Chien-Ning Huang

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Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is the most common form of diabetes. The association of low interleukin (IL)-10 production capacity with the metabolic syndrome and T2DM was recently established. Approximately 75% of the variation in IL-10 secretion capacity in humans derives from genetic factors that contribute to disease susceptibility. Based on the facts(More)
Microglia are the primary immune cells that contribute to neuroinflammation by releasing various proinflammatory cytokines and neurotoxins in the brain. Microglia-mediated neuroinflammation is one of the key characteristics of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Therefore, inhibitory reagents that prevent microglial activation may be used as potential therapeutic(More)
Inhibitory effects of oleanolic acid (OA) and ursolic acid (UA) on aldose reductase (AR) and glycative products in kidney of diabetic mice were examined. OA or UA at 0.05, 0.1 or 0.2% was supplied for 10 weeks. Diabetic mice with 0.1 or 0.2% OA or UA treatments had significantly higher body weight and lower kidney weight at weeks 5 and 10 (P<0.05). OA or UA(More)
OBJECTIVES This study aimed to examine the association between promoter polymorphisms of Th1 and Th2 cytokine genes [interleukin-4 (IL-4 T-34C, A-81G, C-285T and T-589C), IL-6 (G-174C), IL-10 (A-592C and T-819C) and tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha G-238A and G-308A)] and Graves' disease (GD) in Taiwanese population. DESIGN AND METHODS Genomic DNA(More)
Chronic cardiovascular and neurodegenerative complications induced by hyperglycemia have been considered to be associated most relevantly with endothelial cell damages (ECD). The protective effects of the aqueous extract of Psidium guajava L. budding leaves (PE) on the ECD in human umbilical vein endothelial cell (HUVEC) model were investigated. Results(More)
Hibiscus sabdariffa extract (HSE) was shown to lower the plasma lipid level and reduce the liver damage. In the present study, we investigated if Hibiscus sabdariffa polyphenols (HPE) exerted a hypolipidemic effect and its putative mechanism on liver. HPE exhibited more potency to decrease plasma cholesterol and LDL cholesterol than the crude extract HSE,(More)
Balb/cA mice were used to study the in vivo effect of N-acetyl cysteine, S-allyl cysteine, S-ethyl cysteine, S-methyl cysteine and S-propyl cysteine, all derived from garlic, on glutathione (GSH) concentration and catalase and glutathione peroxidase (GPX) activities in plasma, kidney and liver. Cysteine was used for comparison. The effects of these(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Physicians may find it confusing to decide whether to report diagnoses in part I or part II of the death certificate. The aim of this study was to contrast differences in diabetes mortality through a comparison of physicians' habits in reporting diabetes in part I of death certification among Taiwan, Australia, and Sweden. METHODS(More)
In our previous study, penta-acetyl geniposide ((AC)(5)GP) is suggested to induce tumor cell apoptosis through the specific activation of PKCdelta. However, the downstream signal pathway of PKCdelta has not yet been investigated. It was shown that JNK may play an important role in the regulation of apoptosis and could be a possible downstream signal of(More)
Interleukin-6 (IL-6) is a pleiotropic cytokine which regulates the immune response, the acute-phase response, hematopoiesis and body energy balance. Genetic polymorphism at -174 position of IL-6 promoter has been recently reported to be linked with insulin resistance, however, with conflicting results. The C allele at IL-6 -174 position is associated with(More)