Jyh Chang Jean

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Two populations of Nkx2-1(+) progenitors in the developing foregut endoderm give rise to the entire postnatal lung and thyroid epithelium, but little is known about these cells because they are difficult to isolate in a pure form. We demonstrate here the purification and directed differentiation of primordial lung and thyroid progenitors derived from mouse(More)
Several recent observations have suggested that cytosine methylation has a role in the in vivo transcriptional regulation of cell-specific genes in normal cells. We hypothesized that methylation regulates T1alpha, a gene expressed primarily in lung in adult rodents. In fetuses T1alpha is expressed in several organs, including the entire nervous system, but(More)
gamma-Glutamyl transferase (GGT) is critical to glutathione homeostasis by providing substrates for glutathione synthesis. We hypothesized that loss of GGT would cause oxidant stress in the lung. We compared the lungs of GGT(enu1) mice, a genetic model of GGT deficiency, with normal mice in normoxia to study this hypothesis. We found GGT promoter 3 (P3)(More)
We identified Bax inhibitor-1, BI-1, as a developmentally regulated gene product in perinatal lung using suppressive subtractive hybridization. BI-1 is a novel suppressor of apoptosis that was previously cloned as testis-enhanced gene transcript (TEGT). However, sequence analysis of lung BI-1 revealed unique nucleotides starting 29 bases upstream of the ATG(More)
GGTenul, a recently described genetic murine model of gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT) deficiency, was induced by the point mutagen N-ethyl-N-nitrosourea and is inherited as an autosomal recessive trait. The phenotype of systemic GGT deficiency suggested a mutation site within the cDNA coding region which is common in all GGT transcripts. To identify this(More)
Jean, Jyh Chang, Yue Liu, Lou Ann Brown, Robert E. Marc, Elizabeth Klings, and Martin Joyce-Brady. -Glutamyl transferase deficiency results in lung oxidant stress in normoxia. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol 283: L766–L776, 2002. First published May 3, 2002; 10.1152/ ajplung.00250.2000.— -Glutamyl transferase (GGT) is critical to glutathione homeostasis(More)
Although use of multiple alternative first exons generates unique noncoding 5'-ends for gamma-glutamyltransferase (GGT) cDNAs in several species, we show here that alternative splicing events also alter coding exons in mouse GGT to produce at least four protein isoforms. GGTDelta1 introduces CAG four bases upstream of the primary ATG codon and encodes an(More)
Although RNA interference (RNAi) has become a ubiquitous laboratory tool since its discovery 12 years ago, in vivo delivery to selected cell types remains a major technical challenge. Here, we report the use of lentiviral vectors for long-term in vivo delivery of RNAi selectively to resident alveolar macrophages (AMs), key immune effector cells in the lung.(More)
Differentiation of functional thyroid epithelia from pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) holds the potential for application in regenerative medicine. However, progress toward this goal is hampered by incomplete understanding of the signaling pathways needed for directed differentiation without forced overexpression of exogenous transgenes. Here we use mouse PSCs(More)
The bradykinin (BK) B2 receptor cDNA was synthesized by rt-PCR and transfected into the Chinese hamster lung fibroblasts, CCL39. The CCL39 do not contain the mRNA for this receptor and do not bind BK. Clones of transfected cells were screened for BK receptor mRNA, binding of BK, and for [Ca2+]i response to BK. The clones showed various levels of receptor(More)