Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is an emerging chronic liver disease that may lead to liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. We aimed to determine the association between the prevalence of metabolic syndrome (MetS) and NAFLD severity using semi-quantitative ultrasonography (US). A total of 614 participants were recruited from the community.… (More)
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the leading cause of cancer mortality in Asia. This study evaluated the growth inhibition effect of quercetin and 2-methoxyestradiol in vitro in human HCC cell lines. Combination treatment enhanced the cytotoxic effect in HA22T/VGH and HepG2 cell lines as compared with quercetin or 2-methoxyestradiol alone. The cell… (More)
Majewski osteodysplastic primordial dwarfism type II (MOPDII) is caused by mutations in the centrosome gene pericentrin (PCNT) that lead to severe pre- and postnatal growth retardation. As in MOPDII patients, disruption of pericentrin (Pcnt) in mice caused a number of abnormalities including microcephaly, aberrant hemodynamics analyzed by in utero… (More)
One among many: ODF2 isoform 9, a.k.a. Cenexin-1, is required for ciliogenesis" (2013).
Establishing apical-basal polarity is instrumental in the functional shaping of a solitary lumen within an acinus. By exploiting micropatterned slides, wound healing assays, and three-dimensional culture systems, we identified a mother centriole subdistal appendage protein, cenexin, as a critical player in symmetric lumen expansion through the control of… (More)
In human cells, the basal body (BB) core comprises a ninefold microtubule-triplet cylindrical structure. Distal and subdistal appendages are located at the distal end of BB, where they play indispensable roles in cilium formation and function. Most cells that arrest in the G0 stage of the cell cycle initiate BB docking at the plasma membrane followed by… (More)
Already in the eighties it was shown that the active form of vitamin D 3 , 1,25-dihydroxyvi-tamin D 3 [1,25(OH) 2 D 3 ], can inhibit the proliferation of melanoma cells 1 and stimulate the differentiation of myeloid leukemia cells. 2 The almost universal presence of the vitamin D receptor (VDR) and the presence of 1α-hydroxylase (CyP27B1) activity in… (More)
Dna2 was first characterized in yeast as an essential gene encoding a protein with both helicase and endonuclease activities involved in maturation of Okazaki fragments during DNA replication. Dna2 also plays a role in double-strand break (DSB) repair by homolo-gous recombination. The respective contributions of its replication and/or repair functions… (More)