha-2-globin messenger RNA (mRNA) transcripts and thus delineate the relative level of expression of the two alpha-globin loci in a variety of alpha-thalassemia states. Only alpha 1 mRNA was produced in the alpha-thalassemia-2 haplotype (-alpha) (one of the two alpha-globin genes deleted from chromosome 16). This confirms previous gene mapping data which demonstrate deletion of the alpha 2 gene. The triple alpha-globin gene haplotype (alpha alpha alpha) is the reciprocal of the alpha-thalassemia-2 haplotype and thus contains an extra alpha 2-globin gene. RNA from this haplotype contained a greater than normal level of alpha 2-relative to alpha 1-globin mRNA. This data implies that the extra alpha 2 gene in the triple alpha-globin haplotype is functional. We detected a relative instability of the alpha 2-globin mRNA encoding the alpha-globin structural mutant Constant Spring. This instability may contribute to the low level of expression of the alpha-Constant Spring protein. In a Chinese patient with nondeletion hemoglobin-H disease (- -/alpha alpha T) (both alpha-globin genes are present but not fully functional) a normal ratio was maintained between the levels of alpha 1- and alpha 2-globin mRNA, implying that mRNA production from both alpha-globin genes is suppressed in a balanced manner. These observations extended previous findings concerning the structural rearrangements in the deletion types of alpha-thalassemia and the pathophysiology of two nondeletion variants.

  8. G alpha 15 and G alpha 16 couple a wide variety of receptors to phospholipase C.

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    Offermanns, S; Simon, M I

    1995-06-23

    The murine G-protein alpha-subunit G alpha 15 and its human counterpart G alpha 16 are expressed in a subset of hematopoietic cells, and they have been shown to regulate beta-isoforms of inositide-specific phospholipase C. We studied the ability of a variety of receptors to interact with G alpha 15 and G alpha 16 by cotransfecting receptors and G-protein alpha-subunits in COS-7 cells. Activation of beta 2 adrenergic and muscarinic M2 receptors in cells expressing the receptors alone or together with G alpha q, G alpha 11, or G alpha 14 led to a very small stimulation of endogenous phospholipase C. However, when the receptors were coexpressed with G alpha 15 and G alpha 16, addition of appropriate ligands caused a severalfold increase in inositol phosphate production which was time- and dose-dependent. A similar activation of phospholipase C was observed when several other receptors which were previously shown to couple to members of the Gi and Gs family were coexpressed with G alpha 15/16. In addition, stimulation of inositol phosphate formation via receptors naturally coupled to phospholipase C was enhanced by cotransfection of G alpha 15 and G alpha 16. These data demonstrate that G alpha 15 and G alpha 16 are unique in that they can be activated by a wide variety of G-protein-coupled receptors. The ability of G alpha 15 and G alpha 16 to bypass the selectivity of receptor G-protein interaction can be a useful tool to understand the mechanism of receptor-induced G-protein activation. In addition, the promiscuous behavior of G alpha 15 and G alpha 16 toward receptors may be helpful in finding ligands corresponding to orphan receptors whose signaling properties are unknown.

  9. THE LYMAN ALPHA REFERENCE SAMPLE: EXTENDED LYMAN ALPHA HALOS PRODUCED AT LOW DUST CONTENT

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    Hayes, Matthew; Oestlin, Goeran; Duval, Florent; Guaita, Lucia; Melinder, Jens; Sandberg, Andreas; Schaerer, Daniel; Verhamme, Anne; Orlitova, Ivana; Mas-Hesse, J. Miguel; Oti-Floranes, Hector; Adamo, Angela; Atek, Hakim; Cannon, John M.; Herenz, E. Christian; Kunth, Daniel; Laursen, Peter

    2013-03-10

    We report on new imaging observations of the Lyman alpha emission line (Ly{alpha}), performed with the Hubble Space Telescope, that comprise the backbone of the Lyman alpha Reference Sample. We present images of 14 starburst galaxies at redshifts 0.028 < z < 0.18 in continuum-subtracted Ly{alpha}, H{alpha}, and the far ultraviolet continuum. We show that Ly{alpha} is emitted on scales that systematically exceed those of the massive stellar population and recombination nebulae: as measured by the Petrosian 20% radius, R{sub P20}, Ly{alpha} radii are larger than those of H{alpha} by factors ranging from 1 to 3.6, with an average of 2.4. The average ratio of Ly{alpha}-to-FUV radii is 2.9. This suggests that much of the Ly{alpha} light is pushed to large radii by resonance scattering. Defining the Relative Petrosian Extension of Ly{alpha} compared to H{alpha}, {xi}{sub Ly{alpha}} = R {sup Ly{alpha}}{sub P20}/R {sup H{alpha}}{sub P20}, we find {xi}{sub Ly{alpha}} to be uncorrelated with total Ly{alpha} luminosity. However, {xi}{sub Ly{alpha}} is strongly correlated with quantities that scale with dust content, in the sense that a low dust abundance is a necessary requirement (although not the only one) in order to spread Ly{alpha} photons throughout the interstellar medium and drive a large extended Ly{alpha} halo.

  10. Dietary alpha-tocopherol decreases alpha-tocotrienol but not gamma-tocotrienol concentration in rats.

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    Ikeda, Saiko; Tohyama, Tomoko; Yoshimura, Hiroyuki; Hamamura, Kimio; Abe, Kouichi; Yamashita, Kanae

    2003-02-01

    We previously showed that alpha- and gamma-tocotrienols accumulate in adipose tissue and skin but not in plasma or other tissues of rats fed a tocotrienol-rich fraction extracted from palm oil containing alpha-tocopherol and alpha- and gamma-tocotrienols. To clarify the nature of tocotrienol metabolism, we studied the distribution of alpha- or gamma-tocotrienol in rats fed alpha- or gamma-tocotrienol without alpha-tocopherol, and the effect of alpha-tocopherol on their distribution. Wistar rats (4-wk-old) were fed a diet with 50 mg alpha-tocotrienol/kg alone or with 50 mg alpha-tocopherol/kg in expt. 1, and a diet with 50 mg gamma-tocotrienol/kg alone or with 50 mg alpha-tocopherol/kg in expt. 2, for 8 wk. alpha-Tocotrienol was detected in various tissues and plasma of the rats fed alpha-tocotrienol alone, and the alpha-tocotrienol concentrations in those tissues and plasma decreased (P < 0.05) by the dietary alpha-tocopherol in the rats fed alpha-tocotrienol with alpha-tocopherol. However, gamma-tocotrienol preferentially accumulated in the adipose tissue and skin of the rats fed gamma-tocotrienol alone, and the dietary alpha-tocopherol failed either to decrease (P >/= 0.05) gamma-tocotrienol concentrations in the adipose tissue and skin or to increase (P >/= 0.05) in the urinary excretion of 2,7,8-trimethyl-2(2'-carboxymethyl)-6-hydroxycroman, a metabolite of gamma-tocotrienol, in the rats fed gamma-tocotrienol with alpha-tocopherol. These data suggest that alpha-tocopherol enhances the alpha-tocotrienol metabolism but not the gamma-tocotrienol metabolism in rats.

  11. alpha Pix enhances mutant huntingtin aggregation.

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    Eriguchi, Makoto; Mizuta, Haruo; Luo, Shouqing; Kuroda, Yasuo; Hara, Hideo; Rubinsztein, David C

    2010-03-15

    Huntington's disease is caused by polyglutamine-expanded mutant huntingtin (muhtt), an aggregation-prone protein. We identified the Pak-interacting exchange factor (alpha Pix/Cool2) as a novel huntingtin (htt) interacting protein, after screening actin-cytoskeleton organization-related factors. Using immunoprecipitation experiments, we show that alpha Pix binds to both the N-terminal of wild-type htt (wthtt) and mutant htt (muthtt). Colocalization studies revealed that alpha Pix accumulates in muthtt aggregates. Deletion analysis suggested that the dbl homology (DH) and pleckstrin homology (PH) domains of alpha Pix are required for its interaction with htt. Overexpression of alpha Pix enhanced muthtt aggregation by inducing SDS-soluble muthtt-muthtt interactions. Conversely, knocking down alpha Pix attenuated muhtt aggregation. These findings suggest that alpha Pix plays an important role in muthtt aggregation.

  12. 8alpha-hydroxyflavinmononucleotide and related compounds.

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    Zhilina, T A; Berezoyski, V M

    1977-01-01

    2', 3', 4'-Triacetyl-FMN has been transformed by selective radical bromination into 2', 3', 4'-triacetyl-8alpha-bromo-FMN, and the following hydrolysis of the latter has afforded 8alpha-hydroxy-FMN. The presence of the hydroxy group in the 8alpha position of 8alpha-hydroxy-FMN is confirmed by its acetylation into 2', 3'-diacetyl-8alpha-acetoxyriboflavin-4', 5'-cyclophosphate. The absorption spectra of the synthesized compounds have shown the reduction of the extinction ratios of the first and second absorption maxima in comparison with the extinction of the same maxima for 8alpha-hydroxyriboflavin. Unlike FMN, fluorescence quenching for 8alpha-hydroxy-FMN has been found.

  13. PPAR-alpha in cutaneous inflammation

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    Schmuth, Matthias

    2011-01-01

    Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR)-alpha is a fatty acid activated transcription factors that belongs to the nuclear hormone receptor family. Primarily PPAR-alpha serves as a lipid sensor. While PPAR-alpha controls enzymes from the lipid and glucose metabolism in the liver, heart and muscles, PPAR-alpha is also involved in skin homeostasis. PPAR-alpha controls keratinocyte proliferation/differentiation, contributes to wound healing and regulates skin inflammation. PPAR-alpha activation exerts anti-inflammatory effects in various skin conditions such as irritant and allergic contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis and UV-induced erythema, rendering investigations into the functions of PPAR-alpha necessary to provide better understandings to treat many inflammatory skin disorders. PMID:21519405

  14. Physiologic and prognostic significance of "alpha coma".

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    Iragui, V J; McCutchen, C B

    1983-01-01

    A patient with posthypoxic "alpha coma" is described whose EEGs were recorded before coma, within two hours following the onset of coma and after recovery. The differences observed between the alpha activity during coma and that seen before and after suggest that the alpha activity during coma and the physiologic alpha rhythm are different phenomena. This case, as well as others reported, also suggests that "alpha coma" resolving in the first 24 hours following hypoxia may have a better prognosis than "alpha coma" detected after the first day, and stresses the need for EEG monitoring begun in the immediate period following hypoxia in order to assess accurately the prognostic significance of this EEG pattern in the early stages of postanoxic encephalopathy. The aetiology of "alpha coma" also affects outcome. The survival rate appears higher in patients with respiratory arrest than in those with combined cardiopulmonary arrest. PMID:6886700

  15. Is Hb A2 elevated in adults with sickle-alpha-thalassemia (beta(S)/beta(S); -alpha/-alpha)?

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    Ballas, S K; Gay, R N; Chehab, F F

    1997-09-01

    Thirteen patients with sickle cell anemia (SS) were found to have two alpha gene deletions with a presumptive genotype of beta(S)/beta(S); -alpha/-alpha. Hematological data showed that this group of patients had elevated Hb A2 level. In order to determine whether the elevation of Hb A2 is typical of SS with a two alpha gene deletion or is due to undiagnosed S-beta(O)-thalassemia with a two alpha gene deletion we looked for the presence or absence of beta(O)-thalassemia by molecular techniques. The latter included reverse dot-blot hybridization to rule out a beta-thalassemia mutation, digestion with CvnI endonuclease followed by Southern blotting and hybridization with a beta genomic probe, and, in selected patients, determination of the synthetic alpha/beta ratio. One of the 13 patients had S-beta(O)-thalassemia with a G-->A mutation at IVS-II-1 indicating that her genotype was beta(S)/beta(O) thalassemia; -alpha/-alpha. The remaining 12 patients were homozygous for the sickle gene, had relatively elevated Hb levels, increased Hb A2 values, and Hb F levels similar to those in patients with SS and four or three alpha genes. At the clinical level, the 12 patients with SS and a two alpha gene deletion had increased prevalence of avascular necrosis, retinopathy, and splenomegaly, but decreased prevalence of leg ulcers and cerebrovascular accidents. Together, the data indicate that SS with a two alpha gene deletion (beta(S)/beta(S); -alpha/-alpha) is a unique subset of patients with SS characterised by distinct hematological and clinical features.

  16. Identification of noncollagenous sites encoding specific interactions and quaternary assembly of alpha 3 alpha 4 alpha 5(IV) collagen: implications for Alport gene therapy.

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    Kang, Jeong Suk; Colon, Selene; Hellmark, Thomas; Sado, Yoshikazu; Hudson, Billy G; Borza, Dorin-Bogdan

    2008-12-12

    Defective assembly of alpha 3 alpha 4 alpha 5(IV) collagen in the glomerular basement membrane causes Alport syndrome, a hereditary glomerulonephritis progressing to end-stage kidney failure. Assembly of collagen IV chains into heterotrimeric molecules and networks is driven by their noncollagenous (NC1) domains, but the sites encoding the specificity of these interactions are not known. To identify the sites directing quaternary assembly of alpha 3 alpha 4 alpha 5(IV) collagen, correctly folded NC1 chimeras were produced, and their interactions with other NC1 monomers were evaluated. All alpha1/alpha 5 chimeras containing alpha 5 NC1 residues 188-227 replicated the ability of alpha 5 NC1 to bind to alpha3NC1 and co-assemble into NC1 hexamers. Conversely, substitution of alpha 5 NC1 residues 188-227 by alpha1NC1 abolished these quaternary interactions. The amino-terminal 58 residues of alpha3NC1 encoded binding to alpha 5 NC1, but this interaction was not sufficient for hexamer co-assembly. Because alpha 5 NC1 residues 188-227 are necessary and sufficient for assembly into alpha 3 alpha 4 alpha 5 NC1 hexamers, whereas the immunodominant alloantigenic sites of alpha 5 NC1 do not encode specific quaternary interactions, the findings provide a basis for the rational design of less immunogenic alpha 5(IV) collagen constructs for the gene therapy of X-linked Alport patients.

  17. Resting-state alpha in autism spectrum disorder and alpha associations with thalamic volume.

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    Edgar, J Christopher; Heiken, Kory; Chen, Yu-Han; Herrington, John D; Chow, Vivian; Liu, Song; Bloy, Luke; Huang, Mingxiong; Pandey, Juhi; Cannon, Katelyn M; Qasmieh, Saba; Levy, Susan E; Schultz, Robert T; Roberts, Timothy P L

    2015-03-01

    Alpha circuits (8-12 Hz), necessary for basic and complex brain processes, are abnormal in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The present study obtained estimates of resting-state (RS) alpha activity in children with ASD and examined associations between alpha activity, age, and clinical symptoms. Given that the thalamus modulates cortical RS alpha rhythms, associations between thalamic structure and alpha activity were examined. RS magnetoencephalography was obtained from 47 typically-developing children (TDC) and 41 children with ASD. RS alpha activity was measured using distributed source localization. Left and right thalamic volume measurements were also obtained. In both groups, the strongest alpha activity was observed in Calcarine Sulcus regions. In Calcarine regions, only TDC showed the expected association between age and alpha peak frequency. ASD had more alpha activity than TDC in regions bordering the Central Sulcus as well as parietal association cortices. In ASD, whereas greater left Central Sulcus relative alpha activity was associated with higher Social Responsiveness Scale (SRS) scores, greater Calcarine region relative alpha activity was associated with lower SRS scores. Although thalamic volume group differences were not observed, relationships between thalamic volume and Calcarine alpha power were unique to TDC. The present study also identified a failure to shift peak alpha frequency as a function of age in primary alpha-generating areas in children with ASD. Findings suggested that increased RS alpha activity in primary motor and somatosensory as well as parietal multimodal areas-with increased alpha thought to reflect greater inhibition-might impair the ability to identify or interpret social cues. Finally, to our knowledge, this is the first study to report associations between thalamic volume and alpha power, an association observed only in TDC. The lack of thalamic and alpha associations in ASD suggests thalamic contributions to RS alpha

  18. alpha-Tocopheryl phosphate – an active lipid mediator?

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    The vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol, alphaT) derivative, alpha-tocopheryl phosphate (alphaTP), is detectable in small amounts in plasma, tissues, and cultured cells. Studies done in vitro and in vivo suggest that alphaT can become phosphorylated and alphaTP dephosphorylated, suggesting the existence of ...

  19. The mongoose acetylcholine receptor alpha-subunit: analysis of glycosylation and alpha-bungarotoxin binding.

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    Asher, O; Jensen, B S; Lupu-Meiri, M; Oron, Y; Fuchs, S

    1998-04-17

    The mongoose AChR alpha-subunit has been cloned and shown to be highly homologous to other AChR alpha-subunits, with only six differences in amino acid residues at positions that are conserved in animal species that bind alpha-bungarotoxin (alpha-BTX). Four of these six substitutions cluster in the ligand binding site, and one of them, Asn-187, forms a consensus N-glycosylation site. The mongoose glycosylated alpha-subunit has a higher apparent molecular mass than that of the rat glycosylated alpha-subunit, probably resulting from the additional glycosylation at Asn-187 of the mongoose subunit. The in vitro translated mongoose alpha-subunit, in a glycosylated or non-glycosylated form, does not bind alpha-BTX, indicating that lack of alpha-BTX binding can be achieved also in the absence of glycosylation.

  20. The Ly-alpha/H-alpha ratio in high-redshift radio galaxies

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    Mccarthy, Patrick J.; Elston, Richard; Eisenhardt, Peter

    1992-01-01

    The first spectroscopic detection of H-alpha emission from radio galaxies at z greater than 2 are presented. Strong H-alpha emission is detected at z = 2.429 in B3 0731 + 438, and H-alpha is directed at z = 2.428 in 0406 - 244 at a significant level of greater than 6 sigma. The resulting Ly-alpha/H-alpha ratios for 0731 + 438 and 0406 - 244 are 3.9 and 3.2 with 3 sigma uncertainties of 1.5 for each. A range of possible extinctions is derived depending on the reddening-free Ly-alpha/H-alpha ratio assumed and the extinction curve employed. The most important result of this study is the demonstration that the Ly-alpha/H-alpha ratio in distant galaxies can now be measured with relative ease.

  1. The Lyman-alpha/H-alpha ratio in solar flares and quasars

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    Canfield, R. C.; Puetter, R. C.; Ricchiazzi, P. J.

    1981-01-01

    Constant temperature and density solar flare models are constructed with temperature and hydrogen density values that reflect reasonable nonlinear averages of those parameters in the depth dependent solar flare chromosphere models of Lites and Cook (1979). Acceptable values of the intensity ratios L-alpha/H-alpha and H-beta/H-alpha correspond to temperatures from about 9000 to 13,000 K, and hydrogen densities from 10 to the 11th to 10 to the 15th cu cm. The H-alpha and Ly-alpha source functions are thermalized at depths consistent with those inferred from independent studies, although the observed Ly-alpha/H-alpha ratio does not necessarily imply an electron temperature appropriate to the Planck function ratio. It is also shown that the value of Ly-alpha/H-alpha depends on the temperature, hydrogen density, and the optical depth of the emitting chromospheric layer.

  2. Lymphatic transport of alpha-, gamma- and delta-tocotrienols and alpha-tocopherol in rats.

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    Ikeda, I; Imasato, Y; Sasaki, E; Sugano, M

    1996-01-01

    Lymphatic transport of alpha-, gamma- and delta-tocotrienols and alpha-tocopherol was measured in thoracic duct-cannulated rats. Animals were administered 3 ml of a test emulsion containing 200 mg sodium taurocholate, 50 mg fatty acid free-albumin, 200 mg fat and 100 mg of a mixture of tocotrienols and alpha-tocopherol (Exp. 1) or 10 mg of purified alpha-, gamma- or delta-tocotrienol or alpha-tocopherol (Exp. 2) through a gastric tube. Quantitative lymphatic recovery of oleic acid given as triolein was obtained in these experimental conditions. The 24-hours recovery of tocotrienols and alpha-tocopherol were 10-20% of the administered dose in Exp. 1. The recovery of alpha-tocotrienol was about 2-times higher than that of alpha-tocopherol, while that of gamma- and delta-tocotrienols was intermediate between these two alpha-forms. In Exp. 2, where these compounds were administered individually, the 24 hours recovery ranged from 22 to 37% of the administered dose. Again, the recovery of alpha-tocotrienol was significantly higher than that of the other tocotrienols and alpha-tocopherol, while that of gamma- and delta-tocotrienols and alpha-tocopherol was comparable. Thus, the results show the preferential absorption of alpha-tocotrienol compared to gamma- and delta-tocotrienols and alpha-tocopherol.

  3. Atypical alpha asymmetry in adults with ADHD.

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    Hale, T Sigi; Smalley, Susan L; Hanada, Grant; Macion, James; McCracken, James T; McGough, James J; Loo, Sandra K

    2009-08-01

    A growing body of literature suggests atypical cerebral asymmetry and interhemispheric interaction in ADHD. A common means of assessing lateralized brain function in clinical populations has been to examine the relative proportion of EEG alpha activity (8-12 Hz) in each hemisphere (i.e., alpha asymmetry). Increased rightward alpha asymmetry has been associated with ADHD-like traits such as reduced reward responsiveness, a lack of inhibition toward aversive experience, and increased approach behaviors, and previous work has indicated increased rightward alpha asymmetry in children with ADHD. The current study explores whether increased rightward alpha asymmetry is also evident in adults with ADHD. We assessed low (8-10 Hz) and high (10-12 Hz) alpha asymmetry in adults with ADHD (n=29) versus controls (n=62) during baseline and cognitive activation conditions for nine homologous electrode pairs along the anterior-posterior axis. Seven results emerged (p<.05) showing increased rightward alpha asymmetry in adults with ADHD. This occurred in three specific electrode pairs across two testing conditions, and five of six results occurred in the lower alpha band. Finally, post hoc analysis indicated that increased rightward alpha asymmetry was generally associated with greater numbers of ADHD symptoms--with a possible parietal association for inattentive and a fronto-temporal association for hyperactivity symptoms. Increased rightward alpha asymmetry previously observed in children with ADHD appears to be a developmentally persistent feature of ADHD.

  4. High gas flow alpha detector

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    Bolton, R.D.; Bounds, J.A.; Rawool-Sullivan, M.W.

    1996-05-07

    An alpha detector for application in areas of high velocity gas flows, such as smokestacks and air vents. A plurality of spaced apart signal collectors are placed inside an enclosure, which would include smokestacks and air vents, in sufficient numbers to substantially span said enclosure so that gas ions generated within the gas flow are electrostatically captured by the signal collector means. Electrometer means and a voltage source are connected to the signal collectors to generate an electrical field between adjacent signal collectors, and to indicate a current produced through collection of the gas ions by the signal collectors. 4 figs.

  5. High gas flow alpha detector

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    Bolton, Richard D.; Bounds, John A.; Rawool-Sullivan, Mohini W.

    1996-01-01

    An alpha detector for application in areas of high velocity gas flows, such as smokestacks and air vents. A plurality of spaced apart signal collectors are placed inside an enclosure, which would include smokestacks and air vents, in sufficient numbers to substantially span said enclosure so that gas ions generated within the gas flow are electrostatically captured by the signal collector means. Electrometer means and a voltage source are connected to the signal collectors to generate an electrical field between adjacent signal collectors, and to indicate a current produced through collection of the gas ions by the signal collectors.

  6. Targeted alpha therapy for cancer

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    Allen, Barry J.; Raja, Chand; Rizvi, Syed; Li, Yong; Tsui, Wendy; Zhang, David; Song, Emma; Qu, Chang Fa; Kearsley, John; Graham, Peter; Thompson, John

    2004-08-01

    Targeted alpha therapy (TAT) offers the potential to inhibit the growth of micrometastases by selectively killing isolated and preangiogenic clusters of cancer cells. The practicality and efficacy of TAT is tested by in vitro and in vivo studies in melanoma, leukaemia, colorectal, breast and prostate cancers, and by a phase 1 trial of intralesional TAT for melanoma. The alpha-emitting radioisotope used is Bi-213, which is eluted from the Ac-225 generator and chelated to a cancer specific monoclonal antibody (mab) or protein (e.g. plasminogen activator inhibitor-2 PAI2) to form the alpha-conjugate (AC). Stable alpha-ACs have been produced which have been tested for specificity and cytotoxicity in vitro against melanoma (9.2.27 mab), leukaemia (WM60), colorectal (C30.6), breast (PAI2, herceptin), ovarian (PAI2, herceptin, C595), prostate (PAI2, J591) and pancreatic (PAI2, C595) cancers. Subcutaneous inoculation of 1-1.5 million human cancer cells into the flanks of nude mice causes tumours to grow in all mice. Tumour growth is compared for untreated controls, nonspecific AC and specific AC, for local (subcutaneous) and systemic (tail vein or intraperitoneal) injection models. The 213Bi-9.2.27 AC is injected into secondary skin melanomas in stage 4 patients in a dose escalation study to determine the effective tolerance dose, and to measure kinematics to obtain the equivalent dose to organs. In vitro studies show that TAT is one to two orders of magnitude more cytotoxic to targeted cells than non-specific ACs, specific beta emitting conjugates or free isotopes. In vivo local TAT at 2 days post-inoculation completely prevents tumour formation for all cancers tested so far. Intra-lesional TAT can completely regress advanced sc melanoma but is less successful for breast and prostate cancers. Systemic TAT inhibits the growth of sc melanoma xenografts and gives almost complete control of breast and prostate cancer tumour growth. Intralesional doses up to 450 µCi in human

  7. Extralarge XL(alpha)s (XXL(alpha)s), a variant of stimulatory G protein alpha-subunit (Gs(alpha)), is a distinct, membrane-anchored GNAS product that can mimic Gs(alpha).

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    Aydin, Cumhur; Aytan, Nurgul; Mahon, Mathew J; Tawfeek, Hesham A W; Kowall, Neil W; Dedeoglu, Alpaslan; Bastepe, Murat

    2009-08-01

    GNAS gives rise to multiple imprinted gene products, including the alpha-subunit of the stimulatory G protein (Gs(alpha)) and its variant XL(alpha)s. Based on genomic sequence, the translation of XL(alpha)s begins from the middle of a long open reading frame, suggesting the existence of an N-terminally extended variant termed extralarge XLalphas (XXL(alpha)s). Although XXL(alpha), like Gs(alpha) and XL(alpha)s, would be affected by most disease-causing GNAS mutations, its authenticity and biological significance remained unknown. Here we identified a mouse cDNA clone that comprises the entire open reading frame encoding XXL(alpha)s. Whereas XXL(alpha)s mRNA was readily detected in mouse heart by RT-PCR, it appeared virtually absent in insulinoma-derived INS-1 cells. By Northern blots and RT-PCR, XXL(alpha)s mRNA was detected primarily in the mouse brain, cerebellum, and spleen. Immunohistochemistry using a specific anti-XXL(alpha)s antibody demonstrated XXL(alpha)s protein in multiple brain areas, including dorsal hippocampus and cortex. In transfected cells, full-length human XXL(alpha)s was localized to the plasma membrane and mediated isoproterenol- and cholera toxin-stimulated cAMP accumulation. XXL(alpha)s-R844H, which bears a mutation analogous to that in the constitutively active Gs(alpha) mutant Gs(alpha)-R201H (gsp oncogene), displayed elevated basal signaling. However, unlike Gs(alpha)-R201H, which mostly remains in the cytoplasm, both XXL(alpha)s-R844H and a constitutively active XL(alpha)s mutant localized to the plasma membrane. Hence, XXL(alpha)s is a distinct GNAS product and can mimic Gs(alpha), but the constitutively active XXL(alpha)s and Gs(alpha) mutants differ from each other regarding subcellular targeting. Our findings suggest that XXL(alpha)s deficiency or hyperactivity may contribute to the pathogenesis of diseases caused by GNAS mutations.

  8. Selective sorting of alpha-granule proteins

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    Italiano, J.E.; Battinelli, E. M.

