Hseng-Kuang Hsu

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Prostate cancer, the most frequently diagnosed malignancy in elderly males of the United States, has become a major health issue in Asia. Previous studies have demonstrated that leaf extracts of Toona sinensis Roem. contain cytotoxic activity on several cancer cells including prostate cancer cells. In this study, gallic acid is identified as the major(More)
Recent study indicated that the components of Toona sinensis Roemor have potent anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. These components have also been reported to inhibit the growth of boils in vivo. In this study, we investigated the effect of crude extract from the leaves of Toona sinensis Roemor on the proliferation of A549 lung cancer cells. We found(More)
The aim of the present study was to investigate the antioxidant activity of aqueous extracts of Toona sinensis (TS; 0-100 microg/mL) and gallic acid (0-50 microg/mL), with the purified natural phenolic components evaluated using different antioxidant models. It was found that the TS extracts and gallic acid possess effective antioxidant activity against(More)
Inactivation of protein kinase C (PKC)alpha plays an important role in modulating hepatic failure and/or apoptosis during sepsis. To determine whether and how PKCalpha inactivation mediates the apoptosis, PKCalpha was suppressed by antisense treatment or transiently transfection in Clone-9 rat hepatic epithelial cell line. Apoptosis was evaluated by cell(More)
The effect of substances extracted from Toona sinensis leaves with 50% alcohol solution on lipolysis was investigated in cultured 3T3-L1 differentiated adipocytes. The amount of glycerol released from cells into culture medium was used to measure lipolysis activity. Glycerol release was increased by Toona sinensis leaf extract in a dose-dependent and(More)
The present study was designed to identify possible signaling pathways, which may play a role in prevention of neuronal apoptosis in the sexually dimorphic nucleus of the preoptic area (SDN-POA) after physiological activation of the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor. Gene response to the blockage of the NMDA receptor by an antagonist (dizocilpine(More)
Toona sinensis (T. sinensis), well known in Taiwan as a traditional Chinese medicine, has been shown to exhibit antioxidant effects. In this study, therefore, the ability of T. sinensis to induce apoptosis was studied in cultured human premyelocytic leukemia HL-60 cells. Treatment of the HL-60 cells with a variety of concentrations of the aqueous extracts(More)
Changes in the protein level of various subunits of GTP-binding protein and the activity of adenylate cyclase in the rat heart during different phases of sepsis were studied. Sepsis was induced by cecal ligation and puncture (CLP). Experiments were divided into three groups: control, early sepsis, and late sepsis. Early and late sepsis refers to those(More)
OBJECTIVE Aqueous extract from the leaves of Toona sinensis Roem. has been shown to have an anti-proliferative effect on human lung cancer cells. In this study, we analyzed the anti-cancer activity/effect of different extraction fractions of the extract from T. sinensis leaves on ovarian cancer cells. METHODS Cell viability was determined by XTT cell(More)
Previous studies have shown that a decrease in protein kinase C (PKC) alpha levels contributes to hepatic failure and/or apoptosis during sepsis, and suppression of PKCalpha plays a critical role in triggering caspase-dependent apoptosis, which can modulate expression of Bcl-xL. However, the underlying molecular mechanism remains uncertain. In the present(More)