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Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) belongs to a family of neurotrophic factors and has been demonstrated to promote the survival, differentiation, and maintenance of a broad variety of central nervous system neurons. Several reports have suggested that the BDNF gene is a plausible functional candidate gene underlying the predisposition for developing(More)
BACKGROUND Several lines of evidence have supported possible roles of the sigma receptors in the etiology of schizophrenia and mechanisms of antipsychotic efficacy. An association study provided genetic evidence that the sigma receptor type 1 gene (SIGMAR1) was a possible susceptibility factor for schizophrenia, however, it was not replicated by a(More)
Cocaine- and amphetamine-regulated transcript (CART) was originally discovered as a peptide that increased in the rat striatum after injection of a psychostimulant drug, such as cocaine or amphetamine, and is suggested to play potential roles in drug dependence. We tested the genetic association between the CART gene and methamphetamine (METH) dependence(More)
Malignant hyperthermia (MH) is a rare but potentially fatal complication that may develop under general anesthesia (GA) and is rarely reported in elderly patients. We encountered a case of mild-onset MH in a 70-year-old patient who was receiving an elective thoracoscopic pulmorrhaphy and had a history of several GA procedures. Anesthesia was induced with(More)
The effect of endogenous opioid peptides (beta-endorphin, leucine-enkephalin, dynorphin 1-13 on the release of thyrotropin releasing hormone (TRH) from the rat stomach in vitro was studied. The rat stomach was incubated in the medium 199 with 1.0 mg/ml of bacitracin (pH 7.4) (medium) and the amount of TRH released into the medium was measured by(More)
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