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Opioid-immune crosstalk occurs when opioid drugs alter the activity of the immune system. In this study, the opioid antagonist β-funaltrexamine (β-FNA) decreases the expression and release of an inflammatory chemokine, interferon-γ inducible protein-10 (CXCL10) from normal human astrocytes stimulated by interleukin 1β (IL-1β). β-FNA decreased CXCL10 by an(More)
Mercury is neurotoxic and increasing evidence suggests that environmental exposure to mercury may contribute to neuropathologies including Alzheimer's disease and autism spectrum disorders. Mercury is known to disrupt immunocompetence in the periphery, however, little is known about the effects of mercury on neuroimmune signaling. Mercury-induced effects on(More)
Brain pathologies such as neurodegenerative diseases, infection, traumatic brain injury, and mood disorders produce enormous personal and economic burdens. It is well established that neuroinflammation plays an important role in the etiology and/or manifestation of such disorders. Previously, we discovered that beta-funaltrexamine (β-FNA) inhibits(More)
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