Hong-ping Huang

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Schizophrenia is one of the most debilitating neuropsychiatric disorders, affecting 0.5-1.0% of the population worldwide. Its pathology, attributed to defects in synaptic transmission, remains elusive. The dystrobrevin-binding protein 1 (DTNBP1) gene, which encodes a coiled-coil protein, dysbindin, is a major susceptibility gene for schizophrenia. Our(More)
Increasing evidence indicates that there exists a reciprocal communication between the immune system and the brain. Interleukin 1beta (IL-1beta), a proinflammatory cytokine produced during immune challenge, is believed to be one of the mediators of immune-to-brain communication, but how it gets into the brain is unknown because of its large molecular weight(More)
Our previous observations showed that several stimuli, including high-K(+) solution, glutamate, and voltage pulses, induce somatic noradrenaline (NA) secretion from locus ceruleus (LC) neurons. Hypocretin (orexin), a hypothalamic peptide critical for normal wakefulness, has been shown to evoke NA release from the axon terminals of LC neurons. Here, we used(More)
AIM Ca2+ release from the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is an integral component of neuronal Ca2+ signaling. The present study is to investigate properties of local Ca2+ release events in superior cervical ganglion (SCG) neurons. METHODS Primary cultured SCG neurons were prepared from neonatal rats (P3-P7). Low concentration of caffeine was used to induce(More)
Action potential (AP) patterns and dopamine (DA) release are known to correlate with rewarding behaviors, but how codes of AP bursts translate into DA release in vivo remains elusive. Here, a given AP pattern was defined by four codes, termed total AP number, frequency, number of AP bursts, and interburst time [N, f, b, i].. The 'burst effect' was(More)
Patterns of action potentials (APs), often in the form of bursts, are critical for coding and processing information in the brain. However, how AP bursts modulate secretion at synapses remains elusive. Here, using the calyx of Held synapse as a model we compared synaptic release evoked by AP patterns with a different number of bursts while the total number(More)
Norepinephrine (NE) released from the nerve terminal of locus coeruleus (LC) neurons contributes to about 70% of the total extracellular NE in primates brain. In addition, LC neurons also release NE from somatodendritic sites. Quantal NE release from soma of LC neurons has the characteristics of long latency, nerve activity-dependency, and autoinhibition by(More)
The biochemical and immunological characteristics of a series of commercial samples of Alternaria tenuis were examined, including samples from two different companies. There was a considerable variation in the biochemical parameters such as the gel filtration profile on Sephadex G-100, isoelectric focussing pattern and immunodiffusion precipitin band(More)
The effects of an extract of the saprophytic mold, Alternaria tenuis (AT-CE) on the humoral response to a ragweed allergen extract (DWSR), ovalbumin and sheep red blood cells (SRBC) was investigated in female Wistar rats. Animals pretreated with 100 micrograms or 2 mg AT-CE showed enhancement (p less than 0.05) in the reaginic response (IgE antibody) to(More)
The neurons in the mesencephalic trigeminal nucleus (MeV) play essential roles in proprioceptive sensation of the face and oral cavity. The somata of MeV neurons are generally assumed to carry out neuronal functions but not to play a direct role in synaptic transmission. Using whole-cell recording and membrane capacitance (C(m)) measurements, we found that(More)