    2010-01-01

    Summary One of the main functions of blood platelets is to secrete a variety of substances that can modify a developing thrombus, regulate the growth of the vasculature, promote wound repair, and contribute to cell-adhesive events. The majority of this vast array of secreted proteins is stored in alpha-granules. Until recently, it was assumed that platelets contained one homogeneous population of alpha-granules that undergo complete de-granulation during platelet activation. This review focuses on the mechanisms of alpha-granule biogenesis and secretion, with a particular emphasis on recent findings that clearly demonstrate that platelets contain distinct subpopulations of alpha-granules that undergo differential release during activation. We consider the implications of this new paradigm of platelet secretion, discuss mechanisms of alpha-granule biogenesis, and review the molecular basis of transport and delivery of alpha-granules to assembling platelets. PMID:19630794

  9. Microtubule Depolymerization Potentiates Alpha-Synuclein Oligomerization

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    Esteves, A. Raquel; Arduíno, Daniela M.; Swerdlow, Russell H.; Oliveira, Catarina R.; Cardoso, Sandra M.

    2009-01-01

    Parkinson's disease (PD) is associated with perturbed mitochondria function and alpha-synuclein fibrillization. We evaluated potential mechanistic links between mitochondrial dysfunction and alpha-synuclein aggregation. We studied a PD cytoplasmic hybrid (cybrid) cell line in which platelet mitochondria from a PD subject were transferred to NT2 neuronal cells previously depleted of endogenous mitochondrial DNA. Compared to a control cybrid cell line, the PD line showed reduced ATP levels, an increased free/polymerized tubulin ratio, and alpha-synuclein oligomer accumulation. Taxol (which stabilizes microtubules) normalized the PD tubulin ratio and reduced alpha-synuclein oligomerization. A nexus exists between mitochondrial function, cytoskeleton homeostasis, and alpha-synuclein oligomerization. In our model, mitochondrial dysfunction triggers an increased free tubulin, which destabilizes the microtubular network and promotes alpha-synuclein oligomerization. PMID:20552056

  10. Partnership of PGC-1alpha and HNF4alpha in the regulation of lipoprotein metabolism.

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    Rhee, James; Ge, Hongfei; Yang, Wenli; Fan, Melina; Handschin, Christoph; Cooper, Marcus; Lin, Jiandie; Li, Cai; Spiegelman, Bruce M

    2006-05-26

    Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma coactivator-1alpha (PGC-1alpha) is a transcriptional coactivator involved in several aspects of energy metabolism. It is induced or activated under different stimuli in a highly tissue-specific manner and subsequently partners with certain transcription factors in those tissues to execute various biological programs. In the fasted liver, PGC-1alpha is induced and interacts with hepatocyte nuclear factor 4alpha (HNF4alpha) and other transcription factors to activate gluconeogenesis and increase hepatic glucose output. Given the broad spectrum of liver genes responsive to HNF4alpha, we sought to determine those that were specifically targeted by the combination of PGC-1alpha and HNF4alpha. Coexpression of these two molecules in murine stem cells reveals a high induction of mRNA for apolipoproteins A-IV and C-II. Forced expression of PGC-1alpha in mouse and human hepatoma cells increases the mRNA of a subset of apolipoproteins implicated in very low density lipoprotein and triglyceride metabolism, including apolipoproteins A-IV, C-II, and C-III. Coactivation of the apoC-III/A-IV promoter region by PGC-1alpha occurs through a highly conserved HNF4alpha response element, the loss of which completely abolishes activation by PGC-1alpha and HNF4alpha. Adenoviral infusion of PGC-1alpha into live mice increases hepatic expression of apolipoproteins A-IV, C-II, and C-III and increases serum and very low density lipoprotein triglyceride levels. Conversely, knock down of PGC-1alpha in vivo causes a decrease in both apolipoprotein expression and serum triglyceride levels. These data point to a crucial role for the PGC-1alpha/HNF4alpha partnership in hepatic lipoprotein metabolism.

  11. Alpha(+)-thalassaemia and malarial anaemia.

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    Danquah, Ina; Mockenhaupt, Frank P

    2008-11-01

    The mechanisms by which alpha(+)-thalassaemia protects against severe malaria, and severe malarial anaemia in particular, are poorly understood. A recent report proposes that the increased count of microcytic and hypochromic erythrocytes in alpha(+)-thalassaemia reduces the haemoglobin decline during acute malaria and, thus, reduces the risk of anaemia. This mechanism might add to further alpha(+)-thalassaemic attributes that are involved in the attenuation of anaemia caused by both acute and chronic Plasmodium infections.

  12. Beta/alpha continuous air monitor

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    Becker, Gregory K.; Martz, Dowell E.

    1989-01-01

    A single deep layer silicon detector in combination with a microcomputer, recording both alpha and beta activity and the energy of each pulse, distinguishing energy peaks using a novel curve fitting technique to reduce the natural alpha counts in the energy region where plutonium and other transuranic alpha emitters are present, and using a novel algorithm to strip out radon daughter contribution to actual beta counts.

  13. Alpha2-adrenergic receptor agonists as analgesics.

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    Boyd, R E

    2001-08-01

    Alpha2-adrenergic receptor agonists are analgesic agents, and the alpha2-adrenergic agonist clonidine has been used in clinical studies for regional analgesia after intrathecal administration. We review here recent developments concerning the structure activity relationships of a new class of potent alpha2-adrenergic agonists and their use as analgesic agents. The effect of structure upon cardiovascular side-effects is also monitored, such as the prolongation of the QT portion of the cardiac action potential.

  14. Beta/alpha continuous air monitor

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    Becker, G.K.; Martz, D.E.

    1988-06-27

    A single deep layer silicon detector in combination with a microcomputer, recording both alpha and beta activity and the energy of each pulse, distinquishing energy peaks using a novel curve fitting technique to reduce the natural alpha counts in the energy region where plutonium and other transuranic alpha emitters are present, and using a novel algorithm to strip out radon daughter contribution to actual beta counts. 7 figs.

  15. Prospects for alpha particle studies on TFTR

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    Zweben, S.J.

    1987-05-01

    TFTR is expected to produce approximately 5 MW of alpha heating during the D/T Q approx. = 1 phase of operation in 1990. At that point the collective confinement properties and the heating effects of alpha particles become accessible for study for the first time. This paper outlines the potential performance of TFTR with respect to alpha particle production, the diagnostics which will be available for alpha particle measurements, and the physics issues which can be studied both before and during D/T operation.

  16. Gene transfer mediated by alpha2-macroglobulin.

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    Schneider, H; Huse, K; Birkenmeier, G; Otto, A; Scholz, G H

    1996-01-01

    alpha2-Macroglobulin covalently linked to poly(L)-lysine can be used as a vehicle for receptor-mediated gene transfer. This modified alpha2-macroglobulin maintains its ability to bind to the alpha2-macroglobulin receptor, and was shown to introduce a luciferase reporter gene plasmid into HepG2 human hepatoma cells in vitro. The alpha2-macroglobulin receptor is a very large and multifunctional cell surface receptor, whose rapid and efficient internalization rate makes it attractive for gene therapy, e.g. for hepatic gene targeting via injection into the portal vein. PMID:8871570

  17. Alpha-physics and measurement requirements for ITER

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    Zweben, S.J.; Young, K.M.; Putvinski, S.; Petrov, M.P.; Sadler, G.; Tobita, K.

    1995-12-31

    This paper reviews alpha particle physics issues in ITER and their implications for alpha particle measurements. A comparison is made between alpha heating in ITER and NBI and ICRH heating systems in present tokamaks, and alpha particle issues in ITER are discussed in three physics areas: `single particle` alpha effects, `collective` alpha effects, and RF interactions with alpha particles. 29 refs., 4 figs., 4 tabs.

  18. EEG, alpha waves and coherence

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    Ascolani, Gianluca

    This thesis addresses some theoretical issues generated by the results of recent analysis of EEG time series proving the brain dynamics are driven by abrupt changes making them depart from the ordinary Poisson condition. These changes are renewal, unpredictable and non-ergodic. We refer to them as crucial events. How is it possible that this form of randomness be compatible with the generation of waves, for instance alpha waves, whose observation seems to suggest the opposite view the brain is characterized by surprisingly extended coherence? To shed light into this apparently irretrievable contradiction we propose a model based on a generalized form of Langevin equation under the influence of a periodic stimulus. We assume that there exist two different forms of time, a subjective form compatible with Poisson statistical physical and an objective form that is accessible to experimental observation. The transition from the former to the latter form is determined by the brain dynamics interpreted as emerging from the cooperative interaction among many units that, in the absence of cooperation would generate Poisson fluctuations. We call natural time the brain internal time and we make the assumption that in the natural time representation the time evolution of the EEG variable y(t) is determined by a Langevin equation perturbed by a periodic process that in this time representation is hardly distinguishable from an erratic process. We show that the representation of this random process in the experimental time scale is characterized by a surprisingly extended coherence. We show that this model generates a sequence of damped oscillations with a time behavior that is remarkably similar to that derived from the analysis of real EEG's. The main result of this research work is that the existence of crucial events is not incompatible with the alpha wave coherence. In addition to this important result, we find another result that may help our group, or any other research

  19. Expression of type IV collagen alpha 3 and alpha 4 chain mRNA in X-linked Alport syndrome.

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    Nakanishi, K; Yoskikawa, N; Iijima, K; Nakamura, H

    1996-06-01

    X-Linked Alport syndrome is caused by mutations in the COL4A5 gene encoding the Type IV collagen alpha 5 chain (alpha 5(IV)). The authors' recent immunohistochemical study demonstrated abnormal expression of alpha 3(IV) and alpha 4(IV), as well as of alpha 5(IV), in patients with this syndrome, and a correlation between abnormal alpha 3(IV) and alpha 4(IV) expression and severity of the disease. The mechanism linking alpha 5(IV) mutations with abnormal alpha 3(IV) and alpha 4(IV) expression is unknown. To examine alpha 3(IV) and alpha 4(IV) mRNA expression in renal cortical tissues of patients with X-linked Alport syndrome, a nonradioisotopic, semiquantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction assay (alpha 3(IV) and glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH), alpha 4(IV), and GAPDH coamplification) was performed. There were no significant differences among severely affected male (N = 3), mildly affected male (N = 2), and female (N = 1) X-linked Alport patients and control subjects (N = 2) with respect to alpha 3(IV) and alpha 4(IV) mRNA expression in renal cortical tissue. These findings indicate that alpha 3(IV) and alpha 4(IV) transcription is not turned off in X-linked Alport syndrome and suggest that abnormal expression of alpha 3(IV) and alpha 4(IV) proteins in this syndrome may be the result of failure of incorporation of alpha 3(IV) and alpha 4(IV) into the glomerular basement membrane.

  20. Enzymatic synthesis of a selective inhibitor for alpha-glucosidases: alpha-acarviosinyl-(1-->9)-3-alpha-D-glucopyranosylpropen.

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    Lee, Young-Su; Lee, Myoung-Hee; Lee, Hee-Seob; Lee, Seung-Jae; Kim, Young-Wan; Zhang, Ran; Withers, Stephen G; Kim, Kwan Soo; Lee, Sung-Joon; Park, Kwan-Hwa

    2008-07-09

    Here, we describe the enzymatic synthesis of novel inhibitors using acarviosine-glucose as a donor and 3-alpha-D-glucopyranosylpropen (alphaGP) as an acceptor. Maltogenic amylase from Thermus sp. (ThMA) catalyzed the transglycosylation of the acarviosine moiety to alphaGP. The two major reaction products were isolated using chromatographies. Structural analyses revealed that acarviosine was transferred to either C-7 or C-9 of the alphaGP, which correspond to C-4 and C-6 of glucose. Both inhibited rat intestine alpha-glucosidase competitively but displayed a mixed-type inhibition mode against human pancreatic alpha-amylase. The alpha-acarviosinyl-(1-->7)-3-alpha-D-glucopyranosylpropen showed weaker inhibition potency than acarbose against both alpha-glycosidases. In contrast, the alpha-acarviosinyl-(1-->9)-3-alpha-D-glucopyranosylpropen exhibited a 3.0-fold improved inhibition potency against rat intestine alpha-glucosidase with 0.3-fold inhibition potency against human pancreatic alpha-amylase relative to acarbose. In conclusion, alpha-acarviosinyl-(1-->9)-3-alpha-D-glucopyranosylpropen is a novel alpha-glucosidase-selective inhibitor with 10-fold enhanced selectivity toward alpha-glucosidase over alpha-amylase relative to acarbose, and it could be applied as a potent hypoglycemic agent.

  1. The murine alpha B-crystallin/small heat shock protein enhancer: identification of alpha BE-1, alpha BE-2, alpha BE-3, and MRF control elements.

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    Gopal-Srivastava, R; Piatigorsky, J

    1993-11-01

    The murine alpha B-crystallin gene (a member of the small heat shock protein family) is expressed constitutively at high levels in the lens and at lower levels in many other tissues, including skeletal muscle. We have previously used the herpes simplex virus thymidine kinase promoter fused to the human growth hormone gene to identify an alpha B-crystallin enhancer at positions -427 to -259 that has high activity in muscle and low activity in lens cell lines. In the study reported here, we performed DNase I footprinting, transfection, mutagenesis, and electrophoretic mobility shift experiments using the murine C2C12 muscle and alpha TN4-1 lens cell lines and the rabbit N/N1003A lens cell line to identify sequences responsible for activity of this enhancer. Enhancer activity in both the muscle and lens cells was dependent on novel elements called alpha BE-1 (-407 to -397), alpha BE-2 (-360 to -327), and alpha BE-3 (-317 to -306). These elements were also weakly occupied by nuclear proteins in L929 cells, which appear to express the alpha B-crystallin gene at a very low level (detectable only by the polymerase chain reaction). A fourth element containing a consensus muscle regulatory factor-binding site called MRF (-300 to -288) was occupied and used only by the C2C12 muscle cells. Cotransfection in NIH 3T3 cells and antibody-gel shift experiments using C2C12 nuclear extracts indicated that MyoD, myogen, or a similar member of this family can activate the alpha B-crystallin enhancer by interaction with the MRF site. Taken together, we conclude that the alpha BE-1, alpha BE-2, and alpha BE-3 elements are shared by both lens and muscle cells, but the MRF element is used only in muscle cells, providing the first example of a muscle-specific control element in a crystallin gene.

  2. Resting-State Alpha in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Alpha Associations with Thalamic Volume

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    Edgar, J. Christopher; Heiken, Kory; Chen, Yu-Han; Herrington, John D.; Chow, Vivian; Liu, Song; Bloy, Luke; Huang, Mingxiong; Pandey, Juhi; Cannon, Katelyn M.; Qasmieh, Saba; Levy, Susan E.; Schultz, Robert T.; Roberts, Timothy P. L.

    2015-01-01

    Alpha circuits (8-12 Hz), necessary for basic and complex brain processes, are abnormal in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The present study obtained estimates of resting-state (RS) alpha activity in children with ASD and examined associations between alpha activity, age, and clinical symptoms. Given that the thalamus modulates cortical RS alpha…

  3. Resting-State Alpha in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Alpha Associations with Thalamic Volume

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    Edgar, J. Christopher; Heiken, Kory; Chen, Yu-Han; Herrington, John D.; Chow, Vivian; Liu, Song; Bloy, Luke; Huang, Mingxiong; Pandey, Juhi; Cannon, Katelyn M.; Qasmieh, Saba; Levy, Susan E.; Schultz, Robert T.; Roberts, Timothy P. L.

    2015-01-01

    Alpha circuits (8-12 Hz), necessary for basic and complex brain processes, are abnormal in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The present study obtained estimates of resting-state (RS) alpha activity in children with ASD and examined associations between alpha activity, age, and clinical symptoms. Given that the thalamus modulates cortical RS alpha…

  4. 40 CFR 721.10300 - Benzeneacetic acid, .alpha.-chloro-.alpha.-phenyl-, ethyl ester.

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    2014-07-01

    ...-.alpha.-phenyl-, ethyl ester. 721.10300 Section 721.10300 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL....-phenyl-, ethyl ester. (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified as benzeneacetic acid, .alpha.-chloro-.alpha.-phenyl-, ethyl ester (PMN...

  5. 40 CFR 721.10300 - Benzeneacetic acid, .alpha.-chloro-.alpha.-phenyl-, ethyl ester.

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    2012-07-01

    ...-.alpha.-phenyl-, ethyl ester. 721.10300 Section 721.10300 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL....-phenyl-, ethyl ester. (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified as benzeneacetic acid, .alpha.-chloro-.alpha.-phenyl-, ethyl ester (PMN...

  6. 40 CFR 721.10300 - Benzeneacetic acid, .alpha.-chloro-.alpha.-phenyl-, ethyl ester.

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    2013-07-01

    ...-.alpha.-phenyl-, ethyl ester. 721.10300 Section 721.10300 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL....-phenyl-, ethyl ester. (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified as benzeneacetic acid, .alpha.-chloro-.alpha.-phenyl-, ethyl ester (PMN...

  7. Bayesian Meta-Analysis of Coefficient Alpha

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    Brannick, Michael T.; Zhang, Nanhua

    2013-01-01

    The current paper describes and illustrates a Bayesian approach to the meta-analysis of coefficient alpha. Alpha is the most commonly used estimate of the reliability or consistency (freedom from measurement error) for educational and psychological measures. The conventional approach to meta-analysis uses inverse variance weights to combine…

  8. 27 CFR 21.95 - Alpha terpineol.

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    2012-04-01

    ... 27 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms 1 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Alpha terpineol. 21.95 Section 21.95 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO TAX AND TRADE BUREAU, DEPARTMENT... Alpha terpineol. (a) Boiling point at 752mm 218.8-219.4 °C. (b) Density at 15° 0.9386. (c)...

  9. 27 CFR 21.95 - Alpha terpineol.

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    2014-04-01

    ... 27 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms 1 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Alpha terpineol. 21.95 Section 21.95 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO TAX AND TRADE BUREAU, DEPARTMENT... Alpha terpineol. (a) Boiling point at 752mm 218.8-219.4 °C. (b) Density at 15° 0.9386. (c)...

  10. 27 CFR 21.95 - Alpha terpineol.

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    2011-04-01

    ... 27 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms 1 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Alpha terpineol. 21.95 Section 21.95 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO TAX AND TRADE BUREAU, DEPARTMENT... Alpha terpineol. (a) Boiling point at 752mm 218.8-219.4 °C. (b) Density at 15° 0.9386. (c)...

  11. 27 CFR 21.95 - Alpha terpineol.

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    2013-04-01

    ... 27 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms 1 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Alpha terpineol. 21.95 Section 21.95 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO TAX AND TRADE BUREAU, DEPARTMENT... Alpha terpineol. (a) Boiling point at 752mm 218.8-219.4 °C. (b) Density at 15° 0.9386. (c)...

  12. Remote Associates Test and Alpha Brain Waves

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    Haarmann, Henk J.; George, Timothy; Smaliy, Alexei; Dien, Joseph

    2012-01-01

    Previous studies found that performance on the remote associates test (RAT) improves after a period of incubation and that increased alpha brain waves over the right posterior brain predict the emergence of RAT insight solutions. We report an experiment that tested whether increased alpha brain waves during incubation improve RAT performance.…

  13. Coefficient Alpha Bootstrap Confidence Interval under Nonnormality

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    Padilla, Miguel A.; Divers, Jasmin; Newton, Matthew

    2012-01-01

    Three different bootstrap methods for estimating confidence intervals (CIs) for coefficient alpha were investigated. In addition, the bootstrap methods were compared with the most promising coefficient alpha CI estimation methods reported in the literature. The CI methods were assessed through a Monte Carlo simulation utilizing conditions…

  14. Coefficient Alpha Bootstrap Confidence Interval under Nonnormality

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    Padilla, Miguel A.; Divers, Jasmin; Newton, Matthew

    2012-01-01

    Three different bootstrap methods for estimating confidence intervals (CIs) for coefficient alpha were investigated. In addition, the bootstrap methods were compared with the most promising coefficient alpha CI estimation methods reported in the literature. The CI methods were assessed through a Monte Carlo simulation utilizing conditions…

  15. Psychiatric Symptoms in Alpha-Mannosidosis

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    Malm, D.; Pantel, J.; Linaker, O. M.

    2005-01-01

    Alpha-mannosidosis is characterized by mild to moderate intellectual disability (ID), moderate to severe neurosensory hearing loss, frequent infections, psychomotor disturbances and skeletal dysmorphism. For the first time, a panel of nine alpha-mannosidosis patients with psychiatric symptoms is presented. The clinical picture has several…

  16. The ALPHA - detector: Module Production and Assembly

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Andresen, G. B.; Ashkezari, M. D.; Baquero-Ruiz, M.; Bertsche, W.; Bowe, P. D.; Butler, E.; Cesar, C. L.; Chapman, S.; Charlton, M.; Deller, A.; Eriksson, S.; Fajans, J.; Friesen, T.; Fujiwara, M. C.; Gill, D. R.; Gutierrez, A.; Hangst, J. S.; Hardy, W. N.; Hayden, M. E.; Humphries, A. J.; Hydomako, R.; Jenkins, M. J.; Jonsell, S.; JØrgensen, L. V.; Kurchaninov, L.; Madsen, N.; McKenna, J. T. K.; Menary, S.; Nolan, P.; Olchanski, K.; Olin, A.; Povilus, A.; Pusa, P.; Robicheaux, F.; Sampson, J.; Sarid, E.; Seddon, D.; Seif el Nasr, S.; Silveira, D. M.; So, C.; Storey, J. W.; Thompson, R. I.; Thornhill, J.; Wells, D.; van der Werf, D. P.; Wurtele, J. S.; Yamazaki, Y.

    2012-01-01

    ALPHA is one of the experiments situated at CERN's Antiproton Decelerator (AD). A Silicon Vertex Detector (SVD) is placed to surround the ALPHA atom trap. The main purpose of the SVD is to detect and locate antiproton annihilation events by means of the emitted charged pions. The SVD system is presented with special focus given to the design, fabrication and performance of the modules.

  17. The Diffusion of Antimony of Alpha Iron.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    Diffusion coefficients of antimony in alpha iron were determined in the temperature range 700 to 900C using the residual activity method. Specimens...negligible effect on the diffusion of antomony in alpha iron . These results are discussed in relation to the phenomenon of temper brittleness in steels

  18. 21 CFR 882.1610 - Alpha monitor.

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    2014-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Alpha monitor. 882.1610 Section 882.1610 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) MEDICAL DEVICES NEUROLOGICAL DEVICES Neurological Diagnostic Devices § 882.1610 Alpha monitor. (a) Identification. An...

  19. 21 CFR 882.1610 - Alpha monitor.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Alpha monitor. 882.1610 Section 882.1610 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) MEDICAL DEVICES NEUROLOGICAL DEVICES Neurological Diagnostic Devices § 882.1610 Alpha monitor. (a) Identification. An...

  20. 21 CFR 882.1610 - Alpha monitor.

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    2012-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Alpha monitor. 882.1610 Section 882.1610 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) MEDICAL DEVICES NEUROLOGICAL DEVICES Neurological Diagnostic Devices § 882.1610 Alpha monitor. (a) Identification. An...

  1. 21 CFR 882.1610 - Alpha monitor.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Alpha monitor. 882.1610 Section 882.1610 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) MEDICAL DEVICES NEUROLOGICAL DEVICES Neurological Diagnostic Devices § 882.1610 Alpha monitor. (a) Identification. An...

  2. 21 CFR 882.1610 - Alpha monitor.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Alpha monitor. 882.1610 Section 882.1610 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) MEDICAL DEVICES NEUROLOGICAL DEVICES Neurological Diagnostic Devices § 882.1610 Alpha monitor. (a) Identification. An...

  3. Teaching Calculus with Wolfram|Alpha

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    Dimiceli, Vincent E.; Lang, Andrew S. I. D.; Locke, LeighAnne

    2010-01-01

    This article describes the benefits and drawbacks of using Wolfram|Alpha as the platform for teaching calculus concepts in the lab setting. It is a result of our experiences designing and creating an entirely new set of labs using Wolfram|Alpha. We present the reasoning behind our transition from using a standard computer algebra system (CAS) to…

  4. Commentary on Coefficient Alpha: A Cautionary Tale

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    Green, Samuel B.; Yang, Yanyun

    2009-01-01

    The general use of coefficient alpha to assess reliability should be discouraged on a number of grounds. The assumptions underlying coefficient alpha are unlikely to hold in practice, and violation of these assumptions can result in nontrivial negative or positive bias. Structural equation modeling was discussed as an informative process both to…

  5. Bayesian Meta-Analysis of Coefficient Alpha

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    Brannick, Michael T.; Zhang, Nanhua

    2013-01-01

    The current paper describes and illustrates a Bayesian approach to the meta-analysis of coefficient alpha. Alpha is the most commonly used estimate of the reliability or consistency (freedom from measurement error) for educational and psychological measures. The conventional approach to meta-analysis uses inverse variance weights to combine…

  6. Alpha particle spectrometry using superconducting microcalorimeters

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    Horansky, Robert; Ullom, Joel; Beall, James; Hilton, Gene; Stiehl, Gregory; Irwin, Kent; Plionis, Alexander; Lamont, Stephen; Rudy, Clifford; Rabin, Michael

    2009-03-01

    Alpha spectrometry is the preferred technique for analyzing trace samples of radioactive material because the alpha particle flux can be significantly higher than the gamma-ray flux from nuclear materials of interest. Traditionally, alpha spectrometry is performed with Si detectors whose resolution is at best 8 keV FWHM. Here, we describe the design and operation of a microcalorimeter alpha detector with an energy resolution of 1.06 keV FWHM at 5 MeV. We demonstrate the ability of the microcalorimeter to clearly resolve the alpha particles from Pu-239 and Pu-240, whose ratio differentiates reactor-grade Pu from weapons-grade. We also show the first direct observation of the decay of Po-209 to the ground state of Pb-205 which has traditionally been obscured by a much stronger alpha line 2 keV away. Finally, the 1.06 keV resolution observed for alpha particles is far worse than the 0.12 keV resolution predicted from thermal fluctuations and measurement of gamma-rays. The cause of the resolution degradation may be ion damage in the tin. Hence, alpha particle microcalorimeters may provide a novel tool for studying ion damage and lattice displacement energies in bulk materials.

  7. Atypical Alpha Asymmetry in Adults with ADHD

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    Hale, T. Sigi; Smalley, Susan L.; Hanada, Grant; Macion, James; McCracken, James T.; McGough, James J.; Loo, Sandra K.

    2009-01-01

    Introduction: A growing body of literature suggests atypical cerebral asymmetry and interhemispheric interaction in ADHD. A common means of assessing lateralized brain function in clinical populations has been to examine the relative proportion of EEG alpha activity (8-12 Hz) in each hemisphere (i.e., alpha asymmetry). Increased rightward alpha…

  8. Commentary on Coefficient Alpha: A Cautionary Tale

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Green, Samuel B.; Yang, Yanyun

    2009-01-01

    The general use of coefficient alpha to assess reliability should be discouraged on a number of grounds. The assumptions underlying coefficient alpha are unlikely to hold in practice, and violation of these assumptions can result in nontrivial negative or positive bias. Structural equation modeling was discussed as an informative process both to…

  9. [The polymorphism of alpha-amylase].

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    Baltova, S; Popov, K; Kynchev, V

    1990-01-01

    Individual phenotypes, phenotypic and genetic frequencies of alpha-amylase enzyme were determined by means of population genetic study. The results of this study revealed absence of genetic linkage between alpha-amylase phenotypes, haptoglobins and serum factor G1m(1) of gammaglobulin system (Gm).

  10. Remote Associates Test and Alpha Brain Waves

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    Haarmann, Henk J.; George, Timothy; Smaliy, Alexei; Dien, Joseph

    2012-01-01

    Previous studies found that performance on the remote associates test (RAT) improves after a period of incubation and that increased alpha brain waves over the right posterior brain predict the emergence of RAT insight solutions. We report an experiment that tested whether increased alpha brain waves during incubation improve RAT performance.…

  11. Monitoring pipes for residual alpha contamination

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    MacArthur, D.; Rawool-Sullivan, M.; Dockray, T.

