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BACKGROUND Inhibition of cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) is an efficient way to increase high-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels in humans. We investigated the effects of the inhibition of CETP activity by a CETP inhibitor, JTT-705, on the function and composition of HDL particles. METHODS AND RESULTS Japanese white rabbits were fed either normal(More)
Two ginsenoside derivatives (1, 2) along with 2 known ginsenosides (3, 4) were isolated from the acid hydrolysis products of pseudoginsenoside-F11. Their structures were elucidated on the basis of spectroscopic analyses, including ID, 2D NMR and HR-ESI-MS. Among them, (12R, 20S, 24S)-20, 24; 12, 24-diepoxy-dammarane-3β, 6α-diol (1) and (20R, 24R)-dammar-20,(More)
The present study was designed to evaluate the effect of ginsenoside Rb3 on myocardial injury and heart function impairment induced by isoproterenol in rats. To induce myocardial ischemia, Sprague-Dawley rats were subcutaneously injected with isoproterenol (20mg/kg). Cardiac marker enzymes and antioxidative parameters in left ventricles were measured.(More)
We examined the histochemical characteristics of soleus muscle in the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) gene (Ace in mice, ACE in humans) knockout mice. Serial sections of soleus muscle of wild-type (Ace+/+, n=20) and heterozygous mutant (Ace+/-, n=24) mice were stained for myosin adenosine triphosphatase activity to identify different muscle fiber types.(More)
An ETS family member, ETS Related Gene (ERG) is involved in the Ewing family of tumors as well as leukemias. Rearrangement of the ERG gene with the TMPRSS2 gene has been identified in the majority of prostate cancer patients. Additionally, overexpression of ERG is associated with unfavorable prognosis in prostate cancer patients similar to leukemia(More)
The lack of efficient tumor progression and chemoresistance indicators leads to high mortality in epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) patients. Dysregulated miR-520g expression is involved in these processes in hepatic and colorectal cancers. In this study, we found that miR-520g expression gradually increased across normal, benign, borderline and EOC tissues.(More)
Oxidative stress is significant in the pathogenesis of cerebral ischemia. Panax quinquefolium 20(S)‑protopanaxadiol saponins (PQDS) have been demonstrated to exhibit a variety of biological effects in the cardiovascular system as a result of their antioxidant properties. However, little is known regarding the effect of PQDS on cerebral ischemia. The purpose(More)
SALL4 plays important roles in the development and progression of many cancers. However, the role and molecular mechanism of SALL4 in endometrial cancer remain elusive. In the present research, we have demonstrated that the expression of SALL4 was upregulated in endometrial cancer and correlated positively with tumor stage, metastases and poor survival of(More)
Juglone is a natural compound which has been isolated from Juglans mandshurica Maxim. Recent studies have shown that juglone had various pharmacological effects such as anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-cancer. However, its anti-cancer activity on human prostate cancer LNCaP cell has not been examined. Thus, the current study was designed to elucidate the(More)
In this study, we investigated the cardioprotective effect of Panax quinquefolium 20(S)-protopanaxadiol saponins (PQDS) both in vivo and in vitro. An animal model of acute myocardial infarction was induced by permanent ligation of the left anterior descending coronary artery in Sparague Dawley rats. Neonatal rat cardiomycocytes were used to examine the(More)