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OBJECTIVE The α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) is associated with cognitive and P50 auditory gating deficits in schizophrenia, and α7 nAChR agonists can potentially reverse these deficits. The authors examined multiple dosages of tropisetron, a partial agonist at the nAChR, for short-term effects on cognition and P50 deficits in schizophrenia. (More)
Several lines of evidence suggest that brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) plays a critical role in activity-dependent neuroplasticity underlying learning and memory in the hippocampus. Schizophrenia has a range of cognitive deficits that may evolve from decreased BDNF, and this study examines this association of BDNF with cognitive deficits in(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the association between the level of serum brain-derived neurotrophic factor (sBDNF) and the therapeutic efficacy of modified electroconvulsive therapy (MECT) in Chinese patients with depressive disorder. METHODS Twenty-eight patients with depressive episode and 28 healthy subjects were recruited in the current study. The sBDNF(More)
Controversial results concerning insulin resistance and lipid metabolism have been reported in antipsychotic-naive first-episode psychosis (AN-FEP) patients with schizophrenia of different countries. We aimed at determining whether schizophrenia-related psychopathology was associated with insulin resistance and/or dyslipidaemia in Chinese patients with(More)
Adenomatous polyposis coli (APC) and K-ras are the two most frequently mutated genes found in human colorectal cancers. In human colorectal cancers, Wnt signaling activation after the loss of APC is hypothesized to be the key event for adenoma initiation, whereas additional mutations such as Ras activation are required for the progression from adenoma to(More)
OBJECTIVE Previous studies have indicated that the immune may be involved in the pathogenesis of tardive dyskinesia (TD). Some genetic polymorphisms in the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) I and II regions have been associated with TD, and the tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) gene is located in the HLA III region. TNF-α levels in the striatum significantly(More)
The polC gene from Streptococcus pyogenes (S. pyogenes, strain SF370) has been cloned and expressed in Escherichia coli (E. coli) as a fusion protein containing an N-terminal histidine tag. The purified recombinant enzyme showed an apparent molecular mass of 160 kDa on SDS-PAGE and a specific activity of 3.5 nmol/min/mg when assayed in the presence of calf(More)
Escherichia coli DnaG primase is a single-stranded DNA-dependent RNA polymerase. Primase catalyzes the synthesis of a short RNA primer to initiate DNA replication at the origin and to initiate Okazaki fragment synthesis for synthesis of the lagging strand. Primase activity is greatly stimulated through its interaction with DnaB helicase. Here we report a(More)
OBJECTIVE Schizophrenia is associated with a significantly high prevalence of smoking. Upregulation of neurotrophins by nicotine is well established. Accumulating evidence shows that brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) may be involved in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia. The purposes of this study were to compare BDNF levels in smokers to(More)
The pathophysiology of cognitive deficits in schizophrenia may involve the neuroinflammation mediated by cytokines. This study examined the IL-18 levels, the cognitive function, and their association in schizophrenia. We recruited 70 chronic patients and 75 normal controls and examined the Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status(More)