Zhi-Qiang Meng

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Many brain regions are involved in smoking addiction (e.g. insula, ventral tegmental area, prefrontal cortex and hippocampus), and the manipulation of the activity of these brain regions can show a modification of smoking behavior. Low current transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a noninvasive way to manipulate cortical excitability, and thus(More)
BACKGROUND Sensory system information is thought to play an important role in drug addiction related responses. However, how somatic sensory information participates in the drug related behaviors is still unclear. Many studies demonstrated that drug addiction represents a pathological usurpation of neural mechanisms of learning and memory that normally(More)
The reward-related effects of addictive drugs primarily act via the dopamine system, which also plays an important role in sensorimotor gating. The mesolimbic dopamine system is the common pathway of drug addiction and sensorimotor gating. However, the way in which addictive drugs affect sensorimotor gating is currently unclear. In previous studies, we(More)
Case–control studies on the association between mouse double-minute 2 homolog (MDM2) SNP309T>G polymorphism and hepatocellular carcinoma have provided either controversial or inconclusive results. To clarify the effect of MDM2 SNP309T>G polymorphism on the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma, a meta-analysis of all case–control observational studies was(More)
The molecular regulation of the growth of pancreatic carcinoma (PCC) is complicated and not defined yet. Here we show that the cysteine-rich protein 61 (Cyr61) levels were significantly higher in PCC than in the adjacent nontumor tissues from the same human patient. Overexpression of Cyr61 enhanced the proliferation of PCC cells, while inhibition of Cyr61(More)
BACKGROUND The effect of interferon(IFN) in the management of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) remains controversial, and no clear recommendations have been proposed. OBJECTIVES To evaluate the effect and safety of IFN for HCC. METHODS PubMed, OvidSP, and Cochrane Library were searched from their establishment date until August 30, 2012. Studies that met(More)
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of bufalin on the anti-proliferative activity of sorafenib in the human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cell lines PLC/PRF/5 and Hep G-2 and to determine the relevant molecular mechanism. Concurrent treatment with sorafenib and bufalin at a fixed ratio (25:1) for 48 h resulted in synergistic growth(More)
CXCR1, a receptor for CXCL8/IL-8, has recently been demonstrated to be associated with cancer stem cell (CSC) populations in certain types of human cancers. However, the effect of CXCR1 on CSC and its prognostic value in human pancreatic cancer remain unknown. In this study, we evaluated the expression of CXCR1 in human pancreatic duct adenocarcinoma (PDAC)(More)
lncRNAs have emerged as key regulators of tumor development and progression. ROR is a typical lncRNA that plays important regulatory roles in the pathogenesis and progression of tumors. Nevertheless, current understanding of the involvement of ROR in pancreatic adenocarcinoma tumorigenesis remains limited. In this study, we measured ROR in 61 paired(More)
Pancreatic cancer is unresectable in over 80 % of patients owing to difficulty in early diagnosis. Chemotherapy is the most frequently adopted therapy for advanced pancreatic cancer. The development of drug resistance to gemcitabine (GEM), which is always used in standard chemotherapy, often results in therapeutic failure. However, the molecular mechanisms(More)