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Arsenic trioxide (As2O3) is a potent antitumor agent used to treat acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) and, more recently, solid tumors. However, the dose of As2O3 required to suppress human xenographs in mice is markedly higher than that used to treat APL in humans. Paradoxically, low doses of As2O3 stimulate angiogenesis, which might be expected to promote(More)
BACKGROUND Liver ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) results in the release of destructive proinflammatory cytokines and oxygen-derived radicals, which in turn cause injury to liver and other organs such as kidney, lung, and intestine. Splenectomy protects organs from intestinal I/R injury. Therefore, the present study aims to investigate whether splenectomy could(More)
BACKGROUND Hydrogen sulfide (H(2)S) displays vasodilative, anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory and cytoprotective activities. Impaired production of H(2)S contributes to the increased intrahepatic resistance in cirrhotic livers. The study aimed to investigate the roles of H(2)S in carbon tetrachloride (CCl(4))-induced hepatotoxicity, cirrhosis and portal(More)
B7-H4 is one of the most recently identified members of B7 superfamily of costimulatory molecules serving as an inhibitory modulator of T-cell response. B7-H4 is broadly expressed in human peripheral tissues and inducibly expressed in immune cells. The expression of B7-H4 has been observed in various types of human cancer tissues, and its soluble form has(More)
Sorafenib is the standard first-line systemic drug for advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), but the acquired resistance to sorafenib results in limited benefits. Activation of Akt is thought to be responsible for mediating the acquired resistance to sorafenib. The present study aims to examine the underlying mechanism and seek potential strategies to(More)
The interleukin-6 (IL-6)/Janus kinase 2 (JAK2)/signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) pathway mediates cell proliferation and migration. S-phase kinase-associated protein-2 (Skp2) catalyzes the ubiquitylation of p27 and p21. Here we investigated that the cross-talk of the two pathways regulates motility and invasion of gastric cancer(More)
The hypoxic microenvironment inside solid tumors, including hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), is a major cause of tumor resistance to chemotherapy. The recently identified hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)-2 executes the hypoxia response. Its expression feature and transcriptional targets indicate a possible dominance of HIF-2 in regulating genes in HCC. The aim(More)
Hepatic ischemia reperfusion (HIR) not only results in liver injury, but also leads to endotoxemia, which aggravates HIR-induced liver injury and dysfunction, or even causes liver failure. Taurine has been shown to protect organs from ischemia reperfusion or endotoxin by its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. The aim of this study was to(More)
PURPOSE Hepatic ischemia/reperfusion (HIR) injury is an unavoidable consequence of major liver surgery, during which endotoxemia often takes place. This study aimed to investigate whether matrine has a protective effect against HIR-induced liver injury aggravated by endotoxin. METHODS Wistar rats were subjected to 30 min of HIR followed by(More)
BACKGROUND Because integrins alpha4beta7 and alphaEbeta7 contribute to epidermotropism of T-cells during skin inflammation, we sought to study their role in skin allograft rejection. METHODS Wild-type (WT) (beta7+/+) and beta7 gene knockout (beta7-/-) C57BL/6 (H-2(b)) mice and SJL/J (H-2(s)) mice served as donors and recipients of allogeneic skin grafts.(More)