    1996-09-01

    The sensitivity and application of traditional alpha monitors is limited by the short range of alpha particles in air and in solid materials. Detecting small amounts of alpha-emitting contamination inside pipes presents particular problems. The alpha particle cannot penetrate the walls of the pipe. Associated gamma-ray detection and active neutron interrogation is often used to detect large amounts of radioactive material in pipes, but these methods are of limited use for detecting small amounts of contamination. Insertion of a traditional alpha probes works well in large diameter straight pipes, but is increasingly difficult as the pipe network becomes smaller in diameter and more complex. Monitors based on long-range alpha detection (LRAD) detect ionization of the ambient air rather than the alpha particles themselves. A small fan draws the ions into an externally mounted ion detector. Thus, the air in the pipe serves as both the detector gas and the mechanism for transporting the alpha-induced ions to a detection grid outside the pipe. All of the ions created by all of the contamination in the pipe can be measured in a single detector. Since ambient air serves as the probe, crushed or twisted sections of pipe can be monitored almost as effectively as straight sections. The pipe monitoring system described in the paper was tested both at LANL and BNFL`s Sellafield reprocessing facility in the UK. In this paper, we report on the first field tests of the pipe monitoring system.

  12. Elementary Processes Underlying Alpha Channeling in Tokamaks

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    NM.J. Fisch

    2012-06-15

    Alpha channeling in tokamaks is speculative, but also extraordinarily attractive. Waves that can accomplish this effect have been identified. Key aspects of the theory now enjoy experimental confirmation. This paper will review the elementary processes of wave-particle interactions in plasma that underlie the alpha channeling effect

  13. Atypical Alpha Asymmetry in Adults with ADHD

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Hale, T. Sigi; Smalley, Susan L.; Hanada, Grant; Macion, James; McCracken, James T.; McGough, James J.; Loo, Sandra K.

    2009-01-01

    Introduction: A growing body of literature suggests atypical cerebral asymmetry and interhemispheric interaction in ADHD. A common means of assessing lateralized brain function in clinical populations has been to examine the relative proportion of EEG alpha activity (8-12 Hz) in each hemisphere (i.e., alpha asymmetry). Increased rightward alpha…

  14. College Student Leaders: Meet the Alpha Female

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    Ward, Rose Marie; DiPaolo, Donald G.; Popson, Halle C.

    2009-01-01

    With the emergence of a new generation of strong and empowered female student leaders on college campuses, a special type of female leader, the Alpha Female, has developed. This study examines the essence of having an Alpha Female identity for 13 undergraduate women at a Midwestern university. Extensive interviews were conducted; transcripts were…

  15. Meta-Analysis of Coefficient Alpha

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    Rodriguez, Michael C.; Maeda, Yukiko

    2006-01-01

    The meta-analysis of coefficient alpha across many studies is becoming more common in psychology by a methodology labeled reliability generalization. Existing reliability generalization studies have not used the sampling distribution of coefficient alpha for precision weighting and other common meta-analytic procedures. A framework is provided for…

  16. Solution conformation of a neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptor antagonist {alpha}-conotoxin OmIA that discriminates {alpha}3 vs. {alpha}6 nAChR subtypes

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    Chi, Seung-Wook; Kim, Do-Hyoung; Olivera, Baldomero M.; McIntosh, J. Michael; Han, Kyou-Hoon . E-mail: khhan600@kribb.re.kr

    2006-06-23

    {alpha}-Conotoxin OmIA from Conus omaria is the only {alpha}-conotoxin that shows a {approx}20-fold higher affinity to the {alpha}3{beta}2 over the {alpha}6{beta}2 subtype of nicotinic acetylcholine receptor. We have determined a three-dimensional structure of {alpha}-conotoxin OmIA by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. {alpha}-Conotoxin OmIA has an '{omega}-shaped' overall topology with His{sup 5}-Asn{sup 12} forming an {alpha}-helix. Structural features of {alpha}-conotoxin OmIA responsible for its selectivity are suggested by comparing its surface characteristics with other functionally related {alpha}4/7 subfamily conotoxins. Reduced size of the hydrophilic area in {alpha}-conotoxin OmIA seems to be associated with the reduced affinity towards the {alpha}6{beta}2 nAChR subtype.

  17. Local Structure and Vibrational Properties of alpha-Pu, alpha-U, and the alpha-U Charge Density Wave

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    Nelson, E J; Allen, P G; Blobaum, K M; Wall, M A; Booth, C H

    2004-08-10

    The local atomic environment and vibrational properties of atoms in monoclinic pure {alpha}-plutonium as well as orthorhombic pure {alpha}-uranium and its low-temperature charge-density-wave (CDW) modulation are examined by extended x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (EXAFS). Pu L{sub III}-edge and U L{sub III}-edge EXAFS data measured at low temperatures verify the crystal structures of {alpha}-U and {alpha}-Pu samples previously determined by x-ray diffraction and neutron scattering. Debye-Waller factors from temperature-dependent EXAFS measurements are fit with a correlated Debye model. The observed Pu-Pu bond correlated Debye temperature of {theta}{sub cD}({alpha}-Pu) = 162 {+-} 5 K for the pure {alpha}-Pu phase agrees with our previous measurement of the correlated Debye temperature of the gallium-containing {alpha}'-Pu phase in a mixed phase 1.9 at% Ga-doped {alpha}'-Pu/{delta}-Pu alloy. The temperature dependence of the U-U nearest neighbor Debye-Waller factor exhibits a sharp discontinuity in slope near T{sub CDW} = 43 K, the transition temperature at which the charge-density wave (CDW) in {alpha}-U condenses from a soft phonon mode along the (100) direction. Our measurement of the CDW using EXAFS is the first observation of the structure of the CDW in polycrystalline {alpha}-U. The different temperature dependence of the Debye-Waller factor for T < T{sub CDW} can be modeled by the change in bond length distributions resulting from condensation of the charge density wave. For T > T{sub CDW}, the observed correlated Debye temperature of {theta}{sub cD}({alpha}-U) = 199 {+-} 3 K is in good agreement with other measurements of the Debye temperature for polycrystalline {alpha}-U. CDW structural models fit to the {alpha}-U EXAFS data support a squared CDW at the lowest temperatures, with a displacement amplitude of {var_epsilon} = 0.05 {+-} 0.02 {angstrom}.

  18. Lyman Alpha Galaxies at High Redshift

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    Rhoads, J. E.; Malhotra, S.; Dawson, S.; Dey, A.; Jannuzi, B. T.; Spinrad, H.; Stern, D.; Wang, J. X.; Xu, C.; Brown, M. J. I.; Landes, E.

    2004-05-01

    Because strong Lyman alpha emission is expected from young star forming galaxies at high redshift, it offers an efficient tool for identifying these galaxies. The Large Area Lyman Alpha survey is one of the first and largest successful searches for Lyman alpha emitting galaxies at high redshift. In the LALA Bootes field (which lies within the NOAO Deep Wide-Field Survey's Bootes field) we have obtained deep narrowband images covering 1/3 square degree in each of eight filters, sampling redshifts z=4.5, 5.7, and 6.5. We focus here on the higher redshift windows, where we have confirmed a luminous Lyman alpha emitting galaxy at z=6.535 and several others in the z=5.7 window. We discuss the physical properties of these objects, including their contribution to star formation rates and metal production. We also discuss the implications of Lyman alpha galaxy observations at z=6.5 for reionization.

  19. The AGN Fraction in Lyman Alpha Galaxies

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    Wang, Junxian; Rhoads, J.; Malhotra, S.

    2007-05-01

    A large fraction of high redshift Lyman-alpha emitters selected through narrow band imaging technique show rest frame equivalent widths (EWs) above 200\\AA. This is beyond the maximum EW expected for normal stellar population. The high EWs can be produced by younger stellar populations, dust, or by type 2 AGNs. We review recent observational progresses on the AGN fraction in high redshift Lyman-alpha searches, including radio, X-ray, and optical spectroscopic observations. Specifically, we show that an upper limit of 5% of the AGN fraction has been obtained based on deep Chandra images. We also present deep IMACS multi-slit spectroscopic observations of 200 candidate z 4.5 Lyman-alpha emitting galaxies selected in the Large Area Lyman Alpha (LALA) narrow band imaging survey Cetus field. This consitutes the largest ever sample of high redshift Lyman-alpha emitters with spectroscopic follow-up.

  20. Significance of alpha 9 beta 1 and alpha v beta 6 integrin expression in breast carcinoma.

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    Arihiro, K; Kaneko, M; Fujii, S; Inai, K; Yokosaki, Y

    2000-01-01

    Both alpha 9 beta 1 and alpha v beta 6 integrins have been newly identified from the tracheal epithelium of guinea pig. It has been pointed out that alpha 9 beta 1 functions as a receptor for tenascin-C and osteopontin. As for the ligands of alpha v beta 6, fibronectin and tenascin-C have been identified. It has not been ascertained whether alpha 9 beta 1 and alpha v beta 6 are expressed in normal breast tissue, benign breast lesion or breast carcinoma. Immunohistochemical staining for alpha 9 beta 1 and alpha v beta 6 was performed in benign breast lesion and breast carcinoma specimens. Western blotting was carried out on 11 breast carcinoma cases. alpha 9 beta 1 was expressed in the cytoplasm of carcinoma cells in 23 of 90 cases (26%) and alpha v beta 6 in the membrane of carcinoma cells in 16 of 90 cases (18%). However, these findings of alpha 9 beta 1 and alpha v beta 6 did not correlate with any clinicopathological factors including the patients' age, tumor size, histological type of carcinoma, location of carcinoma cells and hormone receptor status. With regard to the histological grade of carcinoma, alpha v beta 6 and alpha 9 beta 1 expression did not statistically correlate, although no expression of alpha v beta 6 was observed in 14 cases of Grade I. On Western-blott analysis strong and weak bands consistent with alpha v beta 6 were noted in the membrane fraction extracted from breast carcinoma cells. On the other hand weak bands consistent with alpha 9 subunit were noted in the whole cell lysates of breast carcinoma cells and very weak or no bands consistent with alpha 9 subunit were noted in the membrane fraction extracted from the breast carcinoma cells. Significance of alpha 9 beta 1 and alpha v beta 6 integrins expression in breast carcinoma was still unknown on clinicopathological examination. The findings of Western blot analysis may indicate that the transportation system of glycoproteins such as integrins to the cell membrane of carcinoma cells is

  1. Calcium: Alpha-Synuclein Interactions in Alpha-Synucleinopathies

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    Rcom-H'cheo-Gauthier, Alexandre N.; Osborne, Samantha L.; Meedeniya, Adrian C. B.; Pountney, Dean L.

    2016-01-01

    Aggregation of the pre-synaptic protein, α-synuclein (α-syn), is the key etiological factor in Parkinson's disease (PD) and other alpha-synucleinopathies, such as multiple system atrophy (MSA) and Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). Various triggers for pathological α-syn aggregation have been elucidated, including post-translational modifications, oxidative stress, and binding of metal ions, such as calcium. Raised neuronal calcium levels in PD may occur due to mitochondrial dysfunction and/or may relate to calcium channel dysregulation or the reduced expression of the neuronal calcium buffering protein, calbindin-D28k. Recent results on human tissue and a mouse oxidative stress model show that neuronal calbindin-D28k expression excludes α-syn inclusion bodies. Previously, cell culture model studies have shown that transient increases of intracellular free Ca(II), such as by opening of the voltage-gated plasma calcium channels, could induce cytoplasmic aggregates of α-syn. Raised intracellular free calcium and oxidative stress also act cooperatively to promote α-syn aggregation. The association between raised neuronal calcium, α-syn aggregation, oxidative stress, and neurotoxicity is reviewed in the context of neurodegenerative α-syn disease and potential mechanism-based therapies. PMID:28066161

  2. Catalytic Mechanism of Human Alpha-galactosidase

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    Guce, A.; Clark, N; Salgado, E; Ivanen, D; Kulinskaya, A; Brumer, H; Garman, S

    2010-01-01

    The enzyme {alpha}-galactosidase ({alpha}-GAL, also known as {alpha}-GAL A; E.C. 3.2.1.22) is responsible for the breakdown of {alpha}-galactosides in the lysosome. Defects in human {alpha}-GAL lead to the development of Fabry disease, a lysosomal storage disorder characterized by the buildup of {alpha}-galactosylated substrates in the tissues. {alpha}-GAL is an active target of clinical research: there are currently two treatment options for Fabry disease, recombinant enzyme replacement therapy (approved in the United States in 2003) and pharmacological chaperone therapy (currently in clinical trials). Previously, we have reported the structure of human {alpha}-GAL, which revealed the overall structure of the enzyme and established the locations of hundreds of mutations that lead to the development of Fabry disease. Here, we describe the catalytic mechanism of the enzyme derived from x-ray crystal structures of each of the four stages of the double displacement reaction mechanism. Use of a difluoro-{alpha}-galactopyranoside allowed trapping of a covalent intermediate. The ensemble of structures reveals distortion of the ligand into a {sup 1}S{sub 3} skew (or twist) boat conformation in the middle of the reaction cycle. The high resolution structures of each step in the catalytic cycle will allow for improved drug design efforts on {alpha}-GAL and other glycoside hydrolase family 27 enzymes by developing ligands that specifically target different states of the catalytic cycle. Additionally, the structures revealed a second ligand-binding site suitable for targeting by novel pharmacological chaperones.

  3. G alpha 12 and G alpha 13 subunits define a fourth class of G protein alpha subunits.

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    Strathmann, M P; Simon, M I

    1991-01-01

    Heterotrimeric guanine nucleotide-binding regulatory proteins (G proteins) are central to the signaling processes of multicellular organisms. We have explored the diversity of the G protein subunits in mammals and found evidence for a large family of genes that encode the alpha subunits. Amino acid sequence comparisons show that the different alpha subunits fall into at least three classes. These classes have been conserved in animals separated by considerable evolutionary distances; they are present in mammals, Drosophila, and nematodes. We have now obtained cDNA clones encoding two murine alpha subunits, G alpha 12 and G alpha 13, that define a fourth class. The translation products are predicted to have molecular masses of 44 kDa and to be insensitive to ADP-ribosylation by pertussis toxin. They share 67% amino acid sequence identity with each other and less than 45% identity with other alpha subunits. Their transcripts can be detected in every tissue examined, although the relative levels of the G alpha 13 message appear somewhat variable. Images PMID:1905812

  4. Folate receptor {alpha} regulates cell proliferation in mouse gonadotroph {alpha}T3-1 cells

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    Yao, Congjun; Evans, Chheng-Orn; Stevens, Victoria L.; Owens, Timothy R.; Oyesiku, Nelson M.

    2009-11-01

    We have previously found that the mRNA and protein levels of the folate receptor alpha (FR{alpha}) are uniquely over-expressed in clinically human nonfunctional (NF) pituitary adenomas, but the mechanistic role of FR{alpha} has not fully been determined. We investigated the effect of FR{alpha} over-expression in the mouse gonadotroph {alpha}T3-1 cell line as a model for NF pituitary adenomas. We found that the expression and function of FR{alpha} were strongly up-regulated, by Western blotting and folic acid binding assay. Furthermore, we found a higher cell growth rate, an enhanced percentage of cells in S-phase by BrdU assay, and a higher PCNA staining. These observations indicate that over-expression of FR{alpha} promotes cell proliferation. These effects were abrogated in the same {alpha}T3-1 cells when transfected with a mutant FR{alpha} cDNA that confers a dominant-negative phenotype by inhibiting folic acid binding. Finally, by real-time quantitative PCR, we found that mRNA expression of NOTCH3 was up-regulated in FR{alpha} over-expressing cells. In summary, our data suggests that FR{alpha} regulates pituitary tumor cell proliferation and mechanistically may involve the NOTCH pathway. Potentially, this finding could be exploited to develop new, innovative molecular targeted treatment for human NF pituitary adenomas.

  5. Seeding induced by alpha-synuclein oligomers provides evidence for spreading of alpha-synuclein pathology.

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    Danzer, Karin M; Krebs, Simon K; Wolff, Michael; Birk, Gerald; Hengerer, Bastian

    2009-10-01

    Lewy bodies, alpha-synuclein (alpha-syn) immunopositive intracellular deposits, are the pathological hallmark of Parkinson's disease (PD). Interestingly, Lewybody-like structures have been identified in fetal tissue grafts about one decade after transplantation into the striatum of PD patients. One possible explanation for the accelerated deposition of alpha-syn in the graft is that the aggregation of alpha-syn from the host tissue to the graft is spread by a prion disease-like mechanism. We discuss here an in vitro model which might recapitulate some aspects of disease propagation in PD. We found here that in vitro-generated alpha-syn oligomers induce transmembrane seeding of alpha-syn aggregation in a dose- and time-dependent manner. This effect was observed in primary neuronal cultures as well as in neuronal cell lines. The seeding oligomers were characterized by a distinctive lithium dodecyl sulfate-stable oligomer pattern and could be generated in a dynamic process out of pore-forming oligomers. We propose that alpha-syn oligomers form as a dynamic mixture of oligomer types with different properties and that alpha-syn oligomers can be converted into different types depending on the brain milieu conditions. Our data indicate that extracellular alpha-syn oligomers can induce intracellular alpha-syn aggregation, therefore we hypothesize that a similar mechanism might lead to alpha-syn pathology propagation.

  6. Distribution of alpha-1 and alpha-2 binding sites in the rat locus coeruleus.

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    Chamba, G; Weissmann, D; Rousset, C; Renaud, B; Pujol, J F

    1991-02-01

    Precise anatomical distribution of alpha-1 and alpha-2 adrenergic binding sites has been investigated in the rat locus coeruleus (LC) using quantitative radioautography of brain sections incubated with 3H-prazosin or 3H-idazoxan. Distribution patterns of 3H-prazosin (alpha-1 sites) and 3H-idazoxan (alpha-2 sites) were heterogeneous and different along a postero-anterior axis in the LC. Comparison between distribution of alpha-2 binding sites and noradrenergic (NA) cellular density suggests that at least a fraction of these sites might be localized on NA perikarya or dendrites in this structure. Quantitative estimations of the binding parameters along this postero-anterior axis in the LC have revealed that the heterogeneous distributions of alpha-1 and alpha-2 binding sites are due not only to variations in the maximal densities of sites but also to variations in the affinities of these sites for their respective ligand.

  7. Alpha1 and Alpha2 Integrins Mediate Invasive Activity of Mouse Mammary Carcinoma Cells through Regulation of Stromelysin-1 Expression

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    Lochter, Andre; Navre, Marc; Werb, Zena; Bissell, Mina J

    1998-06-29

    Tumor cell invasion relies on cell migration and extracellular matrix proteolysis. We investigated the contribution of different integrins to the invasive activity of mouse mammary carcinoma cells. Antibodies against integrin subunits {alpha}6 and {beta}1, but not against {alpha}1 and {alpha}2, inhibited cell locomotion on a reconstituted basement membrane in two-dimensional cell migration assays, whereas antibodies against {beta}1, but not against a6 or {alpha}2, interfered with cell adhesion to basement membrane constituents. Blocking antibodies against {alpha}1 integrins impaired only cell adhesion to type IV collagen. Antibodies against {alpha}1, {alpha}2, {alpha}6, and {beta}1, but not {alpha}5, integrin subunits reduced invasion of a reconstituted basement membrane. Integrins {alpha}1 and {alpha}2, which contributed only marginally to motility and adhesion, regulated proteinase production. Antibodies against {alpha}1 and {alpha}2, but not {alpha}6 and {beta}1, integrin subunits inhibited both transcription and protein expression of the matrix metalloproteinase stromelysin-1. Inhibition of tumor cell invasion by antibodies against {alpha}1 and {alpha}2 was reversed by addition of recombinant stromelysin-1. In contrast, stromelysin-1 could not rescue invasion inhibited by anti-{alpha}6 antibodies. Our data indicate that {alpha}1 and {alpha}2 integrins confer invasive behavior by regulating stromelysin-1 expression, whereas {alpha}6 integrins regulate cell motility. These results provide new insights into the specific functions of integrins during tumor cell invasion.

  8. [Contents and its change during storage of alpha-solanine and alpha-chaconine in potatoes].

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    Shindo, Tetsuya; Ushiyama, Hirofumi; Kan, Kimiko; Yasuda, Kazuo; Saito, Kazuo

    2004-10-01

    Contents of alpha-solanine and alpha-chaconine in native species of potato (May Queen, Danshaku and Waseshiro), and in species (Jagakids Red '90 (Red) and Jagakids Purple '90 (Purple)) on the market, and their change during storage at room temparature were investigated. alpha-Solanine and alpha-chaconine were extracted from potatoes with methanol, cleaned up by using a Sep-Pak Plus C18 cartridge, and then subjected to HPLC. The recoveries of alpha-solanine and alpha-chaconine from potatoes were both more than 96%, and the quantitation limits were both 2 microg/g. alpha-Solanine and alpha-chaconine were detected in periderm in all samples at the levels of 260-320 microg/g in May Queen,190-240 microg/g in Danshaku, 43-63 microg/g in Waseshiro, 140-200 microg/g in Red and 84-130 microg/g in Purple, respectively. alpha-Solanine and alpha-chaconine were detected in the cortex in all samples of May Queen and Danshaku at the levels of 2.7-12 microg/g and 5.8-31 microg/g, respectively. Contents of alpha-solanine and alpha-chaconine in the cortex of May Queen and Danshaku were less than 10% of those in the periderm. When potatoes were stored for 90 days at room temparature in a dark place, no marked change in the contents of alpha-solanine and alpha-chaconine was observed in any of the potato samples.

  9. Mapping High-Velocity H-alpha and Lyman-alpha Emission from Supernova 1987A

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    France, Kevin; McCray, Richard; Fransson, Claes; Larsson, Josefin; Frank, Kari A.; Burrows, David N.; Challis, Peter; Kirshner, Robert P.; Chevalier, Roger A.; Garnavich, Peter; Heng, Kevin; Lawrence, Stephen S.; Lundqvist, Peter; Smith, Nathan; Sonneborn, George

    2015-01-01

    We present new Hubble Space Telescope images of high-velocity H-alpha and Lyman-alpha emission in the outer debris of SN 1987A. The H-alpha images are dominated by emission from hydrogen atoms crossing the reverse shock. For the first time we observe emission from the reverse shock surface well above and below the equatorial ring, suggesting a bipolar or conical structure perpendicular to the ring plane. Using the H-alpha imaging, we measure the mass flux of hydrogen atoms crossing the reverse shock front, in the velocity intervals (-7,500 < V(sub obs) < -2,800 km/s) and (1,000 < V(sub obs) < 7,500 km/s), ?M(sub H) = 1.2 × 10(exp -3) M/ y. We also present the first Lyman-alpha imaging of the whole remnant and new Chandra X-ray observations. Comparing the spatial distribution of the Lyman-alpha and X-ray emission, we observe that the majority of the high-velocity Lyman-alpha emission originates interior to the equatorial ring. The observed Lyman-alpha/H-alpha photon ratio, R(L-alpha/H-alpha) approx. = 17, is significantly higher than the theoretically predicted ratio of approx. = 5 for neutral atoms crossing the reverse shock front. We attribute this excess to Lyman-alpha emission produced by X-ray heating of the outer debris. The spatial orientation of the Lyman-alpha and X-ray emission suggests that X-ray heating of the outer debris is the dominant Lyman-alpha production mechanism in SN 1987A at this phase in its evolution.

  10. A new alpha chain hemoglobin variant: Hb Al-Hammadi Riyadh [alpha75(EF4)Asp-->Val (alpha2)].

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    Burnichon, Nelly; Lacan, Philippe; Becchi, Michel; Zanella-Cleon, Isabelle; Aubry, Martine; Mowafy, Mohammed; Couprie, Nicole; Francina, Alain

    2006-01-01

    A new hemoglobin (Hb) variant in the heterozygous state, Hb Al-Hammadi Riyadh [codon 75 (GAC-->GTC); alpha75(EF4)Asp-->Val (alpha2)] corresponding to an A-->T transversion on the second exon of the alpha2-globin gene, is described. The variant was characterized by DNA sequencing and mass spectrometry (MS). The variant was found during a routine Hb analysis for anemia in a 16-month-old boy who lived in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

  11. Local structure and vibrational properties of alpha-Pu, alpha-Uand the alpha-U charge density wave

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    Nelson, E.J.; Allen, P.G.; Blobaum, K.J.M.; Wall, W.A.; Booth, C.H.

    2004-08-10

    The local atomic environment and vibrational properties of atoms in monoclinic pure {alpha}-plutonium as well as orthorhombic pure a-uranium and its low-temperature charge-density-wave (CDW) modulation are examined by extended x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (EXAFS). Pu L{sub III}-edge and U L{sub III}-edge EXAFS data measured at low temperatures verify the crystal structures of {alpha}-U and {alpha}-Pu samples previously determined by x-ray diffraction and neutron scattering. Debye-Waller factors from temperature-dependent EXAFS measurements are fit with a correlated Debye model. The observed Pu-Pu bond correlated Debye temperature of {theta}{sub cD}({alpha}-Pu) = 162 {+-} 5 K for the pure {alpha}-Pu phase agrees with our previous measurement of the correlated Debye temperature of the gallium-containing {alpha}{prime}-Pu phase in a mixed phase 1.9 at% Ga-doped {alpha}{prime}-Pu/{delta}-Pu alloy. The temperature dependence of the U-U nearest neighbor Debye-Waller factor exhibits a sharp discontinuity in slope near T{sub CDW} = 43 K, the transition temperature at which the charge-density wave (CDW) in {alpha}-U condenses from a soft phonon mode along the (100) direction. Our measurement of the CDW using EXAFS is the first observation of the structure of the CDW in polycrystalline {alpha}-U. The different temperature dependence of the Debye-Waller factor for T < T{sub CDW} can be modeled by the change in bond length distributions resulting from condensation of the charge density wave. For T > T{sub CDW}, the observed correlated Debye temperature of {theta}{sub cD}({alpha}-U) = 199 {+-} 3 K is in good agreement with other measurements of the Debye temperature for polycrystalline {alpha}-U. CDW structural models fit to the {alpha}-U EXAFS data support a squared CDW at the lowest temperatures, with a displacement amplitude of {var_epsilon} = 0.05 {+-} 0.02 {angstrom}.

  12. Increased virulence and competitive advantage of a/alpha over a/a or alpha/alpha offspring conserves the mating system of Candida albicans.

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    Lockhart, Shawn R; Wu, Wei; Radke, Joshua B; Zhao, Rui; Soll, David R

    2005-04-01

    The majority of Candida albicans strains in nature are a/alpha and must undergo homozygosis to a/a or alpha/alpha to mate. Here we have used a mouse model for systemic infection to test the hypothesis that a/alpha strains predominate in nature because they have a competitive advantage over a/a and alpha/alpha offspring in colonizing hosts. Single-strain injection experiments revealed that a/alpha strains were far more virulent than either their a/a or alpha/alpha offspring. When equal numbers of parent a/alpha and offspring a/a or alpha/alpha cells were co-injected, a/alpha always exhibited a competitive advantage at the time of extreme host morbidity or death. When equal numbers of an engineered a/a/alpha2 strain and its isogenic a/a parent strain were co-injected, the a/a/alpha2 strain exhibited a competitive advantage at the time of host morbidity or death, suggesting that the genotype of the mating-type (MTL) locus, not associated genes on chromosome 5, provides a competitive advantage. We therefore propose that heterozygosity at the MTL locus not only represses white-opaque switching and genes involved in the mating process, but also affects virulence, providing a competitive advantage to the a/alpha genotype that conserves the mating system of C. albicans in nature.

  13. Cloning and targeted mutations of G alpha 7 and G alpha 8, two developmentally regulated G protein alpha-subunit genes in Dictyostelium.

