Chih-Ching Yang

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AIMS Repetitive hypoxic preconditioning (RHP) may provide more efficient protection than single hypoxic preconditioning against renal ischemia/reperfusion-induced injury via hypoxia-induced factor 1alpha (HIF-1alpha)-dependent heat shock protein 70 (HSP70) pathways. MAIN METHODS Wistar rats were subjected to intermittent hypoxic exposure (15h/day),(More)
BACKGROUND People who have come close to death may report an unusual experience known as a near-death experience (NDE). This study aims to investigate NDEs and their aftereffects in dialysis patients. STUDY DESIGN Cross-sectional study. SETTING & PARTICIPANTS 710 dialysis patients at 7 centers in Taipei, Taiwan. PREDICTOR Demographic characteristics,(More)
BACKGROUND Oxidative stress increases in patients with end-stage renal disease and exaggerates the related comorbidities. OBJECTIVE The aim of the study was to evaluate the effects of supplementation with decaffeinated green tea extract (catechins) on hemodialysis-induced reactive oxygen species, atherosclerotic disease risk factors, and proinflammatory(More)
BACKGROUND In response to ischemic/hypoxic preconditioning, tissues/organs exhibit protective responses to subsequent and severe ischemic stress. We hypothesized that repetitive hypoxic preconditioning (RHP) may provide long-lasting protection than single preconditioning against ischemia/reperfusion injury in rat kidneys through hypoxia-induced factor(More)
N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor activated by glutamate/glycine is located in the kidneys. The NMDA receptor subunit NR1 is increased in damaged renal tissue. This study explored the role of NMDA receptors in ischemia-reperfusion-induced renal dysfunction in rats. With Western blot analysis and renal functional assay, NMDA receptor expression was(More)
Chronic hypoxic (CH) preconditioning reduces superoxide-induced renal dysfunction via the upregulation of superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity and contents. Endotoxaemia reduces renal antioxidant status. We hypothesize that CH preconditioning might protect the kidney from subsequent endotoxaemia-induced oxidative injury. Endotoxaemia was induced by(More)
Increased oxidative stress induces inflammation to several tissues/organs leading to cell death and long-term injury. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-apoptotic, and autophagic regulatory functions has been widely used as preventive or therapeutic strategy in modern medicine. Oxidative stress and inflammation have(More)
Increased hepatic sympathetic activity affects hepatic metabolism and hemodynamics and subsequently causes acute hepatic injury. We examined whether the vesicovascular reflex evoked by bladder overdistension could affect hepatic function, specifically reactive oxygen species (ROS)-induced inflammation and apoptosis, through activation of the hepatic(More)
BACKGROUND Increased oxidative stress in end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients may oxidize macromolecules and consequently lead to cardiovascular events during chronic hemodialysis. Electrolyzed reduced water (ERW) with reactive oxygen species (ROS) scavenging ability may have a potential effect on reduction of hemodialysis-induced oxidative stress in(More)
A major complication in continuous, ambulatory peritoneal dialysis in patients with end-stage renal disease who are undergoing long-term peritoneal dialysis (PD) is peritoneal fibrosis, which can result in peritoneal structural changes and functional ultrafiltration failure. Human umbilical mesenchymal stem cells (HUMSCs) in Wharton's jelly possess stem(More)