An-gang Yang

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BACKGROUND & AIMS Human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) (neu/ERBB2) is overexpressed on many types of cancer cells, including gastric cancer cells; HER2 overexpression has been associated with metastasis and poor prognosis. We investigated the mechanisms by which HER2 regulates cell migration and invasion. METHODS HER2 expression or activity was(More)
The N-myc downstream-regulated gene 1 (ndrg1) is highly expressed in N-myc knock-out mice through an unknown regulatory mechanism. As one member of the human NDRG gene family, NDRG2 encodes a protein highly homologous to Ndrg1. However, it is uncertain whether the expression of human NDRG2 is regulated by Myc because mouse ndrg2 and -3 are not affected by(More)
Breast cancer cells express the chemokine receptor CXCR4 and frequently metastasize to organs with an abundant source of the CXCR4 ligand, stromal cell-derived factor 1 (SDF-1). The chemokine receptor CXCR4 plays an active role in the metastasis of breast cancer. Here, we show that a small interfering RNA (siRNA) against CXCR4 effectively downregulates(More)
UNLABELLED The MYC oncogene is overexpressed in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and has been associated with widespread microRNA (miRNA) repression; however, the underlying mechanisms are largely unknown. Here, we report that the c-Myc oncogenic transcription factor physically interacts with enhancer of zeste homolog 2 (EZH2), a core enzymatic unit of(More)
Resistance to trastuzumab and concomitantly distal metastasis are leading causes of mortality in HER2-positive breast cancers, the molecular basis of which remains largely unknown. Here, we generated trastuzumab-resistant breast cancer cells with increased tumorigenicity and invasiveness compared with parental cells, and observed robust(More)
Resistance to humanized monoclonal erbB2/HER2 antibody, trastuzumab (Herceptin), has become a pivotal obstacle for targeted therapy of HER2-positive breast cancers. The activation of alternative growth factor receptors, in particular, the insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF1R), represents a common feature of trastuzumab-refractory cells; however, the(More)
The NDRG2 gene belongs to a family of N-Myc downstream-regulated genes (NDRGs) and is expressed in many normal tissues. NDRG2 gene expression has been shown to be regulated in the stress response of certain cells. However, its function is not yet fully understood. Many studies have demonstrated that hypoxia, one of the stress responses, induced apoptosis in(More)
The tumor suppressor, p53, is a transcription factor which can modulate the transcription of a number of target genes that are involved in cell-cycle arrest and apoptosis. However, the apoptotic pathway mediated by p53 is not fully understood. Here, we showed that N-Myc downstream-regulated gene 2 (NDRG2) is a new target gene that is regulated by p53. NDRG2(More)
BACKGROUND Previous work has shown reduced expression levels of let-7 in lung tumors. But little is known about the expression or mechanisms of let-7a in prostate cancer. In this study, we used in vitro and in vivo approaches to investigate whether E2F2 and CCND2 are direct targets of let-7a, and if let-7a acts as a tumor suppressor in prostate cancer by(More)
Recent profile studies of microRNA (miRNA) expression have documented a deregulation of miRNA (miR-320a) in human colorectal carcinoma. However, its expression pattern and underlying mechanisms in the development and progression of colorectal carcinoma has not been elucidated clearly. Here, we performed real-time PCR to examine the expression levels of(More)