Hsiao-Chuan Teng

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Pb(2+) ions cause severe damages to living cells. In particular, our previous study showed that the Orai-STIM1 (stromal interacting protein 1)-formed store-operated Ca(2+) channels (SOCs) allow Pb(2+) entry. In relation to this, the present study investigates the molecular gating mechanism of Pb(2+) entry by Orai1 with STIM1, as well as the resulting(More)
Heavy metal lead (Pb2+) is a pollutant and causes severe toxicity when present in human tissues especially the nervous system. Recent reviews have suggested that Pb2+ can target Ca2+-related proteins within neurons and that Ca2+ channels might be a candidate for Pb2+ entry. This study's main aim was to identify the functional entry pathway of Pb2+ into(More)
Clodronate, a halogenated bisphosphonate, can inhibit the growth of human thyroid carcinoma (TC) cells. Previously, we found that a clodronate-induced Ca(2+) transient was correlated with clodronate-induced growth inhibition in TC cells. However, the details of the signaling process underlying the antiproliferative effect of clodronate on TC cells are not(More)
The Orai1-STIM1 constructed store-operated Ca2+ channels (SOCs) have been found to exert several essential Ca2+ entry/signaling cascades, e.g., the generation of immune response in T lymphocytes. Although biochemical and novel imaging evidence appear to indicate that Orai1 and STIM1 interact with each other to achieve store-operated Ca2+ entry (SOCE), the(More)
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