De-chun Li

Learn More
The 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase inhibitors (statins) have been shown to improve multiple normal endothelial cell functions and inhibit vascular wall cell proliferation. We hypothesized that one such agent, simvastatin, would attenuate chronic hypoxic pulmonary hypertension. Male adult Sprague-Dawley rats were exposed (14 days) to(More)
Arginase, expressed in endothelial cells and upregulated in aging blood vessels, competes with NO synthase (NOS) for l-arginine, thus modulating vasoreactivity and attenuating NO signaling. Moreover, arginase inhibition restores endothelial NOS signaling and l-arginine responsiveness in old rat aorta. The arginase isoform responsible for modulating NOS,(More)
Although mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of asthma remain unclear, roles for oxidative/nitrosative stress, epithelial cell apoptosis, and airway inflammation have been documented. Ceramide is a sphingolipid with potent proinflammatory and proapoptotic properties. This study aimed at determining whether increased formation of ceramide contributes to(More)
Octamer-binding transcription factor 4 (OCT4) was closely related to pancreatic cancer progression, but its regulation in pancreatic cancer by microRNA (miRNA) is not fully clear. OCT4-positive and OCT4-negative pancreatic cells were isolated by flow cytometry, and it was found that OCT4-positive cells are enriched in transplanted pancreatic cancer cells(More)
BACKGROUND Hypoxia-induced mitogenic factor (HIMF) is developmentally regulated and plays an important role in lung pathogenesis. We initially found that HIMF promotes vascular tubule formation in a matrigel plug model. In this study, we investigated the mechanisms which HIMF enhances expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in lung tissues(More)
We have generated a transgenic mouse line that reaches a hematocrit concentration of 0.85 due to constitutive overexpression of human erythropoietin in an oxygen-independent manner. Unexpectedly, this excessive erythrocytosis did not lead to thrombembolic complications in all investigated organs at any age. Thus, we investigated the mechanisms preventing(More)
B7-H3, a member of the B7-family molecules, plays an important role in adaptive immune responses. In addition, B7-H3 is also expressed in several types of human cancers and is correlated with the poor outcome of cancer patients. However, its exact role in cancer is not known. In the present study, we compared B7-H3 expression in normal pancreas and(More)
This study was designed to investigate the distribution of Th17 cells in the tumor microenvironment and peripheral blood of pancreatic cancer patients, its clinical significance, and the expression profile of Th17 cell-associated cytokines. The percentage of Th17 cells detected by flow cytometry analysis (FACS) was significantly higher in 46 pancreatic(More)
After pneumonectomy, the remaining lung increases in size. This process is referred to as compensatory lung growth. Various pathways likely play important roles in this growth response. The molecular mechanisms involved in compensatory lung growth, however, remain poorly understood. Hypoxia-induced mitogenic factor (HIMF), also called FIZZ1 or RELM-alpha,(More)
In numerous types of cancer, the expression of a novel member of the B7 ligand family, the B7-H3 immuno-regulatory protein, has been correlated with a poor prognosis. In the present study, we investigated the role of B7-H3 in chemoresistance in pancreatic carcinoma. Silencing of B7-H3, through lentivirus-mediated delivery of stable short hairpin RNA, was(More)