Mingbo Han

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A number of steroids seem to have anesthetic effects resulting primarily from their ability to potentiate currents gated by gamma-aminobutyric acidA (GABAA) receptor activation. One such compound is (3alpha,5alpha, 17beta)-3-hydroxyandrostane-17-carbonitrile [(+)-ACN]. We were interested in whether carbonitrile substitution at other ring positions might(More)
BACKGROUND Cognitive performance declines with increasing age. Possible cellular mechanisms underlying this age-related functional decline remain incompletely understood. Early studies attributed this functional decline to age-related neuronal loss. Subsequent studies using unbiased stereological techniques found little or no neuronal loss during aging.(More)
A series of 7-(2-hydroxyethyl)benz[e]indene analogues of 3 alpha-hydroxy-5 beta-pregnan-20-one (7), a neuroactive steroid known to be a positive allosteric modulator of GABAA receptor function, was prepared. Electrophysiological measurements carried out on cultured rat hippocampal neurons were used to evaluate the modulatory effects of the analogues on(More)
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