Chao-Zong Liu

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Plasma fibrinogen participates in several physiological and pathological events thus becoming a useful studying material in biomedical research. Here we report a new convenient method for fibrinogen purification based on the affinity of Staphylococcus aureus clumping factor A to fibrinogen. Clumping factor A (ClfA) is a cell wall-anchored surface protein of(More)
Clumping factor A (ClfA) is a surface protein of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria known for its ability to bind the C-terminus of plasma fibrinogen gamma chain, which participates in mediating fibrinogen-platelet interaction and fibrin cross-linking, resulting in thrombus formation. With an aim to develop agents that block fibrinogen gamma chain C-terminus,(More)
A straightforward method for the rapid detection of the presence of glutathione S-transferase (GST)-tagged proteins from sample solutions using glutathione (GSH)-bound gold nanoclusters (Au@GSH NCs) with luminescence properties as the detection probes by simple observation with the naked eye was proposed in this study.
Interaction with circulating platelets is considered an important virulent mechanism for Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) bacteria to induce endocarditis, a severe infectious disease with high incidence of systemic thrombosis. It therefore represents an important target for pharmacological intervention. In this study, we found that the clinical isolate S.(More)
OBJECTIVE The efficacy of clozapine clearance has been shown to be associated with smoking and genetic polymorphism of CYP1A2. This study aims to investigate the effect of smoking on the plasma level of clozapine in Taiwanese schizophrenic patients and its relevance to the CYP1A2 gene -163A/C single nucleotide polymorphism. MATERIALS AND METHODS A total(More)
Nitric oxide (NO) is identified as the endothelium-derived relaxing factor and a neurotransmitter with a superfusion bioassay cascade technique. By using a similar technique with rat superior cervical ganglion (SCG) as donor tissue and rabbit endothelium-denuded aortic ring as detector tissue, we report here that a vasodilator, which is more potent than NO,(More)
We previously reported that the fibrinogen-binding segment (residues 221-550) of Staphylococcus aureus clumping factor A (ClfA), which binds to fibrinogen gamma chain C-terminus, exerted inhibitory effects on platelet aggregation and fibrin clot formation in vitro. Here, we further demonstrated the effectiveness of using ClfA221-550 to inhibit platelet-rich(More)
The interaction of extracellular matrix with cells plays a key role in the regulation of cell adhesion, migration, proliferation as well as differentiation. Transformed cells express a different profile of adhesion molecules, which may mediate metastasis under specific matrix microenvironment. We here found that ROS 17/2.8 osteosarcoma cells and osteoblasts(More)
Glycoprotein (GP) Ia/IIa plays a key role in platelet function by acting as a primary receptor for subendothelial collagen, thereby contributing to arterial thrombosis. In this study, we found that the expression level of platelet GPIa/IIa among Taiwan Chinese varies over sixfold and this difference relates either to the GPIa gene 807 C/T dimorphisms or the(More)
This journal is (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry 2009 Glutathione-Bound Gold Nanoclusters for Selective-Binding and Detection of Glutathione S-Transferase-Fusion Proteins from Cell Lysates Cheng-Tai Chen, Wei-Jen Chen, Chao-Zong Liu, Ling-Ya Chang, Yu-Chie Chen Department of Applied Chemistry, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan Department(More)