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MicroRNAs (miRNAs) regulate gene expression post-transcriptionally by interacting with the 3' untranslated regions of their target mRNAs. Previously, miRNAs have been shown to regulate genes involved in cell growth, apoptosis, and differentiation, but their role in ovarian granulosa cell follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH)-stimulated steroidogenesis is(More)
Glucocorticoids have been widely used in clinical application for anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive function. Previous study reported that glucocorticoids adversely affect the reproductive system and can directly act on ovary. Here, we found that progesterone production induced by dexamethasone requiring activation of caspase-3 which may mediate(More)
Arsenic contamination is a principal environmental health threat throughout the world. However, little is known about the effect of arsenic on steroidogenesis in granulosa cells (GCs). We found that the treatment of preovulatory GCs with arsenite stimulated progesterone production. A significant increase in serum level of progesterone was observed in female(More)
Activation of transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1)-Smad3 pathway aggravates myocardial ischemia/reperfusion injury (IRI). We previously showed that glutamine (Gln) protects cardiomyocytes from hypoxia/reoxygenation (H/R) injury under high glucose (HG) conditions. The aim of this study was to investigate whether Gln exerts its protective effect in H/R via(More)
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