Zhaoming Chen

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The experimental and clinical study of degenerative brain disorders would benefit from new surrogate markers for brain damage. To identify novel candidate markers for acute brain injury, we report that rat cortical neurons release over 60 cytoskeletal and other proteins, as well as their proteolytic fragments into the medium during neuronal death. The(More)
Although activation of calcium-activated neutral protease (calpain) by the NMDA receptor has been suggested to play critical roles in synaptic modulation and neurologic disease, the nature of its substrates has not been completely defined. In this study, we examined the ability of calpain to cleave the NMDA receptor in cultured hippocampal neurons.(More)
Caspase activation occurs within 1h of reperfusion in discrete cell populations of the adult rat brain following transient forebrain ischemia. Based on the proximity of these cells to regions of adult neurogenesis and the known susceptibility of developing neurons to apoptosis, we tested the hypothesis that rapidly triggered post-ischemic caspase activation(More)
OBJECTIVE Delayed neurodegeneration after transient global brain ischemia offers a therapeutic window for inhibiting molecular injury mechanisms. One such mechanism is calpain-mediated proteolysis, which peaks 24 to 48 hrs after transient forebrain ischemia in rats. This study tests the hypothesis that delayed calpain inhibitor therapy can reduce brain(More)
1. Forskolin acts as an allosteric modulator of muscle-type nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. Receptors from mouse muscle and Torpedo electroplax demonstrate differential sensitivity to inhibition by forskolin. Previous work from this laboratory suggested that the γ subunit is responsible for this differential sensitivity. 2. We have used a series of(More)
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