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Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a chronic, progressive, and fatal fibrotic lung disease with a poor prognosis, but no effective treatment is available. G protein-coupled receptor 56 (GPR56) plays a role in cell adhesion and tumor progression, but its function in fibrogenesis has not been explored. In this in vitro study, we found that GPR56 in IPF(More)
HtrA family proteins play a central role in protein quality control in the bacterial periplasmic space. DegQ-like proteases, a group of bacterial HtrA proteins, are characterized by a short LA loop as compared with DegP-like proteases, and are found in many bacterial species. As a representative of the DegQ-like proteases, we report that Escherichia coli(More)
A genomic strategy for the overexpression of bacterial multidrug and antibiotic resistance membrane efflux proteins in Escherichia coli is described. Expression is amplified so that the encoded proteins from a range of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria comprise 5% to 35% of E. coli inner membrane protein. Depending upon their topology, proteins are(More)
BACKGROUND Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and pulmonary sarcoidosis are typical interstitial lung diseases with unknown etiology that cause lethal lung damages. There are notable differences between these two pulmonary disorders, although they do share some similarities. Gene expression profiles have been reported independently, but differences on the(More)
Secondary metabolites released by invasive plants can increase their competitive ability by affecting native plants, herbivores, and pathogens at the invaded land. Whether these secondary metabolites affect the invasive plant itself, directly or indirectly through microorganisms, however, has not been well documented. Here we tested whether activated carbon(More)
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic, progressive and usually lethal fibrotic lung disease with largely unknown etiology and pathogenesis. Evidence suggests microRNAs (miRNA) contribute to pathogenesis of IPF. In this study, we sought to identify miRNA expression signatures and determine the role of miR-130b-3p in lung fibrosis. The miRNA(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) is a rare but debilitating and life-threatening complication of acute pulmonary embolism. Circular RNAs (circRNAs), presenting as covalently closed continuous loops, are RNA molecules with covalently joined 3'- and 5'-ends formed by back-splicing events. circRNAs may be significant biological(More)
Successful repair and renewal of alveolar epithelial cells are critical in prohibiting the accumulation of myofibroblasts in pulmonary fibrogenesis. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are multi-focal regulators involved in lung injury and repair. But the contribution of miRNAs to AEC2 renewal and apoptosis is incompletely understood. We report that microRNA-29c (MiR-29c)(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the differently expressed genes of oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) tissue. METHODS Gene expression datasets related to oral squamous cell carcinoma in the gene expression omnibus (gene expression omnibus, GEO) repository were retrieved. Datasets were merged by normalization.Significantly expressed genes were obtained by statistical(More)