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Front Line of Microglia Research

1st review: Neuropathic pain

This article was written by Dr. Makoto Tsuda, Department of Life Innovation, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kyushu University.

In response to harmful stimuli, pain occurs in the body through the nociceptive system to trigger defensive behavior. However, chronic pain called neuropathic pain occurs when the nervous system is da...

Cell Culture Life Science

Co-culture studies to decode 'biological PINs' and exosomes

Recently, it has become evident that extracellular vesicles, including exosomes, play a major role in the communication of various cells in biology. As such, there has been a dramatic increase in the ...

Quantitative detection of residual DNA with DNA Extractor® Kit

This article was written by Hiroki Fukuchi, Life Science Research Laboratories of FUJIFILM Wako Pure Chemical Corporation, Japan.

Since many biopharmaceuticals, including vaccines, are manufactured from cultured cells or microorganisms such as Escherichia coli, it is pointed out that host cell-derived DNA may remain in resultant...

Front line of Neurodegenerative Diseases Research

Vol.7 Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

This article was written by Dr. Seiji Watanabe and Dr. Koji Yamanaka, Department of Neuroscience and Pathobiology, Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, Nagoya University.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease characterized by upper motor neuron degeneration in the motor area of the cerebral cortex as well as lower motor neuron d...

Front line of Neurodegenerative Diseases Research

Vol.6 α-Synuclein in Parkinson's Disease

This article was written by Dr. Norihito Uemura, Department of Neurology, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University.

Parkinson's disease (PD) is pathologically characterized by dopaminergic neuronal loss in the substantia nigra pars compacta and formation of neuronal inclusion called Lewy body. The significance of t...

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