Jianqiang Lu

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Chronic stress is involved in development of depression and causes immune alterations. Indoleamine-2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) plays a pivotal role in mediating the depression-like behaviors in response to immune activation. Physical exercise has been shown to reduce the stress impairment and ameliorate depressive symptoms. The objectives of present study were to(More)
OBJECTIVE Hydrogen sulfide (H2S), generated in the myocardium predominantly via cystathionine-γ-lyase (CSE), is cardioprotective. The objectives of the present study were to investigate the effects of estrogens on CSE expression and H2S generation in the myocardium and to examine whether serum 17β-estradiol (E2) level is associated with CSE activity and H2S(More)
CRH, the primary regulator of the neuroendocrine responses to stress, has been shown to modulate synaptic efficacy and the process of learning and memory in hippocampus. However, effects of CRH on N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor, the key receptor for synaptic plasticity, remain unclear. In primary cultured hippocampal neurons, using the technique of(More)
Prenatal exposure to glucocorticoids (GCs) leads to affective dysfunction in adulthood, which may be associated with the alterations in hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. Physical exercise has been shown to ameliorate depressive symptoms. The objectives of present study were to investigate whether prenatal exposure to GCs induces depression-like(More)
Decline of estrogen level is associated with an increase in mood disturbances such as depression and anxiety. Our previous study showed that increased levels of inflammatory cytokines in hippocampus contribute to estrogen deficiency-induced depression-like behavior in rodents. Since the nucleotide binding and oligomerization domain-like receptor family(More)
The aims of the present study were to investigate whether exercise can improve the depression-like behavior caused by estrogen deficiency. Given that decreased level of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in many brain areas including hippocampus and prefrontal cortex is associated with estrogen deficiency-induced depression-like behavior, we also(More)
Plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs) can produce a large amount of interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha) upon exposure to TLR9 or TLR7 agonists. Human pDCs have been shown to play an important role in the pathogenesis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) through increased production of IFN-alpha. So, how to negatively regulate activation of pDCs and how to evaluate(More)
Hydrogen sulfide (H(2)S) is a novel endogenous gaseous signaling transmitter in mammalian tissues including smooth muscle tissues. We investigated the effect of sodium hydrosulfide (NaHS), a H(2)S donor, on the contractility of isolated human myometrium strips from term pregnant women who were undergoing labor. Cumulative effects of NaHS on spontaneous and(More)
Estrogens have been suggested to exert cardioprotection through maintaining endogenous cardioprotective mechanisms. In the present study, we investigated whether estrogens protect cardiomyocytes against hypoxia/reoxygenation (H/R) via modulating urocortins (UCNs) and their receptor corticotrophin-releasing hormone receptor type 2 (CRHR2). We found that(More)
Estrogen deficiency is involved in the development of depression. However, the mechanism underlying estrogen modulates depression-like behavior remains largely unknown. Inflammation and indoleamine-2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) have been shown to play pivotal roles in various depression models. The objective of the present study was to investigate whether estrogen(More)