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    Wu, L; Gaskins, C; Zhou, K; Firtel, R A; Devreotes, P N

    1994-01-01

    GTP-binding protein (G protein)-mediated signal transduction pathways play essential roles during the aggregation and differentiation process of Dictyostelium. In addition to the five known G protein alpha-subunit genes, we recently identified three novel alpha-subunit genes, G alpha 6, G alpha 7, and G alpha 8, using the polymerase chain reaction technique. We present here a more complete analysis of G alpha 7 and G alpha 8. The cDNAs of these two genes were cloned, and their complete nucleotide sequences were determined. Sequence analyses indicate that G alpha 8 possesses some unusual features. It lacks the "TCATDT" motif, a sequence of amino acids highly conserved among G alpha subunits, and has an additional 50 amino acids at its C-terminus consisting of long stretches of asparagine. Moreover, G alpha 8 is unusually resistant to protease digestion, which may indicate a slow GTP hydrolysis rate. The possible functions of these alpha-subunits were assessed by generating mutants lacking G alpha 7 or G alpha 8 by gene targeting through homologous recombination and by overexpressing G alpha 7 or G alpha 8 protein. Overexpression of G alpha 7 resulted in abnormal morphogenesis starting at the slug stage, whereas analysis of the other strains failed to reveal any obvious growth or developmental defects under either normal or stressful conditions. The implications of these results are discussed. Images PMID:7949425

  14. Diagnostics for PLX-alpha

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    Gilmore, Mark; Hsu, Scott

    2015-11-01

    The goal of the Plasma Liner eXperiment PLX-alpha at Los Alamos National Laboratory is to establish the viability of creating a spherically imploding plasma liner for MIF and HED applications, using a spherical array of supersonic plasma jets launched by innovative contoured-gap coaxial plasma guns. PLX- α experiments will focus in particular on establishing the ram pressure and uniformity scalings of partial and fully spherical plasma liners. In order to characterize these parameters experimentally, a suite of diagnostics is planned, including multi-camera fast imaging, a 16-channel visible interferometer (upgraded from 8 channels) with reconfigurable, fiber-coupled front end, and visible and VUV high-resolution and survey spectroscopy. Tomographic reconstruction and data fusion techniques will be used in conjunction with interferometry, imaging, and synthetic diagnostics from modeling to characterize liner uniformity in 3D. Diagnostic and data analysis design, implementation, and status will be presented. Supported by the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy - U.S. Department of Energy.

  15. Scalable encryption using alpha rooting

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    Wharton, Eric J.; Panetta, Karen A.; Agaian, Sos S.

    2008-04-01

    Full and partial encryption methods are important for subscription based content providers, such as internet and cable TV pay channels. Providers need to be able to protect their products while at the same time being able to provide demonstrations to attract new customers without giving away the full value of the content. If an algorithm were introduced which could provide any level of full or partial encryption in a fast and cost effective manner, the applications to real-time commercial implementation would be numerous. In this paper, we present a novel application of alpha rooting, using it to achieve fast and straightforward scalable encryption with a single algorithm. We further present use of the measure of enhancement, the Logarithmic AME, to select optimal parameters for the partial encryption. When parameters are selected using the measure, the output image achieves a balance between protecting the important data in the image while still containing a good overall representation of the image. We will show results for this encryption method on a number of images, using histograms to evaluate the effectiveness of the encryption.

  16. Targeted alpha therapy: part I.

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    Elgqvist, Jorgen

    2011-07-01

    The possibility of pinpointing biological targets, and thereby potentially targeting and eradicating small tumors or even single cancer cells, is a tantalizing concept that has been discussed since the magic-bullet concept was first presented by Paul Erlich in the beginning of the 20th century in connection with his work on tissue staining for histological examinations and the work by Kohler and Milstein on antibody production published in 1975. This concept now seems feasible through the use of highly specific targeting constructs, chemical labeling of radioactive substances to these targeting constructs that results in high specific activities, radioimmunocomplexes with good stability even after injection, and the use of radionuclides emitting alpha( α)-particles having exceedingly high ionizing density and, therefore, a high probability of killing cells along its track in tissue. The short range of the emitted α-particles makes them even more interesting by minimizing unwanted irradiation of normal tissue surrounding the targeted cancer cells of interest, assuming high specificity of the targeting construct and good stability of the chemical bonds between the targeting construct and the α-particle emitter. Targeted Alpha Therapy (TAT), in which an α-particle emitting radionuclide is specifically directed to the biological target, is gaining more attention as new targets, targeting constructs, chemical labeling techniques, and α-particle emitters are, respectively, identified, constructed, developed, and made available. Results and improvements are now being published at an increasing rate and the number of conceivable applications is expanding, especially in the field of cancer treatment. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to provide an overview of the overall progress in the research field of TAT on a regular basis. However, problems such as limited or delayed diffusion of the α-radioimmunocomplex and inhomogeneous activity distributions in the

  17. Diabetes and Alpha Lipoic Acid

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    Golbidi, Saeid; Badran, Mohammad; Laher, Ismail

    2011-01-01

    Diabetes mellitus is a multi-faceted metabolic disorder where there is increased oxidative stress that contributes to the pathogenesis of this debilitating disease. This has prompted several investigations into the use of antioxidants as a complementary therapeutic approach. Alpha lipoic acid, a naturally occurring dithiol compound which plays an essential role in mitochondrial bioenergetic reactions, has gained considerable attention as an antioxidant for use in managing diabetic complications. Lipoic acid quenches reactive oxygen species, chelates metal ions, and reduces the oxidized forms of other antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E, and glutathione. It also boosts antioxidant defense system through Nrf-2-mediated antioxidant gene expression and by modulation of peroxisome proliferator activated receptors-regulated genes. ALA inhibits nuclear factor kappa B and activates AMPK in skeletal muscles, which in turn have a plethora of metabolic consequences. These diverse actions suggest that lipoic acid acts by multiple mechanisms, many of which have only been uncovered recently. In this review we briefly summarize the known biochemical properties of lipoic acid and then discussed the oxidative mechanisms implicated in diabetic complications and the mechanisms by which lipoic acid may ameliorate these reactions. The findings of some of the clinical trials in which lipoic acid administration has been tested in diabetic patients during the last 10 years are summarized. It appears that the clearest benefit of lipoic acid supplementation is in patients with diabetic neuropathy. PMID:22125537

  18. Lyman Alpha Spicule Observatory (LASO)

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    Chamberlin, P. C.; Allred, J. C.; Airapetian, V.; Gong, Q.; Mcintosh, S. W.; De Pontieu, B.; Fontenla, J. M.

    2011-12-01

    The Lyman Alpha Spicule Observatory (LASO) sounding rocket will observe small-scale eruptive events called "Rapid Blue-shifted Events" (RBEs) [Rouppe van der Voort et al., 2009], the on-disk equivalent of Type-II spicules, and extend observations that explore their role in the solar coronal heating problem [De Pontieu et al., 2011]. LASO utilizes a new and novel optical design to simultaneously observe two spatial dimensions at 4.2" spatial resolution (2.1" pixels) over a 2'x2' field of view with high spectral resolution of 66mÅ (33mÅ pixels) across a broad 20Å spectral window. This spectral window contains three strong chromospheric and transition region emissions and is centered on the strong Hydrogen Lyman-α emission at 1216Å. This instrument makes it possible to obtain new data crucial to the physical understanding of these phenomena and their role in the overall energy and momentum balance from the upper chromosphere to lower corona. LASO was submitted March 2011 in response to the ROSES SHP-LCAS call.

  19. Lyman Alpha Spicule Observatory (LASO)

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    Chamberlin, Phillip C.; Allred, J.; Airapetian, V.; Gong, Q.; Fontenla, J.; McIntosh, S.; de Pontieu, B.

    2011-05-01

    The Lyman Alpha Spicule Observatory (LASO) sounding rocket will observe small-scale eruptive events called "Rapid Blue-shifted Events” (RBEs), the on-disk equivalent of Type-II spicules, and extend observations that explore their role in the solar coronal heating problem. LASO utilizes a new and novel optical design to simultaneously observe two spatial dimensions at 4.2" spatial resolution (2.1” pixels) over a 2'x2' field of view with high spectral resolution of 66mÅ (33mÅ pixels) across a broad 20Å spectral window. This spectral window contains three strong chromospheric and transition region emissions and is centered on the strong Hydrogen Lyman-α emission at 1216Å. This instrument makes it possible to obtain new data crucial to the physical understanding of these phenomena and their role in the overall energy and momentum balance from the upper chromosphere to lower corona. LASO was submitted March 2011 in response to the ROSES SHP-LCAS call.

  20. Lyman Alpha Spicule Observatory (LASO)

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    Chamberlin, Phillip C.

    2011-01-01

    The Lyman Alpha Spicule Observatory (LASO) sounding rocket will observe smallscale eruptive events called "Rapid Blue-shifted Events" (RBEs) [Rouppe van der Voort et al., 2009], the on-disk equivalent of Type-II spicules, and extend observations that explore their role in the solar coronal heating problem [De Pontieu et al., 2011]. LASO utilizes a new and novel optical design to simultaneously observe two spatial dimensions at 4.2" spatial resolution (2.1" pixels) over a 2'x2' field of view with high spectral resolution of 66mAngstroms (33mAngstroms pixels) across a broad 20Angstrom spectral window. This spectral window contains three strong chromospheric and transition region emissions and is centered on the strong Hydrogen Lyman-a emission at 1216Angstroms. This instrument makes it possible to obtain new data crucial to the physical understanding of these phenomena and their role in the overall energy and momentum balance from the upper chromosphere to lower corona. LASO was submitted March 2011 in response to the ROSES SHP-LCAS call.

  1. Lyman alpha radiation in external galaxies

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    Neufeld, David A.; Mckee, Christopher F.

    1990-01-01

    The Ly alpha line of atomic hydrogen is often a luminous component of the radiation emitted by distant galaxies. Except for those galaxies which have a substantial central source of non-stellar ionizing radiation, most of the Ly alpha radiation emitted by galaxies is generated within regions of the interstellar medium which are photoionized by starlight. Conversely, much of the energy radiated by photoionized regions is carried by the Ly alpha line. Only hot, massive stars are capable of ionizing hydrogen in the interstellar medium which surrounds them, and because such stars are necessarily short-lived, Ly alpha emission traces regions of active star formation. Researchers argue that the strength of the Ly alpha emission observed from external galaxies may be used to estimate quantitatively the dust content of the emitting region, while the Ly alpha line profile is sensitive to the presence of shock waves. Interstellar dust particles and shock waves are intimately associated with the process of star formation in two senses. First, both dust particles and shock waves owe their existence to stellar activity; second, they may both serve as agents which facilitate the formation of stars, shocks by triggering gravitational instabilities in the interstellar gas that they compress, and dust by shielding star-forming molecular clouds from the ionizing and dissociative effects of external UV radiation. By using Ly alpha observations as a probe of the dust content in diffuse gas at high redshift, we might hope to learn about the earliest epochs of star formation.

  2. Lucid dreaming and alpha activity: a preliminary report.

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    Ogilvie, R D; Hunt, H T; Tyson, P D; Lucescu, M L; Jeakins, D B

    1982-12-01

    10 good dream recallers spent 2 nights in the sleep lab during which they were awakened 4 times per night from REM sleep, twice during their highest alpha activity in REM, and twice during low REM alpha. 5 were given alpha feedback training prior to sleep onset. Arousals from high alpha REM sleep yielded significantly higher lucidity ratings. Alpha feedback had no effect upon lucidity or REM alpha levels. Similarities between lucid dreams and meditative phenomena are discussed.

  3. Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency asthma and allergy.

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    Palma-Carlos, A G; Palma-Carlos, M L

    2007-04-01

    The biochemistry, genetics and pathology of alpha-1-anti-trypsin deficiency are reviewed. The geographical distribution in Europe of more current phenotypes M, SZ is discussed. Two cases of alpha-1- anti-trypsin are presented one homozygotic ZZ non-smoker without any respiratory pathology and one heterozygotic SZ heavy smoker with a severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and reversibility to Beta-2-mimetics suggesting asthma. The relationship between alpha-1-antitrypsin and asthma is discussed and general measures of treatment or prevention suggested.

  4. Variable displacement alpha-type Stirling engine

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    Homutescu, V. M.; Bălănescu, D. T.; Panaite, C. E.; Atanasiu, M. V.

    2016-08-01

    The basic design and construction of an alpha-type Stirling engine with on load variable displacement is presented. The variable displacement is obtained through a planar quadrilateral linkage with one on load movable ground link. The physico-mathematical model used for analyzing the variable displacement alpha-type Stirling engine behavior is an isothermal model that takes into account the real movement of the pistons. Performances and power adjustment capabilities of such alpha-type Stirling engine are calculated and analyzed. An exemplification through the use of the numerical simulation was performed in this regard.

  5. Genetic variation of individual alpha frequency (IAF) and alpha power in a large adolescent twin sample.

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    Smit, Christine M; Wright, Margaret J; Hansell, Narelle K; Geffen, Gina M; Martin, Nicholas G

    2006-08-01

    To further clarify the mode of genetic transmission on individual alpha frequency (IAF) and alpha power, the extent to which individual differences in these alpha indices are influenced by genetic factors were examined in a large sample of adolescent twins (237 MZ, 282 DZ pairs; aged 16). EEG was measured at rest (eyes closed) from the right occipital site, and a second EEG recording for 50 twin pairs obtained approximately 3 months after the initial collection, enabled an estimation of measurement error. Analyses confirmed a strong genetic influence on both IAF (h(2)=0.81) and alpha power (h(2)=0.82), and there was little support for non-additive genetic (dominance) variance. A small but significant negative correlation (-0.18) was found between IAF and alpha power, but genetic influences on IAF and alpha power were largely independent. All non-genetic variance was due to unreliability, with no significant variance attributed to unique environmental factors. Relationships between the alpha and IQ indices were also explored but were generally either non-significant or very low. The findings confirm the high heritability for both IAF and alpha power, they further suggest that the mode of genetic transmission is due to additive genetic factors, that genetic influences on the underlying neural mechanisms of alpha frequency and power are largely specific, and that individual differences in alpha activity are influenced little by developmental plasticity and individual experiences.

  6. Fibrinogen {alpha} genes: Conservation of bipartite transcripts and carboxy-terminal-extended {alpha} subunits in vertebrates

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    Fu, Y.; Cao, Y.; Hertzberg, K.M.; Grieninger, G.

    1995-11-01

    All three well-studied subunits of the clotting protein fibrinogen ({alpha}, {beta}, {gamma}) share N-terminal structural homologies, but until recently only the {beta} and {gamma} chains were recognized as having similar globular C-termini. With the discovery of an extra exon in the human fibrinogen {alpha} gene (exon VI), a minor form of the {alpha} subunit ({alpha}{sub E}) with an extended {beta}- and {gamma}-like C-terminus has been identified. In the present study, the polymerase chain reaction has been used to identify sequences that encode counterparts to {alpha}{sub E} in chicken, rabbit, rat, and baboon. The basic six-exon structure of the fibrinogen {alpha} genes is shown to be conserved among mammals and birds, as are the intron positions. Bipartite transcripts - still bearing an intron prior to the last exon - are found among the products of the various vertebrate fibrinogen {alpha} genes. The last exon represents the largest conserved segment of the gene and, in each species examined, encodes exactly 236 amino acids. The C-termini of these {alpha}{sub E} chains align without a single gap and are between 76 and 99% identical. Since the exon VI-encoded domain of {alpha}{sub E} is as well conserved as the corresponding regions of the {beta} and {gamma} chains, it follows that it is equally important and that {alpha}{sub E}-fibrinogen plays a vital, if as-yet unrecognized physiological role. 21 refs., 7 figs., 1 tab.

  7. Collagen alpha5 and alpha2(IV) chain coexpression: analysis of skin biopsies of Alport patients.

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    Patey-Mariaud de Serre, N; Garfa, M; Bessiéres, B; Noël, L H; Knebelmann, B

    2007-08-01

    Alport syndrome is a collagen type IV disease caused by mutations in the COL4A5 gene with the X-linked form being most prevalent. The resultant alpha5(IV) collagen chain is a component of the glomerular and skin basement membranes (SBMs). Immunofluorescent determination of the alpha5(IV) chain in skin biopsies is the procedure of choice to identify patients. In 30% of patients, however, the mutant protein is still found in the SBM resulting in a normal staining pattern. In order to minimize or eliminate false results, we compared the distribution of the alpha2(IV) chain (another SBM component) and the alpha5(IV) chain by standard double label immunofluorescence (IF) and by confocal laser scanning microscopy. The study was performed on 55 skin biopsies of patients suspected of Alports and five normal control specimens. In normal skin, IF showed the classical linear pattern for both collagens along the basement membrane. Additionally, decreased alpha5(IV) was found in the bottom of the dermal papillary basement membrane. Confocal analysis confirmed the results and show alpha5(IV) focal interruptions. In suspected patients, both techniques showed the same rate of abnormal alpha5(IV) expression: segmental in women and absent in men. Our results show a physiological variation of alpha5(IV) location with focal interruptions and decreased expression in the bottom of the dermal basement membrane. Comparison of alpha5(IV) with alpha2(IV) expression is simple and eliminates technical artifacts.

  8. Alpha-Synuclein to the Rescue: Immune Cell Recruitment by Alpha-Synuclein during Gastrointestinal Infection.

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    Labrie, Viviane; Brundin, Patrik

    2017-09-02

    Intraneuronal accumulation of misfolded alpha-synuclein in the central and peripheral nervous systems is strongly linked to Parkinson disease (PD) and other related synucleinopathies. In rare inherited forms of PD, point mutations or gene multiplications mediate the formation of alpha-synuclein protein aggregates. However, in most PD cases it is presumed that the combined effects of ageing and environmental factors drive the formation of alpha-synuclein aggregates. Despite advances regarding alpha-synuclein pathobiology, the normal functions of this protein and factors that regulate its expression are not well understood. We discuss a recent study reporting that viral infection induces alpha-synuclein expression in neurons of the gastrointestinal tract. Alpha-synuclein levels increased during norovirus infection in the duodenum of children. In an in vitro paradigm, monomeric and oligomeric alpha-synuclein acted as chemoattractants for neutrophils and monocytes, and promoted the maturation of dendritic cells. This suggests that alpha-synuclein facilitates immune responses to infection. We explore the possibility that intestinal infections, and associated inflammation, place individuals at increased risk of PD by increasing alpha-synuclein levels and promoting the formation of alpha-synuclein aggregates that propagate in a prion-like fashion via the vagal nerve to the brainstem. © 2017 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  9. SUMOylation of ROR{alpha} potentiates transcriptional activation function

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    Hwang, Eun Ju; Lee, Ji Min; Jeong, Jiyeong; Park, Joo Hyeon; Yang, Young; Lim, Jong-Seok; Kim, Jung Hwa; Baek, Sung Hee; Kim, Keun Il

    2009-01-16

    SUMOylation regulates a variety of cellular processes, including control of transcriptional activities of nuclear receptors. Here, we present SUMOylation of orphan nuclear receptor, ROR{alpha} by both SUMO-1 and SUMO-2. SUMOylation of ROR{alpha} occurred on the 240th lysine residue at the hinge region of human protein. PIAS family members, PIASx{alpha}, PIAS3, and PIASy, increased SUMOylation of ROR{alpha}, whereas SENP2 specifically removed SUMO from ROR{alpha}. SUMOylation-defective mutant form of ROR{alpha} exhibited decreased transcriptional activity on ROR{alpha}-responsive promoters indicating that SUMOylation may positively regulate transcriptional function of ROR{alpha}.

  10. Synthesis of alpha-phosphorylated alpha,beta-unsaturated imines and their selective reduction to vinylogous and saturated alpha-aminophosphonates.

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    Palacios, Francisco; Vicario, Javier; Maliszewska, Agnieszka; Aparicio, Domitila

    2007-03-30

    An efficient synthesis of alpha,beta-unsaturated imines derived from alpha-aminophosphonates is achieved through aza-Wittig reaction of P-trimethyl phosphazenes with beta,gamma-unsaturated alpha-ketophosphonates. Selective 1,2-reduction of such 1-azadienes affords beta,gamma-unsaturated alpha-aminophosphonates, phosphorylated analogs of vinylglycines, which are hydrogenated to yield saturated alpha-aminophosphonate derivatives.

  11. Genetics Home Reference: alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency

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    ... and genetic modifiers of emphysema risk. Thorax. 2004 Mar;59(3):259-64. Review. Citation on PubMed ... alpha}1-antitrypsin deficiency. Arch Intern Med. 2009 Mar 23;169(6):546-50. doi: 10.1001/ ...

  12. Radioimmunotherapy with alpha-emitting nuclides.

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    McDevitt, M R; Sgouros, G; Finn, R D; Humm, J L; Jurcic, J G; Larson, S M; Scheinberg, D A

    1998-09-01

    This review discusses the application of alpha particle-emitting radionuclides in targeted radioimmunotherapy. It will outline the production and chemistry of astatine-211, bismuth-212, lead-212, actinium-225, bismuth-213, fermium-255, radium-223 and terbium-149, which at present are the most promising alpha-emitting isotopes available for human clinical use. The selective cytotoxicity offered by alpha particle-emitting radioimmunoconstructs is due to the high linear energy transfer and short particle path length of these radionuclides. Based upon the pharmacokinetics of alpha particle-emitting radioimmunoconstructs, both stochastic and conventional dosimetric methodology is discussed, as is the preclinical and initial clinical use of these radionuclides conjugated to monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of human neoplasia.

  13. Approaches to confined alpha diagnostics on ITER

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    Fisher, R.K.

    2004-10-01

    Three approaches to obtain information on the confined fast alphas in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) are proposed. The first technique measures the energetic charge exchange (CX) neutrals that result from the alpha collision-induced knock-on fuel ion tails undergoing electron capture on the MeV D neutral beams planned for heating and current drive. The second technique measures the energetic knock-on neutron tail due to alphas using the lengths of the proton recoil tracks produced by neutron collisions in nuclear emulsions. The range of the 14 to 20 MeV recoil protons increases by {approx}140 {mu}m per MeV. The third approach would measure the CX helium neutrals resulting from confined alphas capturing two electrons in the ablation cloud surrounding a dense gas jet that has been proposed for disruption mitigation in ITER.

  14. NEW APPROACHES TO CONFINED ALPHA DIAGNOSTICS

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    FISHER,R.K

    2004-04-01

    Three new approaches to obtain information on the confined fast alphas in International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) are proposed. The first technique measures the energetic charge exchange (CX) neutrals that result from the alpha collision-induced knock-on fuel ion tails undergoing electron capture on the MeV D neutral beams planned for heating and current drive. The second technique measures the energetic knock-on neutron tail due to alphas using the lengths of the proton recoil tracks produced by neutron collisions in nuclear emulsions. The range of the 14 to 20 MeV recoil protons increases by {approx}140 microns per MeV. The third approach would measure the CX helium neutrals resulting from confined alphas capturing two electrons in the ablation cloud surrounding a dense gas jet that has been proposed for disruption mitigation in ITER.

  15. Five cases of alpha chain disease

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    Doe, William F.; Henry, K.; Hobbs, J. R.; Jones, F. Avery; Dent, C. E.; Booth, C. C.

    1972-01-01

    Five patients suffering from alpha chain disease are described. Clinically the patients presented with clubbing and the symptoms of malabsorption. There was a characteristic, predominantly plasma cell infiltrate of the wall of the small intestine. Spread of the plasmacytosis beyond the small intestine to bone marrow (1), peripheral blood (1), and probably the nasopharyngeal lymphoid tissue (1) is described. Fragments of the heavy chain of IgA (alpha chain) were found in serum (5), urine (3), jejunal fluid (2), and saliva (1). The jejunal biopsy of one patient was shown to synthesize free alpha chain in tissue culture. A new and simple immunoselection technique for the identification of free alpha chain is described. Marked clinical remissions were achieved in two patients treated with intermittent cytotoxic and steroid therapy, and in a third patient who received intermittent cytotoxic therapy and tetracycline. ImagesFig. 1Fig. 2Fig. 3Fig. 4Fig. 5Fig. 6Fig. 7Fig. 8 PMID:4119805

  16. Radioimmunotherapy with alpha-particle emitting radionuclides.

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    Zalutsky, M R; Pozzi, O R

    2004-12-01

    An important consideration in the development of effective strategies for radioimmunotherapy is the nature of the radiation emitted by the radionuclide. Radionuclides decaying by the emission of alpha-particles offer the possibility of matching the cell specific reactivity of monoclonal antibodies with radiation with a range of only a few cell diameters. Furthermore, alpha-particles have important biological advantages compared with external beam radiation and beta-particles including a higher biological effectiveness, which is nearly independent of oxygen concentration, dose rate and cell cycle position. In this review, the clinical settings most likely to benefit from alpha-particle radioimmunotherapy will be discussed. The current status of preclinical and clinical research with antibodies labeled with 3 promising alpha-particle emitting radionuclides - (213)Bi, (225)Ac, and (211)At - also will be summarized.

  17. Nuclear diagnostic for fast alpha particles

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    Grisham, L.R.; Post, D.E. Jr.; Dawson, J.M.

    1983-11-23

    This invention relates generally to high energy confined plasmas and more particularly is directed to measuring the velocity distribution of confined energetic alpha particles resulting from deuterium-tritium fusion reactions in a confined energetic plasma.

  18. Thorium isotopic analysis by alpha spectrometry.

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    Gingell, T

    2001-01-01

    The technique of alpha spectrometry is used to detect alpha particles and to determine their energy. In this way the technique is able to provide simultaneously quantitative information (i.e. the activity) and qualitative information (the identity) on any radionuclide that emits an alpha particle. The longer-lived naturally occurring isotopes of thorium are all alpha emitters so the technique can be used to quantify them directly and this is extremely important if radiation doses due to intakes of these isotopes into the body are to be accurately assessed. The principle of the technique is discussed, its advantages and disadvantages, and the instrumentation that is commonly used today. The need for radiochemical separation is discussed and illustrated by reference to analysis procedures in current use for thorium isotopic analysis. Practical issues such as detection limits, quality control procedures. sample throughput and cost will be covered.

  19. Lyman Alpha Emitters and Galaxy Formation Scenarios

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    Malhotra, S.; Kovac, K.; Somerville, R.; Moustakas, L.; Rhoads, J. E.

    2002-12-01

    The Large Area Lyman Alpha (LALA) survey has successfully identified the population of young Lyman-alpha emitting galaxies predicted about 35 years ago. High equivalent widths of the Lyman-alpha line in these sources suggest that they are a very young (age < 107 years), metal poor, population of stars at redshifts 4.5 and 5.7, making them very interesting objects to study in the context of galaxy formation scenarios. We have begun to do exactly this using the correlation function of LALA galaxies. While the strong correlation function indicates massive halos, the volume density of Lyman-alpha sources and the faint continuum levels indicate low-mass stellar systems. This discrepancy can be resolved by postulating multiple emitters in a single halo.

  20. Genetics Home Reference: 5-alpha reductase deficiency

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    ... About half of these individuals adopt a male gender role in adolescence or early adulthood. Related Information ... 1730-5. Citation on PubMed Cohen-Kettenis PT. Gender change in 46,XY persons with 5alpha-reductase- ...

  1. Note on Two Generalizations of Coefficient Alpha.

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    Raju, Nambury S.

    1979-01-01

    An important relationship is given for two generalizations of coefficient alpha: (1) Rajaratnam, Cronbach, and Gleser's generalizability formula for stratified-parallel tests, and (2) Raju's coefficient beta. (Author/CTM)

  2. Alpha Coincidence Spectroscopy studied with GEANT4

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    Dion, Michael P.; Miller, Brian W.; Tatishvili, Gocha; Warren, Glen A.

    2013-11-02

    Abstract The high-energy side of peaks in alpha spectra, e.g. 241Am, as measured with a silicon detector has structure caused mainly by alpha-conversion electron and to some extent alphagamma coincidences. We compare GEANT4 simulation results to 241Am alpha spectroscopy measurements with a passivated implanted planar silicon detector. A large discrepancy between the measurements and simulations suggest that the GEANT4 photon evaporation database for 237Np (daughter of 241Am decay) does not accurately describe the conversion electron spectrum and therefore was found to have large discrepancies with experimental measurements. We describe how to improve the agreement between GEANT4 and alpha spectroscopy for actinides of interest by including experimental measurements of conversion electron spectroscopy into the photon evaporation database.

