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OBJECTIVE Osteonecrosis (ON) of the femoral head frequently leads to progressive collapse of the femoral head followed by degenerative arthritis of the hip joint. Oxidative stress, which has been implicated in many pathological conditions, including vascular injury, recently has been suggested to play a part in the development of ON. Catalase (CAT) is a(More)
OBJECTIVE Disruption of the vascular supply to the bone and subsequent hypoxia has been implicated in the pathogenesis of osteonecrosis of the femoral head (ONFH). Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), a major inducer of angiogenesis, has been correlated with several pathological conditions, from inflammation to ischemic processes. A number of(More)
To investigate the role of Akt in nerve growth factor (NGF)-induced neuronal differentiation, PC12 cells ectopically expressing wild-type or dominant-inhibitory forms of Akt were analyzed. NGF-induced neurite outgrowth was greatly accelerated in cells expressing dominant-inhibitory Akt, compared to parental PC12 cells, but was almost completely blocked in(More)
Novel therapeutic strategies are needed to overcome cancer recurrence, metastasis, and resistance to chemo- and radiotherapy. Cancer stem cells (CSCs) are major contributors to the malignant transformation of cells due to their capacity for self-renewal. Although various CSC markers have been identified in several types of tumors, they are primarily used as(More)
The purpose of this phase I clinical trial was to evaluate the safety, tolerability and potential efficacy of VM202, naked DNA expressing two isoforms of hepatocyte growth factor, as an adjunct therapy to coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) in patients with ischemic heart disease (IHD). Nine patients were assigned to receive increasing doses (0.5 to 2.0(More)
Previous linkage analysis of an Asian population proposed possible candidate genes for mandibular prognathism, such as Matrilin-1 (cartilage matrix protein). To investigate the association between the single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in Matrilin-1 and mandibular prognathism, we investigated three sequence variants (-158 T>C, 7987 G>A, 8572 C>T) in 164(More)
BACKGROUND This study explored the impact of genetic polymorphisms in cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes and transporters on the plasma trough concentration of imatinib mesylate (IM) and clinical response in chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). PATIENTS AND METHODS In total, 82 patients with CML who had been administered 400 mg IM daily for over 6 months were(More)
Heat shock exposure to NIH3T3 cells for 15 min at 45 degrees C activated Akt, which is mediated by PI3-kinase, as evidenced by the significant inhibition of heat-shock-induced phosphorylation by specific inhibitors of PI3-kinase. The phosphorylated Akt was gradually decreased to the basal level within 9 h after heat shock. This resulted in growth arrest,(More)
Reduction or disruption of the blood supply to the bone is involved in the pathogenesis of osteonecrosis of the femoral head (ONFH). An altered lipid metabolism is one of the major risk factors for ONFH. Sterol regulatory element binding protein, SREBF1 activates genes regulating lipid biosynthesis. The aim of this study was to examine the association(More)
Objective:The growth and development of adipose tissue are thought to be associated with angiogenesis and extracellular matrix remodeling. As the composition of the herbal extract called Ob-X has been shown to have both anti-angiogenic and matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-inhibiting activities, we hypothesized that growth of adipose tissue can be regulated by(More)