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Gastric cancer is one of the most common cancers worldwide, and there are clinical caveats in predicting tumor response to chemotherapy. This study describes the construction of an in vitro pharmacogenomic database, and the selection of genes associated with chemosensitivity in gastric cancer cell lines. Gene expression and chemosensitivity databases were(More)
Insulin resistance is the primary cause responsible for type 2 diabetes. Phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN) plays a negative role in insulin signaling and its inhibition improves insulin sensitivity. Metformin is a widely used insulin-sensitizing drug; however, the mechanism by which metformin acts is poorly understood. To gain insight into the role of(More)
Curcumin has been shown to exert a variety of beneficial human health effects. However, mechanisms by which curcumin acts are poorly understood. In this study, we report that curcumin activated AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) and increased glucose uptake in rat L6 myotubes. In addition, curcumin activated the mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase(More)
A strain of Legionella pneumophila (designated Concord 3) was isolated from a postmortem lung specimen of a patient with pneumonia. Direct fluorescent-antibody and immunoelectrophoresis tests, using absorbed and unabsorbed reagents prepared to this and other strains of legionellae, indicated that the Concord 3 strain represents a new serogroup of L.(More)
OBJECTIVES Significant variability in the efficacy and toxicity of an anticancer drug is observed in cancer patients. Currently, there are no standard tools for prediction of a patient's tumor response or his risk of adverse events to chemotherapy. METHODS We investigate an association between polymorphisms of gemcitabine metabolism-related genes and its(More)
The relationship between protein arginine methyltransferases (PRMTs) and insulin synthesis in β cells is not yet well understood. In the present study, we showed that PRMT4 expression was increased in INS-1 and HIT-T15 pancreatic β cells under high-glucose conditions. In addition, asymmetric dimethylation of Arg17 in histone H3 was significantly increased(More)
Coenzyme Q10(CoQ10) is a known anti-adipogenic factor. However, the mechanism by which CoQ10 acts is unclear. In this study, we found that CoQ10 increased the phosphorylation of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) in 3T3-L1preadipocytes. CoQ10 induced an increase in cytoplasmic calcium concentrations, which is reflected by increased Fluo-3 intensity under(More)
The gene MT3-MMP (also known as MMP16) encodes the membrane type 3 matrix metalloproteinase, which is a member of the matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) gene family. Several MMPs are associated with migration in colorectal cancer (CRC). However, the methylation status of the MT3-MMP promoter in CRC has not been reported. The methylation status and expression(More)
Metformin is a leading oral anti-diabetes mellitus medication and is known to stimulate GLUT4 translocation. However, the mechanism by which metformin acts is still largely unknown. Here, we showed that short time treatment with metformin rapidly increased phosphorylation of Cbl in an AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK)-dependent fashion in 3T3-L1(More)
Retinoic acid (RA) is one of the major components of vitamin A. In the present study, we found that retinoic acid activated AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK). RA induced Rac1-GTP formation and phosphorylation of its downstream target, p21-activated kinase (PAK), whereas the inhibition of AMPK blocked RA-induced Rac1 activation. Moreover, cofilin, an actin(More)