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The mechanism of mechanical hyperalgesia in inflammation might involve a 'mechanochemical' process whereby stretch evokes the release of adenosine 5'-triphosphate (ATP) from the damaged tissue that then excites nearby primary sensory nerve terminals. In the present study, phosphorylated extracellular signal-regulated protein kinase (pERK) immunoreactivity(More)
It has been suggested that low-threshold sensory pathways have an important role in the formation and maintenance of sensory abnormalities which are observed after peripheral nerve injury. In the present study, we examined the involvement of these pathways in the development of hyperexcitability after sciatic nerve injury (SNI) by detecting the(More)
Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) is known to subserve activity-dependent neuronal plasticity in the central nervous system. To examine in vivo the implication of spinal CaMKII activity in the generation and development of neuropathic pain after peripheral nerve injury, we used an animal model of mononeuropathy, the chronic constriction(More)
3,3′-Diindolylmethane (DIM) has been investigated as a potential anti-cancer chemopreventive agent in many preclinical and clinical studies. In this study, we sought to characterize the pharmacokinetics of DIM and to build a pharmacokinetic (PK) and pharmacodynamic (PD) model of the DIM-induced gene expression of phase II drug metabolizing enzymes (DME),(More)
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a devastating disease characterized by abnormal remodeling of small, peripheral pulmonary arteries. Germline mutations in the bone morphogenetic protein receptor type 2 (BMPR2) gene are a major risk factor for developing PAH. At present, the correlation between the BMPR2 mutation and the patient's prognosis remains(More)
Baicalin, a flavonoid compound purified from the dry roots of Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi, has generally been used for the treatment of various allergic diseases. However, there is little information about the anti-inflammatory effects of baicalin for allergic rhinitis. This study aims to investigate the anti-allergic effect of baicalin on allergic(More)
Andersen-Tawil syndrome (ATS) is an autosomal dominant, multisystem channelopathy characterized by periodic paralysis, ventricular arrhythmias and distinctive dysmorphic facial or skeletal features. The disorder displays marked intrafamilial variability and incomplete penetrance. Myasthenia gravis (MG) is an autoimmune disorder that demonstrates progressive(More)
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