Oi Khuan Chong

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Subcutaneous administration of guanabenz (1, 2, 5, or 8 mg/kg) in conscious Sprague-Dawley rats exerted concomitant suppressive actions on systolic pressure (tail-cuff sphygmomanometric measurement) and pain responses (hot-plate algesio-metric assay) that varied both in degree (antinociception much greater than hypotension) and response pattern.(More)
The participation of alpha-adrenoceptors in the nucleus reticularis gigantocellularis in the hypotensive, negative inotropic and chronotropic effects induced by guanabenz, was examined in rats anesthetized with pentobarbital sodium (40 mg/kg, i.p.). Pretreatment with alpha-adrenoceptor antagonists yohimbine (10 micrograms), phentolamine (2.5 micrograms) and(More)
Increased airway smooth muscle (ASM) mass is believed to underlie the relatively fixed airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR) in asthma. Developments of therapeutic approaches to reverse airway remodeling are impeded by our lack of insight on the mechanisms behind the increase in mass of contractile ASM cells. Increased expression of laminin, an extracellular(More)
The present study confirmed histopathologically the suggestion that pulmonary edema may underlie the fulminant death following microinjection of kainic acid into many medullary sites in rats anesthetized with pentobarbital sodium. We also observed a sustained elevation in systemic arterial pressure, cardiac contractility and heart rate before the animal(More)
The possible participation of the nucleus reticularis gigantocellularis in the hypotension, decrease in cardiac contractility and bradycardia induced by guanabenz was examined in rats that were anesthetized with pentobarbital sodium (40 mg/kg, i.p.). Guanabenz (10 micrograms/kg, i.v.) elicited an initial, transient hypertension, accompanied by an increase(More)
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