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Evolution of β-blockers: from anti-anginal drugs to ligand-directed signalling (2011)
Journal Article
Baker, J. G., Hill, S. J., & Summers, R. J. (2011). Evolution of β-blockers: from anti-anginal drugs to ligand-directed signalling. Trends in Pharmacological Sciences, 32(4), doi:10.1016/j.tips.2011.02.010

Sir James Black developed β-blockers, one of the most useful groups of drugs in use today. Not only are they being used for their original purpose to treat angina and cardiac arrhythmias, but they are also effective therapeutics for hypertension, car... Read More about Evolution of β-blockers: from anti-anginal drugs to ligand-directed signalling.

Tonic modulation of spinal hyperexcitability by the endocannabinoid receptor system in a rat model of osteoarthritis pain (2010)
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Sagar, D. R., Staniaszek, L. E., Okine, B. N., Woodhams, S., Norris, L. M., Pearson, R. G., …Chapman, V. (2010). Tonic modulation of spinal hyperexcitability by the endocannabinoid receptor system in a rat model of osteoarthritis pain. Arthritis and Rheumatism, 62(12), doi:10.1002/art.27698

Objective. To investigate the impact of an experimental model of osteoarthritis (OA) on spinal nociceptive processing and the role of the inhibitory endocannabinoid system in regulating sensory processing at the spinal level. Methods. Experiment... Read More about Tonic modulation of spinal hyperexcitability by the endocannabinoid receptor system in a rat model of osteoarthritis pain.

Etiology of the membrane potential of rat white fat adipocytes (2014)
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Bentley, D. C., Pulbutr, P., Chan, S., & Smith, P. A. (2014). Etiology of the membrane potential of rat white fat adipocytes. AJP - Endocrinology and Metabolism, 307(2), E161-E175. https://doi.org/10.1152/ajpendo.00446.2013

The plasma membrane potential (Vm) is key to many physiological processes, however its ionic aetiology in white fat adipocytes is poorly characterised. To address this question, we have employed the perforated patch current-clamp and cell-attached pa... Read More about Etiology of the membrane potential of rat white fat adipocytes.

Uncoupling the Structure–Activity Relationships of β2 Adrenergic Receptor Ligands from Membrane Binding (2016)
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Dickson, C. J., Hornak, V., Velez-Vega, C., McKay, D. J., Reilly, J., Sandham, D. A., …Duca, J. S. (2016). Uncoupling the Structure–Activity Relationships of β2 Adrenergic Receptor Ligands from Membrane Binding. Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 59(12), 5780-5789. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jmedchem.6b00358

Ligand binding to membrane proteins may be significantly influenced by the interaction of ligands with the membrane. In particular, the microscopic ligand concentration within the membrane surface solvation layer may exceed that in bulk solvent, resu... Read More about Uncoupling the Structure–Activity Relationships of β2 Adrenergic Receptor Ligands from Membrane Binding.

Discovery of fevipiprant (NVP-QAW039), a potent and selective DP2 receptor antagonist for treatment of asthma (2017)
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Turner, K. L., Chatterjee, D., Sandham, D. A., Barker, L., Brown, L., Brown, Z., …Willis, J. (2017). Discovery of fevipiprant (NVP-QAW039), a potent and selective DP2 receptor antagonist for treatment of asthma. ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 8(5), 582-586. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsmedchemlett.7b00157

Further optimization of an initial DP2 receptor antagonist clinical candidate NVPQAV680 led to the discovery of a follow-up molecule 2-(2-methyl-1-(4-(methylsulfonyl)-2- (trifluoromethyl)benzyl)-1H-pyrrolo[2,3-b]pyridin-3-yl)acetic acid (compound 11,... Read More about Discovery of fevipiprant (NVP-QAW039), a potent and selective DP2 receptor antagonist for treatment of asthma.

