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This paper presents an algorithm for determiningthe paths along which corresponding vertices travel in a 2–D shape blending. Rather than considering the vertex paths explicitly, the algorithm defines the intermediate shapes by interpolating the intrinsic definitions of the initial and final shapes. The algorithm produces shape blends which generally are(More)
Adiponectin was revealed to have anti-atherogenic and anti-inflammatory properties and has been recently found to stimulate angiogenesis in vivo and in vitro. However, the role of adiponectin in endothelial differentiation remains unclear. The objective of this study was to investigate whether adiponectin can promote peripheral CD14(+) monocytes(More)
The molecular basis of resistance to nucleotide excision repair (NER) of certain bulky DNA lesions is poorly understood. To address this issue, we have studied NER in human HeLa cell extracts of two topologically distinct lesions, one derived from benzo[a]pyrene (10R-(+)-cis-anti-B[a]P-N(2)-dG), and one from the food mutagen(More)
Nucleotide excision repair (NER) efficiencies of DNA lesions can vary by orders of magnitude, for reasons that remain unclear. An example is the pair of N-(2'-deoxyguanosin-8-yl)-2-aminofluorene (dG-C8-AF) and N-(2'-deoxyguanosin-8-yl)-2-acetylaminofluorene (dG-C8-AAF) adducts that differ by a single acetyl group. The NER efficiencies in human HeLa cell(More)
Osmanthus fragrans is a woody, evergreen species of shrubs and small trees that is extensively planted in sub-tropical and temperate climates as an ornamental plant in gardens and for its health benefits. The flower color ranges from ivory to orange to pink among different varieties and even color difference during the whole blossom in the sweet osmanthus.(More)
Mammalian global genomic nucleotide excision repair requires lesion recognition by XPC, whose detailed binding mechanism remains to be elucidated. Here we have delineated the dynamic molecular pathway and energetics of lesion-specific and productive binding by the Rad4/yeast XPC lesion recognition factor, as it forms the open complex [Min, J. H., and(More)
The lens plays an important role in eye development. To investigate the molecular mechanisms involved, we used signal sequence trap screens with a chicken lens cDNA library and identified a novel secreted molecule, equarin. Equarin encodes consensus repeat domains conserved in human SRPX and mouse Urb. In the embryonic eye, equarin transcript is detected(More)
Dendritic cell (DC)‑based cancer immunotherapy requires an immunogenic tumor‑associated antigen and an effective therapeutic strategy. Glypican 3 (GPC3) is a valuable diagnostic marker and a potential therapeutic target in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The present study investigated whether DCs transduced with the GPC3 gene (DCs‑GPC3) and co‑cultured with(More)
Lynch syndrome (or HNPCC) is a colorectal cancer syndrome caused by germline mutations in either one of the DNA mismatch repair (MMR) genes hMLH1, hMSH2, hMSH6 or hPMS2. Mutations in hMLH1 and hMSH2 are most prevalent. Here we aimed to determine the cancer risk of MMR gene mutation carriers and, in addition, the efficacy of colonoscopy surveillance in(More)
The apoptosis repressor with caspase recruitment domain (ARC) protein is known to suppress both intrinsic and extrinsic apoptosis. We previously reported that ARC expression is a strong, independent adverse prognostic factor in acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Here, we investigated the regulation and role of ARC in AML. ARC expression is upregulated in AML(More)