Patricio L M Enciso

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Taste cells are chemosensory epithelial cells that sense distinct taste quality such as umami, sweet, bitter, sour and salty. Taste cells utilize G protein-coupled receptors to detect umami, sweet and bitter taste whereas ion channels are responsible for detecting salty and sour taste. Among these taste receptors, taste receptor type 2, T1R2 (or Tas1r2),(More)
Smad2 is a critical mediator of TGF-β signals that are known to play an important role in a wide range of biological processes in various cell types. Its role in the development of the CNS, however, is largely unknown. Mice lacking Smad2 in the CNS (Smad2-CNS-KO) were generated by a Cre-loxP approach. These mice exhibited behavioral abnormalities in motor(More)
Type 2 Diabetes is closely associated with our daily diets and has become a global health problem with an increasing number of patients. Recent observational and randomized studies on vitamin D3 suggested that higher plasma 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 [25(OH)D3] concentrations and more vitamin D3 intake are associated with lower risk of type 2 diabetes, which is(More)
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