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Long noncoding RNA (lncRNA) HOX transcript antisense RNA (HOTAIR), which could induce genome-wide retargeting of polycomb-repressive complex 2, trimethylates histone H3 lysine-27 (H3K27me3) and deregulation of multiple downstream genes, is involved in development and progression of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). We hypothesized that the(More)
Sustained elevation in the intracellular Ca2+ concentration via Ca2+ influx, which is activated by a variety of mechanisms, plays a central regulatory role for cardiovascular functions. Recent molecular biological research has disclosed an unexpectedly diverse array of Ca(2+-entry channel molecules involved in this Ca2+ influx. These include more than ten(More)
We investigated, by using the patch clamp technique, Ca2+-mediated regulation of heterologously expressed TRPC6 and TRPC7 proteins in HEK293 cells, two closely related homologues of the transient receptor potential (TRP) family and molecular candidates for native receptor-operated Ca2+ entry channels. With nystatin-perforated recording, the magnitude and(More)
Chemerin is a newly discovered adipokine which has been found closely associated with obesity, metabolic syndrome (MetS), and inflammatory status. This study will investigate whether serum chemerin levels are associated with coronary artery disease (CAD) independently of other cardiovascular risk factors. This study included a total of 430 subjects (239(More)
1. Pharmacological properties of nifedipine-insensitive, high voltage-activated Ca(2+) channels in rat mesenteric terminal arteries (NICCs) were investigated and compared with those of alpha1E and alpha1G heterologously expressed in BHK and HEK293 cells respectively, using the patch clamp technique. 2. With 10 mM Ba(2+) as the charge carrier, rat NICCs(More)
We investigated the possible involvement of the melastatin family protein TRPM7 in Ca(2+)-mediated proliferative control of human retinoblastoma (RB) cells. The growth of RB cell was facilitated by elevating the extracellular Ca(2+) concentration with a parallel increase in the magnitude of spontaneous Ca(2+) influx. Under nystatin-perforated voltage-clamp,(More)
BACKGROUND Tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) could induce apoptosis of HIV-1-infected monocyte-derived macrophage (MDM), but the molecular mechanisms are not well understood. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS By using an HIV-1 Env-pseudotyped virus (HIV-1 PV)-infected MDM cell model we demonstrate that HIV-1 PV infection(More)
As a tumor suppressor, breast cancer susceptibility gene 1 (BRCA1) plays a pivotal role in maintaining genomic stability. A functional rs799917 T>C polymorphism located in the BRCA1 coding sequence could influence miR-638-mediated regulation of BRCA1 expression. Therefore, we examined the association between this polymorphism and esophageal squamous cell(More)
The oncoprotein MDM4 plays an essential role in P53 tumor suppressor pathway through negative regulation of P53 function. It has been reported that the rs4245739 A > C polymorphism located in the MDM4 3′-untranslated region creates a miR-191 target site and results in decreased MDM4 expression. Therefore, we investigated the association of the MDM4(More)
Clopidogrel is an antiplatelet agent widely used in cardiovascular diseases and an inactive prodrug that needs to be converted to an active metabolite in two sequential metabolic steps. Several CYP450 isoforms involved in these two steps have been described, although the relative contribution in vivo of each enzyme is still under debate. CYP2C19 is(More)