  3. Frontal alpha asymmetry and sexually motivated states.

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    Prause, Nicole; Staley, Cameron; Roberts, Verena

    2014-03-01

    Anterior alpha asymmetry of electroencephalographic (EEG) signals has been suggested to index state approach (or avoidance) motivation. This model has not yet been extended to high approach-motivation sexual stimuli, which may represent an important model of reward system function. Sixty-five participants viewed a neutral and a sexually motivating film while their EEG was recorded, and reported their sexual feelings after each film. Greater alpha power in the left hemisphere during sexually motivated states was evident. A positive relationship between self-reported mental sexual arousal and alpha asymmetry was identified, where coherence between these indicators was higher in women. Notably, coherence was stronger when mental versus physical sexual arousal was rated. Alpha asymmetry appears to offer a new method for further examining this novel coherence pattern across men and women.

  4. Nature of the pygmy dipole resonance in 140Ce studied in (alpha, alpha' gamma) experiments.

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    Savran, D; Babilon, M; van den Berg, A M; Harakeh, M N; Hasper, J; Matic, A; Wörtche, H J; Zilges, A

    2006-10-27

    A concentration of electric-dipole excitations below the particle threshold, which is frequently denoted as the pygmy dipole resonance, has been studied in the semimagic nucleus 140Ce in (alpha, alpha' gamma) experiments at E alpha = 136 MeV. The technique of alpha-gamma coincidence experiments allows the separation of E1 excitations from states of other multipolarities in the same energy region and provides an excellent energy resolution to allow a detailed analysis for each state. The experimental results show that the PDR splits into two parts with different nuclear structure: one part which is excited in (alpha, alpha' gamma) as well as (gamma, gamma') experiments and one part which is excited only in (gamma, gamma').

  5. Potential bile acid metabolites. 19. The epimeric 3 alpha,6,7 beta-trihydroxy- and 3 alpha,6,7 beta,12 alpha-tetrahydroxy-5 alpha-cholanoic acids.

    PubMed

    Iida, T; Nishida, S; Chang, F C; Niwa, T; Goto, J; Nambara, T

    1993-04-01

    Syntheses by a new procedure of the known 3 alpha,6 alpha,7 beta- and 3 alpha,6 beta,7 beta-trihydroxy-5 alpha-cholanoic acids, and of the once-reported analog 3 alpha,6 alpha,7 beta,12 alpha-, as well as the new 3 alpha,6 beta,7 beta,12 alpha-tetrahydroxy-5 alpha-cholanoic acids, are described. Key intermediates of the syntheses are the 6-oxo-7 beta-ols of the respective 5 alpha-cholanoic acids (and their methyl esters) prepared by allomerization at C-5 of appropriate 6-bromo-7-oxo derivatives of the corresponding 5 beta-acids. Successful reduction of the 6,7-ketols to the desired products depended on the proper choice of reagents, either Zn(BH4)2 or Li/NH3/MeOH.

  6. Measurement of the angle alpha at BABAR

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    Perez, A.; /Orsay, LAL

    2009-06-25

    The authors present recent measurements of the CKM angle {alpha} using data collected by the BABAR detector at the PEP-II asymmetric-energy e{sup +}e{sup -} collider at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, operating at the {Upsilon}(4S) resonance. They present constraints on {alpha} from B {yields} {pi}{pi}, B {yields} {rho}{rho} and B {yields} {rho}{pi} decays.

  7. STERIC EFFECTS IN ALPHA-OLEFIN REACTIVITY

    DTIC Science & Technology

    successfully applied to alpha - olefins to correlate reaction rates with steric effects and to explain, in part, the difficulty of obtaining desirable polymers from these olefins ....Addition reactions to the double bond of a series of sterically-hindered alpha - olefins have been carried out. The kinetics of these reaction were...measured and the rates of reaction correlated with the steric effects present in the olefin . A theory known as "Newman’s rule of six" has been

  8. Monitoring pipes for residual alpha contamination

    SciTech Connect

    MacArthur, D.; Rawool-Sullivan, M.; Dockray, T.

    1996-12-31

    The sensitivity and application of traditional alpha monitors is limited by the short range of alpha particles in air (typically 10 cm) and in solid materials (typically tens of {mu}m). Detecting small amounts of alpha-emitting contamination inside pipes presents particular problems. The alpha particle cannot penetrate the walls of the pipe. Associated gamma-ray detection and active neutron interrogation is often used to detect large amounts of radioactive material in pipes, but these methods are of limited use for detecting small amounts of contamination. Insertion of traditional alpha probes works well in large-diameter straight, pipes, but is increasingly difficult as the pipe network becomes smaller in diameter and more complex. Monitors based on long-range alpha detection (LRAD) detect ionization of the ambient air rather than the alpha particles themselves. A small fan draws the ions into an externally mounted ion detector. Thus, the air in the pipe serves as both the detector gas and the mechanism for transporting the alpha-induced ions to a detection grid outside of the pipe. All of the ions created by all of the contamination in the pipe can be measured in a single detector. Since ambient air serves as the {open_quotes}probe,{close_quotes} crushed or twisted sections of pipe can be monitored almost as effectively as straight sections. The pipe monitoring system described in this paper was tested both at Los Alamos and at BNFL`s Sellafield reprocessing facility in the UK. In this paper, the authors report on the first field tests of the pipe monitoring system.

  9. Alpha-emitters for medical therapy workshop

    SciTech Connect

    Feinendegen, L.E.; McClure, J.J.

    1996-12-31

    A workshop on ``Alpha-Emitters for Medical Therapy`` was held May 30-31, 1996 in Denver Colorado to identify research goals and potential clinical needs for applying alpha-particle emitters and to provide DOE with sufficient information for future planning. The workshop was attended by 36 participants representing radiooncology, nuclear medicine, immunotherapy, radiobiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, radiopharmaceutical chemistry, dosimetry, and physics. This report provides a summary of the key points and recommendations arrived at during the conference.

  10. Structure/function studies of dogfish alpha-crystallin, comparison with bovine alpha-crystallin.

    PubMed

    Ghahghaei, A; Rekas, A; Carver, J A; Augusteyn, R C

    2009-11-20

    alpha-Crystallin is the major protein of the mammalian lens where it contributes to the refractive properties needed for vision and possibly to the stability of the tissue. The aim of this study was to determine whether the properties of alpha-crystallin have changed during the course of evolution. Dogfish alpha-crystallin, which appeared over 420 million years ago, has been contrasted with bovine alpha-crystallin, which emerged around 160 million years later, by comparing their sizes, the microenvironments of their cysteine and tryptophan residues, their chaperone-like activities and the flexibility of their COOH-terminal extensions. Dogfish alpha-crystallin consists of alphaA- and alphaB-polypeptides, in a 1:5 ratio, and has a molecular mass of around 400 kDa. By contrast, the bovine protein is around 600-800 kDa in mass and has a 3:1 subunit ratio. Cysteine residues in the proteins were equally accessible to reaction with 5,5'-dithiobis-(2-nitrobenzoic acid). Quenching of fluorescence with acrylamide indicated tryptophan residues in the two proteins were in similar environments. The chaperone activity of dogfish alpha-crystallin was comparable to that of bovine alpha-crystallin in preventing the heat-induced precipitation of beta(L)-crystallin but the dogfish protein was three times more effective at preventing insulin precipitation after reduction at 37 C. (1)H nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopic studies showed that the last 17 amino acids of the dogfish alphaB polypeptide (V162-K178) have great conformational flexibility, are highly exposed to solvent and adopt little ordered conformation. This is comparable to, but slightly longer in length, than the COOH-terminal extension observed in mammalian alpha-crystallins. The structure and properties of alpha-crystallin have changed relatively little during the evolutionary period from the emergence of sharks and mammals.

  11. [Studies on determination of alpha-amylase with p-nitrophenyl-alpha-D-maltotetraoside].

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    Kruse-Jarres, J D; Schott, F J; Klein, B; Rastetter, N; Wallenfels, K

    1982-11-01

    Nitrophenylmaltodextrins are alpha-amylase substrates which allow a continuous determination with a zero order kinetics over a period of at least 10 min, without deviations from linearity. Only one auxiliary enzyme is necessary. Practicability and clinical evidence of alpha-amylase determinations by means of p-nitrophenyl-alpha-D-maltotetraoside are demonstrated. The interserial precision of 0.84% cannot conceal an only moderate correlation with previous methods. This fact, however, does not negate the advantages.

  12. The L-alpha/H-alpha ratio in solar flares, quasars, and the chromosphere

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    Zirin, H.

    1978-01-01

    The ratio of L-alpha to H-alpha is around unity in flares, quasars, and the solar chromosphere and prominences. The weakness of L-alpha is shown to be essentially due to photon trapping and deexcitation, but it is argued that the surprising stability of this ratio is due to the role of these lines in cooling the plasma rather than the accidental parameters used in various models of these widely different phenomena.

  13. Alpha-dispersion in human tissue

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    Grimnes, Sverre; Martinsen, Ørjan G.

    2010-04-01

    Beta dispersion is found in living tissue in the kilohertz - megahertz range and is caused by the cellular structure of biological materials with low frequency properties caused by cell membranes. Alpha dispersion is found in the hertz range and the causes are not so well known. Alpha dispersions are the first to disappear when tissue dies. Tissue data have often been based upon excised specimen from animals and are therefore not necessarily representative for human tissue alpha dispersions. Here we present data obtained with non-invasive skin surface electrodes for different segments of the living human body. We found alpha dispersions in all cases; the ankle-wrist results had the smallest. Large alpha dispersions were found where the distance between the electrodes and muscle masses was small, e.g. on the calf. Further studies on electrode technique and reciprocity, electrode positioning, statistical variations, gender, age and bodily constitutions are necessary in order to reveal more about the alpha dispersion, its appearance and disappearance.

  14. Alpha particle analysis using PEARLS spectrometry

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    McKlveen, J.W.; Klingler, G.W.; McDowell, W.J.; Case, G.N.

    1984-01-01

    Alpha particle assay by conventional plate-counting methods is difficult because chemical separation, tracer techniques, and/or self-absorption losses in the final sample may cause either non-reproducible results or create unacceptable errors. PEARLS (Photon-Electron Rejecting Alpha Liquid Scintillation) Spectrometry is an attractive alternative since radionuclides may be extracted into a scintillator in which there would be no self-absorption or geometry problems and in which up to 100% chemical recovery and counting efficiency is possible. Sample preparation may include extraction of the alpha emitter of interest by a specific organic-phase-soluble compound directly into the liquid scintillator. Detection electronics use energy and pulse-shape discrimination to provide discrete alpha spectra and virtual absence of beta and gamma backgrounds. Backgrounds on the order of 0.01 cpm are readily achievable. Accuracy and reproducibility are typically in the 100 +-1% range. Specific procedures have been developed for gross alpha, uranium, plutonium, thorium, and polonium assay. This paper will review liquid scintillation alpha counting methods and reference some of the specific applications. 8 refs., 1 fig.

  15. HETDEX: Evolution of Lyman Alpha Emitters

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    Blanc, Guillermo A.; Gebhardt, K.; Hill, G. J.; Gronwall, C.; Ciardullo, R.; Finkelstein, S.; Gawiser, E.; HETDEX Collaboration

    2012-01-01

    The Hobby Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment (HETDEX) will produce a sample of 800,000 Lyman Alpha Emitters (LAEs) over the 1.9Alpha photon escape fraction. Our results show a strong evolution in the Lyman Alpha escape fraction with redshift, most likely associated with the buildup of dust in the ISM. Dust is shown to be the main parameter setting the escape of Lyman Alpha photons. The observed relation between E(B-V) and the escape fraction indicates that radiative transfer effects in LAEs promote the escape of Lyman Alpha photons, but only up to the point of them suffering similar amounts of extinction as continuum photons. Enhancement of the Lyman Alpha EW (e.g. due to the presence of a clumpy medium) seems not to be a common process in these objects. We also discuss the potential of the full HETDEX sample to study the evolution of LAE properties.

  16. Is ALPHA the Odometer of the Universe?

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    Goradia, Shantilal

    2007-10-01

    The answer seems to be affirmative. ALPHA may be an odometer with sixty decimal points, the last digit moving up one integer every Planck time, displaying the information of the age of the universe. We can only measure it to the ninth decimal point. ALPHA is greater than or equal to the reciprocal of the natural logarithm of the age of the universe in Planck times, sixty orders of magnitude. Eddington spent good portion of his life trying to come up with a value of ALPHA based on multiplicity. Gamow had the insight about the four nucleotides of genetic tape. His deeper 1967 insight was a link between ALPHA and cosmology. Evolution mandates variation of ALPHA. In terms of the entropy equation on Boltzmann's tomb, ALPHA seems to be the Maxwell's demon, decreasing the entropy of invisible compartments within which electromagnetic interactions take place. Nature potentially knows only the Planck units. I will discuss the implications for the second law of thermodynamics drafted in physics/0210040 v3.

  17. [Prenatal gene diagnosis of alpha-thalassemias].

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    Zhang, X; Li, Q; Wu, Y

    1998-03-01

    To study the value of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in prenatal diagnosis of alpha thalassemias. Amniotic fluid prenatal gene diagnosis with polymerase chain reaction was carried out on eleven fetuses whose parents are both heterozygotes with alpha-globin gene deficiency. A DNA fragment of 224bp in the production means normal alpha-globin gene sequence, while a 630bp fragment indicated the alpha-globin gene deficiency. Both 224bp and 630bp fragments in the same sample means heterozygote. Three of the 11 fetuses (one pregnancy was twin) were with normal alpha-globin gene sequence, while 4 were homozygotes and the other 4 were heterozygotes. For the 3 fetuses with ascitic fluid under ultrasound examination, 2 were homozygotes and the other one was heterozygote by gene diagnosis. Two of the 4 homozygotes from induced abortion were typical Bart's syndrome, one was edema in the whole body and the other one with short limbs and abdominal hernia. The method of PCR in prenatal diagnoses for detection of alpha-thalassemias is simple, accurate and rapid.

  18. Alpha-particles for targeted therapy.

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    Sgouros, George

    2008-09-01

    Alpha-particles are helium nuclei that deposit DNA damaging energy along their track that is 100 to 1000 times greater than that of conventionally used beta-particle emitting radionuclides for targeted therapy; the damage caused by alpha-particles is predominately double-stranded DNA breaks severe enough so as to be almost completely irreparable. This means that a small number of tracks through a cell nucleus can sterilize a cell and that, because the damage is largely irreparable, alpha-particle radiation is not susceptible to resistance as seen with external radiotherapy (e.g., in hypoxic tissue). The ability of a single track to influence biological outcome and the stochastic nature of alpha-particle decay require statistical or microdosimetric techniques to properly reflect likely biological outcome when the biologically relevant target is small or when a low number of radionuclide decays have occurred. In therapeutic implementations, microdosimetry is typically not required and the average absorbed dose over a target volume is typically calculated. Animal and cell culture studies have shown that, per unit absorbed dose, the acute biological effects of alpha-particles are 3 to 7 times greater than the damage caused by external beam or beta-particle radiation. Over the past ten to 15 years, alpha-particle emitting radionuclides have been investigated as a possible new class of radionuclides for targeted therapy. Results from the small number of clinical trials reported to date have shown efficacy without significant toxicity.

  19. Methods for the synthesis and polymerization of .alpha.,.alpha.'-dihalo-p-xylenes

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    Ferraris, John P.; Neef, Charles J.

    2002-07-30

    The present invention describes an improved method for the polymerization of .alpha.,.alpha.-dihalo-p-xylene's such as the .alpha.,.alpha.'-dihalo-2-methoxy-5-(2-ethylhexyloxy)-xylene's. The procedure for synthesis is based on the specific order of addition of reagents and the use of an anionic initiator that allows control of the molecular weight of the polymer. The molecular weight control allows processability of the polymer which is important for its utility in applications including in light-emitting-diodes, field effect transistors and photovoltaic devices.

  20. Contribution from 3 alpha-Condensed States to the Triple-Alpha Reaction

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    Kato, Kiyoshi; Kurokawa, Chie; Arai, Koji

    2010-06-01

    The alpha-condensed state in nuclear systems has been proposed by Tohsaki et al. and has given rise to interesting discussions. The Hoyle state of {sup 12}C has been studied as the most typical example of such an alpha-condensed state. A new resonant 0{sub 3}{sup +} state (E{sub r} = 1.66 MeV, GAMMA = 1.48 MeV) is predicted as an excited alpha-condensed state in addition to the second 0{sup +} state of the Hoyle state by calculations of the 3 alpha orthogonality condition model (3 alpha OCM) using the complex scaling method. Based on this result, the breakup strengths of the inversion reaction for sequential ({sup 8}Be+alpha->{sup 12}C+gamma) and direct (alpha+alpha+alpha->{sup 12}C+gamma) processes are calculated. It is discussed that a large reaction strength calculated recently by Ogata et al. in non-resonant energies is considered as a contribution from the excited 0{sub 3}{sup +} state.

  1. Complex rearrangements within the human J delta-C delta/J alpha-C alpha locus and aberrant recombination between J alpha segments.

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    Baer, R; Boehm, T; Yssel, H; Spits, H; Rabbitts, T H

    1988-01-01

    We have examined DNA rearrangements within a 120 kb cloned region of the human T cell receptor J delta-C delta/J alpha-C alpha locus. Three types of pattern emerge from an analysis of T cell lines and clones. Firstly, cells with two rearrangements within J delta-C delta; secondly, cells with one rearrangement within J delta-C delta and one or more J alpha rearrangements, and finally, cells with rearrangements within J alpha and consequential deletion of the delta locus. Further analysis by cloning of rearrangements within the J alpha locus show that, in addition to V alpha-J alpha joins, J alpha-J alpha aberrant recombinations occur and rearrangement data indicate that such events are frequent. A model is presented to account for such recombinations. Images PMID:2971534

  2. Bile alcohol metabolism in man. Conversion of 5beta-cholestane-3alpha, 7alpha,12alpha, 25-tetrol to cholic acid.

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    Salen, G; Shefer, S; Setoguchi, T; Mosbach, E H

    1975-01-01

    To study the role of C25-HYDROXY BILE ALCOHOLS AS PRECURSORS OF CHOlic acid, [G-3-H]5beta-cholestane-3alpha,7alpha12alpha,25-tetrol was administered intravenously to two subjects with cerebrotendinous xanthomatosis (CTX) and two normal individuals. One day after pulse labeling, radioactivity was present in the cholic acid isolated from the bile and feces of the subjects with CTX and the bile of the normal individuals. In the two normal subjects, the sp act decay curves of [G-3-H]-cholic acid were exponential, and no traces of [G-3-H]-5beta-cholestane-3alpha,7alpha,12alpha,25-tetrol were detected. In contrast, appreciable quantities of labeled 5beta-cholestane-3alpha,-7aopha,12alpha,25-tetrol were present in the bile and feces of the CTX subjects. The sp act vs. time curves of fecal [G-3-H]5beta-cholestane-3alpha,7alpha,12alpha,25-tetrol and [G-3-H]-cholic acid showed a precursor-product relationship. Although these results suggest that 5beta-cholestane-3alpha,7alpha,12alpha,25-tetrol may be a precursor of cholic acid in man, the possibility that C26-hydroxy intermediates represent the normal pathway can not be excluded. PMID:1141434

  3. Meperidine, remifentanil and tramadol but not sufentanil interact with alpha(2)-adrenoceptors in alpha(2A)-, alpha(2B)- and alpha(2C)-adrenoceptor knock out mice brain.

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    Höcker, Jan; Weber, Bernd; Tonner, Peter H; Scholz, Jens; Brand, Philipp-Alexander; Ohnesorge, Henning; Bein, Berthold

    2008-03-17

    alpha(2)-adrenoceptor agonists like clonidine or dexmedetomidine increase the sedative and analgesic actions of opioids. Furthermore opioids like meperidine show potent anti-shivering effects like alpha(2)-adrenoceptor agonists. The underlying molecular mechanisms of these effects are still poorly defined. The authors therefore studied the ability of four different opioids (meperidine, remifentanil, sufentanil and tramadol) to interact with different alpha(2)-adrenoceptor subtypes in mice lacking individual alpha(2A)-, alpha(2B)- or alpha(2C)-adrenoceptors (alpha(2)-adrenoceptor knock out (alpha(2)-AR KO) mice)). The interaction of opioids with alpha(2)-adrenoceptors was investigated by quantitative receptor autoradiography in brain slices of alpha(2A)-, alpha(2B)- or alpha(2C)-adrenoceptor deficient mice. Displacement of the radiolabelled alpha(2)-adrenoceptor agonist [(125)I]-paraiodoclonidine ([(125)I]-PIC) from alpha(2)-adrenoceptors in different brain regions by increasing opioid concentrations was measured, and binding affinity of the analysed opioids to alpha(2)-adrenoceptor subtypes in different brain regions was quantified. Meperidine, remifentanil and tramadol but not sufentanil provoked dose dependent displacement of specifically bound [(125)I]-PIC from all alpha(2)-adrenoceptor subtypes in cortex, cerebellum, medulla oblongata, thalamus, hippocampus and pons. Required concentrations of meperidine and remifentanil for [(125)I]-PIC displacement from alpha(2B)- and alpha(2C)-adrenoceptors were lower than from alpha(2A)-adrenoceptors, indicating higher binding affinity for alpha(2B)- and alpha(2C)-adrenoceptors. In contrast, [(125)I]-PIC displacement by tramadol indicated higher binding affinity to alpha(2A)-adrenoceptors than to alpha(2B)- and alpha(2C)-adrenoceptors. Our results indicate that meperidine, remifentanil and tramadol interact with alpha(2)-adrenoceptors in mouse brain showing different affinity for alpha(2A)-, alpha(2B)- and alpha(2C

  4. Contribution of alpha3(IV)alpha4(IV)alpha5(IV) Collagen IV to the Mechanical Properties of the Glomerular Basement Membrane

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    Gyoneva, Lazarina

    The glomerular basement membrane (GBM) is a vital part of the blood-urine filtration barrier in the kidneys. In healthy GBMs, the main tension-resisting component is alpha3(IV)alpha4(IV)alpha5(IV) type IV collagen, but in some diseases it is replaced by other collagen IV isoforms. As a result, the GBM becomes leaky and disorganized, ultimately resulting in kidney failure. Our goal is to understanding the biomechanical aspects of the alpha3(IV)alpha4(IV)alpha5(IV) chains and how their absence could be responsible for (1) the initial injury to the GBM and (2) progression to kidney failure. A combination of experiments and computational models were designed for that purpose. A model basement membrane was used to compare experimentally the distensibility of tissues with the alpha3(IV)alpha4(IV)alpha5(IV) chains present and missing. The experiments showed basement membranes containing alpha3(IV)alpha4(IV)alpha5(IV) chains were less distensible. It has been postulated that the higher level of lateral cross-linking (supercoiling) in the alpha3(IV)alpha4(IV)alpha5(IV) networks contributes additional strength/stability to basement membranes. In a computational model of supercoiled networks, we found that supercoiling greatly increased the stiffness of collagen IV networks but only minimally decreased the permeability, which is well suited for the needs of the GBM. It is also known that the alpha3(IV)alpha4(IV)alpha5(IV) networks are more protected from enzymatic degradation, and we explored their significance in GBM remodeling. Our simulations showed that the more protected network was needed to prevent the system from entering a dangerous feedback cycle due to autoregulation mechanisms in the kidneys. Overall, the work adds to the evidence of biomechanical differences between the alpha3(IV)alpha4(IV)alpha5(IV) networks and other collagen IV networks, points to supercoiling as the main source of biomechanical differences, discusses the suitability of alpha3(IV)alpha4(IV)alpha

  5. Overview Of Suborbital Human Transportation Concept Alpha

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    Adirim, H.; Pilz, N.; Marini, M.; Hendrick, P.; Schmid, M.; Behr, R.; Barth, T.; Tarfeld, F.; Wiegand, A.; Charbonnier, D.; Haya Ramos, R.; Steeland, J.; Mack, A.

    2011-05-01

    Within the EC co-funded project FAST20XX (Future high-Altitude high-Speed Transport 20XX), the European suborbital passenger transportation system concept ALPHA (Airplane Launched PHoenix Aircraft), which shall be based to a maximum extent on existing technologies and capabilities, is currently being investigated as collaborative project by a European consortium under coordination of ESA. The ALPHA concept incorporates an air-launch from a carrier aircraft, which shall be used as first stage. The ALPHA vehicle shall be capable of transporting up to four passengers plus one pilot to an altitude of at least 100 km. The ALPHA vehicle is a down-scaled version of the suborbital space transportation concept Hopper, which was already deeply investigated within the European FESTIP System Study and the German ASTRA program including the successfully flown experimental landing demonstrator Phoenix. This approach has allowed the use of existing aerodynamic vehicle data and has led to the adaptation of the external Hopper/Phoenix configuration for ALPHA. In FESTIP and ASTRA, the Hopper configuration showed sufficient stability margins. Due to the geometric similarity of the ALPHA and Hopper vehicles, a trimable and flyable configuration could be derived by means of ALPHA flight trajectory calculations. In its current configuration, the ALPHA vehicle has a length of ca. 9 m and a gross take-off mass of ca. 3.5 Mg. The launch, staging and separation of ALPHA shall be performed either as internal air-launch from the cargo bay of the carrier aircraft, as under-wing air-launch or as towed air-launch. After separation from the carrier aircraft, the ALPHA vehicle ignites its onboard rocket propulsion system. Since conventional liquid and solid propulsion did not seem suitable for ALPHA due to Their high cost, limited safety and toxicity, a low-cost, “green” and non-hazardous hybrid propulsion system based on liquid nitrous oxide in combination with a solid polymer fuel was

  6. G alpha 16, a G protein alpha subunit specifically expressed in hematopoietic cells.

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    Amatruda, T T; Steele, D A; Slepak, V Z; Simon, M I

    1991-01-01

    Signal-transduction pathways mediated by guanine nucleotide-binding regulatory proteins (G proteins) determine many of the responses of hematopoietic cells. A recently identified gene encoding a G protein alpha subunit, G alpha 16, is specifically expressed in human cells of the hematopoietic lineage. The G alpha 16 cDNA encodes a protein with predicted Mr of 43,500, which resembles the G q class of alpha subunits and does not include a pertussis toxin ADP-ribosylation site. In comparison with other G protein alpha subunits, the G alpha 16 predicted protein has distinctive amino acid sequences in the amino terminus, the region A guanine nucleotide-binding domain, and in the carboxyl-terminal third of the protein. Cell lines of myelomonocytic and T-cell phenotype express the G alpha 16 gene, but no expression is detectable in two B-cell lines or in nonhematopoietic cell lines. G alpha 16 gene expression is down-regulated in HL-60 cells induced to differentiate to neutrophils with dimethyl sulfoxide. Antisera generated from synthetic peptides that correspond to two regions of G alpha 16 specifically react with a protein of 42- to 43-kDa in bacterial strains that overexpress G alpha 16 and in HL-60 membranes. This protein is decreased in membranes from dimethyl sulfoxide-differentiated HL-60 cells and is not detectable in COS cell membranes. The restricted expression of this gene suggests that G alpha 16 regulates cell-type-specific signal-transduction pathways, which are not inhibited by pertussis toxin. Images PMID:1905813

  7. Alpha-particle fluence in radiobiological experiments.

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    Nikezic, Dragoslav; Yu, Kwan Ngok

    2016-11-03

    Two methods were proposed for determining alpha-particle fluence for radiobiological experiments. The first involved calculating the probabilities of hitting the target for alpha particles emitted from a source through Monte Carlo simulations, which when multiplied by the activity of the source gave the fluence at the target. The second relied on the number of chemically etched alpha-particle tracks developed on a solid-state nuclear track detector (SSNTD) that was irradiated by an alpha-particle source. The etching efficiencies (defined as percentages of latent tracks created by alpha particles from the source that could develop to become visible tracks upon chemical etching) were computed through Monte Carlo simulations, which when multiplied by the experimentally counted number of visible tracks would also give the fluence at the target. We studied alpha particles with an energy of 5.486 MeV emitted from an (241)Am source, and considered the alpha-particle tracks developed on polyallyldiglycol carbonate film, which is a common SSNTD. Our results showed that the etching efficiencies were equal to one for source-film distances of from 0.6 to 3.5 cm for a circular film of radius of 1 cm, and for source-film distances of from 1 to 3 cm for circular film of radius of 2 cm. For circular film with a radius of 3 cm, the etching efficiencies never reached 1. On the other hand, the hit probability decreased monotonically with increase in the source-target distance, and fell to zero when the source-target distance was larger than the particle range in air.

