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Recent evidence indicated that the PRKCH gene was a susceptibility gene for lacunar infarction in a Japanese population. The aim of the present study was to explore the association of the gene with lacunar infarction in a population of Chinese Han ancestry. A total of 280 consecutive lacunar infarction patients and 306 unrelated population-based controls(More)
Physical therapy can promote neurovascular plasticity and functional recovery after CNS disorders such as ischemic stroke. We have previously demonstrated that whisker stimulation promotes angiogenesis in the penumbra of the ischemic barrel cortex. The aim of this study was to examine whether atorvastatin and whisker stimulation can act synergistically in(More)
The analgesic effect produced by electroacupuncture (EA) stimulation in the rat was dose-dependently antagonized by cholecystokinin octapeptide (CCK-8) administered intracerebroventricularly (i.c.v.) or intrathecally (i.th) at a dose range of 0.25-4 ng. This effect had an immediate onset and lasted for at least 4 h. CCK-8 per se, however, did not affect(More)
Cholecystokinin octapeptide (CCK-8), given intracerebroventricularly (icv) or intrathecally (ith) at the dose range of 0.25-4.0 ng, dose-dependently antagonised the effect of morphine analgesia and electroacupuncture analgesia (EAA) in the rat. That CCK-8 antiserum was capable of reversing the tolerance to EAA and changing the non-responders of EAA into(More)
Tolerance to morphine analgesia was induced in rats by chronic treatment with morphine (5-30 mg/kg, t.i.d. for 6 days). Intracerebroventricular (i.c.v.) injection of antiserum against cholecystokinin octapeptide (CCK-8) reversed tolerance to morphine by 50% (P less than 0.001). Intrathecal (ith) injection of the CCK-8 antiserum produced a similar, although(More)
Bone marrow stem cells (BMSCs) have been one of the most important cell sources for cell replacement therapy (CRT) in cerebral infarction. However, long-lasting oxidative stress during stroke, which plays an important role in neuron damage, deteriorates the microenvironment for cell survival, differentiation and removal. Thus the outcome of CRT in ischemic(More)
BACKGROUND Vasoactive drug alprostadil improves microcirculation and can be effective in treating disorders of peripheral nerves. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) has been shown to have protective action in cerebral ischemia, disorders of spinal cord, and also peripheral nerves. However, the mechanism of action of VEGF in peripheral nerve injuries(More)
Lipoprotein lipase (LPL) is considered as a key enzyme in the lipid deposition and metabolism in tissues. It is assumed to be a major candidate gene for genetic markers in lipid deposition. Therefore, the polymorphisms of the LPL gene and associations with carcass traits and viscera fat content were examined in 398 individuals from five yak (Bos grunniens)(More)
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a common neurodegenerative disorder with genetic risk factors. Semaphorin 5A (SEMA5A) was recognized as a risk factor for PD through high resolution whole genome association study by Maraganore et al. We used polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) assay to check two single nucleotide(More)