Daochun Sun

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Sirt1, a conserved nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD(+))-dependent deacetylase, has been implicated in modulating transcriptional silencing and cell survival, and seems to play a key role in carcinogenesis through deacetylation of important regulatory proteins. This makes it a potential target in cancer therapy. The purpose of this study was to(More)
BACKGROUND Local structures of target mRNAs play a significant role in determining the efficacies of antisense oligonucleotides (ODNs), but some structure-based target site selection methods are limited by uncertainties in RNA secondary structure prediction. If all the predicted structures of a given mRNA within a certain energy limit could be used(More)
BACKGROUND Wnt/beta-catenin pathway has critical roles in development and oncogenesis. Although significant progress has been made in understanding the downstream signaling cascade of this pathway, little is known regarding Wnt/beta-catenin pathway modification of the cellular apoptosis. METHODS To identify potential genes regulated by Wnt/beta-catenin(More)
Antisense oligonucleotides (ODNs) technology is one of the important approaches for the sequence-specific knockdown of gene expression. ODNs have been used as research tools in the post-genome era, as well as new types of therapeutic agents. Since finding effective target sites within RNA is a hard work for antisense ODNs design, various experimental(More)
A central question in glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) research is the identity of the tumor-initiating cell, and its contribution to the malignant phenotype and genomic state. We examine the potential of adult lineage-restricted progenitors to induce fully penetrant GBM using CNS progenitor-specific inducible Cre mice to mutate Nf1, Trp53, and Pten. We(More)
ii DEDICATION This work is dedicated to my parents and my husband Daochun Sun for their continuous support and understanding during the years of my education, and to my lovely little daughter Amber for her joyful and peaceful smiles to encourage me to complete this dissertation. I could not achieve my goal without them. iii ACKNOWLEDGMENTS I would like to(More)
Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) continues to play an important role in clinical investigations. Laboratories may create their own cutoff, a percentage of positive nuclei to determine whether a specimen is positive or negative, to eliminate false positives that are created by signal overlap in most cases. In some cases, it is difficult to determine(More)
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