Li-Kai Wang

Chi-Mei Medical Center, 臺南市, Taiwan, Taiwan

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Publications (2)4.25 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Tianeptine, an atypical tricyclic antidepressant with unique characteristics, can improve memory and prevent stress-induced hippocampal damage. It has neuroplastic and neurotrophic effects on hippocampal neurons and can prevent dendritic atrophy of the hippocampus in certain pathological conditions. To obtain a better understanding of the underlying mechanisms, we performed a proteomic analysis on tianeptine-treated hippocampal neurons. Primary hippocampal neurons were prepared from fetal Sprague-Dawley rats, eliminating glia cells by addition of cytosine beta-D-arabinofuranoside at day 2 in vitro (DIV2). The neurons were treated with tianeptine (10 microg/mL) or vehicle at DIV3, then harvested at DIV4 or DIV9 for immunocytochemical analysis of, respectively, neurite outgrowth or synapse formation. A proteomics analysis was performed on DIV4 neurons and the data were confirmed by Western blot analysis. Using specific markers, we demonstrated that tianeptine can augment neurite growth and promote synaptic contacts in cultured hippocampal neurons. The proteomics analysis identified 11 differentially expressed proteins, with roles in neurite growth, metabolism of neurotrophic substances, synaptogenesis, and synaptic activity homeostasis. The data shed light on the mechanisms underlying the neurotrophic effect of tianeptine observed in both animal studies and the clinic.
    Journal of Proteome Research 12/2009; 9(2):936-44. DOI:10.1021/pr900799b · 4.25 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Ketorolac is a potent nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. Recently, a ketorolac prodrug, ketorolac propyl ester, was synthesized in our laboratory. The aim of the study was to evaluate the antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory effects of ketorolac propyl ester in five depot formulations. The vehicles used in these formulations were injectable vegetable oils, i.e., sesame oil, peanut oil, soybean oil, castor oil, and cottonseed oil. The traditional therapentic form of ketorolac tromethamine in saline was used as control. Six studies were carried out to test the antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory effects of intramuscular ketorolac tromethamine (in saline) and its propyl ester (in five depot formulations) 240 micromol/kg on Sprague-Dawley rats treated with intraplantar carrageenin. Ketorolac tromethamine (in saline) produced an 8 h duration of action on both antinociception and anti-inflammation, whereas ketorolac propyl ester in five oily vehicles produced 54- to 78-h durations of actions in both antinociception and anti-inflammation. Ketorolac propyl ester in cottonseed oil produced a duration of action of 78h in both antinociception and anti-inflammation. All five depot formulations of ketorolac propyl ester produced longer durations of antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory effects.
    Acta Anaesthesiologica Taiwanica 07/2005; 43(2):85-92.