Dominic P Behan

Arena Pharmaceuticals, San Diego, California, United States

Are you Dominic P Behan?

Claim your profile

Publications (61)388.73 Total impact

  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Synergistic or supra-additive interactions between the anorectics (dex)fenfluramine and phentermine have been reported previously in the rat and in the clinic. Studies with 5-HT2C antagonists and 5-HT2C knockouts have demonstrated dexfenfluramine hypophagia in the rodent to be mediated by actions at the 5-HT2C receptor. Given the recent FDA approval of the selective 5-HT2C agonist lorcaserin (BELVIQ®) for weight management, we investigated the interaction between phentermine and 5-HT2C agonists on food intake. This study aims to confirm dexfenfluramine-phentermine (dex-phen) synergy in a rat food intake assay, to extend these findings to other 5-HT2C agonists, and to determine whether pharmacokinetic interactions could explain synergistic findings with particular drug combinations. Isobolographic analyses were performed in which phentermine was paired with either dexfenfluramine, the 5-HT2C agonist AR630, or the 5-HT2C agonist lorcaserin, and inhibition of food intake measured in the rat. Subsequent studies assessed these same phentermine-drug pair combinations spanning both the full effect range and a range of fixed ratio drug combinations. Satellite groups received single doses of each drug either alone or in combination with phentermine, and free brain concentrations were measured. Dex-phen synergy was confirmed in the rat and extended to the 5-HT2C agonist AR630. In contrast, although some synergistic interactions between lorcaserin and phentermine were observed, these combinations were largely additive. Synergistic interactions between phentermine and dexfenfluramine or AR630 were accompanied by combination-induced increases in brain levels of phentermine. Dex-phen synergy in the rat is caused by a pharmacokinetic interaction, resulting in increased central concentrations of phentermine.
    Psychopharmacology 12/2014; DOI:10.1007/s00213-014-3829-2 · 3.99 Impact Factor
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: S1P1 is a validated target for treatment of autoimmune disease, and functional antagonists with superior safety and pharmacokinetic properties are being sought as second generation therapeutics. We describe the discovery and optimization of (7-benzyloxy-2,3-dihydro-1H-pyrrolo[1,2-a]indol-1-yl)acetic acids as potent, centrally available, direct acting S1P1 functional antagonists, with favorable pharmacokinetic and safety properties.
    ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters 12/2014; 5(12):1334-9. DOI:10.1021/ml500422m · 3.07 Impact Factor
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: APD334 was discovered as part of our internal effort to identify potent, centrally available, functional antagonists of the S1P1 receptor for use as next generation therapeutics for treating multiple sclerosis (MS) and other autoimmune diseases. APD334 is a potent functional antagonist of S1P1 and has a favorable PK/PD profile, producing robust lymphocyte lowering at relatively low plasma concentrations in several preclinical species. This new agent was efficacious in a mouse experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) model of MS and a rat collagen induced arthritis (CIA) model and was found to have appreciable central exposure.
    ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters 12/2014; 5(12):1313-7. DOI:10.1021/ml500389m · 3.07 Impact Factor
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: The design and synthesis of novel 1a,2,5,5a-tetrahydro-1H-2,3-diaza-cyclopropa[a]pentalen-4-carboxamide CB2 selective ligands for the potential treatment of pain is described. Compound (R,R)-25 has good balance between CB2 agonist potency and selectivity over CB1, and possesses overall favorable pharmaceutical properties. It also demonstrated robust in vivo efficacy mediated via CB2 activation in the rodent models of inflammatory and osteoarthritis pain after oral administration.
    Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters 11/2014; 25(2). DOI:10.1016/j.bmcl.2014.11.040 · 2.33 Impact Factor
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Nicotinic acid (niacin) induces beneficial changes in serum lipoproteins and has been associated with beneficial cardiovascular effects. Niacin reduces low-density lipoprotein, increases high-density lipoprotein, and decreases triglycerides. It is well established that activation of the seven-transmembrane G(i)-coupled receptor GPR109A on Langerhans cells results in release of prostaglandin D₂, which mediates the well-known flushing side effect of niacin. Niacin activation of GPR109A on adipocytes also mediates the transient reduction of plasma free fatty acid (FFA) levels characteristic of niacin, which has been long hypothesized to be the mechanism underlying the changes in the serum lipid profile. We tested this "FFA hypothesis" and the hypothesis that niacin lipid efficacy is mediated via GPR109A by dosing mice lacking GPR109A with niacin and testing two novel, full GPR109A agonists, MK-1903 and SCH900271, in three human clinical trials. In mice, the absence of GPR109A had no effect on niacin's lipid efficacy despite complete abrogation of the anti-lipolytic effect. Both MK-1903 and SCH900271 lowered FFAs acutely in humans; however, neither had the expected effects on serum lipids. Chronic FFA suppression was not sustainable via GPR109A agonism with niacin, MK-1903, or SCH900271. We conclude that the GPR109A receptor does not mediate niacin's lipid efficacy, challenging the long-standing FFA hypothesis.
    Science translational medicine 08/2012; 4(148):148ra115. DOI:10.1126/scitranslmed.3003877 · 14.41 Impact Factor
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Obesity results from a complex interplay between a susceptible genotype and an environment that both promotes increased caloric intake and enables sustained decreases in energy expenditure. One commonly employed approach to modeling obesity in preclinical species is the diet-induced obese (DIO) rodent. Here, theoretical and practical considerations for producing obese rodents via dietary manipulation, and for assessing drug-induced changes in food intake and body weight are described. Based on these considerations, a standardized protocol for diet-induced obesity in both mouse and rat is provided and sample data from these models are also described.
    Current protocols in neuroscience / editorial board, Jacqueline N. Crawley ... [et al.] 04/2012; Chapter 9:Unit 9.38.1-13. DOI:10.1002/0471142301.ns0938s59
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: G protein-coupled receptor 119 (GPR119) is largely restricted to pancreatic insulin-producing beta-cells and intestinal glucagon-like peptide-1-producing L-cells. Synthetic agonists of this receptor elicit glucose-dependent release of these endocrine factors, thereby enhancing glycemic control. Oleoylethanolamide also activates GPR119, but it remains unclear whether endogenous production of this lipid modulates GPR119 activity under normal or dysglycemic conditions. We show here that a relatively diverse set of lipid amides activate GPR119. Among these, the endovallinoid N-oleoyldopamine (OLDA) stimulated cAMP accumulation in GPR119-transfected cells as effectively as oleoylethanolamide and the previously described synthetic agonist AR231453. None of these lipid amides increased cAMP in control-transfected cells or in cells transfected with a number of other G protein-coupled receptors. OLDA stimulated both cAMP accumulation and insulin release in HIT-T15 cells, which express GPR119 endogenously, and in GPR119-transfected RIN-5F cells. Oral administration of OLDA to C57bl/6 mice elicited significant improvement in glucose tolerance, whereas GPR119-deficient mice were essentially unresponsive. OLDA also acutely elevated plasma gastric inhibitory peptide levels, a known hallmark of GPR119 activation. OLDA represents a possible paracrine modulator of GPR119 in pancreatic islets, where markers of dopamine synthesis correlated well with GPR119 expression. However, no such correlation was seen in the colon. Collectively, these studies indicate that multiple, distinct classes of lipid amides, acting via GPR119, may be important modulators of glucose homeostasis.
