Hsin-Lin Cheng

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IGF-I is a potent fibrogenic growth factor that stimulates proliferation of intestinal smooth muscle cells and increases synthesis of collagen and IGF-I-binding proteins by the cells. These processes contribute to intestinal fibrosis that develops in patients with Crohn's disease and in Lewis-strain rats with experimental Crohn's disease. The aim of this(More)
A decrease in gap junction-mediated cell-to-cell communication has previously been observed in monolayer cultures of human keratinocytes (HaCaT cells) expressing the human papillomavirus type 16 E5 (HPV16 E5) gene and attributed to the reduced phosphorylation of connexin 43, the most abundant connexin in HaCaT cells. In line with this observation, we have(More)
It has been shown that the E5 protein of the human papillomavirus type 16 modulates epidermal growth factor receptor downregulation in monolayer cultures of human keratinocytes and mouse fibroblasts. We have now analysed the effect of this protein on the expression, the distribution and the activation of EGF receptors in raft cultures derived from an(More)
Human keratinocytes are exposed to strong physical changes, and have the potentiality to react to external stimuli by switching on adaptation mechanisms. In hyperosmotically shocked keratinocytes a rapid and strong increase in calcium has been observed. We showed that this increase could not be prevented by growing the cells in medium devoid of calcium and(More)
Because phospholipid metabolism leading to the activation of protein kinase C (PKC) may play a key regulatory role in the degradation and secretion of PTH, we examined parathyroid cell fractions for the presence of various PKC isoenzymes. Hydroxylapatite chromatography identified the classical PKCs, alpha and beta, but not gamma in parathyroid cell(More)
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