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Our recent event-related brain potential (ERP) study disentangled the neural mechanisms of empathy for pain into an early automatic emotional sharing component and a late controlled cognitive evaluation process. The current study further investigated gender difference in the neural mechanisms...
In female rats, estradiol is responsible for a circadian secretory prolactin (PRL) pattern which requires an intact suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN). SCN outputs involved in this secretory profile remain elusive. Because oxytocin has been proposed to stimulate PRL secretion, we investigated whether...
Calpains are Ca 2+ -activated enzymes which cleave cytoskeletal and other proteins, contributing to neuronal damage in conditions of pathological intracellular Ca 2+ elevation, including stroke. However, the consequences of calpain overactivation have typically been observed hours after insult....
The effect of the polycyclic cage amine NGP1-01, a dual action antagonist at both L-type calcium channels and NMDA receptors, was measured after transient (1 h) focal cerebral ischemia in the mouse middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) model. Mice were left untreated, or received NGP1-01 (20...
Clinical and basic science data support an integral role of calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) in migraine pathology. Following trigeminal nerve activation, afferent release of CGRP causes vasodilation while efferent release leads to pain. Although CGRP can also be secreted from cell bodies...
Nestin is an embryonic intermediate filament that transiently expressed in the neural stem/progenitor cells in the developing central nervous system (CNS). Growing evidence has shown that abundant expression of nestin also occurs in both pathological glial-derived tumor cells and reactive...
Metallothioneins (MT) are heavy metal-binding, antioxidant proteins with relevant roles described in many pathological conditions affecting the central nervous system (CNS). Regarding prion diseases, a number of publications demonstrate an up-regulation of MT-1 + 2 in the brains of TSE affected...
Ghrelin exerts potent stimulatory effects on food intake. It is assumed to increase feeding by binding at growth hormone secretagogue receptors (GHS-R), the only sites of action for this gastric hormone identified to date. Initially, the distribution of ghrelin binding sites could only be...
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