  8. Targeted alpha-therapy: past, present, future?

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    Brechbiel, Martin W

    2007-11-21

    Monoclonal antibodies have become a viable strategy for the delivery of therapeutic, particle emitting radionuclides specifically to tumor cells to either augment anti-tumor action of the native antibodies or to solely take advantage of their action as targeting vectors. Proper and rational selection of radionuclide and antibody combinations is critical to making radioimmunotherapy (RIT) a standard therapeutic modality due to the fundamental and significant differences in the emission of either alpha- and beta-particles. The alpha-particle has a short path length (50-80 microm) that is characterized by high linear energy transfer (100 keV microm(-1)). Actively targeted alpha-therapy potentially offers a more specific tumor cell killing action with less collateral damage to the surrounding normal tissues than beta-emitters. These properties make targeted alpha-therapy an appropriate therapy to eliminate minimal residual or micrometastatic disease. RIT using alpha-emitters such as (213)Bi, (211)At, (225)Ac, and others has demonstrated significant activity in both in vitro and in vivo model systems. Limited numbers of clinical trials have progressed to demonstrate safety, feasibility, and therapeutic activity of targeted alpha-therapy, despite having to traverse complex obstacles. Further advances may require more potent isotopes, additional sources and more efficient means of isotope production. Refinements in chelation and/or radiolabeling chemistry combined with rational improvements of isotope delivery, targeting vectors, molecular targets, and identification of appropriate clinical applications remain as active areas of research. Ultimately, randomized trials comparing targeted alpha-therapy combined with integration into existing standards of care treatment regimens will determine the clinical utility of this modality.

  9. Pharmacologic specificity of alpha-2 adrenergic receptor subtypes

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    Petrash, A.; Bylund, D.

    1986-03-01

    The authors have defined alpha-2 adrenergic receptor subtypes in human and rat tissues using prazosin as a subtype selective drug. Prazosin has a lower affinity (250 nM) at alpha-2A receptor and a higher affinity (5 nM) at alpha-2B receptors. In order to determine if other adrenergic drugs are selective for one or the other subtypes, the authors performed (/sup 3/H)yohimbine inhibition experiments with various adrenergic drugs in tissues containing alpha-2A, alpha-2B or both subtypes. Oxymetazoline, WB4101 and yohimbine were found to be 80-, 20- and 10-fold more potent at alpha-2A receptors than at alpha-2B receptors. Phentolamine, adazoxan, (+)- and (-)-mianserin, clonidine, (+)-butaclamol, (-)- and (+)-norepinephrine, epinephrine, dopamine and thioridazine were found to have equal affinities for the two subtypes. These results further validate the subdivision of alpha-2 adrenergic receptors into alpha-2A and alpha-2B subtypes.

  10. Endometrial receptivity: expression of alpha3beta1, alpha4beta1 and alphaVbeta1 endometrial integrins in women with impaired fertility.

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    Skrzypczak, J; Mikołajczyk, M; Szymanowski, K

    2001-11-01

    Advances in immunohistochemical methods with the specificity of poly- and monoclonal antibodies allow the description of the endometrial receptivity, which is characterized by the ability of secretion of phase specific proteins and glikoproteins by epithelial and stromal cells. We studied the differences in the expression of alpha3beta1, alpha4beta1 and alphaVbeta1 integrins in endometrium of women with recurrent miscarriages and women with unexplained infertility. The endometrial tissue was collected during hysteroscopy performed between 7th and 9th day after ovulation. The immunohistochemical evaluation of alpha3beta1, alpha4beta1 and alphaVbeta1 integrin expression was determined in all endometrial biopsies. Staining intensity of alpha3beta1 in glandular epithelium and endometrial stroma was similar in both groups. In women with recurrent miscarriages we noted a lower concentrations of the alpha4beta1 and alphaVbeta1 integrins during the midluteal phase than in women with unexplained infertility. Moreover, integrins alpha4beta1 and alphaVbeta1 were expressed more frequently in glandular epithelium and endometrial stroma of women with unexplained infertility than those of women with recurrent miscarriages. However, alphaV(2)1 staining in endometrial stroma was stronger than that of alpha4beta1. It can be concluded, that these integrins may play an important role in the implantation process.

  11. Some aspects of the mechanism of complexation of red kidney bean alpha-amylase inhibitor and alpha-amylase.

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    Wilcox, E R; Whitaker, J R

    1984-04-10

    Bovine pancreatic alpha-amylase binds 1 mol of acarbose (a carbohydrate alpha-amylase inhibitor) per mol at the active site and also binds acarbose nonspecifically. The red kidney bean alpha-amylase inhibitor-bovine pancreatic alpha-amylase complex retained nonspecific binding for acarbose only. Binding of p-nitrophenyl alpha-D-maltoside to the final complex of red kidney bean alpha-amylase inhibitor and bovine pancreatic alpha-amylase has a beta Ks (Ks') value that is 3.4-fold greater than the Ks (16 mM) of alpha-amylase for p-nitrophenyl alpha-D-maltoside alone. The initial complex of alpha-amylase and inhibitor apparently hydrolyzes this substrate as rapidly as alpha-amylase alone. The complex retains affinity for substrates and competitive inhibitors, which, when present in high concentrations, cause dissociation of the complex. Maltose (0.5 M), a competitive inhibitor of alpha-amylase, caused dissociation of the red kidney bean alpha-amylase inhibitor--alpha-amylase complex. Interaction between red kidney bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) alpha-amylase inhibitor and porcine pancreatic alpha-amylase proceeds through two steps. The first step has a Keq of 3.1 X 10(-5) M. The second step (unimolecular; first order) has a forward rate constant of 3.05 min-1 at pH 6.9 and 30 degrees C. alpha-Amylase inhibitor combines with alpha-amylase, in the presence of p-nitrophenyl alpha-D-maltoside, noncompetitively. On the basis of the data presented, it is likely that alpha-amylase is inactivated by the alpha-amylase inhibitor through a conformational change. A kinetic model, in the presence and absence of substrate, is described for noncompetitive, slow, tight-binding inhibitors that proceed through two steps.

  12. A chimera-like alpha-amylase inhibitor suggesting the evolution of Phaseolus vulgaris alpha-amylase inhibitor.

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    Wato, S; Kamei, K; Arakawa, T; Philo, J S; Wen, J; Hara, S; Yamaguchi, H

    2000-07-01

    White kidney bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) contains two kinds of alpha-amylase inhibitors, one heat-stable (alpha AI-s) and one heat-labile (alpha AI-u). alpha AI-s has recently been revealed to be a tetrameric complex, alpha(2)beta(2), with two active sites [Kasahara et al. (1996) J. Biochem. 120, 177-183]. The present study was undertaken to reveal the molecular features of alpha AI-u, which is composed of three kinds of subunits, alpha, beta, and gamma. The gamma-subunit, in contrast to the alpha- and beta-subunits that are indistinguishable from the alpha- and beta-subunits of alpha AI-s, was found to correspond to a subunit of an alpha-amylase inhibitor-like protein, which has been identified as an inactive, evolutionary intermediate between arcelin and the alpha-amylase inhibitor in a P. vulgaris defense protein family. The polypeptide molecular weight of alpha AI-u determined by the light-scattering technique, together with the polypeptide molecular weights of the subunits, suggests that alpha AI-u is a trimeric complex, alpha beta gamma. The inhibition of alpha AI-u by increasing amounts of porcine pancreatic alpha-amylase (PPA) indicates that an inactive 1:1 complex is formed between alpha AI-u and PPA. Molecular weight estimation of the complex by the light-scattering technique confirmed that it is a complex of alpha AI-u with one PPA molecule. Thus it seems probable that alpha AI-u is an evolutionary intermediate of the P. vulgaris alpha-amylase inhibitor.

  13. Experimental and Theoretical Electron Density Distribution of Alpha,Alpha-Trehalose Dihydrate

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    Alpha,alpha-rehalose is of interest because of its cryoprotective and antidessicant properties, and because it possesses various technical anomalies such as 13C NMR spectra that give misleading indications of intramolecular structural symmetry. It is a non-reducing disaccharide, with the glycosidic...

  14. O(alpha{sup 3} ln(alpha)) Corrections to Muonium and Positronium Hyperfine Splitting

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    Melnikov, Kirill

    2001-07-25

    We compute O({alpha}{sup 3} ln {alpha}) relative corrections to the ground state hyperfine splitting of a QED two body bound state with different masses of constituents. The general result is then applied to muonium and positronium. In particular, a new value of the muon to electron mass ratio is derived from the muonium ground state hyperfine splitting.

  15. O(alpha{sup 3} ln alpha) Corrections to Positronium Decay Rates

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    Melnikov, Kirill

    2001-07-25

    We compute O ({alpha}{sup 3} ln {alpha}) corrections to the decay rates of para- and orthopositronium into two and three photons, respectively. For this calculation we employ the nonrelativistic QED regularized dimensionally and we explain how in this framework the logarithms of the fine structure constant can be extracted.

  16. Simultaneous measurements of the hydrogen airglow emissions of Lyman alpha, Lyman beta, and Balmer alpha.

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    Weller, C. S.; Meier, R. R.; Tinsley, B. A.

    1971-01-01

    Comparison of Lyman-alpha, 740- to 1050-A, and Balmer-alpha airglow measurements made at 134 deg solar-zenith angle on Oct. 13, 1969, with resonance-scattering models of solar radiation. Model comparison with Lyman-alpha data fixes the hydrogen column abundance over 215 km to 2 x 10 to the 13th per cu cm within a factor of 2. Differences between the Lyman-alpha model and data indicate a polar-equatorial departure from spherical symmetry in the hydrogen distribution. A Lyman-beta model based on the hydrogen distribution found to fit the Lyman-alpha data fits the spatial variation of the 740- to 1050-A data well from 100 to 130 km, but it does not fit the data well at higher altitudes; thus the presence of more rapidly absorbed shorter-wavelength radiation is indicated. This same resonance-scattering model yields Balmer-alpha intensities that result in good spatial agreement with the Balmer-alpha measurements, but a fivefold increase in the measured solar line center Lyman-beta flux is required (as required for the Lyman-beta measurement). The intensity ratio of Lyman-beta and Balmer-alpha at night is found to be a simple measure of the hydrogen optical depth if measurements with good accuracy can be made in the visible and ultraviolet spectrum.

  17. Correcting Coefficient Alpha for Correlated Errors: Is [alpha][K]a Lower Bound to Reliability?

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    Rae, Gordon

    2006-01-01

    When errors of measurement are positively correlated, coefficient alpha may overestimate the "true" reliability of a composite. To reduce this inflation bias, Komaroff (1997) has proposed an adjusted alpha coefficient, ak. This article shows that ak is only guaranteed to be a lower bound to reliability if the latter does not include correlated…

  18. Human alpha-N-acetylgalactosaminidase (alpha-NAGA) deficiency: no association with neuroaxonal dystrophy?

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    Bakker, H D; de Sonnaville, M L; Vreken, P; Abeling, N G; Groener, J E; Keulemans, J L; van Diggelen, O P

    2001-02-01

    Two new individuals with alpha-NAGA deficiency are presented. The index patient, 3 years old, has congenital cataract, slight motor retardation and secondary demyelinisation. Screening of his sibs revealed an alpha-NAGA deficiency in his 7-year-old healthy brother who had no clinical or neurological symptoms. Both sibs are homozygous for the E325K mutation, the same genotype that was found in the most severe form of alpha-NAGA deficiency presenting as infantile neuroaxonal dystrophy. Thus, at the age of 7 years the same genotype of alpha-NAGA may present as a 'non-disease' (present healthy case) and can be associated with the vegetative state (the first two patients described with alpha-NAGA deficiency). The clinical heterogeneity among the 11 known individuals with alpha-NAGA deficiency is extreme, with a 'non-disease' (two cases) and infantile neuroaxonal dystrophy (two cases) at the opposite sides of the clinical spectrum. The broad spectrum is completed by a very heterogeneous group of patients with various degrees of epilepsy/behavioural difficulties/psychomotor retardation (four patients) and a mild phenotype in adults without overt neurological manifestations who have angiokeratoma and clear vacuolisation in various cell types (three cases). These observations are difficult to reconcile with a straightforward genotype-phenotype correlation and suggest that factors or genes other than alpha-NAGA contribute to the clinical heterogeneity of the 11 patients with alpha-NAGA deficiency.

  19. Solution structure of alpha t alpha, a helical hairpin peptide of de novo design.

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    Fezoui, Y.; Connolly, P. J.; Osterhout, J. J.

    1997-01-01

    alpha t alpha is a 38-residue peptide designed to adopt a helical hairpin conformation in solution (Fezoui Y, Weaver DL Osterhout JJ, 1995, Protein Sci 4:286-295). A previous study of the carboxylate form of alpha t alpha by CD and two-dimensional NMR indicated that the peptide was highly helical and that the helices associated in approximately the intended orientation (Fezoui Y, Weaver DL, Osterhout JJ, 1994, Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 91:3675-3679). Here, the solution structure of alpha t alpha as determined by two-dimensional NMR is reported. A total of 266 experimentally derived distance restraints and 20 dihedral angle restraints derived from J-couplings were used. One-hundred initial structures were generated by distance geometry and refined by dynamical simulated annealing. Twenty-three of the lowest-energy structures consistent with the experimental restraints were analyzed. The results presented here show that alpha t alpha is comprised of two associating helices connected by a turn region. PMID:9300486

  20. Amyloid formation and disaggregation of {alpha}-synuclein and its tandem repeat ({alpha}-TR)

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    Bae, Song Yi; Kim, Seulgi; Hwang, Heejin; Kim, Hyun-Kyung; Yoon, Hyun C.; Kim, Jae Ho; Lee, SangYoon; Kim, T. Doohun

    2010-10-01

    Research highlights: {yields} Formation of the {alpha}-synuclein amyloid fibrils by [BIMbF{sub 3}Im]. {yields} Disaggregation of amyloid fibrils by epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and baicalein. {yields} Amyloid formation of {alpha}-synuclein tandem repeat ({alpha}-TR). -- Abstract: The aggregation of {alpha}-synuclein is clearly related to the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease. Therefore, detailed understanding of the mechanism of fibril formation is highly valuable for the development of clinical treatment and also of the diagnostic tools. Here, we have investigated the interaction of {alpha}-synuclein with ionic liquids by using several biochemical techniques including Thioflavin T assays and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Our data shows a rapid formation of {alpha}-synuclein amyloid fibrils was stimulated by 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide [BIMbF{sub 3}Im], and these fibrils could be disaggregated by polyphenols such as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and baicalein. Furthermore, the effect of [BIMbF{sub 3}Im] on the {alpha}-synuclein tandem repeat ({alpha}-TR) in the aggregation process was studied.

  1. alpha-Tocopherol specifically inactivates cellular protein kinase C alpha by changing its phosphorylation state.

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    Ricciarelli, R; Tasinato, A; Clément, S; Ozer, N K; Boscoboinik, D; Azzi, A

    1998-01-01

    The mechanism of protein kinase C (PKC) regulation by alpha-tocopherol has been investigated in smooth-muscle cells. Treatment of rat aortic A7r5 smooth-muscle cells with alpha-tocopherol resulted in a time- and dose-dependent inhibition of PKC. The inhibition was not related to a direct interaction of alpha-tocopherol with the enzyme nor with a diminution of its expression. Western analysis demonstrated the presence of PKCalpha, beta, delta, epsilon, zeta and micro isoforms in these cells. Autophosphorylation and kinase activities of the different isoforms have shown that only PKCalpha was inhibited by alpha-tocopherol. The inhibitory effects were not mimicked by beta-tocopherol, an analogue of alpha-tocopherol with similar antioxidant properties. The inhibition of PKCalpha by alpha-tocopherol has been found to be associated with its dephosphorylation. Moreover the finding of an activation of protein phosphatase type 2A in vitro by alpha-tocopherol suggests that this enzyme might be responsible for the observed dephosphorylation and subsequent deactivation of PKCalpha. It is therefore proposed that PKCalpha inhibition by alpha-tocopherol is linked to the activation of a protein phosphatase, which in turn dephosphorylates PKCalpha and inhibits its activity. PMID:9693126

  2. alpha-Tocopherol specifically inactivates cellular protein kinase C alpha by changing its phosphorylation state.

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    Ricciarelli, R; Tasinato, A; Clément, S; Ozer, N K; Boscoboinik, D; Azzi, A

    1998-08-15

    The mechanism of protein kinase C (PKC) regulation by alpha-tocopherol has been investigated in smooth-muscle cells. Treatment of rat aortic A7r5 smooth-muscle cells with alpha-tocopherol resulted in a time- and dose-dependent inhibition of PKC. The inhibition was not related to a direct interaction of alpha-tocopherol with the enzyme nor with a diminution of its expression. Western analysis demonstrated the presence of PKCalpha, beta, delta, epsilon, zeta and micro isoforms in these cells. Autophosphorylation and kinase activities of the different isoforms have shown that only PKCalpha was inhibited by alpha-tocopherol. The inhibitory effects were not mimicked by beta-tocopherol, an analogue of alpha-tocopherol with similar antioxidant properties. The inhibition of PKCalpha by alpha-tocopherol has been found to be associated with its dephosphorylation. Moreover the finding of an activation of protein phosphatase type 2A in vitro by alpha-tocopherol suggests that this enzyme might be responsible for the observed dephosphorylation and subsequent deactivation of PKCalpha. It is therefore proposed that PKCalpha inhibition by alpha-tocopherol is linked to the activation of a protein phosphatase, which in turn dephosphorylates PKCalpha and inhibits its activity.

  3. The biological effects of five feline IFN-alpha subtypes.

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    Baldwin, Susan L; Powell, Tim D; Sellins, Karen S; Radecki, Steven V; Cohen, J John; Milhausen, Michael J

    2004-06-01

    IFN-alpha has been shown to induce both antiviral and antiproliferative activities in animals. This report describes the biological activity of five recently identified feline IFN-alpha subtypes expressed in the Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cell line (rfeIFN-alpha1[CHO], rfeIFN-alpha2[CHO], rfeIFN-alpha3[CHO], rfeIFN-alpha5[CHO] and rfeIFN-alpha6[CHO]) and the feIFN-alpha6 subtype expressed in and purified from Pichia pastoris (rfeIFN-alpha6[P. pastoris]). The rfeIFN-alpha[CHO] subtypes were tested for antiviral activity against either Vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) or feline calicivirus (FCV) infected feline embryonic fibroblast cell line (AH927) or Crandell feline kidney cell line (CRFK). Antiviral activity was induced against both VSV and FCV infected AH927 cells and VSV infected CRFK cells by all five of the rfeIFN-alpha[CHO] subtypes and rfeIFN-alpha6[P. pastoris]. In addition, the IFN-alpha inducible Mx gene (associated with antiviral activity) was upregulated in vivo 24 h following treatment with rfeIFN-alpha6[P. pastoris], compared to baseline levels seen prior to treatment. All of the rfeIFN-alpha[CHO] subtypes and rfeIFN-alpha6[P. pastoris] exhibited antiproliferative activity in the FeT-J cell line (an IL-2 independent feline T-cell line). Both necrosis and apoptosis were observed in rfeIFN-alpha6[P. pastoris]-treated FeT-J cells. The rfeIFN-alpha3[CHO] subtype consistently exhibited lower antiviral and antiproliferative activity compared to that observed with the other four rfeIFN-alpha[CHO] subtypes. In summary, this paper demonstrates that five previously described feIFN-alpha subtypes induce both antiviral and antiproliferative activities in vitro and are capable of upregulating the feMx gene in vivo.

  4. Comparison of the Ca2 + currents induced by expression of three cloned alpha1 subunits, alpha1G, alpha1H and alpha1I, of low-voltage-activated T-type Ca2 + channels.

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    Klöckner, U; Lee, J H; Cribbs, L L; Daud, A; Hescheler, J; Pereverzev, A; Perez-Reyes, E; Schneider, T

    1999-12-01

    Expression of rat alpha1G, human alpha1H and rat alpha1I subunits of voltage-activated Ca2 + channels in HEK-293 cells yields robust Ca2 + inward currents with 1.25 mM Ca2 + as the charge carrier. Both similarities and marked differences are found between their biophysical properties. Currents induced by expression of alpha1G show the fastest activation and inactivation kinetics. The alpha1H and alpha1I currents activate and inactivate up to 1.5- and 5-fold slower, respectively. No differences in the voltage dependence of steady state inactivation are detected. Currents induced by expression of alpha1G and alpha1H deactivate with time constants of up to 6 ms at a test potential of - 80 mV, but currents induced by alpha1I deactivate about three-fold faster. Recovery from short-term inactivation is more than three-fold slower for currents induced by alpha1H and alpha1I in comparison to alpha1G. In contrast to these characteristics, reactivation after long-term inactivation was fastest for currents arising from expression of alpha1I and slowest in cells expressing alpha1H calcium channels. The calcium inward current induced by expression of alpha1I is increased by positive prepulses while currents induced by alpha1H and alpha1G show little ( < 5%) or no facilitation. The data thus provide a characteristic fingerprint of each channel's activity, which may allow correlation of the alpha1G, alpha1H and alpha1I induced currents with their in vivo counterparts.

  5. Effect of alpha-tocopherol on bovine in vitro fertilization.

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    Marques, A; Santos, P; Antunes, G; Chaveiro, A; Moreira da Silva, F

    2010-02-01

    The objectives of this work are to determine if exogenous supplementation with alpha-tocopherol increases the in vitro fertilization (IVF) rate of bovine oocytes and improves viability of selected spermatozoa after 'swim-up'. The percentage of fertilized oocytes was significantly but negatively correlated (r = -0.941, p < 0.01) with the concentration of alpha-tocopherol. The control resulted in 95% of fertilized oocytes, which decreased as follows: 25 microM alpha-tocopherol (alpha25) 86%, 50 microM alpha-tocopherol (alpha50) 74%, 100 microM alpha-tocopherol (alpha100) 66% and 200 microM alpha-tocopherol (alpha200) 56%. Relatively to sperm viability after 'swim-up' with alpha-tocopherol supplementation, this antioxidant proved to have a beneficial effect as its concentration increased up to alpha50, decreasing for the concentrations of alpha100 and alpha200. Control resulted in 83% of live cells and 16% of dead cells; alpha25 resulted in 88% of live cells and 12% of dead cells; alpha50 resulted in 91% of live cells and 9% of dead cells; alpha100 resulted in 67% of live cells and 33% of dead cells; and finally alpha200 resulted in 57% of live cells and 42% of dead cells. In summary, the present study allows to conclude that, in our conditions, supplementation with the antioxidant alpha-tocopherol in IVF of bovine oocytes has a detrimental effect on fertilization rates. Nevertheless, exogenous supplementation with alpha-tocopherol at a concentration of 50 mM in the sperm-TALP media during the 'swim-up' technique has a significant beneficial effect on the selected spermatozoa viability.

  6. Infusions of 3alpha,5alpha-THP to the VTA enhance exploratory, anti-anxiety, social, and sexual behavior and increase levels of 3alpha,5alpha-THP in midbrain, hippocampus, diencephalon, and cortex of female rats.

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    Frye, Cheryl A; Rhodes, Madeline E

    2008-02-11

    17beta-Estradiol (E2) and progesterone (P4) influence the onset and duration of sexual behavior and are also associated with changes in behaviors that may contribute to mating, such as exploration, anxiety, and social behaviors (socio-sexual behaviors). In the midbrain ventral tegmental area (VTA), the P4 metabolite, 5alpha-pregnan-3alpha-ol-20-one (3alpha,5alpha-THP), modulates lordosis of E2-primed rodents; 3alpha,5alpha-THP can also influence anxiety and social behaviors. To examine if 3alpha,5alpha-THP in the VTA mediates socio-sexual behaviors, we infused 3alpha,5alpha-THP to the VTA of diestrous and proestrous rats. As expected, proestrous, compared to diestrous, rats showed more exploratory (open field), anxiolytic (elevated plus maze), pro-social (partner preference, social interaction), and sexual (paced mating) behavior and had increased E2, P4, dihydroprogesterone (DHP), and 3alpha,5alpha-THP in serum, midbrain, hippocampus, diencephalon, and cortex. Infusions of 3alpha,5alpha-THP to the VTA, but not control sites, such as the substantia nigra (SN) or central grey (CG), of diestrous rats produced behavioral and endocrine effects akin to that of proestrous rats and increased DHP and 3alpha,5alpha-THP levels in midbrain, hippocampus, and diencephalon. Levels of DHP and 3alpha,5alpha-THP, but neither E2 nor P4 concentrations, in midbrain, hippocampus, diencephalon, and/or cortex were positively correlated with socio-sexual behaviors. Thus, 3alpha,5alpha-THP infusions to the VTA, but not SN or CG, can enhance socio-sexual behaviors and increase levels in midbrain, hippocampus, and diencephalon.

  7. Alpha Channeling in Rotating Plasma with Stationary Waves

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    A. Fetterman and N.J. Fisch

    2010-02-15

    An extension of the alpha channeling effect to supersonically rotating mirrors shows that the rotation itself can be driven using alpha particle energy. Alpha channeling uses radiofrequency waves to remove alpha particles collisionlessly at low energy. We show that stationary magnetic fields with high nθ can be used for this purpose, and simulations show that a large fraction of the alpha energy can be converted to rotation energy.

  8. Cortical Alpha Oscillations Predict Speech Intelligibility.

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    Dimitrijevic, Andrew; Smith, Michael L; Kadis, Darren S; Moore, David R

    2017-01-01

    Understanding speech in noise (SiN) is a complex task involving sensory encoding and cognitive resources including working memory and attention. Previous work has shown that brain oscillations, particularly alpha rhythms (8-12 Hz) play important roles in sensory processes involving working memory and attention. However, no previous study has examined brain oscillations during performance of a continuous speech perception test. The aim of this study was to measure cortical alpha during attentive listening in a commonly used SiN task (digits-in-noise, DiN) to better understand the neural processes associated with "top-down" cognitive processing in adverse listening environments. We recruited 14 normal hearing (NH) young adults. DiN speech reception threshold (SRT) was measured in an initial behavioral experiment. EEG activity was then collected: (i) while performing the DiN near SRT; and (ii) while attending to a silent, close-caption video during presentation of identical digit stimuli that the participant was instructed to ignore. Three main results were obtained: (1) during attentive ("active") listening to the DiN, a number of distinct neural oscillations were observed (mainly alpha with some beta; 15-30 Hz). No oscillations were observed during attention to the video ("passive" listening); (2) overall, alpha event-related synchronization (ERS) of central/parietal sources were observed during active listening when data were grand averaged across all participants. In some participants, a smaller magnitude alpha event-related desynchronization (ERD), originating in temporal regions, was observed; and (3) when individual EEG trials were sorted according to correct and incorrect digit identification, the temporal alpha ERD was consistently greater on correctly identified trials. No such consistency was observed with the central/parietal alpha ERS. These data demonstrate that changes in alpha activity are specific to listening conditions. To our knowledge, this is the

  9. Cortical Alpha Oscillations Predict Speech Intelligibility

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    Dimitrijevic, Andrew; Smith, Michael L.; Kadis, Darren S.; Moore, David R.

