Mei-Han Huang

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Desipramine (DMI), a tricyclic antidepressant drug used in the treatment of depression, has been shown to increase steady-state levels of glucocorticoid receptor type II (GRII) mRNA in vitro and in vivo. To determine whether this effect is secondary to norepinephrine (NE) reuptake inhibition i.e., increases in synaptic NE induced by DMI, GRII mRNA levels(More)
Quinones have been shown to possess antineoplastic activity; however, their effects on ionic currents remain unclear. The effects of 2-mercaptophenyl-1,4-naphthoquinone (2-MPNQ), menadione (MD) and 1,4-naphthoquinone (1,4 NQ) on cell proliferation and ionic currents in pituitary GH3 lactotrophs were investigated in this study. 2-MPNQ was more potent than(More)
The effects of glucocorticoids on ion currents were investigated in pituitary GH3 and AtT-20 cells. In whole-cell configuration, dexamethasone, a synthetic glucocorticoid, reversibly increased the density of Ca2+ -activated K+ current (IK(Ca)) with an EC50 value of 21 +/- 5 microM. Dexamethasone-induced increase in IK(Ca) density was suppressed by paxilline(More)
Drugs that influence the opening of potassium (K(+)) channels and as a consequence cause hyperpolarization of cell membrane possess clinical potential. The large conductance Ca(2+)-activated K(+) (BK) channel is highly selective for K(+). Activation of this channel is Ca(2+)- and voltage-dependent. We have investigated the effects of thymol, a natural(More)
Ketamine (KT), a dissociative anesthetic, is known to induce schizophrenia-like psychosis. The percentage of KT abuse has recently grown fast despite KT being a controlled drug. The mechanism of KT actions is related to the inhibition of NMDA receptors. Whether KT produces other effects on ion currents in hippocampal neurons remains unclear. In this study,(More)
We investigated the chemical toxic agent sodium cyanate (NaOCN) on the large conductance calcium-activated potassium channels (BK(Ca)) on hippocampal neuron-derived H19-7 cells. The whole-cell and cell-attach configuration of patch-clamp technique were applied to investigate the BK(Ca) currents in H19-7 cells in the presence of NaOCN (0.3 mM). NaOCN(More)
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