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MicroRNAs are small, non-coding RNA molecules that can complementarily bind to the mRNA 3'-UTR region to regulate the gene expression by transcriptional repression or induction of mRNA degradation. Increasing evidence suggests a new mechanism by which miRNAs may regulate target gene expression by binding in promoter and amino acid coding regions. Most of(More)
BACKGROUND Glomerular number and size are important risk factors for chronic kidney disease (CKD) and cardiovascular disease and have traditionally been estimated using invasive techniques. Here, we report a novel technique to count and size every glomerulus in the rat kidney using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). METHODS The ferromagnetic nature of(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Cancer cells often lose contact inhibition to undergo anchorage-independent proliferation and become resistant to apoptosis by inactivating the Hippo signaling pathway, resulting in activation of the transcriptional co-activator yes-associated protein (YAP). However, the oncogenic mechanisms of YAP activity are unclear. METHODS By using(More)
Chromosomal band 11q13 is frequently amplified in oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) and assumed to be critically involved in tumor initiation and progression by proto-oncogene activation. Though cyclin D1 (CCND1) is supposed to be the most relevant oncogene, several additional putative candidate genes are inside this chromosomal region, for which their(More)
The brassinosteroid (BR) signaling module is a central regulator of plant morphogenesis, as indicated by the large number of BR-responsive cell wall-related genes and the severe growth defects of BR mutants. Despite a detailed knowledge of the signaling components, the logic of this auto-/paracrine signaling module in growth control remains poorly(More)
In an attempt to further elucidate the pathomechanisms in oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC), gene expression profiling was performed using a whole-transcriptome chip that contains 35,035 gene-specific 70 mere oligonucleotides (Human OligoSet 4.0; Operon, Cologne, Germany) to a set of 35 primary OSCCs. Altogether, 7390 genes were found differentially(More)
Under various pathophysiological muscle-wasting conditions, such as diabetes and starvation, a family of ubiquitin ligases, including muscle-specific RING-finger protein 1 (MuRF1), are induced to target muscle proteins for degradation via ubiquitination. We have generated transgenic mouse lines over-expressing MuRF1 in a skeletal muscle-specific fashion(More)
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) and copy number variations (CNVs) are two newly discovered genetic elements that have revolutionized the field of molecular biology and genetics. By performing in silico whole genome analysis, we demonstrate that both the number of miRNAs that target genes found in CNV regions as well as the number of miRNA-binding sites are significantly(More)
Regulatory T (Treg) cells are critical determinants of both immune responses and metabolic control. Here we show that systemic ablation of Treg cells compromised the adaptation of whole-body energy expenditure to cold exposure, correlating with impairment in thermogenic marker gene expression and massive invasion of pro-inflammatory macrophages in brown(More)
Tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs) represent alternatively activated (M2) macrophages that support tumor growth. Previously, we have described a special LYVE-1(+) M2 TAM subset in vitro and in vivo; gene profiling of this TAM subset identified MS4A8A as a novel TAM molecule expressed in vivo by TAM in mammary carcinoma and malignant melanoma. In vitro,(More)