    2017-01-01

    Understanding speech in noise (SiN) is a complex task involving sensory encoding and cognitive resources including working memory and attention. Previous work has shown that brain oscillations, particularly alpha rhythms (8–12 Hz) play important roles in sensory processes involving working memory and attention. However, no previous study has examined brain oscillations during performance of a continuous speech perception test. The aim of this study was to measure cortical alpha during attentive listening in a commonly used SiN task (digits-in-noise, DiN) to better understand the neural processes associated with “top-down” cognitive processing in adverse listening environments. We recruited 14 normal hearing (NH) young adults. DiN speech reception threshold (SRT) was measured in an initial behavioral experiment. EEG activity was then collected: (i) while performing the DiN near SRT; and (ii) while attending to a silent, close-caption video during presentation of identical digit stimuli that the participant was instructed to ignore. Three main results were obtained: (1) during attentive (“active”) listening to the DiN, a number of distinct neural oscillations were observed (mainly alpha with some beta; 15–30 Hz). No oscillations were observed during attention to the video (“passive” listening); (2) overall, alpha event-related synchronization (ERS) of central/parietal sources were observed during active listening when data were grand averaged across all participants. In some participants, a smaller magnitude alpha event-related desynchronization (ERD), originating in temporal regions, was observed; and (3) when individual EEG trials were sorted according to correct and incorrect digit identification, the temporal alpha ERD was consistently greater on correctly identified trials. No such consistency was observed with the central/parietal alpha ERS. These data demonstrate that changes in alpha activity are specific to listening conditions. To our

  10. Alpha-particle sensitive test SRAMs

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    Buehler, M. G.; Blaes, B. R.

    1990-01-01

    A bench-level test is being developed to evaluate memory-cell upsets in a test SRAM designed with a cell offset voltage. This offset voltage controls the critical charge needed to upset the cell. The effect is demonstrated using a specially designed 2-micron n-well CMOS 4-kb test SRAM and a Po-208 5.1-MeV 0.61-LET alpha-particle source. This test SRAM has been made sensitive to alpha particles through the use of a cell offset voltage, and this has allowed a bench-level characterization in a laboratory setting. The experimental data are linked to a alpha-particle interaction physics and to SPICE circuit simulations through the alpha-particle collection depth. The collection depth is determined by two methods and found to be about 7 micron. In addition, alpha particles that struck outside the bloated drain were able to flip the SRAM cells. This lateral charge collection was observed to be more than 6 micron.

  11. Fate of Alpha Dynamos at Large Rm.

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    Cameron, Alexandre; Alexakis, Alexandros

    2016-11-11

    At the heart of today's solar magnetic field evolution models lies the alpha dynamo description. In this work, we investigate the fate of alpha dynamos as the magnetic Reynolds number Rm is increased. Using Floquet theory, we are able to precisely quantify mean-field effects like the alpha and beta effect (i) by rigorously distinguishing dynamo modes that involve large-scale components from the ones that only involve small scales, and by (ii) providing a way to investigate arbitrary large-scale separations with minimal computational cost. We apply this framework to helical and nonhelical flows as well as to random flows with short correlation time. Our results determine that the alpha description is valid for Rm smaller than a critical value Rm_{c} at which small-scale dynamo instability starts. When Rm is above Rm_{c}, the dynamo ceases to follow the mean-field description and the growth rate of the large-scale modes becomes independent of the scale separation, while the energy in the large-scale modes is inversely proportional to the square of the scale separation. The results in this second regime do not depend on the presence of helicity. Thus, alpha-type modeling for solar and stellar models needs to be reevaluated and new directions for mean-field modeling are proposed.

  12. Venus - False Color Image of Alpha Regio

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    1991-01-01

    This Magellan radar image shows Alpha Regio, a topographic upland approximately 1,300 kilometers (806 miles) across which is centered on 25 degrees south latitude, 4 degrees east longitude. In 1963 Alpha Regio was the first feature on Venus to be identified from Earth based radar. The radar bright area of Alpha Regio is characterized by multiple sets of intersecting trends of structural features such as ridges, troughs and flat floored fault valleys that together form a polygonal outline. Circular to oblong dark patches within the complex terrain are local topographic lows that are filled with smooth volcanic lava. Complex ridged terrains such as Alpha, formerly called 'tessera' in the Soviet Venera 15 and 16 radar missions and the Arecibo radar data, appear to be widespread and common surface expressions of Venusian tectonic processes. Directly south of the complex ridged terrain is a large ovoid shaped feature named Eve. The radar bright spot located centrally within Eve marks the location of the prime meridian of Venus. Magellan radar data reveals that relatively young lava flows emanate from Eve and extends into the southern margin of the ridged terrain at Alpha. The mosaic was produced by Eric de Jong and Myche McAuley in the JPL Multimission Image Processing Laboratory.

  13. Role of Frontal Alpha Oscillations in Creativity

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    Lustenberger, Caroline; Boyle, Michael R.; Foulser, A. Alban; Mellin, Juliann M.; Fröhlich, Flavio

    2015-01-01

    Creativity, the ability to produce innovative ideas, is a key higher-order cognitive function that is poorly understood. At the level of macroscopic cortical network dynamics, recent EEG data suggests that cortical oscillations in the alpha frequency band (8 – 12 Hz) are correlated with creative thinking. However, whether alpha oscillations play a fundamental role in creativity has remained unknown. Here we show that creativity is increased by enhancing alpha power using 10 Hz transcranial alternating current stimulation (10Hz-tACS) of the frontal cortex. In a study of 20 healthy participants with a randomized, balanced cross-over design, we found a significant improvement of 7.4% in the Creativity Index measured by the Torrance Test of Creative Thinking, a comprehensive and most frequently used assay of creative potential and strengths. In a second similar study with 20 subjects, 40Hz-tACS was used in instead of 10Hz-tACS to rule out a general “electrical stimulation” effect. No significant change in the Creativity Index was found for such frontal gamma stimulation. Our results suggest that alpha activity in frontal brain areas is selectively involved in creativity; this enhancement represents the first demonstration of specific neuronal dynamics that drive creativity and can be modulated by non-invasive brain stimulation. Our findings agree with the model that alpha recruitment increases with internal processing demands and is involved in inhibitory top-down control, which is an important requirement for creative ideation. PMID:25913062

  14. H-alpha Observations of MKW10

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    Johnson, Harold; Coble, Kimberly A.; Koopmann, Rebecca A.; Durbala, Adriana; Undergraduate ALFALFA Team

    2016-01-01

    As part of the Undergraduate ALFALFA Team project looking at clusters and groups of galaxies to investigate the effects of environment on star formation, we analyzed H-alpha and R-band observations of the group MKW10 from the WIYN 0.9-m telescope with MOSAIC camera at Kitt Peak. We continuum-subtract the H-alpha images by scaling and subtracting the broadband R images. This process includes: determining the seeing of each image by calculating the FWHM values of several stars in the image; convolving all images to the worst seeing; stacking images for each filter; subtracting sky background; scaling the R image to H-alpha; and subtracting the scaled R from H-alpha. We then use the H-alpha-continuum-subtracted image to perform surface photometry of individual galaxies in MKW10. The data will be used to determine star formation rates and distributions of galaxies in this group environment and will be compared to results for galaxies in other UAT group and cluster environments. Analysis is ongoing.This work has been supported by NSF grant AST-1211005 and the Illinois Space Grant Consortium.

  15. Benchmarking the External Surrogate Ratio Method using the (alpha,alpha' f) reaction at STARS

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    Lesher, S R; Bernstein, L A; Ai, H; Beausang, C W; Bleuel, D; Burke, J T; Clark, R M; Fallon, P; Gibelin, J; Lee, I Y; Lyles, B F; Macchiavelli, A O; McMahan, M A; Moody, K J; Norman, E B; Phair, L; Rodriguez-Vieitez, E; Wiedeking, M

    2008-01-09

    We measured the ratio of the fission probabilities of {sup 234}U* relative to {sup 236}U* formed via an ({alpha},{alpha}{prime}) direct reactions using the STARS array at the 88-inch cyclotron at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. This ratio has a shape similar to the ratio of neutron capture probabilities from {sup 233}U(n; f) and {sup 235}U(n; f), indicating the alpha reactions likely formed a compound nucleus. This result indicates that the ratios of fission exit channel probabilities for two actinide nuclei populated via ({alpha}, {alpha}{prime}) can be used to determine an unknown fission cross section relative to a known one. The validity of the External Surrogate Ratio Method (ESRM) is tested and the results support the conclusions of Burke et al. [1].

  16. Benchmarking the External Surrogate Ratio Method using the ({alpha},{alpha}{sup '}f) reaction at STARS

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    Lesher, S. R.; Bernstein, L. A.; Bleuel, D.; Burke, J. T.; Lyles, B. F.; Moody, K. J.; Norman, E. B.; Ai, H.; Beausang, C. W.; Clark, R. M.; Fallon, P.; Gibelin, J.; Lee, I. Y.; Macchiavelli, A. O.; McMahan, M. A.; Phair, L.; Rodriguez-Vieitez, E.; Wiedeking, M.

    2008-04-17

    We measured the ratio of the fission probabilities of {sup 234}U* relative to {sup 236}U* formed via an ({alpha},{alpha}{sup '}) direct reactions using the STARS array at the 88-inch cyclotron at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. This ratio has a shape similar to the ratio of neutron capture probabilities from {sup 233}U(n,f) and {sup 235}U(n,f), indicating the alpha reactions likely formed a compound nucleus. This result indicates that the ratios of fission exit channel probabilities for two actinide nuclei populated via ({alpha},{alpha}{sup '}) can be used to determine an unknown fission cross section relative to a known one. The validity of the External Surrogate Ratio Method (ESRM) is tested and the results support the conclusions of Burke et al. [1].

  17. The alpha glycerophosphate cycle in Drosophila melanogaster V. molecular analysis of alpha glycerophosphate dehydrogenase and alpha glycerophosphate oxidase mutants.

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    Carmon, Amber; Chien, Jeff; Sullivan, David; MacIntyre, Ross

    2010-01-01

    Two enzymes, alpha glycerophosphate dehydrogenase (GPDH-1) in the cytoplasm and alpha glycerophosphate oxidase (GPO-1) in the mitochondrion cooperate in Drosophila flight muscles to generate the ATP needed for muscle contraction. Null mutants for either enzyme cannot fly. Here, we characterize 15 ethyl methane sulfonate (EMS)-induced mutants in GPDH-1 at the molecular level and assess their effects on structural and evolutionarily conserved domains of this enzyme. In addition, we molecularly characterize 3 EMS-induced GPO-1 mutants and excisions of a P element insertion in the GPO-1 gene. The latter represent the best candidate for null or amorphic mutants in this gene.

  18. A circularly permuted alpha-amylase-type alpha/beta-barrel structure in glucan-synthesizing glucosyltransferases.

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    MacGregor, E A; Jespersen, H M; Svensson, B

    1996-01-15

    A motif of amino acid residues, located at the active site and specific beta-strands in alpha-amylases, is recognized in alpha-1,3- and alpha-1,6-glucan-synthesizing glucosyltransferases, leading to the conclusion that these enzymes contain an alpha/beta-barrel closely related to the (beta/alpha)8-fold of the alpha-amylase superfamily. The secondary structure elements of the transferase barrel, however, are circularly permuted to start with an alpha-helix equivalent to helix 3 in the alpha-amylases. Thus, the transferase counterpart of the long third beta-->alpha connection--constituting a domain in the alpha-amylases--is divided to precede and succeed the barrel. This architectural arrangement may be coupled to sucrose scission and glucosyl transfer. The involvement in the mechanism in glucosyltransferases of active site residues recurring in amylolytic enzymes is discussed.

  19. Levels of alpha-HCH, lindane, and enantiomeric ratios of alpha-HCH in marine mammals from the northern hemisphere.

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    Hummert, K; Vetter, W; Luckas, B

    1995-09-01

    The enantiomeric ratios of alpha-HCH were determined by chiral gas chromatography in blubber of marine mammals from regions of the northern hemisphere (North Sea, Baltic Sea, Arctic and Iceland). Cetaceans (harbour porpoises and white-beaked dolphins) showed a preferential accumulation of (+)-alpha-HCH. In blubber of harbour seals, grey seals and harp seals (+)-alpha-HCH was also more abundant than (-)-alpha-HCH. Hooded seals formed an exception with a (+/-) enantiomeric ratio of alpha-HCH < 1.

  20. A human-mouse chimera of the alpha3alpha4alpha5(IV) collagen protomer rescues the renal phenotype in Col4a3-/- Alport mice.

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    Heidet, Laurence; Borza, Dorin-Bogdan; Jouin, Mélanie; Sich, Mireille; Mattei, Marie-Geneviève; Sado, Yoshikazu; Hudson, Billy G; Hastie, Nicholas; Antignac, Corinne; Gubler, Marie-Claire

    2003-10-01

    Collagen IV is a major structural component of basement membranes. In the glomerular basement membrane (GBM) of the kidney, the alpha3, alpha4, and alpha5(IV) collagen chains form a distinct network that is essential for the long-term stability of the glomerular filtration barrier, and is absent in most patients affected with Alport syndrome, a progressive inherited nephropathy associated with mutation in COL4A3, COL4A4, or COL4A5 genes. To investigate, in vivo, the regulation of the expression, assembly, and function of the alpha3alpha4alpha5(IV) protomer, we have generated a yeast artificial chromosome transgenic line of mice carrying the human COL4A3-COL4A4 locus. Transgenic mice expressed the human alpha3 and alpha4(IV) chains in a tissue-specific manner. In the kidney, when expressed onto a Col4a3(-/-) background, the human alpha3(IV) chain restored the expression of and co-assembled with the mouse alpha4 and alpha5(IV) chains specifically at sites where the human alpha3(IV) was expressed, demonstrating that the expression of all three chains is required for network assembly. The co-assembly of the human and mouse chains into a hybrid network in the GBM restores a functional GBM and rescues the Alport phenotype, providing further evidence that defective assembly of the alpha3-alpha4-alpha5(IV) protomer, caused by mutations in any of the three chains, is the pathogenic mechanism responsible for the disease. This line of mice, humanized for the alpha3(IV) collagen chain, will also provide a valuable model for studying the pathogenesis of Goodpasture syndrome, an autoimmune disease caused by antibodies against this chain.

  1. Efficient synthesis of 1-azadienes derived from alpha-aminoesters. Regioselective preparation of alpha-dehydroamino acids, vinylglycines, and alpha-amino acids.

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    Palacios, Francisco; Vicario, Javier; Aparicio, Domitila

    2006-09-29

    An efficient synthesis of 1-azadienes derived from alpha-aminoesters is achieved through an aza-Wittig reaction of phosphazenes with beta,gamma-unsaturated alpha-ketoesters. Regioselective 1,2-reduction of these functionalized 1-azadienes affords vinylglycine derivatives, while conjugative 1,4-reduction gives alpha-dehydroamino acid compounds. Reduction of both the carbon-carbon and the imine-carbon-nitrogen double bonds leads to the formation of alpha-amino acid derivatives.

  2. Iron modulates the alpha chain of fibrinogen.

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    Nielsen, Vance G; Jacobsen, Wayne K

    2016-04-01

    Iron-bound fibrinogen has been noted to accelerate plasmatic coagulation in patients with divergent conditions involving upregulation of heme oxygenase activity, including hemodialysis, Alzheimer's disease, sickle cell anemia, and chronic migraine. Our goal was to determine if a site of iron-fibrinogen interaction was on the alpha chain. Using thrombelastography, we compared the coagulation kinetic profiles of plasma exposed to 0-10 µM ferric chloride after activation of coagulation with thrombin generated by contact activation of plasma with the plastic sample cup or by exposure to 1 µg/ml of Calloselasma rhodostoma venom (rich in ancrod activity), which causes coagulation via polymerization of alpha chain monomers. Venom mediated coagulation always occurred before thrombin activated thrombus formation, and ferric chloride always diminished the time of onset of coagulation and increased the velocity of clot growth. Iron enhances plasmatic coagulation kinetics by modulating the alpha chain of fibrinogen.

  3. Nuclear diagnostic for fast alpha particles

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    Grisham, Larry R.; Post, Jr., Douglass E.; Dawson, John M.

    1986-01-01

    Measurement of the velocity distribution of confined energetic alpha particles resulting from deuterium-tritium fusion reactions in a magnetically contained plasma is provided. The fusion plasma is seeded with energetic boron neutrals for producing, by means of the reaction .sup.10 B (.alpha.,n) .sup.13 N reaction, radioactive nitrogen nuclei which are then collected by a probe. The radioactivity of the probe is then measured by conventional techniques in determining the energy distribution of the alpha particles in the plasma. In a preferred embodiment, diborane gas (B.sub.2 H.sub.6) is the source of the boron neutrals to produce .sup.13 N which decays almost exclusively by positron emission with a convenient half-life of 10 minutes.

  4. Intermediate filaments in. cap alpha. -keratins

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    Fraser, R.D.B.; MacRae, T.P.; Parry, D.A.D.; Suzuki, E.

    1986-03-01

    Previous x-ray diffraction studies on the ..cap alpha..-keratins of hair and wool have revealed that the intermediate filaments (IF) have a helical structure rendered imperfect by a precisely defined dislocation. It has also been possible to deduce a surface lattice for the IF and to determine the number of IF molecules associated with each lattice point. In this work this information is combined with data on the ionic interactions between the coiled-coil rope segments of the IF molecules to provide a plausible model for the pattern of interactions that stabilize the framework of the IF in the hard ..cap alpha..-keratins. Similar interaction studies of the proteins from the IF in the so-called soft ..cap alpha..-keratin from the stratum corneum layer of the skin suggest that they are likely to have an essentially similar pattern.

  5. Coefficient alpha and interculture test selection.

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    Thurber, Steven; Kishi, Yasuhiro

    2014-04-01

    The internal consistency reliability of a measure can be a focal point in an evaluation of the potential adequacy of an instrument for adaptation to another cultural setting. Cronbach's alpha (α) coefficient is often used as the statistical index for such a determination. However, alpha presumes a tau-equivalent test and may constitute an inaccurate population estimate for multidimensional tests. These notions are expanded and examined with a Japanese version of a questionnaire on nursing attitudes toward suicidal patients, originally constructed in Sweden using the English language. The English measure was reported to have acceptable internal consistency (α) albeit the dimensionality of the questionnaire was not addressed. The Japanese scale was found to lack tau-equivalence. An alternative to alpha, "composite reliability," was computed and found to be below acceptable standards in magnitude and precision. Implications for research application of the Japanese instrument are discussed.

  6. Nuclear diagnostic for fast alpha particles

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    Grisham, Larry R.; Post Jr., Douglass E.; Dawson, John M.

    1986-06-03

    Measurement of the velocity distribution of confined energetic alpha particles resulting from deuterium-tritium fusion reactions in a magnetically contained plasma is provided. The fusion plasma is seeded with energetic boron neutrals for producing, by means of the reaction .sup.10 B (.alpha.,n) .sup.13 N reaction, radioactive nitrogen nuclei which are then collected by a probe. The radioactivity of the probe is then measured by conventional techniques in determining the energy distribution of the alpha particles in the plasma. In a preferred embodiment, diborane gas (B.sub.2 H.sub.6) is the source of the boron neutrals to produce .sup.13 N which decays almost exclusively by positron emission with a convenient half-life of 10 minutes.

  7. Alpha-decay of light protactinium isotopes

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    Faestermann, T.; Gillitzer, A.; Hartel, K.; Henning, W.; Kienle, P.

    1987-12-10

    Light protactinium isotopes have been produced with /sup 204/Pb (/sup 19/F,xn) reactions. ..cap alpha..-activities with E/sub ..cap alpha../ = 9.90(5) MeV, T/sub 1/2/ = 53(10) ns and E/sub ..cap alpha../ = 9.65(5) MeV, T/sub 1/2/ = 0.78(16) ..mu..s could be attributed to the previously unobserved nuclei /sup 219/Pa and /sup 220/Pa with the help of excitation functions. The peak cross sections for the 4n and 3n evaporation channels are on the order of 10 ..mu..b. The decay energies as well as the halflives fit well into the systematics of these nuclei close to the magic neutron number N = 126. /sup 219/Pa is the shortest lived nuclide known with directly measured halflife.

  8. Ultraviolet observations of alpha Aurigae from Copernicus

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    Dupree, A. K.

    1975-01-01

    Emission lines of L-alpha (1215.67 A) and O VI (1031.94 A) were detected in the spectroscopic binary alpha Aur (Capella) with the Princeton experiment on Copernicus. Temperatures of the emitting regions are inferred to be in excess of 300,000 K. The temperature and emission measure are consistent with a variable source of soft X-rays. If the emission is attributed to the primary star (G5 III), the atmosphere is expanding with velocities of about 20-100 km/s. Such expansion can lead to material within the binary system. The density of interstellar hydrogen inferred from absorption of stellar L-alpha appears to be approximately 0.01 hydrogen atoms per cu cm.

  9. Liver replacement for alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency

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    Putnam, Charles W.; Porter, Kendrick A.; Peters, Robert L.; Ashcavai, Mary; Redeker, Allan G.; Starzl, Thomas E.

    2010-01-01

    A 16-year-old girl with advanced cirrhosis and severe alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency of the homozygous PiZZ phenotype was treated by orthotopic liver transplantation. After replacement of the liver with a homograft from a donor with the normal PiMM phenotype, the alpha1-antitrypsin concentration in the recipient’s serum rose to normal; it had the PiMM phenotype. Two and a third years later, chronic rejection necessitated retransplantation. Insertion of a homograft from a heterozygous PiMZ donar was followed by the identification of that phenotype in the recipient’s serum. Neither liver graft developed the alpha1-antitrypsin glycoprotein deposits seen with the deficiency state. These observations confirm that this hepatic- based inborn error metabolism is metabolically cured by liver replacement. PMID:320694

  10. Pegylated interferon alpha-associated optic neuropathy.

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    Berg, Kathleen T; Nelson, Bruce; Harrison, Andrew R; McLoon, Linda K; Lee, Michael S

    2010-06-01

    A 52-year-old man with chronic hepatitis C presented with painless, bilateral, simultaneous nonarteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION) and peripheral neuropathy. Symptoms began 19 weeks after starting peginterferon alpha-2a. The peripheral neuropathy and vision of the right eye improved, but the vision of the left eye worsened after stopping interferon. We identified 23 additional cases of NAION during interferon alpha therapy. At least 12 of these patients suffered bilateral NAION. Patients lost vision 1-40 weeks after initiating therapy. Of 21 eyes that had documented initial and follow-up acuities, 8 improved, 1 worsened, and the rest remained stable. One patient had a painful peripheral neuropathy. Treatment with interferon alpha may result in NAION. Discontinuation of therapy deserves consideration after weighing individual risks and benefits.

  11. The status of alpha-particle diagnostics

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    Young, K.M.; Johnson, D.W.

    1992-08-01

    There is a flurry of activity to complete alpha-particle diagnostics so that they can undergo some experimental testing in DT plasmas on JET or TFTR prior to implementation on ITER. Successful measurements of escaping charged fusion products have been made in DD plasmas, and the {alpha}-particle source can be well characterized by neutron profile measurement. These methods can be extrapolated to DT plasmas. Measurement of the confined {alpha}-particles requires a new technique. Collective Thomson scattering, methods involving charge-exchange interactions and nuclear reactions with impurities will be discussed. Some assessment is given of the capabilities of these techniques, bearing in mind the potential for their use in the physics phase of the ITER program.

  12. Alternating current long range alpha particle detector

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    MacArthur, Duncan W.; McAtee, James L.

    1993-01-01

    An alpha particle detector, utilizing alternating currents, whcih is capable of detecting alpha particles from distinct sources. The use of alternating currents allows use of simpler ac circuits which, in turn, are not susceptible to dc error components. It also allows the benefit of gas gain, if desired. In the invention, a voltage source creates an electric field between two conductive grids, and between the grids and a conductive enclosure. Air containing air ions created by collision with alpha particles is drawn into the enclosure and detected. In some embodiments, the air flow into the enclosure is interrupted, creating an alternating flow of ions. In another embodiment, a modulated voltage is applied to the grid, also modulating the detection of ions.

  13. Synthesis of peptide .alpha.-thioesters

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    Camarero, Julio A.; Mitchell, Alexander R.; De Yoreo, James J.

    2008-08-19

    Disclosed herein is a new method for the solid phase peptide synthesis (SPPS) of C-terminal peptide .alpha. thioesters using Fmoc/t-Bu chemistry. This method is based on the use of an aryl hydrazine linker, which is totally stable to conditions required for Fmoc-SPPS. When the peptide synthesis has been completed, activation of the linker is achieved by mild oxidation. The oxidation step converts the acyl-hydrazine group into a highly reactive acyl-diazene intermediate which reacts with an .alpha.-amino acid alkylthioester (H-AA-SR) to yield the corresponding peptide .alpha.-thioester in good yield. A variety of peptide thioesters, cyclic peptides and a fully functional Src homology 3 (SH3) protein domain have been successfully prepared.

  14. Isotope alpha irradiators for radiobiological research

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    Drasher, V.; Dudryashov, Y. I.; Meshcheryakova, O. M.; Marennyy, A. M.

    1974-01-01

    Radiation absorption is considered for the case where the isotopic alpha source, in the form of a flat disk, and the axially located biological object, also in the form of a flat disk, are separated by a layer of gas. Frequently the biological object is covered by a polymer film with minimal thickness for protection against radioactive contaminants. The energy of the alpha particle is calculated at the place where the absorbed dose is determined, taking into account loss of energy in air, film and tissue. The level of energy is determined by the specific loss in energy of the alpha particle arriving from the point source to a point at the biological subject.

  15. Microdosimetry for Targeted Alpha Therapy of Cancer

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    Huang, Chen-Yu; Guatelli, Susanna; Oborn, Bradley M.; Allen, Barry J.

    2012-01-01

    Targeted alpha therapy (TAT) has the advantage of delivering therapeutic doses to individual cancer cells while reducing the dose to normal tissues. TAT applications relate to hematologic malignancies and now extend to solid tumors. Results from several clinical trials have shown efficacy with limited toxicity. However, the dosimetry for the labeled alpha particle is challenging because of the heterogeneous antigen expression among cancer cells and the nature of short-range, high-LET alpha radiation. This paper demonstrates that it is inappropriate to investigate the therapeutic efficacy of TAT by macrodosimetry. The objective of this work is to review the microdosimetry of TAT as a function of the cell geometry, source-target configuration, cell sensitivity, and biological factors. A detailed knowledge of each of these parameters is required for accurate microdosimetric calculations. PMID:22988479

  16. The Story of Alpha - In Three Parts

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    Hautecoeur, Jean-Paul

    2001-09-01

    The article presents a retrospective history of the ALPHA series of publications. This action-research project (later called "cooperative research") on literacy and basic education is divided into three periods of seven years each. The first one, "Construction", involved assisting the nascent literacy movement in Québec and Canada by given it a theoretical, critical and ideological basis. In the second period, "Ruptures", the project distanced itself somewhat from the literacy movement, whose success, according to the author, was dubious. During the same period ALPHA systematised its critical function and internationalised its field of research. The third phase, "Wanderings", involved a different research paradigm, in which the project explored basic education at community level in connection with local development initiatives. This biographical/autobiographical account ends with the last publication ALPHA 2000, evincing an ecological vision for alternative education and sustainable communities, partly documented in the Arab countries.

  17. Microdosimetry for targeted alpha therapy of cancer.

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    Huang, Chen-Yu; Guatelli, Susanna; Oborn, Bradley M; Allen, Barry J

    2012-01-01

    Targeted alpha therapy (TAT) has the advantage of delivering therapeutic doses to individual cancer cells while reducing the dose to normal tissues. TAT applications relate to hematologic malignancies and now extend to solid tumors. Results from several clinical trials have shown efficacy with limited toxicity. However, the dosimetry for the labeled alpha particle is challenging because of the heterogeneous antigen expression among cancer cells and the nature of short-range, high-LET alpha radiation. This paper demonstrates that it is inappropriate to investigate the therapeutic efficacy of TAT by macrodosimetry. The objective of this work is to review the microdosimetry of TAT as a function of the cell geometry, source-target configuration, cell sensitivity, and biological factors. A detailed knowledge of each of these parameters is required for accurate microdosimetric calculations.

  18. Lyman-alpha imagery of Comet Kohoutek

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    Carruthers, G. R.; Opal, C. B.; Page, T. L.; Meier, R. R.; Prinz, D. K.

