Yizhang Chen

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Glucocorticoid (GC) has been shown to affect the neuronal survival/death through a genomic mechanism, but whether or not it does through a nongenomic mechanism is unknown. Using a previously identified GR-deficient primary hippocampal neuron culture, we show here that a 15-min coexposure of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) with corticosterone at a stress-induced(More)
Excitotoxicity mediated by overactivation of N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) has been implicated in a variety of neuropathological conditions in the central nervous system (CNS). It has been suggested that N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) neurotoxicity is developmentally regulated, but the definite pattern of the regulation has been controversial, and(More)
Functional reorganization of the human brain after an arm amputation has been documented in several investigations, but as far as we know, there has been no report on amputees with skilled foot movement ability. To further assess the power of functional reorganization of the brain after an amputation, we investigated two bilateral upper-extremities amputees(More)
During DNA replication, proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) adopts a ring-shaped structure to promote processive DNA synthesis, acting as a sliding clamp for polymerases. Known posttranslational modifications function at the outer surface of the PCNA ring to favor DNA damage bypass. Here, we demonstrate that acetylation of lysine residues at the inner(More)
The mitotic kinesin-like protein 1 (MKLP1) is specifically localized to the dendrite of the developed neuron, but its targeting mechanism is still unclear. In this study, the role of distinct domains of MKLP1 in dendritic targeting was investigated by producing a series of enhanced green fluorescent protein (eGFP)-tagged MKLP1 and its variant mutations, and(More)
Glucocorticoid (GC) acts through both genomic and nongenomic mechanisms. It affects the structure and function of the central nervous system, especially the hippocampus. Here we report an in vitro culture system that can yield embryonic hippocampal neurons deficient in the expression of GC receptor as demonstrated by immunoblotting, immunocytochemistry, and(More)
To evaluate genetic diversity and structure of a traditional medicinal plant Atalantia buxifolia, 19 polymorphic microsatellite loci were developed and amplified in four multiplex and two individual reactions. The characteristics of these markers were determined in 64 individuals from four sites in South China. Per locus 4–21 alleles were detected. Observed(More)
In the present study, we investigated whether activation of mitochondrial ATP-sensitive potassium channel is involved in the neuroprotective effect offered by early hyperbaric oxygenation after cerebral ischemia. The selective mitochondrial ATP-sensitive potassium channel antagonist 5-hydroxydecanoate was infused intracerebroventricularly before hyperbaric(More)
The interaction between integrin macrophage differentiation antigen associated with complement three receptor function (Mac-1) and intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1), which is controlled tightly by the ligand-binding activity of Mac-1, is central to the regulation of neutrophil adhesion in host defense. Several "inside-out" signals and extracellular(More)
Glucocorticoid (GC) plays a key role in controlling numerous cellular processes during embryogenesis and fetal development. The actions of glucocorticoids are mediated by interaction with their receptors. We previously reported that hippocampal neurons from embryonic day 18 (E18) rats showed silence of glucocorticoid receptor (GR) expression when cultured(More)