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OBJECTIVE Adipocytes secrete a number of molecules such as tumor necrosis factor-alpha, leptin and free fatty acids that can influence the ability of the body to metabolize glucose. Recently, a novel 12.5 kDa cysteine-rich protein, termed resistin, was shown to be secreted by adipocytes. Resistin expression was markedly induced during the conversion of(More)
Functionally active telomerase is affected at various steps including transcriptional and post-transcriptional levels of major telomerase components (hTR and human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT)). We therefore developed a rapid and sensitive method to quantify hTERT and its splicing variants as well as the hTR by a Taqman real-time reverse(More)
Polycythemia vera (PV), essential thrombocythemia (ET), and primary myelofibrosis (PMF) are myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) characterized in most cases by a unique somatic mutation, JAK2 V617F. Recent studies revealed that JAK2 V617F occurs more frequently in a specific JAK2 haplotype, named JAK2 46/1 or GGCC haplotype, which is tagged by rs10974944(More)
Numerous types of cancer exhibit increased lipo-genesis and expression of lipogenic enzymes and transcription factors, including sterol regulatory element-binding protein-1. Lipogenic gene expression is upregulated at the mRNA level, in concert with metabolic pathways associated with changes in expression and/or activity of lipogenic transcription factors.(More)
Three-dimensional (3D) cell culture reflects many of the important properties of solid tumors, such as the inadequate diffusion of oxygen that results in hypoxia. To understand the mitochondrial states in cancer, we performed comparisons of the levels of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), fusion- and fission-related mitochondrial messenger RNA (mRNA), and(More)
Mitochondrial succinate dehydrogenase (SDH) is localized to the inner mitochondrial membrane and is responsible for the redox of succinic acid. SDH is a tetra-meric iron-sulfur flavoprotein of the tricarboxylic acid cycle and respiratory chain. The SDH complex, subunit C (SDHC) transcript has deletion-type alternative splicing sites. Generally, alternative(More)
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