The article “Percolation Model of Sensory Transmission and Loss of Consciousness Under General Anesthesia” by the research team of Yan Xu, PhD and Pei Tang, PhD (Zhou DW, Mowrey DD, Tang P, Xu Y) was published in the September issue of the journal Physical Review Letters (2015; 115(10): 108103).
“Cellular Registration without Behavioral Recall of Olfactory Sensory Input under General Anesthesia” (Samuelsson AR, Brandon NR, Tang P, Xu Y. Anesthesiology 2014; 120(4):890-905) reveals new findings that suggest the brain receives and registers sensory information at the cellular level while anesthetized without behavioral reporting of the same information after recovering from anesthesia. In the study, rats were exposed to a specific odor while under general anesthesia.
“Structure of the Pentameric Ligand-Gated Ion Channel ELIC Cocrystallized With its Competitive Antagonist Acetylcholine,” authored by Jianjun Pan, Qiang Chen, Dan Willenbring, Ken Yoshida, Tommy Tillman, Ossama B. Kashlan, Aina Cohen, Xiang-Peng Kong, Yan Xu, and Pei Tang, was recently published in the online journal Nature Communications (2012;3:714). The group’s work was also selected as the March 6 issue’s featured image.
“NMR structure and dynamics of a designed water-soluble transmembrane domain of nicotinic acetylcholine receptor,” by Tanxing Cui, David Mowrey, Vasyl Bondarenko, Tommy Tillman, Dejian Ma, Elizabeth Landrum, Jose Manuel Perez-Aguilar, Jing He, Wei Wang, Jeffery G. Saven, Roderic G. Eckenhoff, Pei Tang, and Yan Xu, was published as the cover story in the March issue of Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) Biomembranes.