Chih-Chieh Mao

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Many copies of mammalian mitochondrial DNA contain a short triple-stranded region, or displacement loop (D-loop), in the major noncoding region. In the 35 years since their discovery, no function has been assigned to mitochondrial D-loops. We purified mitochondrial nucleoprotein complexes from rat liver and identified a previously uncharacterized protein,(More)
Interleukin-17 (IL-17) is involved in a wide range of inflammatory disorders and in recruitment of inflammatory cells to injury sites. A recent study of IL-17 knock-out mice revealed that IL-17 contributes to neuroinflammation and neuropathic pain after peripheral nerve injury. Surprisingly, little is known of micro-environment modulation by IL-17 in(More)
Accumulated evidence suggests that the C-C motif chemokine ligand 5 (CCL5) modulates migration of inflammatory cells in several pathological conditions. This study tested the hypothesis that lack of CCL5 would modulate the recruitment of inflammatory cells to painful, inflamed sites and could attenuate pain in a murine chronic neuropathic pain model.(More)
BACKGROUND Although the mammalian central nervous system contains numerous matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), the significance of each MMP relative to nociception remains obscure. Working from the hypothesis that MMPs may be involved in activity-dependent reorganization during neuronal modulation, we explored the role of each MMP following neuropathological(More)
PURPOSE There is evidence that cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) transduction is involved in nociceptive processing. We previously showed that intrathecal injection of an adenylate cyclase inhibitor attenuated tactile allodynia caused by partial sciatic nerve ligation (PSNL) in rats. The present study investigates the pre-emptive effects of spinal cAMP(More)
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