Baiqing Tang

Learn More
Stromal cells isolated from proliferative human endometrium undergo morphologic and biochemical changes when exposed to a mixture of ovarian hormones, acquiring characteristics of decidual cells. In addition to the previously reported progestin-induced secretion of prolactin (PRL) by explants of human proliferative endometrium, and of PRL and laminin by(More)
Decidualization of stromal cells isolated from proliferative human endometrium was achieved by adding to the culture medium human gonadotropins (FSH, FSH + LH, hCG). In addition to changes in the morphology of the stromal cells to the decidual phenotype, decidualization was evident from the expression of prolactin (PRL), demonstrated immunocytochemically,(More)
The gene encoding methylthioadenosine phosphorylase (MTAP), the initial enzyme in the methionine salvage pathway, is deleted in a variety of human tumors and acts as a tumor suppressor gene in cell culture (Christopher, S. A., Diegelman, P., Porter, C. W., and Kruger, W. D. (2002) Cancer Res. 62, 6639-6644). Overexpression of the polyamine biosynthetic(More)
Large homozygous deletions of 9p21 that inactivate CDKN2A, ARF, and MTAP are common in a wide variety of human cancers. The role for CDKN2A and ARF in tumorigenesis is well established, but whether MTAP loss directly affects tumorigenesis is unclear. MTAP encodes the enzyme methylthioadenosine phosphorylase, a key enzyme in the methionine salvage pathway.(More)
4-Methylthio-2-oxobutanoic acid (MTOB) is the final compound of the methionine salvage pathway that converts the polyamine byproduct methylthioadenosine to adenine and methionine. Here we find that MTOB inhibits growth of several human cell lines in a dose-dependent manner. Growth inhibition was specific for MTOB as we did not observe any inhibition with(More)
The role of quantitative viral load in development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) among chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) carriers was evaluated using real-time PCR (TaqMan PCR), a highly sensitive method for quantitative detection of HBV DNA. Serum samples collected at study entry from HCC cases and matched controls were chosen separately from ongoing(More)
In vitro decidualization of stromal cells isolated from human proliferative endometrium and cultured in RPMI-1640 containing 2% charcoal-treated fetal bovine serum and 0.1 U/ml insulin was achieved by adding to the medium cAMP derivatives [(Bu)2cAMP (db-cAMP) and 8-bromo-cAMP] or forskolin. PRL production under these conditions was demonstrated by(More)
Cystathionine beta-synthase (CBS) deficiency is a recessive genetic disorder in humans characterized by elevated levels of total plasma homocysteine (tHcy) and frequent thrombosis in humans. The I278T mutation is the most common mutation found in human CBS-deficient patients. The T424N mutation was identified as a mutation in human CBS that could restore(More)
Methylthioadenosine phosphorylase (MTAP), a key enzyme in the catabolism of 5'-deoxy-5'-methylthioadenosine (MTA), catalyzes the formation of adenine and 5-methylthioribose-1-phosphate. MTAP is expressed in all cells throughout the body, but a significant percentage of human tumors have lost MTAP expression, thereby making MTAP-loss a potential therapeutic(More)