Nooshin Sharifi

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The opioid system has important roles in controlling pain, reward and addiction, and is implicated in numerous other processes within and outside the nervous system, such as mood states, immune responses, and prenatal developmental processes. The effects of the opioid system are mediated by at least three ligands, enkephalin, endorphin, and dynorphin, which(More)
Paraoxonase-1 (PON1), a high-density lipoprotein (HDL) associated enzyme, is involved in the metabolism and detoxification of insecticides and pesticides. Three polymorphisms within the PON1 gene affect the enzyme activity. Two of these (L55M and Q192R) are located at the coding region and the third (–107C/T) is in promoter region. We performed a(More)
We have isolated and sequenced the mouse preprodynorphin gene (Pdyn). The Pdyn gene can encode for six biologically active dynorphin peptides. The predicted mouse preprodynorphin has 90%, 67%, and 66% identity with the predicted rat, porcine, and human preprodynorphins, respectively. Using an RT-PCR technique, we show that the Pdyn gene starts being(More)
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