Xihua Chen

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  • Peyvand Amini, Danny Wadden, Farrell Cahill, Edward Randell, Sudesh Vasdev, Xihua Chen +5 others
  • 2012
OBJECTIVE Ghrelin is a 28-amino acid orexigenic peptide synthesized mainly in the stomach. Acute administration of ghrelin has been found to decrease insulin secretion. However, little data is available regarding whether ghrelin contributes to the long-term regulation of insulin resistance at the population level. The aim of this study is to investigate the(More)
Dopaminergic projections from the ventral tegmental area (VTA) constitute the mesolimbocortical system that underlies addiction and psychosis primarily as a result of increased dopaminergic transmission. Dopamine release is spike dependent. L-type calcium channels (LTCCs) play an important role in regulating firing activities, but the contribution of(More)
Early odor preference learning in rodents occurs within a sensitive period [≤postnatal day (P)10-12], during which pups show a heightened ability to form an odor preference when a novel odor is paired with a tactile stimulation (e.g., stroking). Norepinephrine (NE) release from the locus coeruleus during stroking mediates this learning. However, in older(More)
We have previously reported that dopamine (DA) depresses non-NMDA receptor-mediated glutamatergic transmission in the rat parabrachial nucleus (PBN), an interface between brainstem and forebrain that is implicated in autonomic regulation. This work examined cellular signalling pathways that might underlie this DA-induced synaptic depression. Direct(More)
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