De Zhu

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Adult-onset hypothyroidism causes cognitive dysfunctions of learning and memory, in which many synaptic proteins in hippocampus are involved. In our work, we studied the effect of adult-onset hypothyroidism on the expression of synaptotagmin 1 (syt 1) and SNAP-25 in dorsal hippocampus as well as its recovery by levothyroxine (L-T(4)) replacement therapy.(More)
Nerve injury, tissue damage, and inflammation all cause hyperalgesia. A factor contributing to this increased sensitivity is a long-term (>24 hr) hyperexcitability (LTH) in the sensory neurons that mediate the responses. Using the cluster of nociceptive sensory neurons in Aplysia californica as a model, we are examining how inflammation induces LTH. A(More)
Thyroid hormone insufficiency in adulthood causes a wide range of brain impairments, including altered synaptic proteins in the prefrontal cortex (PFC). The present study investigated whether adult-onset hypothyroidism altered the expression of soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor attachment protein receptor (SNARE) complexes and synaptotagmin-1(More)
Axon growth during development and after injury has processes in common, but also differs in that regeneration requires the participation of cells of the immune system. To investigate how neuron-immunocyte interactions might influence regeneration, we developed an in vitro model whereby neurons and hemocytes from Aplysia californica were cocultured. The(More)
A thin dielectric plate can support conventional slab modes such as leaky Fabry-Perot, guided waves and radiation modes. When the plate is coated on a metallic subwavelength disk array, it can result in new confined modes, hereby named 'disks scattering slab modes' (DSSMs). By use of a terahertz time-domain spectroscopy system, we experimentally verify the(More)
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