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BACKGROUND Ether phospholipids are abundant membrane constituents present in electrically active tissues (e.g., heart and the brain) that play important roles in cellular function. Alterations of ether phospholipid molecular species contents are associated with a number of genetic disorders and human diseases. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS Herein, the(More)
Umbilical cord blood-derived marrow stromal cells (UCB-MSCs) with high proliferation capacity and immunomodulatory properties are considered to be a good candidate for cell-based therapies. But until now, little work has been focused on the differentiation of UCB-MSCs. In this work, UCB-MSCs were demonstrated to be negative for CD34 and CD45 expression but(More)
UNLABELLED This study examined the role of the glial-neuronal G protein-coupled receptor kinase 2 (GRK2) pathway in the development of trigeminal neuropathic pain. Male Sprague Dawley rats, weighing 220 to 240 g, were anesthetized with ketamine (0.2 g/kg) and xylazine (0.02 g/kg). Under anesthesia, the left lower second molar was extracted, followed by the(More)
Electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) has become one of the most popular and powerful technologies to identify and quantify individual lipid species in lipidomics. Meanwhile, quantitative analysis of lipid species by ESI-MS has also become a major obstacle to meet the challenges of lipidomics. Herein, we discuss the principles, advantages, and(More)
Mitochondrial dysfunction is a common cause of peripheral neuropathy. Much effort has been devoted to examining the role played by neuronal/axonal mitochondria, but how mitochondrial deficits in peripheral nerve glia (Schwann cells [SCs]) contribute to peripheral nerve diseases remains unclear. Here, we investigate a mouse model of peripheral neuropathy(More)
BACKGROUND Dysregulated CD44 expression characterizes most human cancers, including prostate cancer (PCa). PCa loses expression of CD44 standard (CD44s) that is present in benign epithelium, and overexpresses the novel splice variant isoform, CD44v7-10. METHODS Using retroviral gene delivery to PC-3M PCa cells, we expressed luciferase-only, enforced CD44s(More)
The objective of this study was to confirm the biological role of p38γ in human gliomas. The expression profiles of p38γ and hTERT in human glioma samples were detected by Western Blot and immunohistochemistry. RNA interference was performed in U251 cells by p38γ silencing. Cell proliferation and apoptosis were assayed by CCK-8 and flow cytometric analysis,(More)
We demonstrate the establishment of a novel animal model for trigeminal neuropathic pain following compression of the trigeminal nerve root, which produces prolonged nociceptive behavior and demyelination of the trigeminal nerve root. Under anesthesia, male Sprague-Dawley rats (200-230 g) were mounted onto a stereotaxic frame and injections of a 4% agar(More)
This study examined the differential mechanisms of mechanical allodynia and thermal hyperalgesia after injection of interleukin (IL) 1β into the orofacial area of male Sprague-Dawley rats. The subcutaneous administration of IL-1β produced both mechanical allodynia and thermal hyperalgesia. Although a pretreatment with iodoresiniferatoxin (IRTX), a transient(More)
Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae is an important porcine respiratory pathogen causing great economic losses in the pig industry worldwide. Oxygen deprivation is a stress that A. pleuropneumoniae will encounter during both early infection and the later, persistent stage. To understand modulation of A. pleuropneumoniae gene expression in response to the stress(More)