Prior Consumption of a Fat Meal in Healthy Adults Modulates the Brain's Response to Fat (2016)
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Eldeghaidy, S., Marciani, L., Hort, J., Hollowood, T. A., Singh, G., Bush, D., …Francis, S. T. (2016). Prior Consumption of a Fat Meal in Healthy Adults Modulates the Brain's Response to Fat. Journal of Nutrition, 146(11), 2187-2198. https://doi.org/10.3945/jn.116.234104

Background: Consumption of fat is regulated by reward and homeostatic pathways, but no studies have examined the role of the intake of a high fat meal (HFM) on subsequent brain activation to oral stimuli. Objective: We evaluated how prior consumptio... Read More about Prior Consumption of a Fat Meal in Healthy Adults Modulates the Brain's Response to Fat.

SBRC-Nottingham: sustainable routes to platform chemicals from C1 wastes Gases (2016)
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Burbidge, A., & Minton, N. P. (2016). SBRC-Nottingham: sustainable routes to platform chemicals from C1 wastes Gases. Biochemical Society Transactions, 44(3), 684-686. https://doi.org/10.1042/BST20160010

SBRC-Nottingham (www.sbrc-nottingham.ac.uk) was one of the first three UK university-based Synthetic Biology Research Centres (SBRCs) to be funded by the BBSRC and EPSRC as part of the recommendations made in the UKs Synthetic Biology Roadmap. It was... Read More about SBRC-Nottingham: sustainable routes to platform chemicals from C1 wastes Gases.

On the pivotal role of PPARa in adaptation of the heart to hypoxia and why fat in the diet increases hypoxic injury (2016)
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Cole, M., Abd Jamil, A. H., Heather, L. C., Murray, A. J., Sutton, E. R., Slingo, M., …Clarke, K. (2016). On the pivotal role of PPARa in adaptation of the heart to hypoxia and why fat in the diet increases hypoxic injury. FASEB Journal, 30(8), https://doi.org/10.1096/fj.201500094R

The role of peroxisome proliferator activated alpha (PPARα) -mediated metabolic remodeling in cardiac adaptation to hypoxia has yet to be defined. Here, mice were housed in hypoxia for 3 weeks before in vivo contractile function was measured using c... Read More about On the pivotal role of PPARa in adaptation of the heart to hypoxia and why fat in the diet increases hypoxic injury.

The use of viral 2A sequence for the simultaneous over-expression of both the vgf gene and enhanced green fluorescent protein eGFP (2015)
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Lewis, J. E., Brameld, J. M., Hill, P., Barrett, P., Ebling, F. J., & Jethwa, P. (in press). The use of viral 2A sequence for the simultaneous over-expression of both the vgf gene and enhanced green fluorescent protein eGFP. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 256, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneumeth.2015.08.013

Introduction: The viral 2A sequence has become an attractive alternative to the traditional internal ribosomal entry site (IRES) for simultaneous over-expression of two genes and in combination with recombinant adeno-associated viruses (rAAV) has bee... Read More about The use of viral 2A sequence for the simultaneous over-expression of both the vgf gene and enhanced green fluorescent protein eGFP.

D-amphetamine and antipsychotic drug effects on latent inhibition in mice lacking dopamine D2 receptors (2013)
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Bay-Richter, C., O'Callaghan, M., Mathur, N., O'Tuathaigh, C., Heery, D., Fone, K. C., …Moran, P. (in press). D-amphetamine and antipsychotic drug effects on latent inhibition in mice lacking dopamine D2 receptors. Neuropsychopharmacology, 38(8), https://doi.org/10.1038/npp.2013.50

Drugs that induce psychosis, such as D-amphetamine (AMP), and those that alleviate it, such as antipsychotics, are suggested to exert behavioral effects via dopamine receptor D2 (D2). All antipsychotic drugs are D2 antagonists, but D2 antagonism und... Read More about D-amphetamine and antipsychotic drug effects on latent inhibition in mice lacking dopamine D2 receptors.