Dao-Shu Luo

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BACKGROUND Microvascular compression of the trigeminal nerve root is a major cause of most trigeminal neuralgia (TN) in patients; however, no reliable animal model to further study the pathogenesis of TN currently exists. OBJECTIVE Our objective was to establish a novel and practical animal model for TN by chronic compression of the trigeminal (CCT) nerve(More)
BACKGROUND Inflammatory pain is an important clinical symptom. The levels of extracellular signal-regulated kinases (ERKs) and the levels of cytokines such as interleukin 1β (IL-1β), interleukin 6 (IL-6) and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) play important roles in inflammatory pain. Tanshinone IIA (TIIA) is an important component of Danshen, a(More)
Endomorphin-2 (EM2) demonstrates a potent antinociceptive effect in pain modulation. To investigate the potential interactions of EM2- and substance P (SP)-containing primary afferents and γ-amino butyric acid (GABA)-containing interneurons in lamina II in nociceptive transmission, connections between EM2- and SP-containing terminals and GABAergic neurons(More)
Bone morphogenetic proteins 2 and 4 (BMP2/4) are essential for osteoblast differentiation and osteogenesis. Generation of a BMP2/4 dual knock-out ((ko/ko)) osteoblastic cell line is a valuable asset for studying effects of BMP2/4 on skeletal development. In this study, our goal was to create immortalized mouse deleted BMP2/4 osteoblasts by infecting(More)
Dentin sialophosphoprotein (DSPP) is a dentin extracellular matrix protein that is processed into dentin sialoprotein (DSP), dentin glycoprotein (DGP) and dentin phosphoprotein (DPP). DSP is mainly expressed in odontoblasts. We hypothesized that DSP interacts with cell surface receptors and subsequently activates intracellular signaling. Using DSP as bait(More)
Klf10, a member of the Krüppel-like family of transcription factors, is critical for osteoblast differentiation, bone formation and mineralization. However, whether Klf10 is involved in odontoblastic differentiation and tooth development has not been determined. In this study, we investigate the expression patterns of Klf10 during murine tooth development(More)
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