Chung - Wah Siu

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BACKGROUND Aging and aging-related disorders impair the survival and differentiation potential of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and limit their therapeutic efficacy. Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) may provide an alternative source of functional MSCs for tissue repair. This study aimed to generate and characterize human iPSC-derived MSCs(More)
Cardiomyocytes generated from human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) are suggested as the most promising candidate to replenish cardiomyocyte loss in regenerative medicine. Little is known about their calcium homeostasis, the key process underlying excitation-contraction coupling. We investigated the calcium handling properties of hiPSC-derived(More)
BACKGROUND Suboptimal vitamin D status is associated with endothelial dysfunction and an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases but it is unclear whether vitamin D supplementation is beneficial. The aim was to investigate the effect of vitamin D supplementation on endothelial function in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM). METHODS In a(More)
With the exception of contrast-enhanced cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging, clear distinction of takotsubo cardiomyopathy from anterior wall myocardial infarction cannot be achieved currently by simple and noninvasive tests. The aim of this study was to examine the role of inferior ECG leads in distinguishing these two conditions. From January 2004(More)
Hypoxia plays an important role in the proliferation, differentiation and maintenance of the cardiovascular system during development. While low oxygen tension appears to direct the cultured embryonic stem cells (ESCs) to differentiate into cardiomyocytes, the underlying molecular mechanism remains unclear. At a molecular level, hypoxia inducible factor-1(More)
The therapeutic potential of transplantation of embryonic stem cells (ESCs) in animal model of myocardial infarction has been consistently demonstrated. The development of superparamagnetic iron oxide (SPIO) nanoparticles labeling and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) have been increasingly used to track the migration of transplanted cells in vivo(More)
Few studies have examined Chinese patients with chronic hepatitis B who exhibit hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) seroclearance. We comprehensively studied the biochemical, virological, histological, and clinical aspects of 92 patients with HBsAg seroclearance (median follow-up, 126 months). Ninety-two HBsAg-positive controls matched for age, sex, and(More)
BACKGROUND There are limited systematic data on the incidence, clinical characteristics and outcomes of congestive heart failure (CHF) in patients with hyperthyroidism. The aim of this study was to investigate the incidence, clinical characteristics and outcome of CHF as the initial presentation in patients with primary hyperthyroidism. METHODS The(More)
Friedreich ataxia (FRDA), a recessive neurodegenerative disorder commonly associated with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, is due to GAA repeat expansions within the first intron of the frataxin (FXN) gene encoding the mitochondrial protein involved in iron–sulfur cluster biosynthesis. The triplet codon repeats lead to heterochromatin-mediated gene silencing(More)
Epidemiological studies showed that PR prolongation is associated with increased risk of adverse cardiovascular outcomes. We investigated the relations of PR interval with indices of vascular function and endothelial repair as the underlying mechanisms. The study comprised 348 high-risk patients with prior coronary artery disease, ischemic stroke, and/or(More)