Shuangping Zhao

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We have observed, in our previous studies, that fluid flow increases gap junction-mediated intercellular coupling and the expression of a gap junction protein, connexin 43, in osteocyte-like MLO-Y4 cells. Interestingly, this stimulation is further enhanced during the poststress period, indicating that a released factor(s) is likely to be involved. Here, we(More)
Activation of the caspase-dependent cell death pathways has been shown in focal seizures, but whether this occurs in prolonged generalized seizures is not known. We investigated whether the initiator caspase in the extrinsic pathway, caspase-8, or the intrinsic pathway, caspase-9, is activated during the first 24 h following lithium-pilocarpine-induced(More)
We tested the hypothesis that mild insults produce apoptotic, and severe insults necrotic, cells by subjecting adult Wistar rats to 60-min instead of 3-h generalized seizures. Rats' brains were evaluated 6 and 24h later for evidence of neuronal necrosis by light and electron microscopy, the presence of TUNEL staining and active caspase-3 immunoreactivity,(More)
We have shown that generalized seizures produce necrotic neurons with caspase-independent nuclear pyknosis and DNA fragmentation. In this study, we determined the time course of translocation of mitochondrial cytochrome c, apoptosis-inducing factor, endonuclease G, lysosomal cathepsins B and D, and DNase II with respect to signs of irreversible neuronal(More)
Relaxin promotes marked growth of the cervix during the second half of rat pregnancy, and this growth is accompanied by an increase in both epithelial and stromal cells. The objective of this study was to test the hypothesis that the extent to which relaxin promotes proliferation and inhibits apoptosis of cervical cells is greatest during late pregnancy in(More)
The pathogenesis of sepsis is complex. Mitochondrial dysfunction, which is responsible for energy metabolism, intrinsic apoptotic pathway, oxidative stress, and systemic inflammatory responses, is closely related with severe sepsis induced death. Mitochondria DNA (mtDNA) contain un-methylated cytosine phosphate guanine (CpG) motifs, which exhibit immune(More)
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