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A 25-kDa linear polyethylenimine (25 kDa L-PEI) has proven to be efficient and versatile agent for gene delivery. Therefore, we determined the optimal transfection conditions of 25 kDa L-PEI and examined whether it has comparable transfection efficiency with other commercially available reagents, ExGen 500, LipofectAMINE 2000, and Effectene by using EGFP(More)
The Moloney murine leukemia virus (MoMLV) -based retrovirus vector system has been used most often in gene transfer work, but has been known to cause silencing of the imported gene in transgenic animals. In the present study, using a MoMLV-based retrovirus vector, we successfully generated a new transgenic chicken line expressing high levels of enhanced(More)
Von Willebrand factor (vWF), a large multimeric glycoprotein present in blood plasma, is a blood protein of the coagulation system. It is defective in von Willebrand disease and is involved in a large number of other diseases, including thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura-hemolytic uremic syndrome and heyde's syndrome. We have developed a line of transgenic(More)
OCT4 plays a crucial role in pluripotency and self-renewal of embryonic stem cells. OCT4 is also expressed in testicular germ cell tumors (GCTs), suggesting the important function of OCT4 as an oncogenic factor in GCTs. To understand the molecular mechanism of human OCT4 (hOCT4) in tumorigenesis as well as stemness, we identified hOCT4 transactivation(More)
2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) reduces ovulation rate in rats. The present study was to investigate whether TCDD alters the progression of cell cycle, and thus resulting in the blockade of ovulation in gonadotropin-primed, immature rats. The ovulation rate and ovarian weight were reduced in intact rats given TCDD (32 µg/kg BW in corn oil) by(More)
Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are widely used as an antibiotic agent in textiles, wound dressings, medical devices, and appliances such as refrigerators and washing machines. The increasing use of AgNPs has raised concerns about their potential risks to human health. Therefore, this study was aimed to determine the impact of AgNPs in germ cell specific(More)
We have developed a line of transgenic swine harboring recombinant human erythropoietin through microinjection into fertilized one cell pig zygotes. Milk from generations F1 and F2 transgenic females was analyzed, and hEPO was detected in milk from all lactating females at concentrations of approximately 877.9+/-92.8 IU/1 ml. The amino acid sequence of(More)
Purpose: To investigate the difference of in vitro and in vivo grown oocytes, we compared maturation, fertilization, development, and maternal gene expression from both in vitro and in vivo grown mouse oocytes. Methods: The preantral follicles isolated from 12-day-old mice were cultured on Transwell-COL membrane inserts. After culture, maturation,(More)
This study was performed to produce transgenic pigs expressing the human complement regulatory protein CD59 (hCD59) using the nuclear transfer (NT) of embryonic germ (EG) cells, which are undifferentiated stem cells derived from primordial germ cells. Because EG cells can be cultured indefinitely in an undifferentiated state, they may provide an(More)
The goal of the present study was to investigate the toxicity of biologically prepared small size of silver nanoparticles in human lung epithelial adenocarcinoma cells A549. Herein, we describe a facile method for the synthesis of silver nanoparticles by treating the supernatant from a culture of Escherichia coli with silver nitrate. The formation of silver(More)