Ping Yee Law

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The G protein-coupled mu-opioid receptor (mu OR) mediates the physiological effects of endogenous opioid peptides as well as the structurally distinct opioid alkaloids morphine and etorphine. An intriguing feature of mu OR signaling is the differential receptor trafficking and desensitization properties following activation by distinct agonists, which have(More)
PURPOSE To analyze the results of the use of intra-articular cultured autologous bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) injections in conjunction with microfracture and medial opening-wedge high tibial osteotomy (HTO). METHODS Fifty-six knees in 56 patients with unicompartmental osteoarthritic knees and genu varum were randomly allocated to the(More)
Long-term opioid agonist treatment results in adenylyl cyclase superactivation. A recent "RAVE" theory implicates a direct correlation between the ability of agonist to induce receptor internalization and the magnitude of adenylyl cyclase superactivation. We decided to test such a theory by examining the adenylyl cyclase superactivation after long-term(More)
The mechanism for the differential regulation of the mu-opioid receptor by agonists is investigated by identifying the receptor domains used to define the relative efficacies of three mu-opioid receptor-selective agonists: [D-Ala2,N-Me-Phe4,Gly5-ol]-enkephalin (DAMGO), morphine, and [N-MePhe3,D-Pro4]-morphiceptin (PL017) to inhibit forskolin-stimulated(More)
The functional characterization of the mu opioid receptor from the zebrafish (zfMOR) is reported here. After transfection in HEK-293 cell line, using both peptidergic and nonpeptidergic opioid ligands in the competition and saturation-binding experiments, in addition to the functional assays of (35)S-GTPgammaS-binding assays and intracellular 3'-5'-cyclic(More)
Pericytes play a crucial role in angiogenesis and vascular maintenance. They can be readily identified in vivo and isolated as CD146(+)CD34(-) cells from various tissues. Whether these and other markers reliably identify pericytes in vitro is unclear. CD146(+)CD34(-) selected cells exhibit multilineage potential. Thus, their perivascular location might(More)
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), an endothelial cell-specific mitogen, promotes endothelial cell survival and angiogenesis. We recently showed that VEGF can support the growth of human dermal microvascular endothelial cells (HDMEC) and human umbilical vein endothelial cells in serum-free medium. Reasoning that VEGF might be modulating apoptotic(More)
Opioids classically regulate the excitability of neurons by suppressing synaptic GABA release from inhibitory neurons. Here, we report a role for opioids in modulating excitatory synaptic transmission. By activating ubiquitously clustered mu-opioid receptor (MOR) in excitatory synapses, morphine caused collapse of preexisting dendritic spines and decreased(More)
Opioid receptors mediate multiple biological functions through their interaction with endogenous opioid peptides as well as opioid alkaloids including morphine and etorphine. Previously we have reported that the ability of distinct opioid agonists to differentially regulate mu-opioid receptor (mu OR) responsiveness is related to their ability to promote G(More)