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Ornithine decarboxylase (ODC) plays an essential role in various biological functions, including cell proliferation, differentiation and cell death. However, how it prevents the cell apoptotic mechanism is still unclear. Previous studies have demonstrated that decreasing the activity of ODC by difluoromethylornithine (DFMO), an irreversible inhibitor of(More)
Peptidylarginine deiminases (PADIs) convert peptidylarginine into citrulline via posttranslational modification. One member of the family, PADI4, plays an important role in immune cell differentiation and cell death. To elucidate the participation of PADI4 in haematopoietic cell death, we examine whether inducible overexpression of PADI4 enhances the(More)
It is well known that acute administration of neuroleptic drugs can produce an increase in the concentration of homovanillic acid (HVA), a dopamine (DA) metabolite, in the brain. However, the time-response curve of HVA might not be the same for different neuroleptic drugs (Fregnan and Porta 1981), at different doses (Ahtee 1975), and in different brain(More)
The drug-drug interaction between fluvoxamine (FLV) and clozapine (CLZ) was evaluated by in-vitro and in-vivo methods. In-vitro studies were conducted using human hepatic microsomal preparations with standard chemical inhibitors of the cytochrome P450 (CYP 450) isozyme system. Furafyline, FLV, troleandomycin (TAO) and erythromycin were used as the chemical(More)
Antizymes delicately regulate ornithine decarboxylase (ODC) enzyme activity and polyamine transportation. One member of the family, antizyme-1, plays vital roles in molecular and cellular functions, including developmental regulation, cell cycle, proliferation, cell death, differentiation and tumorigenesis. However, the question of how does it participate(More)
 Reductive dechlorination of carbon tetra-chloride (CCl4) by anaerobic bacterial communities from anaerobic digester sludge with the amendment of low concentrations of electron donors and microorganisms was undertaken to evaluate the influence of electron donors and microbial concentration on the rate of dechlorination of CCl4. Humic acid, acetate, and(More)
Prolactin has more than 300 separate functions including affecting mammary growth, differentiation, secretion and anti-apoptosis. In the previous studies, prolactin induced Bcl-2 expression to prevent apoptosis and also provoked the activity of ornithine decarboxylase (ODC). Our previous data showed that ODC overexpression upregulates Bcl-2 and prevents(More)
Dose-response curves for the elevation of homovanillic acid (HVA) levels, determined by high performance liquid chromatography using electrochemical detection, in the pre-frontal cortex and caudate of rats after acute treatment with 12 antipsychotic drugs are presented. The order of potency in both brain regions was: haloperidol ≥ fluphenazine > loxapine >(More)
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