J-S Zhang

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Beta-arrestins are a family of regulatory and scaffold proteins functioning in signal transduction of G protein-coupled receptors including opioid receptors. Upon agonist stimulation, beta-arrestins bind to opioid receptors phosphorylated by G protein-coupled receptor kinases and promote receptor internalization and desensitization. Studies indicated that(More)
SOX2 (Sex-determining region Y (SRY)-Box2) has important functions during embryonic development and is involved in cancer stem cell (CSC) maintenance, in which it impairs cell growth and tumorigenicity. However, the function of SOX2 in pancreatic cancer cells is unclear. The objective of this study was to analyze SOX2 expression in human pancreatic tumors(More)
Chronic opiate applications produce long-term impacts on many functions of the brain and induce tolerance, dependence, and addiction. It has been demonstrated that opioid drugs are capable to induce apoptosis of neuronal cells, but the mechanism is not clear. c-Jun N-terminal kinase 3 (JNK3), specifically expressed in brain, has been proved to mediate(More)
We have hypothesized that p75 neurotrophin receptor (p75(NTR))-mediated activation of the pro-apoptotic proteins c-jun, p38 and caspase-3 underlies the neuronal cell loss in dorsal root ganglia (DRG) neurons after axotomy in normal mice, and that this activation is exaggerated in experimental diabetes. To test this hypothesized relationship, we compared the(More)
While TRAIL is a promising anticancer agent due to its ability to selectively induce apoptosis in neoplastic cells, many tumors, including pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA), display intrinsic resistance, highlighting the need for TRAIL-sensitizing agents. Here we report that TRAIL-induced apoptosis in PDA cell lines is enhanced by pharmacological(More)
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