Sheng Zu Zhu

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An exceptionally conserved sequence that is shared among most G protein-coupled neurotransmitter receptors is an aspartate-arginine-tyrosine triplet that is located at the amino terminus of the putative second cytoplasmic domain, where the arginine residue is invariant. Using the m1 subtype of muscarinic acetylcholine receptors as an example, we induced a(More)
We investigated a potential role for the soluble interleukin-6 receptor (sIL-6R) in modulating interleukin-6 (IL-6) function in the central nervous system by assessing IL-6 and sIL-6R effects on beta-amyloid precursor protein (beta-APP) transcription and expression in cells of human neuronal origin. Cells transfected with a luciferase reporter plasmid(More)
The chicken embryonic beta-type globin gene, rho, is a member of a small group of vertebrate genes whose developmentally regulated expression is mediated by DNA methylation. Previously, we have shown that a methyl cytosine-binding complex binds to the methylated rho-globin gene in vitro. We have now chromatographically purified and characterized this(More)
The coupling of m5 muscarinic acetylcholine receptors to the generation and release of nitric oxide (NO) was investigated. Chinese hamster ovary cells, which stably express m5 receptors, were transiently transfected with the gene encoding neuronal NO synthase and used as a model system. Increased generation of NO upon stimulation of cells by muscarinic(More)
We determined the concentration of the messenger RNA species which encode four (m1-m4) of the five cloned muscarinic receptors in brains of Alzheimer's disease patients as compared to age-matched controls. Assays were performed using the quantitative method of DNA-excess solution hybridization in the cerebral cortex (frontal, temporal and occipital),(More)
Co-combustion of poultry wastes with natural gas in an advanced Swirling Fluidized Bed Combustor (SFBC) has been carried out to investigate the performance of poultry wastes combustion. Wastes burnt were poultry litter, poultry manure and sawdust. This paper presents the effect of three different wastes, excess air ratio, and secondary/total air ratio on(More)
The selectivity of coupling of m1, m3, and m5 muscarinic receptors to activation of the neuronal type of nitric oxide synthase was investigated. Stimulation with the agonist carbachol of all three receptor subtypes expressed in Chinese hamster ovary cells resulted in a rapid and transient activation of the enzyme, as measured by stimulation of guanylate(More)
The expression of several MHC class I genes is up-regulated at the transcriptional level by IFN-gamma. Posttranscriptional mechanisms also have been implicated, but not well characterized. To investigate the mechanism of IFN-gamma stimulation of the human MHC class I gene HLA-A2, several human tumor cell lines were transfected with reporter gene constructs(More)
We investigated the coupling of the M2 muscarinic acetylcholine receptors expressed in Chinese hamster ovary cells to activation of neuronal nitric oxide (NO) synthase. Stimulation of guanylate cyclase activity in detector neuroblastoma cells was used as an indirect measure of the generation of NO in Chinese hamster ovary cells. The muscarinic agonist(More)
The selectivity of heparin in inducing potentiation of binding of antagonist ligands to muscarinic receptors was investigated at the five known subtypes of muscarinic receptors. The effects of heparin on binding of [3H]N-methylscopolamine at equilibrium was studied in Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells which express each of the individual muscarinic receptor(More)