    Molecular Endocrinology 11/2009; 24(1):161-70. DOI:10.1210/me.2009-0239 · 4.20 Impact Factor
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: 5-Hydroxytryptamine (5-HT)(2A) receptor inverse agonists are promising therapeutic agents for the treatment of sleep maintenance insomnias. Among these agents is nelotanserin, a potent, selective 5-HT(2A) inverse agonist. Both radioligand binding and functional inositol phosphate accumulation assays suggest that nelotanserin has low nanomolar potency on the 5-HT(2A) receptor with at least 30- and 5000-fold selectivity compared with 5-HT(2C) and 5-HT(2B) receptors, respectively. Nelotanserin dosed orally prevented (+/-)-1-(2,5-dimethoxy-4-iodophenyl)-2-aminopropane (DOI; 5-HT(2A) agonist)-induced hypolocomotion, increased sleep consolidation, and increased total nonrapid eye movement sleep time and deep sleep, the latter marked by increases in electroencephalogram (EEG) delta power. These effects on rat sleep were maintained after repeated subchronic dosing. In healthy human volunteers, nelotanserin was rapidly absorbed after oral administration and achieved maximum concentrations 1 h later. EEG effects occurred within 2 to 4 h after dosing, and were consistent with vigilance-lowering. A dose response of nelotanserin was assessed in a postnap insomnia model in healthy subjects. All doses (up to 40 mg) of nelotanserin significantly improved measures of sleep consolidation, including decreases in the number of stage shifts, number of awakenings after sleep onset, microarousal index, and number of sleep bouts, concomitant with increases in sleep bout duration. Nelotanserin did not affect total sleep time, or sleep onset latency. Furthermore, subjective pharmacodynamic effects observed the morning after dosing were minimal and had no functional consequences on psychomotor skills or memory. These studies point to an efficacy and safety profile for nelotanserin that might be ideally suited for the treatment of sleep maintenance insomnias.
    Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics 10/2009; 332(1):281-90. DOI:10.1124/jpet.109.160994 · 3.86 Impact Factor
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: We have evaluated the receptor pharmacology, antiplatelet activity, and vascular pharmacology of APD791 [3-methoxy-N-(3-(1-methyl-1H-pyrazol-5-yl)-4-(2-morpholinoethoxy)phenyl)benzamide] a novel 5-hydroxytryptamine 2A (5-HT(2A)) receptor antagonist. APD791 displayed high-affinity binding to membranes (K(i) = 4.9 nM) and functional inverse agonism of inositol phosphate accumulation (IC(50) = 5.2 nM) in human embryonic kidney cells stably expressing the human 5-HT(2A) receptor. In competition binding assays, APD791 was greater than 2000-fold selective for the 5-HT(2A) receptor versus 5-HT(2C) and 5-HT(2B) receptors, and was inactive when tested against a wide panel of other G-protein-coupled receptors. APD791 inhibited 5-HT-mediated amplification of ADP-stimulated human and dog platelet aggregation (IC(50) = 8.7 and 23.1 nM, respectively). Similar potency was observed for inhibition of 5-HT-stimulated DNA synthesis in rabbit aortic smooth muscle cells (IC(50) = 13 nM) and 5-HT-mediated vasoconstriction in rabbit aortic rings. Oral administration of APD791 to dogs resulted in acute (1-h) and subchronic (10-day) inhibition of 5-HT-mediated amplification of collagen-stimulated platelet aggregation in whole blood. Two active metabolites, APD791-M1 and APD791-M2, were generated upon incubation of APD791 with human liver microsomes and were also indentified in dogs after oral administration of APD791. The affinity and selectivity profiles of both metabolites were similar to APD791. These results demonstrate that APD791 is an orally available, high-affinity 5-HT(2A) receptor antagonist with potent activity on platelets and vascular smooth muscle.
    Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics 08/2009; 331(1):96-103. DOI:10.1124/jpet.109.153189 · 3.86 Impact Factor
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Regulation of cellular metabolism by the citric acid cycle occurs in the mitochondria. However, the citric acid cycle intermediate succinate was shown recently to be a ligand for the G-protein-coupled receptor GPR91. Here, we describe a role for succinate and its receptor in the stimulation of hematopoietic progenitor cell (HPC) growth. GPR91 mRNA and protein expression were detected in human bone marrow CD34+ progenitor cells, as well as in erythroid and megakaryocyte cultures and the erythroleukemic cell line TF-1. Treatment of these cell cultures with succinate resulted in increased proliferation rates. The proliferation response of TF-1 cells was pertussis toxin (PTX)-sensitive, suggesting a role for Gi signaling. Proliferation was also blocked when TF-1 cells were transfected with small interfering RNA specific for GPR91. Succinate stimulated activation of the Erk MAPK pathway and inositol phosphate accumulation in a PTX-sensitive manner. Pretreatment of TF-1 cells with the Erk1/2 kinase (MEK) inhibitor PD98059 blocked the proliferation response. Succinate treatment additionally protected TF-1 cells from cell death induced by serum deprivation. Finally, in vivo administration of succinate was found to elevate the levels of hemoglobin, platelets, and neutrophils in a mouse model of chemotherapy-induced myelosuppression. These results suggest that succinate-GPR91 signaling is capable of promoting HPC development.
    Journal of leukocyte biology 03/2009; 85(5):837-43. DOI:10.1189/jlb.1008618 · 4.99 Impact Factor
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: The discovery and profiling of 3-(1H-tetrazol-5-yl)-1,4,5,6-tetrahydro-cyclopentapyrazole (5a, MK-0354), a partial agonist of GPR109a, is described. Compound 5a retained the plasma free fatty acid lowering effects in mice associated with GPR109a agonism, but did not induce vasodilation at the maximum feasible dose. Moreover, preadministration of 5a blocked the flushing effect induced by nicotinic acid but not that induced by PGD2. This profile made 5a a suitable candidate for further study for the treatment of dyslipidemia.
    Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 09/2008; 51(16):5101-8. DOI:10.1021/jm800258p · 5.48 Impact Factor
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) play an essential role in the regulation of cardiovascular function. Therapeutic modulation of GPCRs has proven to be beneficial in the treatment of human heart disease. Myocardial "orphan" GPCRs, for which the natural ligand is unknown, represent potential novel therapeutic targets for the treatment of heart disease. Here, we describe the expression pattern, signaling pathways, and possible physiological role of the orphan GPR22. GPR22 mRNA analysis revealed a highly restricted expression pattern, with remarkably abundant and selective expression in the brain and heart of humans and rodents. In the heart, GPR22 mRNA was determined to be expressed in all chambers and was comparable with transcript levels of the beta(1)-adrenergic receptor as assessed by Taqman PCR. GPR22 protein expression in cardiac myocytes and coronary arteries was demonstrated in the rat heart by immunohistochemistry. When transfected into HEK-293 cells, GPR22 coupled constitutively to G(i)/G(o), resulting in the inhibition of adenyl cyclase. No constitutive coupling to G(s) or G(q) was observed. Myocardial mRNA expression of GPR22 was dramatically reduced following aortic banding in mice, suggesting a possible role in response to the stress associated with increased afterload. The absence of detectable GPR22 mRNA expression in the hearts of GPR22(-/-) mice had no apparent effect on normal heart structure or function; however, these mice displayed increased susceptibility to functional decompensation following aortic banding. Thus, we described, for the first time, the expression pattern and signaling for GPR22 and identified a protective role for GPR22 in response to hemodynamic stress resulting from increased afterload.