    1974-01-01

    Electrographic imagery of Comet Kohoutek in the 1100-1500 A wavelength range was obtained from a sounding rocket on Jan. 8, 1974, and from the Skylab space station on 13 occasions between Nov. 26, 1973 and Feb. 2, 1974. These images are predominantly due to Lyman-alpha (1216 A) emission from the hydrogen coma of the comet. The rocket pictures have been calibrated for absolute sensitivity and a hydrogen production rate has been determined. However, the Skylab camera suffered degradation of its sensitivity during the mission, and its absolute sensitivity for each observation can only be estimated by comparison of the comet images with those taken by the rocket camera, with imagery of the geocoronal Lyman-alpha glow, of the moon in reflected Lyman-alpha, and of ultraviolet-bright stars. The rocket and geocoronal comparisons are used to derive a preliminary, qualitative history of the development of the cometary hydrogen coma and the associated hydrogen production rate.

  19. [ALPHA-ACTININS AND SIGNAL TRANSDUCTION PATHWAYS].

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    Panyushev, N V; Tentler, D G

    2015-01-01

    Involvement of actin cytoskeleton proteins in signal transduction from cell surface to the nucleus, including regulation of transcription factors activity, has now been supported by a lot of experimental data. Here-with, cytoskeletal proteins may have different functions than ones they execute in the cytoplasm. Particularly, alpha-actinin 4 stabilizing actin microfilaments in the cytoplasm can translocate to the nucleus and change the activity of several transcription factors. Despite the lack of nuclear import signal and DNA binding domain, alpha-actinin 4 can bind to promoter sequences, and co-activate NF-κB-dependent transcription. Selective regulation of NF-κB gene targets may indicate involvement of alpha-actinin 4 in determining the specificity of cell response to NF-κB activation in cells of different types.

  20. Electron ionization mass spectral fragmentation of cholestane-3beta,4alpha,5alpha-triol and cholestane-3beta,5alpha,6alpha/beta-triol bis- and tris-trimethylsilyl derivatives.

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    Rontani, J-F; Aubert, C

    2005-01-01

    The electron ionization (EI) mass spectral fragmentation of the bis- and tris-trimethylsilyl derivatives of cholestane-3beta,4alpha,5alpha-triol, cholestane-3beta,5alpha,6beta-triol and cholestane-3beta,5alpha,6alpha-triol was investigated. The EI mass spectrum of the 3beta,4alpha-bis-trimethylsilyl derivative of cholestane-3beta,4alpha,5alpha-triol exhibits interesting fragment ions at m/z 142 and 332 resulting from the initial loss of TMSOH between the carbons 2 and 3 and subsequent retro-Diels-Alder (RDA) cleavage of the ring A. Trimethylsilyl transfer between the 4alpha- and the 5alpha-hydroxy groups acts significantly before RDA cleavage affording an ion at m/z 404. Complete silylation of cholestane-3beta,4alpha,5alpha-triol strongly stabilizes the molecule, affording an abundant molecular ion at m/z 636 and decreasing the abundance of the RDA cleavage. Loss of water (from the non-silylated 5alpha-hydroxy group) plays a very important role during the decomposition of the molecular ion of 3beta,6alpha/beta-bis-trimethylsilyl derivatives of cholestane-3beta,5alpha,6alpha/beta-triols. These derivatives appear to be very useful in assigning the configuration of the carbon 6. This assignment is based on the abundance of the fragment ions at m/z 321, 367 and 403, which are more prominent in the EI mass spectrum of the beta-isomer. In contrast, EI mass spectra of the tris-trimethylsilyl derivatives of cholestane-3beta,5alpha,6beta-triol and cholestane-3beta,5alpha,6alpha-triol differ only slightly and appear to be poorly informative. Copyright (c) 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  1. Solution structure of alpha-conotoxin PIA, a novel antagonist of alpha6 subunit containing nicotinic acetylcholine receptors.

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    Chi, Seung-Wook; Lee, Si-Hyung; Kim, Do-Hyoung; Kim, Jae-Sung; Olivera, Baldomero M; McIntosh, J Michael; Han, Kyou-Hoon

    2005-12-30

    alpha-Conotoxin PIA is a novel nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) antagonist isolated from Conus purpurascens that targets nAChR subtypes containing alpha6 and alpha3 subunits. alpha-conotoxin PIA displays 75-fold higher affinity for rat alpha6/alpha3beta2beta3 nAChRs than for rat alpha3beta2 nAChRs. We have determined the three-dimensional structure of alpha-conotoxin PIA by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The alpha-conotoxin PIA has an "omega-shaped" overall topology as other alpha4/7 subfamily conotoxins. Yet, unlike other neuronally targeted alpha4/7-conotoxins, its N-terminal tail Arg1-Asp2-Pro3 protrudes out of its main molecular body because Asp2-Pro3-Cys4-Cys5 forms a stable type I beta-turn. In addition, a kink introduced by Pro15 in the second loop of this toxin provides a distinct steric and electrostatic environment from those in alpha-conotoxins MII and GIC. By comparing the structure of alpha-conotoxin PIA with other functionally related alpha-conotoxins we suggest structural features in alpha-conotoxin PIA that may be associated with its unique receptor recognition profile.

  2. Human eosinophils can express the cytokines tumor necrosis factor-alpha and macrophage inflammatory protein-1 alpha.

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    Costa, J J; Matossian, K; Resnick, M B; Beil, W J; Wong, D T; Gordon, J R; Dvorak, A M; Weller, P F; Galli, S J

    1993-01-01

    By in situ hybridization, 44-100% of the blood eosinophils from five patients with hypereosinophilia and four normal subjects exhibited intense hybridization signals for TNF-alpha mRNA. TNF-alpha protein was detectable by immunohistochemistry in blood eosinophils of hypereosinophilic subjects, and purified blood eosinophils from three atopic donors exhibited cycloheximide-inhibitable spontaneous release of TNF-alpha in vitro. Many blood eosinophils (39-91%) from hypereosinophilic donors exhibited intense labeling for macrophage inflammatory protein-1 alpha (MIP-1 alpha) mRNA, whereas eosinophils of normal donors demonstrated only weak or undetectable hybridization signals for MIP-1 alpha mRNA. Most tissue eosinophils infiltrating nasal polyps were strongly positive for both TNF-alpha and MIP-1 alpha mRNA. By Northern blot analysis, highly enriched blood eosinophils from a patient with the idiopathic hypereosinophilic syndrome exhibited differential expression of TNF-alpha and MIP-1 alpha mRNA. These findings indicate that human eosinophils represent a potential source of TNF-alpha and MIP-1 alpha, that levels of expression of mRNA for both cytokines are high in the blood eosinophils of hypereosinophilic donors and in eosinophils infiltrating nasal polyps, that the eosinophils of normal subjects express higher levels of TNF-alpha than MIP-1 alpha mRNA, and that eosinophils purified from the blood of atopic donors can release TNF-alpha in vitro. Images PMID:8514874

  3. Solution structure of {alpha}-conotoxin PIA, a novel antagonist of {alpha}6 subunit containing nicotinic acetylcholine receptors

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    Chi, Seung-Wook; Lee, Si-Hyung; Kim, Do-Hyoung; Kim, Jae-Sung; Olivera, Baldomero M.; McIntosh, J. Michael; Han, Kyou-Hoon . E-mail: khhan600@kribb.re.kr

    2005-12-30

    {alpha}-Conotoxin PIA is a novel nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) antagonist isolated from Conus purpurascens that targets nAChR subtypes containing {alpha}6 and {alpha}3 subunits. {alpha}-conotoxin PIA displays 75-fold higher affinity for rat {alpha}6/{alpha}3{beta}2{beta}3 nAChRs than for rat {alpha}3{beta}2 nAChRs. We have determined the three-dimensional structure of {alpha}-conotoxin PIA by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The {alpha}-conotoxin PIA has an '{omega}-shaped' overall topology as other {alpha}4/7 subfamily conotoxins. Yet, unlike other neuronally targeted {alpha}4/7-conotoxins, its N-terminal tail Arg{sup 1}-Asp{sup 2}-Pro{sup 3} protrudes out of its main molecular body because Asp{sup 2}-Pro{sup 3}-Cys{sup 4}-Cys{sup 5} forms a stable type I {beta}-turn. In addition, a kink introduced by Pro{sup 15} in the second loop of this toxin provides a distinct steric and electrostatic environment from those in {alpha}-conotoxins MII and GIC. By comparing the structure of {alpha}-conotoxin PIA with other functionally related {alpha}-conotoxins we suggest structural features in {alpha}-conotoxin PIA that may be associated with its unique receptor recognition profile.

  4. Novel alpha-hydroxyethyl-polystyrene, alpha-chloroethyl-polystyrene and alpha-amino-oxyethyl-polystyrene linkers on the Multipin solid support for solid-phase organic synthesis.

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    Bui, C T; Maeji, N J; Bray, A M

    A simple method for the generation of three novel linkers, alpha-hydroxyethyl-polystyrene, alpha-chloroethyl-polystyrene and alpha-amino-oxyethyl-polystyrene on Multipin supports (SynPhase Crowns) has been developed. Applications of these linkers have been successfully demonstrated for solid-phase synthesis of dipeptide, oxime, and hydroxamic acid compounds in good yields and purities.

  5. X-rays from Alpha Centauri

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    Nugent, J.; Garmire, G.

    1978-01-01

    HEAO 1 observations of soft X-ray emission from a point source in the vicinity of Alpha Cen are reported. The source, designated H1437-61, is tentatively identified with Alpha Cen, and an X-ray luminosity comparable to that of the sun in an active state is estimated. A temperature of about 500,000 K and an emission integral of 5 x 10 to the 50th per cu cm are obtained. Coronal emission is suggested as the X-ray-producing mechanism.

  6. Fan-less long range alpha detector

    DOEpatents

    MacArthur, D.W.; Bounds, J.A.

    1994-05-10

    A fan-less long range alpha detector is disclosed which operates by using an electrical field between a signal plane and the surface or substance to be monitored for air ions created by collisions with alpha radiation. Without a fan, the detector can operate without the possibility of spreading dust and potential contamination into the atmosphere. A guard plane between the signal plane and the electrically conductive enclosure and maintained at the same voltage as the signal plane, reduces leakage currents. The detector can easily monitor soil, or other solid or liquid surfaces. 2 figures.

  7. HETDEX: Diffuse Lyman-Alpha Emission

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    Tuttle, Sarah E.; Finkelstein, S.; Gebhardt, K.; HETDEX Collaboration

    2012-01-01

    The intermediate redshift universe probed by HETDEX, 1.8 < z < 3.0, holds a great deal of information about star formation and the evolution of galaxies. Although simulations reveal a regime active with gas accretion and feeding of galaxies via filaments, observational evidence for this accretion from the Intergalactic Medium (IGM) at any redshift has been very limited. Here we use data from VIRUS-P across several well-characterized fields to put limits on diffuse emission of Lyman-Alpha at the outskirts of galaxies. This work is done in preparation for a similar program with the full HETDEX sample of Lyman-Alpha Emitters (LAEs).

  8. Fan-less long range alpha detector

    DOEpatents

    MacArthur, Duncan W.; Bounds, John A.

    1994-01-01

    A fan-less long range alpha detector which operates by using an electrical field between a signal plane and the surface or substance to be monitored for air ions created by collisions with alpha radiation. Without a fan, the detector can operate without the possibility of spreading dust and potential contamination into the atmosphere. A guard plane between the signal plane and the electrically conductive enclosure and maintained at the same voltage as the signal plane, reduces leakage currents. The detector can easily monitor soil, or other solid or liquid surfaces.

  9. Alpha particles in effective field theory

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    Caniu, C.

    2014-11-11

    Using an effective field theory for alpha (α) particles at non-relativistic energies, we calculate the strong scattering amplitude modified by Coulomb corrections for a system of two αs. For the strong interaction, we consider a momentum-dependent interaction which, in contrast to an energy dependent interaction alone [1], could be more useful in extending the theory to systems with more than two α particles. We will present preliminary results of our EFT calculations for systems with two alpha particles.

  10. Defined solid angle alpha counting at NPL.

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    Arinc, Arzu; Parfitt, Michael J; Keightley, John D; Wilson, Alan

    2016-03-01

    This paper describes the design of and first measurements with the new defined solid angle (DSA) alpha counter at the National Physical Laboratory, UK, with the aim of enabling high-precision radionuclide standardisations for alpha-emitting radionuclides and half-life measurements. The counter may be employed at three source-detector distances in order to monitor the measured activities with calculated geometrical efficiencies. Initial results are promising but further work is required to reduce the dominant uncertainty associated with the source activity distribution.

  11. Lunar surface outgassing and alpha particle measurements

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    Lawson, S. L.; Feldman, W. C.; Lawrence, David J. ,; Moore, K. R.; Elphic, R. C.; Maurice, S.; Belian, Richard D.; Binder, Alan B.

    2002-01-01

    The Lunar Prospector Alpha Particle Spectrometer (LP APS) searched for lunar surface gas release events and mapped their distribution by detecting alpha particle?; produced by the decay of gaseous radon-222 (5.5 MeV, 3.8 day half-life), solid polonium-2 18 (6.0 MeV, 3 minute half-life), and solid polonium-210 (5.3 MeV, 138 day half-life, but held up in production by the 21 year half-life of lead-210). These three nuclides are radioactive daughters from the decay of uranium-238.

  12. Parallel Genetic Algorithm for Alpha Spectra Fitting

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    García-Orellana, Carlos J.; Rubio-Montero, Pilar; González-Velasco, Horacio

    2005-01-01

    We present a performance study of alpha-particle spectra fitting using parallel Genetic Algorithm (GA). The method uses a two-step approach. In the first step we run parallel GA to find an initial solution for the second step, in which we use Levenberg-Marquardt (LM) method for a precise final fit. GA is a high resources-demanding method, so we use a Beowulf cluster for parallel simulation. The relationship between simulation time (and parallel efficiency) and processors number is studied using several alpha spectra, with the aim of obtaining a method to estimate the optimal processors number that must be used in a simulation.

  13. Monitoring airborne alpha-emitter contamination

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    Kerr, P.L.; Koster, J.E.; Conaway, J.G.; Bounds, J.A.; Whitley, C.W.; Steadman, P.A.

    1998-02-01

    Facilities that may produce airborne alpha emitter contamination require a continuous air monitoring (CAM) system. However, these traditional CAMs have difficulty in environments with large quantities of non-radioactive particulates such as dust and salt. Los Alamos has developed an airborne plutonium sensor (APS) for the REBOUND experiment at the Nevada Test Site which detects alpha contamination directly in the air, and so is less vulnerable to the problems associated with counting activity on a filter. In addition, radon compensation is built into the detector by the use of two measurement chambers.

  14. β1-Blockers Lower Norepinephrine Release by Inhibiting Presynaptic, Facilitating β1-Adrenoceptors in Normotensive and Hypertensive Rats

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    Berg, Torill

    2014-01-01

    Peripheral norepinephrine release is facilitated by presynaptic β-adrenoceptors, believed to involve the β2-subtype exclusively. However, β1-selective blockers are the most commonly used β-blockers in hypertension. Here the author tested the hypothesis that β1AR may function as presynaptic, release-facilitating auto-receptors. Since β1AR-blockers are injected during myocardial infarction, their influence on the cardiovascular response to acute norepinephrine release was also studied. By a newly established method, using tyramine-stimulated release through the norepinephrine transporter (NET), presynaptic control of catecholamine release was studied in normotensive and spontaneously hypertensive rats. β1AR-selective antagonists (CGP20712A, atenolol, metoprolol) reduced norepinephrine overflow to plasma equally efficient as β2AR-selective (ICI-118551) and β1+2AR (nadolol) antagonists in both strains. Neither antagonist lowered epinephrine secretion. Atenolol, which does not cross the blood–brain barrier, reduced norepinephrine overflow after adrenalectomy (AdrX), AdrX + ganglion blockade, losartan, or nephrectomy. Atenolol and metoprolol reduced resting cardiac work load. During tyramine-stimulated norepinephrine release, they had little effect on work load, and increased the transient rise in total peripheral vascular resistance, particularly atenolol when combined with losartan. In conclusion, β1AR, like β2AR, stimulated norepinephrine but not epinephrine release, independent of adrenal catecholamines, ganglion transmission, or renal renin release/angiotensin AT1 receptor activation. β1AR therefore functioned as a peripheral, presynaptic, facilitating auto-receptor. Like tyramine, hypoxia may induce NET-mediated release. Augmented tyramine-induced vasoconstriction, as observed after injection of β1AR-blocker, particularly atenolol combined with losartan, may hamper organ perfusion, and may have clinical relevance in hypoxic conditions such as myocardial infarction. PMID:24795691

  15. β1-Adrenoceptor Activation Is Required for Ethanol Enhancement of Lateral Paracapsular GABAergic Synapses in the Rat Basolateral Amygdala

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    Silberman, Yuval; Ariwodola, Olusegun J.

    2012-01-01

    Ethanol (EtOH) potentiation of GABAergic neurotransmission in the basolateral amygdala (BLA) may contribute to the acute anxiolytic effects of this drug. Previous studies have shown that BLA pyramidal neurons receive GABAergic input from two distinct sources: local interneurons and a cluster of GABAergic cells termed lateral paracapsular (LPCS) interneurons. It is noteworthy that whereas EtOH enhances local GABAergic synapses via a presynaptic increase in GABA release, EtOH potentiation of LPCS inhibition is mediated via a distinct mechanism that requires adrenoceptor (AR) activation. Here, we sought to further characterize the interaction between the AR system and EtOH enhancement of LPCS GABAergic synapses by using in vitro electrophysiology techniques in male Sprague-Dawley rats. Exogenous norepinephrine (NE) enhanced LPCS-evoked inhibitory postsynaptic currents (eIPSCs) via the activation of β-ARs, because this effect was blocked by propranolol. EtOH potentiation of LPCS eIPSCs was also blocked by propranolol and significantly reduced by NE pretreatment, suggesting that NE and EtOH may enhance LPCS inhibition via a common mechanism. EtOH enhancement of LPCS eIPSCs was significantly reduced by a selective β1-, but not β2- or β3-, AR antagonist, and both EtOH and NE potentiation of LPCS IPSCs was blocked by postsynaptic disruption of cAMP signaling. These data suggest that EtOH enhances LPCS synapses via a postsynaptic β1-AR, cAMP-dependent cascade. Because enhancement of LPCS inhibition can reduce anxiety-like behaviors, these findings shed light on a novel mechanism that may play a role in some of the anxiolytic effects of EtOH that are thought to contribute to the development and progression of alcoholism. PMID:22904357

  16. Effects of the noradrenergic neurotoxin DSP-4 on the expression of α1-adrenoceptor subtypes after antidepressant treatment.

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    Kreiner, Grzegorz; Zelek-Molik, Agnieszka; Kowalska, Marta; Bielawski, Adam; Antkiewicz-Michaluk, Lucyna; Nalepa, Irena

    2011-01-01

    We have previously reported that chronic imipramine and electroconvulsive treatments increase the α(1A)-adrenoceptor (but not the α(1B) subtype) mRNA level and the receptor density in the rat cerebral cortex. Furthermore, we have also shown that chronic treatment with citalopram does not affect the expression of either the α(1A)- or the α(1B)-adrenoceptor, indicating that the previously observed up-regulation of α(1A)-adrenoceptor may depend on the noradrenergic component of the pharmacological mechanism of action of these antidepressants. Here, we report that previous noradrenergic depletion with DSP-4 (50 mg/kg) (a neurotoxin selective for the noradrenergic nerve terminals) significantly attenuated the increase of α(1A)-adrenoceptor mRNA induced by a 14-day treatment with imipramine (IMI, 20 mg/kg, ip) and abolished the effect of electroconvulsive shock (ECS, 150 mA, 0.5 s) in the prefrontal cortex of the rat brain. The changes in the receptor protein expression (as reflected by its density) that were induced by IMI and ECS treatments were differently modulated by DSP-4 lesioning, and only the ECS-induced increase in α(1A)-adrenoceptor level was abolished. This study provides further evidence corroborating our initial hypothesis that the noradrenergic component of the action of antidepressant agents plays an essential role in the modulation of α(1A)-adrenoceptor in the rat cerebral cortex.

  17. The cytotoxicity of the α1-adrenoceptor antagonist prazosin is linked to an endocytotic mechanism equivalent to transport-P.

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    Fuchs, Robert; Stracke, Anika; Ebner, Nadine; Zeller, Christian Wolfgang; Raninger, Anna Maria; Schittmayer, Matthias; Kueznik, Tatjana; Absenger-Novak, Markus; Birner-Gruenberger, Ruth

    2015-12-02

    Since the α1-adrenergic antagonist prazosin (PRZ) was introduced into medicine as a treatment for hypertension and benign prostate hyperplasia, several studies have shown that PRZ induces apoptosis in various cell types and interferes with endocytotic trafficking. Because PRZ is also able to induce apoptosis in malignant cells, its cytotoxicity is a focus of interest in cancer research. Besides inducing apoptosis, PRZ was shown to serve as a substrate for an amine uptake mechanism originally discovered in neurones called transport-P. In line with our hypothesis that transport-P is an endocytotic mechanism also present in non-neuronal tissue and linked to the cytotoxicity of PRZ, we tested the uptake of QAPB, a fluorescent derivative of PRZ, in cancer cell lines in the presence of inhibitors of transport-P and endocytosis. Early endosomes and lysosomes were visualised by expression of RAB5-RFP and LAMP1-RFP, respectively; growth and viability of cells in the presence of PRZ and uptake inhibitors were also tested. Cancer cells showed co-localisation of QAPB with RAB5 and LAMP1 positive vesicles as well as tubulation of lysosomes. The uptake of QAPB was sensitive to transport-P inhibitors bafilomycin A1 (inhibits v-ATPase) and the antidepressant desipramine. Endocytosis inhibitors pitstop(®) 2 (general inhibitor of endocytosis), dynasore (dynamin inhibitor) and methyl-β-cyclodextrin (cholesterol chelator) inhibited the uptake of QAPB. Bafilomycin A1 and methyl-β-cyclodextrin but not desipramine were able to preserve growth and viability of cells in the presence of PRZ. In summary, we confirmed the hypothesis that the cellular uptake of QAPB/PRZ represents an endocytotic mechanism equivalent to transport-P. Endocytosis of QAPB/PRZ depends on a proton gradient, dynamin and cholesterol, and results in reorganisation of the LAMP1 positive endolysosomal system. Finally, the link seen between the cellular uptake of PRZ and cell death implies a still unknown pro-apoptotic membrane protein with affinity towards PRZ.

  18. Different effects of selective β1-adrenoceptor antagonists, nebivolol or atenolol in acetaminophen-induced hepatotoxicity of rats.

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    Rofaeil, Remon R; Kamel, Maha Y; Abdelzaher, Walaa Y

    2017-04-01

    Acetaminophen (APAP) overdose is a common cause of acute liver failure, and beta-blockers are commonly used drugs in clinical practice. This study aimed to evaluate the effect of two different beta-blocker agents as nebivolol and atenolol against APAP-induced hepatotoxicity. Male Wistar rats were treated with APAP (2 g/kg/day, p.o.) to induce hepatotoxicity. Our results showed that nebivolol and atenolol reduced heart rate and blood pressure. Nebivolol (5 mg/kg/day, p.o.) for 14 days has a hepatoprotective effect shown by significant decrease in hepatic injury parameters (serum AST and ALT) with significant suppression of hepatic malondialdehyde (MDA) and nitric oxide (NO) which were elevated with APAP administration. Also, nebivolol increased reduced glutathione (GSH) which was reduced with APAP administration. Moreover, immunohistochemical examination revealed that nebivolol treatment markedly reduced inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) expression, while expression of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) was markedly enhanced, as compared to APAP group. The protective effects of nebivolol were also verified histopathologically. On the other hand, as compared to APAP group, oral administration of atenolol (50 mg/kg) increased hepatic injury parameters but did not change hepatic NO, MDA, and GSH. In conclusion, this study revealed that nebivolol not atenolol is protective against APAP-induced hepatotoxicity possibly, in part, through its antioxidant activity, inhibition of iNOS expression, and induction of eNOS expression. © 2016 Société Française de Pharmacologie et de Thérapeutique.

  19. β1-adrenoceptor activation is required for ethanol enhancement of lateral paracapsular GABAergic synapses in the rat basolateral amygdala.

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    Silberman, Yuval; Ariwodola, Olusegun J; Weiner, Jeff L

    2012-11-01

    Ethanol (EtOH) potentiation of GABAergic neurotransmission in the basolateral amygdala (BLA) may contribute to the acute anxiolytic effects of this drug. Previous studies have shown that BLA pyramidal neurons receive GABAergic input from two distinct sources: local interneurons and a cluster of GABAergic cells termed lateral paracapsular (LPCS) interneurons. It is noteworthy that whereas EtOH enhances local GABAergic synapses via a presynaptic increase in GABA release, EtOH potentiation of LPCS inhibition is mediated via a distinct mechanism that requires adrenoceptor (AR) activation. Here, we sought to further characterize the interaction between the AR system and EtOH enhancement of LPCS GABAergic synapses by using in vitro electrophysiology techniques in male Sprague-Dawley rats. Exogenous norepinephrine (NE) enhanced LPCS-evoked inhibitory postsynaptic currents (eIPSCs) via the activation of β-ARs, because this effect was blocked by propranolol. EtOH potentiation of LPCS eIPSCs was also blocked by propranolol and significantly reduced by NE pretreatment, suggesting that NE and EtOH may enhance LPCS inhibition via a common mechanism. EtOH enhancement of LPCS eIPSCs was significantly reduced by a selective β1-, but not β2- or β3-, AR antagonist, and both EtOH and NE potentiation of LPCS IPSCs was blocked by postsynaptic disruption of cAMP signaling. These data suggest that EtOH enhances LPCS synapses via a postsynaptic β1-AR, cAMP-dependent cascade. Because enhancement of LPCS inhibition can reduce anxiety-like behaviors, these findings shed light on a novel mechanism that may play a role in some of the anxiolytic effects of EtOH that are thought to contribute to the development and progression of alcoholism.

  20. Biomarkers and endogenous determinants of dofetilide-induced torsades de pointes in α1-adrenoceptor-stimulated, anaesthetized rabbits

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    Farkas, Attila S; Rudas, László; Makra, Péter; Csík, Norbert; Leprán, István; Forster, Tamás; Csanády, Miklós; Papp, Julius Gy; Varró, András; Farkas, András

    2010-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Torsades de pointes (TdP) liability is a stochastic event, which indicates that unidentified factors have an important role in facilitating the initiation of TdP by increasing the probability of TdP occurrence. We sought to identify factors that facilitate drug-induced TdP. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH We studied dofetilide-induced TdP in pentobarbital-anaesthetized, phenylephrine-sensitized rabbits, seeking biomarkers that discriminated between the animals that experienced TdP (‘TdP+’ animals) and those that did not (‘TdP−’ animals). As novel variables, the beat-to-beat variability and instability of ECG intervals were measured at preset times, irrespective of whether or not hearts were in stable sinus rhythm (‘absolute’ variability and instability). Autonomic activity was also determined. KEY RESULTS Dofetilide delayed repolarization and induced arrhythmias prior to TdP. The variability of the coupling interval and shape of arrhythmic beats before TdP were significantly greater in the ‘TdP+’ group than in the ‘TdP−’ group. Accordingly, the ‘absolute’ variability and instability of the ECG intervals were significantly elevated in the ‘TdP+’ group. Phenylephrine increased significantly the up-baroreflex sensitivity in the ‘TdP+’ group before dofetilide administration. CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS ‘Preceding’ arrhythmias have characteristics that permit prediction of TdP occurrence: the more chaotic the ventricular rhythm, the greater the probability of TdP initiation. This suggests that complexity of the arrhythmic beats may play an important mechanistic role in TdP genesis. The electrical instability quantified by the novel ‘absolute’ variability and instability parameters correlates with the probability of TdP occurrence. Baroreflex may contribute to TdP genesis in vivo. PMID:20659107