Chang Long Li

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We demonstrate a novel interaction of the nephroblastoma overexpressed gene (NOV), a member of the CCN gene family, with the Notch signaling pathway. NOV associates with the epidermal growth factor-like repeats of Notch1 by the CT (C-terminal cysteine knot) domain. The promoters of HES1 and HES5, which are the downstream transducers of Notch signaling, were(More)
Interest in the use of recombinant retroviral vectors for clinical gene therapy has been tempered by evidence of vector-mediated genotoxicity involving the activation of cellular oncogenes flanking sites of vector integration. We report here that the rate of gammaretroviral vector genotoxicity can be significantly reduced by addition of the cHS4 chromatin(More)
AIMS In animals and humans increased expression of CCN3 (NOV) is detected in tissues where calcium is a key regulator, such as the adrenal gland, central nervous system, bone and cartilage, heart muscle, and kidney. Because the multimodular structure of the CCN proteins strongly suggests that these cell growth regulators are metalloproteins, this study(More)
The CCN family of genes consists presently of six members in human (CCN1-6) also known as Cyr61 (Cystein rich 61), CTGF (Connective Tissue Growth Factor), NOV (Nephroblastoma Overexpressed gene), WISP-1, 2 and 3 (Wnt-1 Induced Secreted Proteins). Results obtained over the past decade have indicated that CCN proteins are matricellular proteins, which are(More)
Myeloblastosis Associated Virus type 1 (N) [MAV 1(N)] induces specifically nephroblastomas in 8–10 weeks when injected to newborn chicken. The MAV-induced nephroblastomas constitute a unique animal model of the pediatric Wilms' tumor. We have made use of three independent nephroblastomas that represent increasing tumor grades, to identify the host DNA(More)
Concerns surrounding the oncogenic potential of recombinant gammaretroviral vectors has spurred a great deal of interest in vector integration site (VIS) preferences. Although gammaretroviral vectors exhibit a modest preference for integration near transcription start sites (TSS) of active genes, such associations only account for about a third of all VIS.(More)
The molecularly cloned myeloblastosis-associated virus type-1(N) (MAV-1(N)) strain induces specifically nephroblastomas in chicken. MAV-induced nephroblastoma constitutes a unique animal model of the human Wilms' tumor. We have previously shown that the MAV-1(N) long terminal repeats (LTR) were necessary and sufficient for nephroblastoma induction. Since(More)
Leptin decreases food intake, body weight and fat mass while sparing lean mass. Although mouse leptin (ML) and rat leptin (RL) are 95.9% identical, our impression from previous studies was that they were not equally potent in rats. Thus, in the present study, 0 microg (vehicle) or 10 microg of ML or RL was injected into the lateral ventricle of rats (eight(More)