Depei Liu

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SIRT1, a mammalian ortholog of yeast silent information regulator 2 (Sir2), is an NAD+-dependent protein deacetylase that plays a critical role in the regulation of vascular function. The current study aims to investigate the functional significance of deacetylase activity of SIRT1 in heart. Here we show that the early postnatal hearts expressed the highest(More)
letter to the editor large budgets by various government agencies that have permitted intense collaboration among scientists as well as engagement of industry for the development of supporting technologies. The funding made available for these projects contrasts sharply with the relatively limited budgets that have been available for gene therapy research.(More)
Safe and efficient gene transfer systems are the basis of gene therapy applications. Non-integrating lentiviral (NIL) vectors are among the most promising candidates for gene transfer tools, because they exhibit high transfer efficiency in both dividing and non-dividing cells and do not present a risk of insertional mutagenesis. However, non-integrating(More)
Glioma-specific transcription of tumor-killing genes has been exploited as a promising gene therapeutic modality in glioma patients. Musashi1 (Msi1) and GFAP gene promoters are both cancer-specific promoters. Optimized HIF-binding site (optHBS) sequence was newly found as efficient as EPO HREs used as enhancer in cancer gene therapy. We constructed(More)
Intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) plays an important role in the recruitment of leukocytes to the endothelium, which causes inflammation and initiation of atherosclerosis. We have previously shown that endothelium-specific over-expression of class III deacetylase SIRT1 decreases atherosclerosis. We therefore addressed the hypothesis that SIRT1(More)
The rapidly increasing prevalence of diabetes mellitus worldwide is one of the most serious and challenging health problems in the 21st century. Mammalian sirtuin 1 (SIRT1) has been shown to decrease high-glucose-induced endothelial cell senescence in vitro and prevent hyperglycemia-induced vascular dysfunction. However, a role for SIRT1 in prevention of(More)
To investigate the feasibility of conducting a genomic-scale protein labeling and localization study in Escherichia coli, a representative subset of 23 coding DNA sequences (CDSs) was selected for chromosomal tagging with one or more fluorescent protein genes (EGFP, EYFP, mRFP1, DsRed2). We used lambda-Red recombination to precisely and efficiently position(More)
An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a permanent, localized dilatation of the abdominal aorta. In western countries, the morbidity of AAA is approximately 8%. Currently, pharmacotherapies for AAA are limited. Here, we demonstrate that baicalein (BAI), the main component of the Chinese traditional drug “Huang Qin”, attenuates the incidence and severity of(More)
Studies on the chaperone protein α-hemoglobin stabilizing protein (AHSP) reveal that abundant AHSP in erythroid cells enhance the cells’ tolerance to oxidative stress imposed by excess α-hemoglobin in pathological conditions. However, the potential intracellular modulation of AHSP expression itself in response to oxidative stress is still unknown. The(More)