Chi-Tso Chiu

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Repeated intermittent exposure to psychostimulants was found to produce behavioral sensitization. The present study was designed to establish a mouse model and by which to investigate whether opioidergic system plays a role in methamphetamine-induced behavioral sensitization. Mice injected with 2.5 mg/kg of methamphetamine once a day for 7 consecutive days(More)
Extracellular nucleotides, acting through P2-purinoceptors, have been implicated in the regulation of ion transport in epithelia, including Madin-Darby canine kidney (MDCK) cells. In this study, experiments were conducted to characterize the P2-purinoceptor subtype on MDCK cells responsible for stimulating inositol phosphate (IP) accumulation using a range(More)
We had previously demonstrated that opioid receptors contribute to the induction and expression of behavioral sensitization induced by repeated daily injection with 2.5 mg/kg of methamphetamine for 7 days. Using the same regimen, the present study investigated the alterations in mu-opioid receptor during the induction (on days 2, 5, and 8) and expression(More)
Repeated administration of psychostimulants to rodents can lead to behavioral sensitization. Previous studies, using nonspecific opioid receptor (OR) antagonists, revealed that ORs were involved in modulation of behavioral sensitization to methamphetamine (METH). However, the contribution of OR subtypes remains unclear. In the present study, using mu-OR(More)
The elevated level of thrombin has been detected in the airway fluids of asthmatic patients and shown to stimulate cell proliferation in tracheal smooth muscle cells (TSMCs). However, the implication of thrombin in the cell proliferation was not completely understood. In this study, thrombin stimulated [3H]thymidine incorporation and p42/p44(More)
The pharmacological properties of bradykinin (BK) receptors were characterized in canine cultured corneal epithelial cells (CECs) using [(3)H]-BK as a radioligand. Analysis of binding isotherms gave an apparent equilibrium dissociation constant of 0.34 +/- 0.07 nM and a maximum receptor density of 179 +/- 23 fmol/mg protein. Neither a B(1)(More)
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