Chang-Ming Huang

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The green fluorescent protein (GFP) is a widely used reporter in gene expression and protein localization studies. GFP is a stable protein; this property allows its accumulation and easy detection in cells. However, this stability also limits its application in studies that require rapid reporter turnover. We created a destabilized GFP for use in such(More)
From the comparison we have made between PD and manganism, we draw the following conclusions: 1. There are similarities between PD and manganism, notably the presence of (a) generalized bradykinesia and (b) widespread rigidity. 2. There are also dissimilarities between PD and manganism, notably the following in manganism: (a) less-frequent resting tremor,(More)
To elucidate the associations of arsenic-induced skin cancer with serum beta-carotene level and arsenic methylation capability, a total of 654 residents of age 30 or older were recruited from three arseniasis-hyperendemic villages in Taiwan and regularly examined for skin lesions during the follow-up period. There were 33 cases affected with newly diagnosed(More)
An outbreak of enterovirus 71 (EV71) infection occurred in Taiwan in 1998. The clinical spectrums and laboratory findings for 97 patients with virus culture-proven EV71 infections were analyzed. Eighty-seven percent of the patients were younger than age 5 years. Hand-foot-and-mouth syndrome occurred in 79% of the children and central nervous system (CNS)(More)
Uncoupling protein 2 (UCP2) uncouples respiration from oxidative phosphorylation and may contribute to obesity through effects on energy metabolism. Because basal metabolic rate is decreased in obesity, UCP2 expression is predicted to be reduced. Paradoxically, hepatic expression of UCP2 mRNA is increased in genetically obese (ob/ob) mice. In situ(More)
Zinc is required for the activity of > 300 enzymes, covering all six classes of enzymes. Zinc binding sites in proteins are often distorted tetrahedral or trigonal bipyramidal geometry, made up of the sulfur of cysteine, the nitrogen of histidine or the oxygen of aspartate and glutamate, or a combination. Zinc in proteins can either participate directly in(More)
Reversal of long term potentiation (LTP) may function to increase the flexibility and storage capacity of neuronal circuits; however, the underlying mechanisms remain incompletely understood. We show that depotentiation induced by low frequency stimulation (LFS) (2 Hz, 10 min, 1200 pulses) was input-specific and dependent on N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA)(More)
BACKGROUND Although cigarette smoking is considered to be the most important cause of lung cancer, smoking behaviour cannot fully explain the epidemiological characteristics of lung cancer in Taiwanese women, who rarely smoke but contract lung cancer relatively often. There are other causes of lung cancer that have produced variability in lung cancer(More)
The effects of selective beta-adrenergic receptor agonist isoproterenol (Iso) on neuronal excitability and synaptic transmission were investigated in brain slices of rat amygdala. Iso (15 microM) produced a long-lasting enhancement of the EPSP that was not blocked by pretreatment with 20 microM D-2-amino-5-phosphonovalerate (D-APV) alone or D-APV in(More)
Using mouse hippocampal slices, we studied the induction of depotentiation of long-term potentiation (LTP) at the mossy fiber synapses onto CA3 pyramidal neurons. A long train of low-frequency (1 Hz/900 pulses) stimulation (LFS) induced a long-term depression of baseline synaptic transmission or depotentiation of previously established LTP, which was(More)