Chien-Chi Huang

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BACKGROUND Morphine is one of the most commonly prescribed analgesics for treating wound pain. Using a mouse model of excisional wound injury, we determined the effects of high-dose morphine on angiogenesis and mobilization of endothelial progenitor cells. METHODS An excisional wound was created on mice treated with placebo or morphine (20 mg/kg, i.p.(More)
BACKGROUND The effects of high-dose morphine on vascular endothelial function have not been previously shown. The authors hypothesized that the pro-oxidant effect of high-dose morphine impairs vascular endothelial function. METHODS Mice were subjected to placebo or morphine (20 mg/kg intraperitoneal) injection for consecutive 14 days. Aortas were(More)
BACKGROUND Acute lung injury (ALI) and end-stage acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) are among the most common causes of death in intensive care units. Activation and damage of pulmonary endothelium is the hallmark of ALI/ARDS. Recent studies have demonstrated the importance of circulating endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) in maintaining normal(More)
This study investigates the interactions between cyclooxygenase (COX-2) and vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) phenotypic switching, the two important coupling mechanisms of the vasculature on arterial remodeling in response to high laminal shear stress. High aortic blood flow was induced by creating a fistula in the abdominal aorta and the adjacent IVC of(More)
In clinical practice, prolonged occlusion of main arteries causes accumulation of metabolic waste and lactate. Reperfusion of blood flow is usually accompanied by circulatory shock. This study investigates the molecular mechanisms responsible for acidosis-induced hypotension and proposes therapeutic strategies for improving hemodynamic stability following(More)
Morphine is a commonly prescribed analgesic for wound pain. Previous studies have shown that morphine enhances accumulation of collagen in cultured fibroblasts. Because fibroblasts are important for the remodeling of connective tissue in incisional wound, this study investigates the biological effects of morphine on cutaneous collagen content and wound(More)
This paper describes a dynamic and adaptive scheme for three-dimensional mesh morphing. Using several control maps, the connectivity of intermediate meshes is dynamically changing and the mesh vertices are adaptively modified. The 2D control maps in parametric space that include curvature map, area deformation map and distance map, are used to schedule the(More)
There is still a lack of evidence to support the use of specific anesthetic agents during major operations that could affect the development of postoperative acute lung injury (ALI). This study determined the protective effect of inhaled isoflurane in a rat model of endotoxin-induced ALI. Rats were exposed to volatile isoflurane (1.5 % in oxygen) or pure(More)
BACKGROUND The development of warm-cold ischemia-reperfusion (IR) injury of the kidney grafts is inevitable during renal transplantation. However, there is currently no definite renoprotective strategy available in the protection of the graft tissue. In the present study, we compared the renal protection of preconditioning isoflurane with N-acetylcysteine(More)
Migration and organization of the nucleus are essential for the proliferation and differentiation of cells, including neurons. However, the relationship between the positioning of the nucleus and cellular morphogenesis remains poorly understood. Inherited recessive cerebellar ataxia has been attributed to mutations in SYNE1, a component of the linker of(More)