Yen-Sheng Wu

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BACKGROUND Recent studies have implicated the activation of stress-activated mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) p38 in spinal microglial cells for development of neuropathic and inflammatory pain. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether phosphorylation of p38 (p-p38) also mediates mechanical allodynia and thermal hyperalgesia induced by(More)
Glucocorticoid hormones have been shown to contribute to many cognitive functions, such as depressions, learning and memory, and abnormal glucocorticoid secretion results in functional changes in prefrontal cortex and amygdala. In the present study, we used the conditioned place aversion (CPA) paradigm to investigate the role of corticosterone (CORT) in the(More)
Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) activates synaptic GABA(A) receptors to generate inhibitory postsynaptic potentials. GABA also acts on extrasynaptic GABA(A) receptors, resulting in tonic inhibition. The physiological role of tonic inhibition, however, remains elusive. We explored the neurophysiological significance of tonic inhibition by testing whether(More)
Pain consists of sensory and negative affective components. Using a conditioned place aversion (CPA) paradigm, we investigated whether the medial thalamus (MT) played a role in the affective component of visceral pain induced by intraperitoneal injection of acetic acid into male Long-Evan rats. Acetic acid produced writhing response as well as CPA. The(More)
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