Jan-ying Yeh

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Grifola frondosa is an edible mushroom currently available in Taiwan. Ethanolic, cold-water and hot-water extracts were prepared and their antioxidant properties were investigated. At 1 mg/mL, G. frondosa T1 and T2 cold-water extracts showed high reducing powers of 1.02 and 0.50, respectively. Chelating abilities on ferrous ions of G. frondosa T1 and T2(More)
As an essential trace element, selenium (Se) deficiency results in White Muscle Disease in livestock and Keshan disease in humans. The main objectives of this study were to clone and characterize the chicken selenoprotein W (SeW) gene and investigate SeW mRNA expression in chicken tissues. The deduced amino acid (AA) sequence of chicken SeW contains 85 AAs(More)
When rat L8 muscle cells were cultured to examine the effects of serum and selenium concentration on selenoprotein W levels and glutathione peroxidase (GPX) activities, no significant differences (P > 0.05) were found in selenoprotein W levels and GPX activities during differentiation. With three different forms of selenium, selenoprotein W levels and GPX(More)
Schistosomiasis, a neglected global pandemic, may be curtailed by blocking transmission of the parasite via its intermediate hosts, aquatic snails. Elucidating the genetic basis of snail-schistosome interaction is a key to this strategy. Here we map a natural parasite-resistance polymorphism from a Caribbean population of the snail Biomphalaria glabrata. In(More)
Human alpha-defensin 5 (HD5), a small cationic peptide, is expressed in Paneth cell granules of small intestinal crypts. HD5 exhibits high antimicrobial activity against a broad spectrum of pathogenic agents, including bacteria, fungi, and viruses. In this study, the constitutive expression of HD5 antimicrobial peptide was achieved using the methylotrophic(More)
The objectives were to investigate the roles of different calpains and protein kinase C (PKC) isoforms in muscle differentiation. Concentrations of mu- and m-calpain increased significantly whereas PKCalpha and delta declined significantly during L8 myoblast differentiation. Both mu-calpain and m-calpain antisense oligonucleotides inhibited myotube(More)
The objective of this study was to investigate the differential effects of various selenium (Se) compounds and Se-enriched broccoli extracts on cell proliferation and the possible mechanism responsible for the Se-induced growth inhibition. C6 rat glial cells were incubated with graded concentrations up to 1000 nM of selenite, selenate, selenomethionine(More)
The differential effects of arsenic compounds and the effect of selenium on arsenic-induced changes in cytotoxicity, viability, and cell cycle of porcine aorta endothelial cells (PAECs) were investigated. MTT (3-[4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl]-2,5-diphenyl tetrazolium bromide) assay indicated that arsenic trioxide (As(2)O(3)) and sodium arsenite (NaAsO(2))(More)
The antibacterial activity of water-soluble chitosan derivatives prepared by Maillard reactions against Staphylococcus aureus, Listeria monocytogenes, Bacillus cereus, Escherichia coli, Shigella dysenteriae, and Salmonella typhimurium was examined. Relatively high antibacterial activity against various microorganisms was noted for the chitosan-glucosamine(More)
Defensins are a well characterized family of antimicrobial peptides that are divided into two main classes, the αand β-defensins, based on the pairing pattern of disulphide bonds (Ganz, 2003; Yang et al., 2004). In humans, the respective genes of the two major classes (α and β) are clustered on the short arm of chromosome 8 (Harder et al., 1997; Liu et al.,(More)