Jennifer Hui-Chun Ho

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Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), which can be isolated from bone marrow and other somatic tissues, are residing in an environment with relative low oxygen tension. The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of hypoxia on MSCs, and we hypothesize that oxygen concentration regulates the intricate balance between cellular proliferation and(More)
Spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) refers to a disease entity in which polyglutamine aggregates are over-produced in Purkinje cells (PCs) of the cerebellum as well as other neurons in the central nervous system, and the formation of intracellular polyglutamine aggregates result in the loss of neurons as well as deterioration of motor functions. So far there is no(More)
Salvianolic acids are the most abundant water-soluble compounds extracted from Radix Salvia miltiorrhiza (Danshen). In China, Danshen has been wildly used to treat cardiovascular diseases for hundreds of years. Salvianolic acids, especially salvianolic acid A (Sal A) and salvianolic acid B (Sal B), have been found to have potent anti-oxidative capabilities(More)
Loss of corneal epithelial cells results in visual problems. Stem cells isolated from the limbal area of the ocular surface are able to replenish lost corneal epithelial cells. However, destruction of the healthy limbus tissue is inevitable. Theoretically, orbital fat should be an excellent source to isolate stem cells for regenerating ocular tissues as the(More)
OBJECTIVE Acute lung injury results in acute respiratory distress syndrome. There is no standard therapy for acute respiratory distress syndrome but supportive care. Stem cells offer a new therapeutic potential for tissue regeneration as a result of their self-renewal, multipotency, and paracrine capabilities. The objective of this study is to investigate(More)
Depletion of pancreatic β-cells results in insulin insufficiency and diabetes mellitus (DM). Single transplantation of mesenchymal stem cells exhibits short-term effects in some preclinical studies. Here, we further investigated the long-term therapeutic effects of multiple intravenous MSC transplantations. In this study, multiple human MSC(More)
Topical administration of eye drops is the major route for drug delivery to the cornea. Orbital fat-derived stem cells (OFSCs) possess an in vitro corneal epithelial differentiation capacity. Both the safety and immunomodulatory ability of systemic OFSC transplantation were demonstrated in our previous work. In this study, we investigated the safety,(More)
The unique self-renewal and multilineage differentiation potential of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) make them a promising candidate for cell therapy applications. However, during in vitro expansion of MSCs, replicative senescence may occur and will compromise the quality of the expanded cells. Because calorie restriction has been shown to effectively extend(More)
Light-emitting diode (LED) irradiation is potentially a photostimulator to manipulate cell behavior by opsin-triggered phototransduction and thermal energy supply in living cells. Directional stem cell motility is critical for the efficiency and specificity of stem cells in tissue repair. We explored that green LED (530 nm) irradiation directed the human(More)
High-fat diet (HFD)-induced glucose intolerance and insulin resistance increases the chances of developing type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. To study the mechanism(s) by which a HFD impairs glucose tolerance, we used a quantitative proteomic platform that integrated pI-based OFFGEL fractionation and iTRAQ labeling to profile the temporal changes(More)