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Twist, a newly found EMT-inducer, has been reported to be up-regulated in those of diffuse-type gastric carcinomas with high N-cadherin level. We show here MKN45, a cell line derived from undifferentiated carcinomas cells, expresses high levels of Twist. Down-regulation of Twist, using an antisense Twist vector in MKN45 cells, inhibits cell migration and(More)
It has been suggested that interstitial Cajal-like cells (ICLC) may be involved in the spontaneous rhythmic electrical activities of the extrahepatic bile duct system. The present study investigated the distribution and characteristics of ICLC, which are immunopositive for CD117/ Kit receptor tyrosine kinase, using immunohistochemistry employing a(More)
AIM To investigate the association between endogenous hydrogen sulfide (H₂S) and portal hypertension as well as its effect on vascular smooth muscle cells. METHODS Portal hypertension patients were categorized by Child-Pugh score based on bilirubin and albumin levels, prothrombin time, ascites and hepatic encephalopathy. Plasma H₂S concentrations and(More)
Although aberrant DNA methylation has been implicated in the pathophysiology of lung cancer, the role of methylation in multidrug resistance (MDR) of lung cancer has remained unclear. To investigate whether certain distinct DNA methylation pattern is associated with acquired MDR of lung adenocarcinoma, methylated-DNA immunoprecipitation-chromatin(More)
The search of a practical method to analyze cis-diol-containing compounds outside laboratory settings remains a substantial scientific challenge. Herein, a smartphone-based colorimetric reader was coupled with a remote server for rapid on-site analysis of catechols. A smallest-scale 2×2 colorimetric sensor array composed of pH indicators and phenylboronic(More)
This paper aimed at investigating the alterations in interstitial cells of Cajal (ICCs) in the murine small intestine from 0-day to 56-day post-partum (P0–P56) by immunohistochemistry. The Kit+ ICCs, which were situated around myenteric nerve plexus (ICC-MY) formed a loose cellular network at P0 which changed into an intact one before P32. The density of(More)
The noncovalent interaction of dibenzoyl peroxide and beta-cyclodextin (beta-CD) has been studied by spectrophotometry. The mechanism of the inclusion was studied. The results showed that beta-CD reacts with dibenzoyl peroxide to form a 2:1 host-guest complex with an apparent formation constant of 2.5 x 10(4)mol(-2)L(2). The beta-CD reacts with benzoic acid(More)
Multiple studies have hypothesized parity is associated with pancreatic cancer risk but obtained conflicting results. We conducted a meta-analysis (including a dose-response approach) of current available epidemiologic studies to investigate the association between parity and risk of pancreatic cancer. Ten cohort studies and ten case-control studies(More)
Although it is well known that the reduction of interstitial cells of Cajal (ICCs) is associated with several gastrointestinal motility disorders in clinic, it is unknown whether the mature ICCs still have an active plasticity in adult mammals. This study focused on the issues of the reduction of ICCs during Imatinib administration and the recovery of ICCs(More)
BACKGROUND The various layers of the scalp are widely used in reconstructive procedures. The technique used for soft tissue coverage seems to influence the framework extrusion rate in auricular reconstruction. We have investigated the role of the postauricular fascial flap in providing ample, thin neurovascular cover to facilitate ear reconstruction in(More)