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We have demonstrated that dynamic redistribution of nuclear-mitotic apparatus (NuMA) protein in the cell cycle is correlated temporally and spatially with its biochemical modifications. In interphase, NuMA behaves solely as a 220 kDa nuclear matrix-associated protein. After initiation of DNA condensation during mitosis, NuMA is phosphorylated by Cdc2 kinase(More)
Rotavirus infection is the leading cause of childhood gastroenteritis. We retrospectively reviewed cases of rotavirus gastroenteritis at National Taiwan University Hospital from January 1993 to December 1997. During the study period there were 429 patients with rotavirus infection with ages ranging from 1 day to 16 years with a median of 13 months. The(More)
Tumor-specific activation of the TAL1 gene occurs in approximately 25% of patients with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL). The TAL1 gene products possess a basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) domain that interacts in vitro with the bHLH proteins (E12 and E47) encoded by the E2A locus. We have now applied two independent methods, the two-hybrid procedure(More)
Tumor-specific activation of the TAL1 gene is the most common genetic defect associated with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The TAL1 gene products possess a basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) motif, a protein-dimerization and DNA-binding domain found in several transcription factors. TAL1 polypeptides interact, in vitro and in vivo, with class A bHLH(More)
Almost 30% of patients with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) bear structural alterations of tal-1, a presumptive proto-oncogene that encodes sequences homologous to the helix-loop-helix (HLH) DNA-binding and dimerization domain. Analysis of the tal-1 gene product reveals that its HLH domain mediates protein-protein interactions with either of the(More)
Pioneer transcription factors initiate cell-fate changes by binding to silent target genes. They are among the first factors to bind key regulatory sites and facilitate chromatin opening. Here, we identify an additional role for pioneer factors. In early Caenorhabditis elegans foregut development, the pioneer factor PHA-4/FoxA binds promoters and recruits(More)
Enteric adenoviruses (EAds), including type 40 (Ad40) and 41 (Ad41), can cause acute and severe diarrhea in young children. To delineate the epidemiological features of pediatric EAds infection in Taiwan, we conducted a retrospective study of all cases of EAds gastroenteritis in children treated at National Taiwan University Hospital for the period from(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS It has been hypothesized that liver stem cells may be activated and proliferate upon liver injury and may participate in the development of liver cancer. GP7TB, a rat liver epithelial tumor cell line, possesses characteristics of liver stem-like cells and can develop into a tumor in syngeneic Fischer 344 rat. We found that protein kinase(More)
Insulin-like growth factor II (IGF-II) is expressed in many developing embryonic tissues and is involved in mammalian growth and development. After birth, serum IGF-II is mainly produced by liver cells. Many reports have indicated that IGF-II is overexpressed in some hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) tissue. These findings imply the possible importance of this(More)
UNLABELLED Our objectives were to assess the characteristics of donors for living-donor liver transplantation (LDLT) and to examine the impact of donation on LDLT donor quality of life (QOL) regarding physical and psychological distress. METHODS Data were collected from a mailed survey or an interview using a cross-sectional prospective study design. We(More)