Zhi-Jiang Huang

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Treating neuropathic pain is a major clinical challenge, and the underlying mechanisms of neuropathic pain remain elusive. We hypothesized that neuropathic pain-inducing nerve injury may elicit neuronal alterations that recapitulate events that occur during development. Here, we report that WNT signaling, which is important in developmental processes of the(More)
Bidirectional signaling between ephrins and Eph receptor tyrosine kinases was first found to play important roles during development, but recently has been implicated in synaptic plasticity and pain processing in the matured nervous system. We show that ephrinB-EphB receptor signaling plays a critical role is induction and maintenance of neuropathic pain by(More)
Adenosine triphosphate-sensitive potassium (K(ATP)) channels are suggested to be involved in pathogenesis of neuropathic pain, but remain underinvestigated in primary afferents and in the spinal cord. We examined alterations of K(ATP) channels in rat spinal cord and tested whether and how they could contribute to neuropathic pain. The results showed that(More)
BACKGROUND B vitamins can effectively attenuate inflammatory and neuropathic pain in experimental animals, while their efficacy in treating clinical pain syndromes remains unclear. To understand possible mechanisms underlying B vitamin-induced analgesia and provide further evidence that may support the clinical utility of B vitamins in chronic pain(More)
Voltage-gated sodium channels play important roles in modulating dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neuron hyperexcitability and hyperalgesia after peripheral nerve injury or inflammation. We report that chronic compression of DRG (CCD) produces profound effect on tetrodotoxin-resistant (TTX-R) and tetrodotoxin-sensitive (TTX-S) sodium currents, which are different(More)
Treating neuropathic pain continues to be a major clinical challenge and underlying mechanisms of neuropathic pain remain elusive. We have recently demonstrated that Wnt signaling, which is important in developmental processes of the nervous systems, plays critical roles in the development of neuropathic pain through the β-catenin-dependent pathway in the(More)
In the literature [1], a novel adaptive filtering scheme is proposed which can perform beamforming and code acquisition simultaneously. Compared with the conventional correlator-based approach, the mean acquisition time of the proposed approach is much shorter. However, we find that the spatial filter and temporal filter weights are not unique in the(More)
Chronic compression (CCD) or dissociation of dorsal root ganglion (DRG) can induce cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP)-dependent DRG neuronal hyperexcitability and behaviorally expressed hyperalgesia. Here, we report that protease-activated receptor 2 (PAR2) activation after CCD or dissociation mediates the increase of cAMP activity and protein kinase A(More)
Cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying opioid tolerance and dependence remain elusive. We investigated roles of EphB receptor tyrosine kinases--which play important roles in synaptic connection and plasticity during development and in the matured nervous system--in development and maintenance of physical dependence on morphine in the mouse spinal cord(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to investigate roles of the anti-inflammatory cytokine interleukin (IL) 10 and the proinflammatory cytokines IL-1β and tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α) in spinal manipulation-induced analgesic effects of neuropathic and postoperative pain. METHODS Neuropathic and postoperative pain were mimicked by chronic(More)