Fong-Chi Cheng

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A radioligand binding assay for the HERG (human ether-a-go-go-related gene) K(+) channel was developed to identify compounds which may have inhibitory activity and potential cardiotoxicity. Pharmacological characterization of the [(3)H]astemizole binding assay for HERG K(+) channels was performed using HERG-expressing HEK293 cells. The assay conditions(More)
Angiogenesis is a process that involves endothelial cell proliferation, migration, invasion, and tube formation, and inhibition of these processes has implications for angiogenesis-mediated disorders. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the antiangiogenic efficacy of YC-1 [3-(5'-hydroxymethyl-2'-furyl)-1-benzyl indazole] in well characterized in vitro(More)
A Chlorella powder was screened using 52 in vitro assay systems for enzyme activity, receptor binding, cellular cytokine release, and B and T cell proliferation. The screening revealed a very potent inhibition of human protein tyrosine phosphatase (PTP) activity of CD45 and PTP1C with 50% inhibitory concentration (IC(50)) values of 0.678 and 1.56 microg/mL,(More)
Cell cycle G(2) checkpoint abrogation is an attractive strategy for sensitizing cancer cells to DNA-damaging anticancer agent without increasing adverse effects on normal cells. However, there is no single proven molecular target for this therapeutic approach. High-throughput screening for molecules inhibiting CHK1, a kinase that is essential for the G(2)(More)
Quercetin, a flavonoid abundantly present in plants, is widely used as a phytotherapy in prostatitis and prostate cancer. Although quercetin has been reported to have a number of therapeutic effects, the cellular target(s) responsible for its anti-cancer action has not yet been clearly elucidated. Here, employing affinity chromatography and mass(More)
To evaluate the anti-sepsis potential of YC-1, we have examined the effect of YC-1 on the regulation of cytokine production in human leukocytes and endotoxemic mice. The data demonstrated that YC-1 showed a preferential inhibition on proinflammatory cytokine production without inhibition of cell growth or induction of cytotoxicity in human leukocytes. On(More)
BNG-1, a novel mixture of traditional Chinese medicines with a long history in the treatment of stroke, exhibited acute neuroprotection effect on rats with middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO). Anti-ischemic effects were seen in both animals receiving BNG-1 before the ischemic insult as well as in animals receiving the drug formulation after surgical(More)
In the present study we have discovered compound 1, a benzo[1.3.2]dithiazolium ylide-based compound, as a new prototype dual inhibitor of cyclooxygenase (COX) and 5-lipoxygenase (5-LOX). Compound 1 was initially discovered as a COX-2 inhibitor, resulting indirectly from the COX-2 structure-based virtual screening that identified compound 2 as a virtual hit.(More)
An alanine scan performed in the 1970s suggested that Phe(6) and Phe(11) are required for the binding of somatostatin (SRIF-14). Molecular modeling studies and replacement of Phe(6) and Phe(11) with a cystine bridge affording ligands with the retention of high biological activity, however, led to the alternate conclusion that Phe(6) and Phe(11) stabilize(More)
BACKGROUND Essiac is a herbal compound that has been in common use with cancer patients in North America for over 80 years. Despite its relatively widespread use, there are no peer-reviewed published reports of in vivo studies regarding the use of this compound. MATERIALS AND METHODS Essiac was administered orally to test animals prior to all experiments.(More)