Jessica Ai-jia Liu

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BACKGROUND & AIMS Hirschsprung disease is characterized by a deficit in enteric neurons, which are derived from neural crest cells (NCCs). Aberrant hedgehog signaling disrupts NCC differentiation and might cause Hirschsprung disease. We performed genetic analyses to determine whether hedgehog signaling is involved in pathogenesis. METHODS We performed(More)
The enteric nervous system (ENS) in mammals is derived from a small pool of progenitor cells, namely enteric neural crest cells (NCCs). These precursor cells proliferate extensively to expand, migrate over a long distance to fully colonize the developing gut and differentiate into millions of neurons and glia to form a functional ENS for regulating the(More)
A germline mutation (A339V) in thyroid transcription factor-1 (TITF1/NKX2.1) was shown to be associated with multinodular goiter (MNG) and papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) pathogenesis. The overexpression of A339V TTF1 significantly promoted hormone-independent growth of the normal thyroid cells, representing a cause of MNG and/or PTC. Nevertheless, the(More)
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