Weidong Huang3
Rainer K Reinscheid3
3Weidong Huang
3Rainer K Reinscheid
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Neuropeptide S (NPS) is the endogenous ligand for GPR154, now referred to as neuropeptide S receptor (NPSR). Physiologically, NPS has been characterized as a modulator of arousal and has been shown to produce anxiolytic-like effects in rodents. Neuroanatomical analysis in the rat revealed that the NPS precursor mRNA is strongly expressed in the brainstem in(More)
Neuropeptide S (NPS) has been associated with a number of complex brain functions, including anxiety-like behaviors, arousal, sleep-wakefulness regulation, drug-seeking behaviors, and learning and memory. In order to better understand how NPS influences these functions in a neuronal network context, it is critical to identify transmitter systems that(More)
A recently discovered neurotransmitter system, consisting of neuropeptide S (NPS), NPS receptor, and NPS-expressing neurons in the brain stem, has received considerable interest due to its modulating influence on arousal, anxiety and stress responsiveness. Comparatively little is known about the properties of NPS-expressing neurons. Therefore in the present(More)
microRNA-134 (miR-134) has been reported to be a brain-specific miRNA and is differently expressed in brain tissues subjected to ischemic injury. However, the underlying mechanism of miR-134 in regulating cerebral ischemic injury remains poorly understood. The current study was designed to delineate the molecular basis of miR-134 in regulating cerebral(More)
  • Michal Marzec, Xiaobin Liu, Maria Wysocka, Alain H. Rook, Niels Odum, Mariusz A. Wasik
  • 2011
BACKGROUND mTOR kinase forms the mTORC1 complex by associating with raptor and other proteins and affects a number of key cell functions. mTORC1 activates p70S6kinase 1 (p70S6K1) and inhibits 4E-binding protein 1 (4E-BP1). In turn, p70S6K1 phosphorylates a S6 protein of the 40S ribosomal subunit (S6rp) and 4E-BP1, with the latter negatively regulating(More)
Increased intracellular calcium ([Ca(2+)](i)) is a key pathological mechanism involved in secondary neuronal injury and cell death due to diffuse axonal injury (DAI). To date, this increased [Ca(2+)](i) is believed to be mainly caused by dysfunction of voltage-gated sodium channels and mechanoporation of the plasma membrane. Store-operated calcium entry(More)
Traditional temperature-sensitive systems use either heat shock (40–42 °C) or cold shock (15–23 °C) to induce gene expression at temperatures that are not the optimal temperature for host cell growth (37 °C). This impacts the overall productivity and yield by disturbing cell growth and cellular metabolism. Here, we have developed a new system which controls(More)
The giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) is notoriously difficult to study in the wild, but its interesting reproductive ecology makes the effort worthwhile. Perhaps more than most species, the panda is energy-limited, which alters the cost/benefit analysis of its reproductive ecology. Using global positioning system/very high frequency radiocollars to(More)
Myasthenia gravis (MG) is a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease with few reliable diagnostic measures. Therefore, it is great important to explore novel tools for the diagnosis of MG. In this study, a serum metabolomic approach based on LC–MS in combination with multivariate statistical analyses was used to identify and classify patients with various(More)