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Hyperglycaemia, a key feature of diabetes, is associated with non-enzymatic glycation of plasma proteins. We have shown previously that the reactive α-oxoaldehyde, methylglyoxal, non-enzymatically glycates apolipoprotein (Apo)A-I, the main apolipoprotein of HDL, and prevents it from activating lecithin:cholesterol acyltransferase (LCAT), the enzyme that(More)
Intracellular calcium ([Ca(2+)]i) influx through N-methyl-d-aspartic acid (NMDA) receptors in cortical neurons is central to NMDA receptor-mediated excitotoxicity. Drugs that uncompetitively modulate NMDA receptor-mediated [Ca(2+)]i influx are potential leads for development to treat NMDA receptor-mediated neuronal damage since these drugs spare NMDA(More)
Basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) is a known neuroprotectant against a number of brain injury conditions such as cerebral ischemia. However, bFGF also regulates a plethora of brain developmental processes and functions as a strong mitogen. Therefore, unregulated long-term expression of bFGF in brain may potentially be tumorigenic, limiting its utility(More)
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