    AJP Heart and Circulatory Physiology 07/2008; 295(2):H509-21. DOI:10.1152/ajpheart.00368.2008 · 4.01 Impact Factor
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: 5-Hydroxytryptamine (5-HT)(2C) receptor agonists hold promise for the treatment of obesity. In this study, we describe the in vitro and in vivo characteristics of lorcaserin [(1R)-8-chloro-2,3,4,5-tetrahydro-1-methyl-1H-3 benzazepine], a selective, high affinity 5-HT2C full agonist. Lorcaserin bound to human and rat 5-HT2C receptors with high affinity (K-i = 15 +/- 1 nM, 29 +/- 7 nM, respectively), and it was a full agonist for the human 5-HT2C receptor in a functional inositol phosphate accumulation assay, with 18- and 104-fold selectivity over 5-HT2A and 5-HT2B receptors, respectively. Lorcaserin was also highly selective for human 5-HT2C over other human 5-HT receptors (5-HT1A, 5-HT3, 5-HT4C, 5-HT5(5A), 5-HT6, and 5-HT7), in addition to a panel of 67 other G protein-coupled receptors and ion channels. Lorcaserin did not compete for binding of ligands to serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine transporters, and it did not alter their function in vitro. Behavioral observations indicated that unlike the 5-HT2A agonist (+/-)-1-(2,5-dimethoxy-4-phenyl)-2-aminopropane, lorcaserin did not induce behavioral changes indicative of functional 5-HT2A agonist activity. Acutely, lorcaserin reduced food intake in rats, an effect that was reversed by pretreatment with the 5-HT2C-selective antagonist 6-chloro-5-methyl-1-[6-( 2-methylpyridin-3-yloxy)pyridin-3-yl-carbamoyl] indoline (SB242,084) but not the 5-HT2A antagonist (R)-(+)-alpha-(2,3-dimethoxyphenyl)-1-[2-(4-fluorophenylethyl)]-4-piperidinemethanol (MDL 100,907), demonstrating mediation by the 5-HT2C receptor. Chronic daily treatment with lorcaserin to rats maintained on a high fat diet produced dose-dependent reductions in food intake and body weight gain that were maintained during the 4-week study. Upon discontinuation, body weight returned to control levels. These data demonstrate lorcaserin to be a potent, selective, and efficacious agonist of the 5-HT2C receptor, with potential for the treatment of obesity.
    Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics 06/2008; 325(2):577-87. DOI:10.1124/jpet.107.133348 · 3.86 Impact Factor
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: We recently showed that activation of G protein-coupled receptor 119 (GPR119) (also termed glucose dependent insulinotropic receptor) improves glucose homeostasis via direct cAMP-mediated enhancement of glucose-dependent insulin release in pancreatic beta-cells. Here we show that GPR119 also stimulates incretin hormone release and thus may regulate glucose homeostasis by this additional mechanism. GPR119 mRNA was found to be expressed at significant levels in intestinal subregions that produce glucose-dependent insulinotropic peptide and glucagon-like peptide (GLP)-1. Furthermore, in situ hybridization studies indicated that most GLP-1-producing cells coexpress GPR119 mRNA. In GLUTag cells, a well-established model of intestinal L-cell function, the potent GPR119 agonist AR231453 stimulated cAMP accumulation and GLP-1 release. When administered in mice, AR231453 increased active GLP-1 levels within 2 min after oral glucose delivery and substantially enhanced total glucose-dependent insulinotropic peptide levels. Blockade of GLP-1 receptor signaling with exendin(9-39) reduced the ability of AR231453 to improve glucose tolerance in mice. Conversely, combined administration of AR231453 and the DPP-4 inhibitor sitagliptin to wild-type mice significantly amplified both plasma GLP-1 levels and oral glucose tolerance, relative to either agent alone. In mice lacking GPR119, no such enhancement was seen. Thus, GPR119 regulates glucose tolerance by acting on intestinal endocrine cells as well as pancreatic beta-cells. These data also suggest that combined stimulation of incretin hormone release and protection against incretin hormone degradation may be an effective antidiabetic strategy.
