Christopher L-H Huang

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Thalamocortical projections were studied in adult cats using biotinylated dextran amines, wheat germ agglutinin conjugated to horseradish peroxidase, and autoradiography with tritiated leucine and/or proline. The input from 7 architectonically defined nuclei to 14 auditory cortical fields was characterized qualitatively and quantitatively. The principal(More)
The class II histone deacetylases, HDAC4 and HDAC5, directly bind to and repress myogenic transcription factors of the myocyte enhancer factor-2 (MEF-2) family thereby inhibiting skeletal myogenesis. During muscle differentiation, repression of gene transcription by MEF-2/HDAC complexes is relieved due to calcium/calmodulin-dependent (CaM) kinase-induced(More)
Voltage-gated sodium channels drive the initial depolarization phase of the cardiac action potential and therefore critically determine conduction of excitation through the heart. In patients, deletions or loss-of-function mutations of the cardiac sodium channel gene, SCN5A, have been associated with a wide range of arrhythmias including bradycardia (heart(More)
INTRODUCTION Gain-of-function mutations within Scn5a, including the DeltaKPQ 1505-1507 deletion in the inactivation domain compromising myocardial repolarization, are implicated in human long QT 3 syndrome (LQT3), associated with ventricular arrhythmogenesis and sudden death. METHODS AND RESULTS Patch clamp studies on isolated ventricular Scn5a+/Delta(More)
This study investigated the properties of a class of rotationally invariant and symmetric (relative to the principal diffusivities) indices of the anisotropy of water self-diffusion, namely fractional anisotropy (FA), relative anisotropy (RA), and volume ratio (VR), with particular emphasis to their measurement in brain tissues. A simplified theoretical(More)
AIM Hypokalaemia is associated with a lethal form of ventricular tachycardia (VT), torsade de pointes, through pathophysiological mechanisms requiring clarification. METHODS Left ventricular endocardial and epicardial monophasic action potentials were compared in isolated mouse hearts paced from the right ventricular epicardium perfused with hypokalaemic(More)
Mutations within KCNE1 encoding a transmembrane protein which coassembles with K+ channels mediating slow K+, I(Ks), currents are implicated in cardiac action potential prolongation and ventricular arrhythmogenicity in long QT syndrome 5. We demonstrate the following potentially arrhythmogenic features in simultaneously recorded, left ventricular,(More)
This study has investigated the effects of the selection of the diffusion-weighted (DW) gradient directions on the precision of a diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) experiment. The theoretical analysis provided a quantitative framework in which the noise performance of DTI schemes could be assessed objectively and for the development of novel DTI schemes, which(More)
Over the past decade, advances in molecular tools, stem cell differentiation, osteoclast and osteoblast signaling mechanisms, and genetically manipulated mice models have resulted in major breakthroughs in understanding osteoclast biology. This review focuses on key advances in our understanding of molecular mechanisms underlying the formation, function,(More)
Brugada syndrome (BrS) is associated with a loss of Na+ channel function and an increased incidence of rapid polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (VT) and sudden cardiac death. A programmed electrical stimulation (PES) technique assessed arrhythmic tendency in Langendorff-perfused wild-type (WT) and genetically modified (Scn5a+/-) 'loss-of-function' murine(More)