Jian-zhong Chen

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The psychoactive cannabinoids from Cannabis sativa L. and the arachidonic acid-derived endocannabinoids are nonselective natural ligands for cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB(1)) and CB(2) receptors. Although the CB(1) receptor is responsible for the psychomodulatory effects, activation of the CB(2) receptor is a potential therapeutic strategy for the(More)
The potential for therapeutic specificity in regulating diseases has made cannabinoid (CB) receptors one of the most important G-protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) targets in search for new drugs. Considering the lack of related 3D experimental structures, we have established a structure-based virtual screening protocol to search for CB2 bioactive antagonists(More)
The potential for therapeutic specificity in regulating diseases and for reduced side effects has made cannabinoid (CB) receptors one of the most important G-protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) targets for drug discovery. The cannabinoid (CB) receptor subtype CB2 is of particular interest due to its involvement in signal transduction in the immune system and(More)
The present work focuses on the study of the three-dimensional (3D) structural requirements for selective antagonist activity of arylpyrazole compounds at the cannabinoid CB1 and CB2 receptors. Initially, a combined high-resolution two-dimensional (2D) NMR and computer modeling approach was carried out to study the solution structure of the key pyrazole(More)
TAXUStrade mark is a coronary drug-eluting stent system utilizing a formulation consisting of cellular-target drug paclitaxel and poly (styrene-isobutylene-styrene) (SIBS). The present study investigates the interaction and interfacial dynamics of paclitaxel incorporated in a nano-polymeric matrix system. Solution and solid-state CP/MAS NMR experiments were(More)
PubChem is a scientific showcase of the NIH Roadmap Initiatives. It is a compound repository created to facilitate information exchange and data sharing among the NIH Roadmap-funded Molecular Library Screening Center Network (MLSCN) and the scientific community. However, PubChem has more than 10 million records of compound information. It will be(More)
The fourth cytoplasmic domain, the so-called C-terminal juxtamembrane segment or helix VIII, has been identified in numerous G-protein-coupled receptors and exhibits unique functional characteristics. Efforts have been devoted to studying the juxtamembrane segment in order to understand the biological importance of the segment in G-protein activation of the(More)
Anandamide (arachidonyl-ethanolamide, AEA) is an important endogenous cannabinoid ligand isolated from porcine brain. AEA has a flexible molecular structure with a series of four non-conjugated double bonds, a hydrophobic alkyl chain, and a carboxyamide head group. It is known that AEA binds to cannabinoid receptor and induces cannabimimetic activity.(More)
Numerical models are an important tool to simulate dam-break flows. A high-resolution relaxed scheme is proposed for simulating one-dimensional dam-break problems. The scheme is based on combining relaxation approximation with an improved fifth-order weighted essentially nonoscillatory (WENO) reconstruction and third-order strong stability preserving (SSP)(More)