    Endocrinology 06/2008; 149(5):2038-47. DOI:10.1210/en.2007-0966 · 4.64 Impact Factor
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: We have evaluated the anti-platelet and vascular pharmacology of AR246686, a novel 5-hydroxytryptamine2A (5-HT2A) receptor antagonist. AR246686 displayed high affinity binding to membranes of HEK cells stably expressing recombinant human and rat 5-HT2A receptors (Ki=0.2 nM and 0.4 nM, respectively). Functional antagonism (IC50=1.9 nM) with AR246686 was determined by inhibition of ligand-independent inositol phosphate accumulation in the 5-HT2A stable cell line. We observed 8.7-fold and 1360-fold higher affinity of AR246686 for the 5-HT2A receptor vs. 5-HT2C and 5-HT2B receptors, respectively. AR246686 inhibited 5-HT-induced amplification of ADP-stimulated human platelet aggregation (IC50=21 nM). Similar potency was observed for inhibition of 5-HT stimulated DNA synthesis in rat aortic smooth muscle cells (IC(50)=10 nM) and 5-HT-mediated contraction in rat aortic rings. Effects of AR246686 on arterial thrombosis and bleeding time were studied in a rat model of femoral artery occlusion. Oral dosing of AR246686 to rats resulted in prolongation of time to occlusion at 1 mg/kg, whereas increased bleeding time was observed at a dose of 20 mg/kg. In contrast, both bleeding time and time to occlusion were increased at the same dose (10 mg/kg) of clopidogrel. These results demonstrate that AR246686 is a high affinity 5-HT2A receptor antagonist with potent activity on platelets and vascular smooth muscle. Further, oral administration results in anti-thrombotic effects at doses that are free of significant effects on traumatic bleeding time.
    European Journal of Pharmacology 06/2008; 586(1-3):234-43. DOI:10.1016/j.ejphar.2007.11.056 · 2.68 Impact Factor
  • Source
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Pancreatic beta-cell dysfunction is a hallmark event in the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes. Injectable peptide agonists of the glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) receptor have shown significant promise as antidiabetic agents by virtue of their ability to amplify glucose-dependent insulin release and preserve pancreatic beta-cell mass. These effects are mediated via stimulation of cAMP through beta-cell GLP-1 receptors. We report that the Galpha(s)-coupled receptor GPR119 is largely restricted to insulin-producing beta-cells of pancreatic islets. Additionally, we show here that GPR119 functions as a glucose-dependent insulinotropic receptor. Unlike receptors for GLP-1 and other peptides that mediate enhanced glucose-dependent insulin release, GPR119 was suitable for the development of potent, orally active, small-molecule agonists. The GPR119-specific agonist AR231453 significantly increased cAMP accumulation and insulin release in both HIT-T15 cells and rodent islets. In both cases, loss of GPR119 rendered AR231453 inactive. AR231453 also enhanced glucose-dependent insulin release in vivo and improved oral glucose tolerance in wild-type mice but not in GPR119-deficient mice. Diabetic KK/A(y) mice were also highly responsive to AR231453. Orally active GPR119 agonists may offer significant promise as novel antihyperglycemic agents acting in a glucose-dependent fashion.
    Endocrinology 07/2007; 148(6):2601-9. DOI:10.1210/en.2006-1608 · 4.64 Impact Factor
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Nicotinic acid remains the most effective therapeutic agent for the treatment and prevention of atherosclerosis resulting from low high density lipoprotein cholesterol. The therapeutic actions of nicotinic acid are mediated by GPR109A, a Gi protein-coupled receptor, expressed primarily on adipocytes, Langerhans cells, and macrophage. Unfortunately, a severe, cutaneous flushing side effect limits its use and patient compliance. The mechanism of high density lipoprotein elevation is not clearly established but assumed to be influenced by an inhibition of lipolysis in the adipose. The flushing side effect appears to be mediated by the release of prostaglandin D2 from Langerhans cells in the skin. We hypothesized that the signal transduction pathways mediating the anti-lipolytic and prostaglandin D2/flushing pathways are distinct and that agonists may be identified that are capable of selectively eliciting the therapeutic, anti-lipolytic pathway while avoiding the activation of the parallel flush-inducing pathway. We have identified a number of GPR109A pyrazole agonists that are capable of fully inhibiting lipolysis in vitro and in vivo and not only fail to elicit a flushing response but can antagonize the ability of nicotinic acid to elicit a flush response in vivo. In contrast to flushing agonists, exposure of cells expressing GPR109A to the non-flushing agonists fails to induce internalization of the receptor or to activate ERK 1/2 mitogen-activated protein kinase phosphorylation.
