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Sema3A, a prototypical semaphorin, acts as a chemorepellent or a chemoattractant for axons by activating a receptor complex comprising neuropilin-1 as the ligand-binding subunit and plexin-A1 as the signal-transducing subunit. How the signals downstream of plexin-A1 are triggered upon Sema3A stimulation, however, is unknown. Here we show that, in the(More)
RATIONALE Rolipram, a selective inhibitor of cyclic AMP-specific phosphodiesterase (PDE4), has been shown to enhance scopolamine-induced impairment of working memory. However, its effect on reference memory, which appears to be related to the level of cyclic AMP (cAMP), has not been investigated yet; in addition, the mechanism involved in its effects on(More)
Rolipram, a selective inhibitor of type 4 cyclic AMP phosphodiesterase (PDE4), completely reversed the amnesic effects of MK-801 on working and reference memory (F[4,64] = 11.10; p <.0001 and F[4,64] = 2.53; p <.05, respectively) at doses of 0.01-0.1 mg/kg in the radial-arm maze task. Similar antagonism by rolipram of the effects of MK-801 was observed on(More)
There are numerous studies reporting on the crucial roles of neurotrophins (NTFs) in neuronal survival and sprouting after spinal cord injury (SCI). But studies on endogenous changes of neurotrophins after SCI are few. In this study we explored by means of immunohistochemistry the localization of NGF, BDNF and NT-3 in the normal adult spinal cord (SC) and(More)
BACKGROUND No clear consensus has been reached on the alpha-adducin polymorphism (Gly460Trp) and essential hypertension risk. We performed a meta-analysis in an effort to systematically summarize the possible association. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS Studies were identified by searching MEDLINE and EMBASE databases complemented with perusal of(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the association between semaphorin 3A (SEMA 3A) and its receptor neuropilin 1 (NRP1) and the clinicopathologic characteristics of patients with tongue cancer. STUDY DESIGN Forty-three tongue squamous cell carcinoma specimens were included. Immunohistochemical staining of SEMA3A and NRP1 was performed on 15 normal tongue epithelium(More)
Kraft et al. [2005] proposed a method for matched haplotype-based association studies and compared the performances of six analytic strategies for estimating the odds ratio parameters using a conditional likelihood function. Zhang et al. [2006] modified the conditional likelihood and proposed a new method for matched haplotype-based association studies. The(More)
The lateral habenular nucleus (LHb) receives projections from areas rich in dopaminergic neurons and sends efferent fibers to these areas, suggesting that the LHb has a role in dopaminergic reward-related activity. The LHb is also implicated in multiple stress reactions, including responses to painful stimuli. However, it is unclear whether the LHb(More)
In this paper, we present 2 rare cases of persistent embryonic anastomoses. In one case, the patient presented with persistent trigeminal artery along with multiple foci of cerebral infarction as well as central retinal artery thrombosis. In the other case, the patient had direct anastomosis of the vertebral artery with ipsilateral external carotid artery(More)
OBJECTIVE To observe the effect of chronic stress stimulation on aging and the effect of acupoint catgut-embedding therapy on structural changes of hippocampal pyramidal neurons in senile chronic stress rats, so as to reveal its mechanisms underlying resisting senility. METHODS Forty-eight male SD rats were randomly divided into normal control, senility(More)