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We have constructed a tissue-specific in-house cDNA microarray to identify differentially expressed transcripts in shell glands from low (B) and high (L2) egg production strains of Taiwanese country chickens during their egg-laying period. The shell gland cDNA library was constructed from the high egg production strain. cDNA clones (7680) were randomly(More)
This study examined the effect of intracerebroventricular leptin on insulin sensitivity in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic rats. Male Wistar rats were cannulated in the lateral ventricle and, after recovery, administered either intravenous STZ (50 mg/kg) to induce diabetes or citrate buffer. Chronic leptin (10 microg/10 microl icv) or vehicle(More)
Suppression of activation or fibrogenesis and induction of apoptosis, in hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) have been proposed as therapeutic strategies against liver fibrosis. Curcumin, an active compound isolated from yellow curry pigment of turmeric (Curcuma longa Linn), has been demonstrated to be an effective anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compound. In(More)
Resistin is an adipocyte-derived hormone whose role in the development of insulin resistance is controversial. Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is a 21 amino acid peptide demonstrated to possess vasoconstrictor, positive inotropic, mitogenic, and metabolic properties. In numerous disease states, including congestive heart failure, obesity, and diabetes, elevated levels(More)
Pluronics are triblock copolymers which are extensively applied excipients shown to interact with cell membranes. The aim of our study was to apply monolayer techniques and epifluorescence microscopy to investigate the interaction behavior between selected Pluronics and phospholipid monolayers which serve as a model of cell membranes. The results showed(More)
Our recent report indicated that HPV infection may be associated with an increased frequency of p16INK4a promoter hypermethylation to cause p16 inactivation. In this study, we further speculated that the HPV infection may be linked with the expression of DNA methyltransferase (DNMT) protein in lung cancer patients and it was observed that an association of(More)
The oligopeptide permease (Opp) of group A streptococci (GAS) is a membrane-associated protein and belongs to the ATP-binding cassette transporter family. It is encoded by a polycistronic operon containing oppA, oppB, oppC, oppD, and oppF. The biological function of these genes in GAS is poorly understood. In order to understand more about the effects of(More)
One-dimensional cobalt sulfide (CoS) acicular nanorod arrays (ANRAs) were obtained on a fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate by a two-step approach. First, Co(3)O(4) ANRAs were synthesized, and then they were converted to CoS ANRAs for various periods. The compositions of the films obtained after various conversion periods were verified by X-ray(More)