    Journal of Biological Chemistry 07/2007; 282(25):18028-36. DOI:10.1074/jbc.M701866200 · 4.60 Impact Factor
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Nicotinic acid, used for atherosclerosis treatment, has an adverse effect of skin flushing. The flushing mechanism, thought to be caused by the release of prostaglandin D(2) (PGD(2)), is not well understood. We aimed to identify which cells mediate the flushing effect. Nicotinic acid receptor (GPR109A) gene expression was assessed in various tissues and cell lines. Cells expressing GPR109A mRNA were further assayed for PGD(2) release in response to nicotinic acid. Of all samples, only skin was able to release PGD(2) upon stimulation with nicotinic acid. The responsive cells were localized to the epidermis, and immunocytochemical studies revealed the presence of GPR109A on epidermal Langerhans cells. CD34+ cells isolated from human blood and differentiated into Langerhans cells (hLC-L) also showed GPR109A expression. IFNgamma treatment increased both mRNA and plasma membrane expression of GPR109A. IFNgamma-stimulated hLC-Ls released PGD(2) in response to nicotinic acid in a dose-dependant manner (effector concentration for half-maximum response=1.2 mM+/-0.7). Acifran, a structurally distinct GPR109A ligand, also increased PGD(2) release, whereas isonicotinic acid, a nicotinic acid analog with low affinity for GPR109A, had no effect. These results suggest that nicotinic acid mediates its flushing side effect by interacting with GPR109A on skin Langerhans cells, resulting in release of PGD(2).
    Journal of Investigative Dermatology 01/2007; 126(12):2637-46. DOI:10.1038/sj.jid.5700586 · 6.37 Impact Factor
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Prepulse inhibition (PPI) is a cross-species measure of sensorimotor gating. PPI deficits have been associated with a number of neuropsychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia. Differential PPI has been demonstrated also across various inbred mouse strains; however, the molecular mechanisms underlying these differences in sensorimotor gating remain unclear. Here, we sought to identify gene expression in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) of mice associated with PPI using a laser microdissection and microarray analysis-based approach. C57BL/6 mouse substrains were used for the study as they have dramatically different PPI. Transcriptional analysis of closely related substrains was predicted to reduce the detection of genetic variation incidental to the phenotype. Microarray analysis comparing the mPFC of C57BL/6J to C57BL/6NHsd mice revealed neurotransmission- and cellular stress-related transcriptional responses associated with lower PPI. Down-regulation of metabotropic glutamate receptor 5, phospholipase C, and inositol monophosphatase 1 gene expression suggest altered phosphoinositide signaling, while decreased expression of a gamma-amino-butyric acid (GABA)A receptor subunit implies changes in GABAergic signaling. Genes involved in neuronal excitation and protection were also differentially expressed, including up-regulation of five immediate early genes and anti-apoptotic/survival factors as Bcl2-associated athanogene 3 and brain-derived neurotrophic factor. These data support previous findings of genetic influences on PPI, and provide novel insights into the molecular mechanisms regulating sensorimotor gating.
    Molecular Brain Research 10/2005; 139(1):153-62. DOI:10.1016/j.molbrainres.2005.05.020 · 2.00 Impact Factor

Publication Stats

3k Citations
388.73 Total Impact Points


  • 2001–2014
    • Arena Pharmaceuticals
      San Diego, California, United States
  • 1995–1998
    • Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc.
      San Diego, California, United States
  • 1996
    • Umeå University
      Umeå, Västerbotten, Sweden
  • 1993–1996
    • Salk Institute
      • Clayton Foundation Laboratories for Peptide Biology
      La Jolla, California, United States
  • 1988–1995
    • University of Reading
      • Department of Animal Science
      Reading, England, United Kingdom