Zheng-liang Ma

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BACKGROUND Experimental and clinical studies showed that intraoperative infusion of remifentanil has been associated with postoperative hyperalgesia. Previous reports suggested that spinal N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors may contribute to the development and maintenance of opioid-induced hyperalgesia. In the present study, we used a rat model of(More)
Cancer pain is one kind of the most common and severe kinds of chronic pain. No breakthrough regarding the mechanisms and therapeutics of cancer pains has yet been achieved. Based on the well established involvement of the NMDA (N-methyl-D-aspartate) receptor containing NR2B in inflammatory pain and neuropathic pain and the effective pain relief obtained(More)
BACKGROUND The root of Polygala tenuifolia, a traditional Chinese medicine, has been used to improve memory and intelligence, while the underlying mechanisms remain largely unknown. In this study, we investigated the protective effects of senegenin, an component of Polygala tenuifolia root extracts, on cognitive dysfunction induced by hepatic(More)
BACKGROUND The mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) is known to regulate cell growth, and it also participates in pain transmission as has been recently verified in inflammatory and neuropathic pain models. The targeting of mTOR represents a new strategy for the control of chronic pain. In the present study, we investigated the effect of mTOR in the(More)
The aim of the present study was to evaluate whether the levels of the plasma biomarkers, cortisol, interleukin (IL)-1β, IL-6, IL-10 and tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, change in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients with postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD); thus, may serve as predictive factors for POCD. In total, 75 adolescent scoliosis patients,(More)
BACKGROUND Cannabinoids bind to cannabinoid receptors type 1 and 2 and produce analgesia in several pain models, but central side effects from cannabinoid 1 receptors limit their clinical use. Because of the pain-relieving effects of cannabinoid 2 (CB2) receptor agonists in inflammation pain, incision pain, and neuropathic pain models, we tested whether(More)
BACKGROUND Microglia might play an important role in nociceptive processing and hyperalgesia by neuroinflammatory process. Mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) expressed on microglia might play a central role in the modulation of microglia activity. However the roles of microglia and MR in radicular pain were not well understood. This study sought to investigate(More)
Cyclin-dependent kinase 5 (Cdk5) is a member of the small proline-directed serine/threonine kinase family. Cdk5 is not involved in cell cycle regulation, but is implicated in neurodegenerative disorders. However, the role of Cdk5 in neuropathic pain remains unclear. This study aimed to evaluate the possibility that Cdk5 is involved in neuropathic pain in(More)
High levels of glucocorticoid receptor (GR) and mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) are colocalized in the substantia gelatinosa. This indicates that the pain pathways appear to be under a strong regulation of these receptors. However, their respective effects on pain behaviors and their interaction remain unclear. Here we show that the nociceptive behaviors(More)
Numerous studies have demonstrated that prolonged opioid exposure can enhance pain sensitivity that presents as opioid-induced hyperalgesia (OIH). Activation of spinal α2-adrenergic receptor may play an important role in the development of OIH. Dexmedetomidine is an α2-adrenergic agonist that has been shown to synergize with opioids. The aim of this study(More)