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The survival of patients with oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) has not changed significantly in several decades, leading clinicians and investigators to search for promising molecular targets. To this end, we conducted comprehensive genomic analysis of gene expression, copy number, methylation, and point mutations in OSCC. Integrated analysis revealed(More)
Several common variants in the intron 1 of FTO (fat mass and associated obesity) gene have been reliably associated with BMI and obesity in European populations. We analyzed two variants (rs9939609 and rs8050136) in 4,189 Chinese Han individuals and conducted a meta-analysis of published studies in Asian population to investigate whether these variants are(More)
Myeloid cell leukemia 1 protein (MCL1) is an anti-apoptotic protein that is structurally related to Bcl-2. Unlike other Bcl-2 family proteins that are constitutively expressed, MCL1 is inducibly expressed in cells that are recently exposed to growth and differentiation stimuli. Here, we report the identification of fortilin as a novel MCL1-interacting(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS During the process of liver fibrosis, hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) play a critical role in the excessive production of extracellular matrix (ECM). We evaluated the therapeutic effects of sorafenib, a multiple receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor, targeting platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) receptor and the(More)
Single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of ADIPOQ, ADIPOR1, and ADIPOR2 have been associated with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), but there are many conflicting results especially in Chinese populations. To investigate the contribution of the adiponectin genes and their receptors to T2DM, a case-control study was performed and 11 SNPs of ADIPOQ, ADIPOR1,(More)
BACKGROUND Despite many attempts to establish pre-treatment prognostic markers to understand the clinical biology of esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC), validated clinical biomarkers or parameters remain elusive. We generated and analyzed tumor transcriptome to develop a practical biomarker prognostic signature in EAC. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS(More)
CONTEXT Telomeres are structures at the ends of eukaryotic chromosomes. They help maintain genomic stability. High oxidative stress can lead to accelerated telomere shortening, which causes premature cell senescence. This is implicated in the development of type 2 diabetes (T2D). For this reason, we hypothesize that telomere shortening can characterize T2D.(More)
PURPOSE A recent work has demonstrated the feasibility of estimating the dose to individual organs from multidetector CT exams using patient-specific, scanner-independent CTDIvol-to-organ-dose conversion coefficients. However, the previous study only investigated organ dose to a single patient model from a full-body helical CT scan. The purpose of this work(More)
To develop a rat model of type 2 diabetic mellitus that simulated the common manifestation of the metabolic abnormalities and resembled the natural history of a certain type 2 diabetes in human population, male Sprague-Dawley rats (4 months old) were injected with low-dose (15 mg/kg) STZ after high fat diet (30% of calories as fat) for two months(More)
Late-onset Alzheimer Disease (LOAD) is a common neurodegenerative disease, and one of its major pathologic characteristics is senile plaques. Proteins encoded by SORL1 and ACE have been shown to be related to the processing, trafficking, and degradation of Amyloid-β, the principal component of senile plaques. In this paper, we investigated whether SORL1 and(More)