Huai-Ren Chang

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The NMDA receptor opens in response to binding of NMDA and glycine. However, it remains unclear where and how gating of the NMDA receptor pore is accomplished. We show that different point mutations between S645 and I655 (thus including the highly conserved SYTANLAAF motif) of M3c in NR2B lead to constitutively open channels. The current through these(More)
BACKGROUND Metabolic syndrome has been shown to be associated with lower levels of plasma N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (Nt-proBNP) in the general population. We sought to elucidate the relationship between Nt-proBNP and components of metabolic syndrome in patients with congestive heart failure (CHF). METHODS Fasting blood samples were(More)
The antiepileptic effect of felbamate (FBM) is ascribable to gating modification of NMDA receptors. Using site-directed mutagenesis and electrophysiological studies, we found that single-point mutations of four pairs of homologous residues in the external vestibule of the receptor pore, namely V644(NR1)-L643(NR2B) (the two inner pairs) and(More)
The anticonvulsant effect of felbamate (FBM) is ascribable to inhibition of N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) currents. Using electrophysiological studies in rat hippocampal neurons to examine the kinetics of FBM binding to and unbinding from the NMDA channel, we show that FBM modifies NMDA channel gating via a one-to-one binding stoichiometry and has(More)
Aortic stiffness (AS) exerts significant impact on the cardiovascular risks. We developed a new model to produce AS. The purposes were to evaluate the haemodynamic consequence and to correlate the haemodynamic parameters with the extent of ventricular hypertrophy (VH). We applied silicon gel for embedding of the abdominal and/or thoracic aorta. After 1–4(More)
Nitric oxide (NO) is an important gas molecule that plays a pivotal role in physiology and pathology in various systems. Our laboratory has been working on the hypertensive cardiovascular disorders and pulmonary edema for more than 30 years. In this brief review article, we have described the role of NO in hypertension, pulmonary disorders, sepsis, and to(More)
1. Nitric oxide (NO) plays an important role in various physiological functions. The continuous formation of endogenous NO from endothelial cells maintains a vasodilator tone and regulates blood flow and pressure. However, the role of NO in hypertension remains controversial. 2. In the present study, we used an in situ mesenteric perfusion system. The(More)
Felbamate (FBM) is a potent nonsedative anticonvulsant whose clinical effect may be related to the inhibition of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) currents, but the exact molecular action remains unclear. Using whole-cell patch-clamp recording in rat hippocampal neurons, we found that submillimolar FBM effectively modifies the gating process of NMDA channels.(More)
The purpose of this experiment was to explore long-term L-arginine administration on ventricular hypertrophy and cardiac fibrosis in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) and normotensive Wistar Kyoto (WKY) rats. Twenty-four rats of each strain at eight wks of age were divided into two groups--one receiving L-arginine and the other vehicle for twelve wks.(More)
In the present study, we elucidated the possible role of hemodynamic parameters and chemical factors in the development of ventricular hypertrophy (VH) following chronic nitric oxide (NO) deprivation with Nomega-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME). Impedance spectral analysis was used to obtain the arterial hemodynamics including the steady and pulsatile(More)