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The specific aims are to: (1) evaluate drugs, pure compound(s) and natural product extracts using the egg-laying and the nicotine-motivated behavior assays in C. elegans, (2) isolate and characterize compounds of Vernonia cinerea using these assays in C. elegans, (3) perform mechanistic studies of isolated pure compounds using radioligand binding assays for nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs), and (4) evaluate natural product extracts using assays in SA# 1 and #3.
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