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Trust is critical to the success of e-commerce. Despite the richness of e-trust literature, it is lack of empirical research on this area. So in this paper, we made a review on the e-commerce trust studies, both the literature and empirical studies. Basing on relevant trust literatures we presented a web trust-inducing model and proposed four hypotheses.(More)
Akt kinases control essential cellular functions, including proliferation, apoptosis, metabolism and transcription, and have been proposed as promising targets for treatment of angiogenesis-dependent pathologies, such as cancer and ischemic injury. But their precise roles in neovascularization remain elusive. Here we show that Akt1 is the predominant(More)
The molecular mechanism leading to the cancer metastasis to bone is poorly understood but yet determines prognosis and therapy. Here, we define a new molecular pathway that may account for the extraordinarily high osteotropism of prostate cancer. By using SPARC (secreted protein, acidic and rich in cysteine)-deficient mice and recombinant SPARC, we(More)
Dyslipidemia is associated with a prothrombotic phenotype; however, the mechanisms responsible for enhanced platelet reactivity remain unclear. Proatherosclerotic lipid abnormalities are associated with both enhanced oxidant stress and the generation of biologically active oxidized lipids, including potential ligands for the scavenger receptor CD36, a major(More)
Akt, also known as Protein kinase B (PKB), regulates essential cellular functions such as migration, proliferation, differentiation, apoptosis, and metabolism. Akt influences the expression and/or activity of various pro- and anti-angiogenic factors and Akt isoforms (Akt1, Akt2 and Akt3) have been proposed as therapeutic targets for angiogenesis-related(More)
We investigated the role of Akt-1, one of the major downstream effectors of phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K), in platelet function using mice in which the gene for Akt-1 had been inactivated. Using ex vivo techniques, we showed that Akt-1-deficient mice exhibited impaired platelet aggregation and spreading in response to various agonists. These differences(More)
Expression of cell adhesion molecules (CAM) responsible for leukocyte-endothelium interactions plays a crucial role in inflammation and atherogenesis. Up-regulation of vascular CAM-1 (VCAM-1), intracellular CAM-1 (ICAM-1), and E-selectin expression promotes monocyte recruitment to sites of injury and is considered to be a critical step in atherosclerotic(More)
Integrins, transmembrane glycoprotein receptors, play vital roles in pathological angiogenesis, but their precise regulatory functions are not completely understood and remain controversial. This study aims to assess the regulatory functions of individual beta subunits of endothelial integrins in angiogenic responses induced by vascular endothelial growth(More)
The capacity of an adenovirus encoding the mature form of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-D, VEGF-D Delta N Delta C, to induce angiogenesis, lymphangiogenesis, or both was analyzed in 2 distinct in vivo models. We first demonstrated in vitro that VEGF-D Delta N Delta C encoded by the adenovirus (Ad-VEGF-D Delta N Delta C) is capable of inducing(More)
Mechanisms of metastasis, the major complication of prostate cancer, are poorly understood. In this study, we define molecular mechanisms that may contribute to the highly invasive potential of prostate cancer cells. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), its receptors (VEGFRs), and alpha5beta1 integrin were expressed by prostate cancer cells in vitro(More)