Jian-wen Huang

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We have studied the effects of La3+ on ATP-evoked rises in intracellular calcium levels ([Ca2+]i) measured by fura-2 fluorimetry in Madin Darby canine kidney (MDCK) cells. ATP evoked [Ca2+]i rises dose-dependently with an EC50 of 2.5 microM. The trigger for the Ca2+ signal was a release of Ca2+ from the inositol-1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP3)-sensitive stores(More)
From a human placental lambda gt11 cDNA library, we have isolated a cDNA clone that encodes the entire 215-residue amino acid sequence of HMG-1. Analysis of an internal sequence similarity suggests that the DNA-binding domains of HMG-1 are separated by a rather long and flexible linker segment. Southern blotting of DNA digested with BamHI indicated a highly(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine whether tea consumption and intake of other beverages increases bladder cancer risk. METHODS A case-control study was conducted in Kaohsiung, Taiwan between August 1996 and June 1997. Index patients studied were consecutive patients with histologically confirmed, newly diagnosed bladder cancer in two major hospitals. For each(More)
Several alpha-amylase clones were identified by screening a group of 345 cDNA clones derived from poly(A)+RNA from gibberellic acid (GA)-treated barley aleurone layer cells using an alpha-amylase cDNA clone that we had characterized previously as the hybridization probe. The alpha-amylase clones showed differences in the distribution of restriction enzyme(More)
The effect of N-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-arachidonamide (AM-404), a drug commonly used to inhibit the anandamide transporter, on intracellular free Ca(2+) levels ([Ca(2+)](i)) was studied in Madin Darby canine kidney (MDCK) cells. [Ca(2+)](i) was measured using fura-2 as a Ca(2+) indicator. Between 2 and 40 microM, AM-404 increased [Ca(2+)](i) in a(More)
Expression of ornithine decarboxylase is regulated by a variety of hormonal and other stimuli in rat cells and tissues. To study this phenomenon at the molecular level, we isolated and sequenced a cDNA-encoding rat ornithine decarboxylase and deduced its amino acid sequence. The cDNA clone was used to isolate a clone from a rat genomic library which(More)
We evaluated transcript levels for the rate-limiting enzyme in polyamine biosynthesis, ornithine decarboxylase (ODC), in rat tissues by Northern blotting and in situ hybridization histochemistry, using a rat cDNA probe. ODC transcripts were expressed at a high level, relative to levels in other tissues, in the kidney and testis of the adult rat; maximal(More)
Attempts to increase protein stability by insertion of novel disulfide bonds have not always been successful. According to the two current models, cross-links enhance stability mainly through denatured state effects. We have investigated the effects of removal and addition of disulfide cross-links, protein flexibility in the vicinity of a cross-link, and(More)
Resource is the basis of sustainable development. Water is the source of life. It is essential for survival and development of human beings. It is directly related to the national economy and the people's livelihood, the social development and the prosperity of nations. Disasters brought about by too little or too much water as well as water pollution(More)
We reviewed 1055 patients with symptomatic urinary calculi treated by extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) monotherapy to determine the long-term stone regrowth and recurrence rates as correlated with the pre-treatment stone burden, site and multiplicity. Long-term follow-up (mean 75.8 months) was available in 94 patients, representing 106 renal(More)