Chien-Chun Steven Pai

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Chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGVHD) following allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) has emerged as a predominant complication following HSCT and has a distinct etiology. We and others have previously demonstrated that bortezomib, a proteasome inhibitor, can prevent but not treat acute GVHD in mice. To assess the effects of(More)
Aging is a contributing factor in cancer occurrence. We recently demonstrated that systemic immunotherapy (IT) administration in aged, but not young, mice resulted in induction of rapid and lethal cytokine storm. We found that aging was accompanied by increases in visceral fat similar to that seen in young obese (ob/ob or diet-induced obese [DIO]) mice.(More)
Bortezomib, a proteasome inhibitor capable of direct antitumor effects, has been shown to prevent acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) when administered in a short course immediately after bone marrow transplantation (BMT) in mice. However, when bortezomib is given continuously, CD4(+) T cell-mediated gastrointestinal tract damage increases GVHD(More)
Monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) targeting coinhibitory molecules such as PD-1, PD-L1 and CTLA-4 are increasingly used as targets of therapeutic intervention against cancer. While these targets have led to a critical paradigm shift in treatments for cancer, these approaches are also plagued with limitations owing to cancer immune evasion mechanisms and adverse(More)
Two proteinaceous lysozyme inhibitors, hen-egg-white lysozyme inhibitors F-I and F-II, were isolated from the culture broth of a bacterial strain identified as Pseudomonas aeruginosa M-1001. Maximum lysozyme inhibitory activity was obtained when the bacterium was grown aerobically in a medium consisting of 0.25% glucose, 0.25% beef extract, 0.25%(More)
Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) is the sole treatment option for highly malignant hematologic disease; however, the major complication-graft-versus-host disease (GVHD)-still hinders its clinical application. In addition, chronic GVHD remains the major cause of long-term morbidity and mortality after allo-HSCT. Previously we(More)
Pseudomonas aeruginosa M-1001 produced both hen-egg-white lysozyme inhibitors and lytic enzyme in the culture broth. The lytic enzyme produced was not inhibited by the lysozyme inhibitors. Maximal lytic activity was obtained when the strain was grown aerobically in a medium consisting of 0.25% glucose, 0.75% soluble strach, 0.25% beef extract, 0.25%(More)
Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is a major complication of allogeneic bone marrow transplantation. It has been previously reported that lung GVHD severity directly correlates with the expansion of donor Th17 cells in the absence of IFN-γ. However, the consequence of Th17-associated lung GVHD in the presence of IFN-γ has not been well characterized. In the(More)
Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, which was first successfully performed in the 1950s, remains a critical therapeutic modality for treatment of a diverse array of diseases, including a multitude of hematological malignancies, autoimmune disorders, amyloidosis and inherited genetic hematological disorders. Although great advances have been made in(More)
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