Shau K Chen

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This work examined how quinine, a drug that induces both hearing loss and tinnitus, interfered with the excitability of spiral ganglion (SG) neurons in cultures. The membrane potential changes and the modification of the action-potential waveform induced by quinine were studied in SG neurons under current clamp. The effects of the drug on voltage-dependent(More)
By using differential display PCR, we have identified 98 cDNA fragments from the rat dorsal hippocampus that are expressed differentially between the fast learners and slow learners in the water maze learning task. One of these cDNA fragments encodes the rat serum- and glucocorticoid-inducible kinase (sgk) gene. Northern blot analysis revealed that the sgk(More)
Tyrosine kinase phosphorylation plays an important role in the induction of long-term potentiation (LTP). Focal adhesion kinase (FAK) is a 125 kDa nonreceptor tyrosine kinase that shows decreased phosphorylation in fyn mutant mice, and Fyn plays a critical role in LTP induction. By examining the role of FAK involved in LTP induction in dentate gyrus in vivo(More)
Spontaneous spiking activities in the nervous system play an important role in the neuronal development and the coding of sensory information. Such firings could be initiated by transmitter leaked from the first-order sensory receptors or as a result of the internal operation of voltage-dependent ion channels intrinsic to the neuron. We recorded(More)
The lateral olivocochlear efferent (LOC) fibers form axodendritic synapses with auditory nerve dendrites synapsing on inner hair cells to affect postsynaptic responses GABA is one of the primary transmitters used by the LOC efferent. However, the molecular nature and developmental expression of the GABA receptors in spiral ganglion (SG) neurons are poorly(More)
The process of long-term potentiation (LTP) consists of the early induction and late maintenance phases. Few studies have examined the cellular mechanisms underlying these two phases; their respective mRNA expression profiles have not yet been elucidated. Here we used the technique of PCR differential display to identify genes that are differentially(More)
Compound C, a well-known inhibitor of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), has been reported to induce apoptosis in some types of cells. However, the underlying mechanisms remain largely unclear. Using a DNA microarray analysis, we found that the expression of many genes was downregulated upon treatment with compound C. Importantly, compound C caused(More)
This paper reports the preliminary findings of an epidemiological study of 3,000 children ages four and five in the Shanghai area. Associations were investigated between problems in the narrow band syndromes of the Achenbach Child Behavior Checklist and certain sociodemographic variables (a one-child family, other social circumstances related to the(More)
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