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Several studies have suggested that cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) plays a role in ischemic neuronal death. Genetic disruption of COX-2 has been shown to reduce susceptibility to focal ischemic injury and N-methyl-d-aspartate-mediated neurotoxicity. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of COX-2 deficiency on neuronal vulnerability after transient(More)
Global ischemia promotes neurogenesis in the dentate gyrus of the adult mouse hippocampus. Cyclooxygenase (COX)-2, the principal isoenzyme in the brain, modulates inflammation, glutamate-mediated cytotoxicity, and synaptic plasticity. We demonstrated that delayed treatment with different classes of COX inhibitor significantly blunted enhancement of dentate(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Brain ischemia stimulates neurogenesis. However, newborn neurons show a progressive decrease in number over time. Under normal conditions, the cAMP-cAMP responsive element binding protein (CREB) pathway regulates the survival of newborn neurons. Constitutive activation of CREB after brain ischemia also stimulates hippocampal(More)
The effect of phencyclidine (PCP) on latent learning was investigated using a one-trial water-finding task in mice. Mice without water deprivation were given PCP or saline before a training trial, which consisted of exposure to a novel open-field environment with an alcove containing a water tube. Twenty to twenty-four hours after water deprivation, animals(More)
Cyclic AMP response element binding protein (CREB) is a transcription factor expressed constitutively primarily in neurons and is activated by phosphorylation at Ser(133) residue. CREB mediates expression of several neuroprotective proteins, including B-cell CLL/lymphoma 2 (BCL-2) and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). Although phosphorylation of(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Recent studies have demonstrated that neurotrophic factors promote neurogenesis after cerebral ischemia. However, it remains unknown whether administration of genes encoding those factors could promote neural regeneration in the striatum and functional recovery. Here, we examined the efficacy of intraventricular injection of a(More)
Neuronal progenitors in the adult hippocampus continually proliferate and differentiate to the neuronal lineage, and ischemic insult promotes hippocampal neurogenesis. However, newborn neurons show a progressive reduction in numbers during the initial few weeks, therefore, enhanced survival of newborn neurons seems to be essential for therapeutic strategy.(More)
Akt kinase is involved in growth factor-mediated neuronal protection. In the present study, we found in cultured neurons exposed to glutamate, that phosphorylation at Ser473 was transiently induced, but the level of phosphorylation at Thr308 and Akt activity were unchanged. Inhibition of phosphoinositide 3-kinase with LY294002 decreased phosphorylation and(More)
Because we have a clinical impression that elderly patients have low back pain while in motion and standing, but less pain when sitting, we investigate characteristics of nonspecific low back pain (NSLBP), using a new detailed visual analog scale (VAS) scoring system. One hundred eighty-nine patients with NSLBP were divided into an elderly group (≥65 years(More)
Infarcts expand over a period of several days after focal cerebral ischemia. Inhibition of infarct expansion would be a promising strategy for the protection of the brain after ischemic insult. In this study, we examined the effect of statin treatment initiated 2 days after transient occlusion of the middle cerebral artery for 80 min. Treatment with(More)
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