Kan-Jen Tsai

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We assessed the association of three genetic polymorphisms, NAD(P)H quinone oxidoreductase (NQO1), Glutathione-S-transferase P1 (GSTP1), and manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD), with lung cancer risk in 198 cases and 332 controls in Taiwan. Overall, NQO1 and MnSOD polymorphisms were not associated with an increased risk of lung cancer. Individuals(More)
OBJECTIVES This study aimed to examine the association between promoter polymorphisms of Th1 and Th2 cytokine genes [interleukin-4 (IL-4 T-34C, A-81G, C-285T and T-589C), IL-6 (G-174C), IL-10 (A-592C and T-819C) and tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha G-238A and G-308A)] and Graves' disease (GD) in Taiwanese population. DESIGN AND METHODS Genomic DNA(More)
Arsenic methylation is an important cellular metabolic process that modulates arsenic toxicity and carcinogenicity. Biomethylation of arsenic produces a series of mono-, di- and tri-methylated arsenic metabolites that can be detected in tissues and excretions. Here we report that zebrafish exposed to arsenite (As(III)) produces organic arsenicals, including(More)
Plasmid p1258 carries the cadA gene that confers resistance to cadmium, lead, and zinc. CadA catalyzes ATP-dependent cadmium efflux from cells of Staphylococcus aureus. It is a member of the superfamily of P-type ATPases and belongs to the subfamily of soft metal ion pumps. In this study the membrane topology of this P-type ATPase was determined by(More)
Arsenic is a prevalent environmental toxin and a Group one human carcinogenic agent. Chronic arsenic exposure has been associated with many human diseases. The aim of this study is to evaluate zebrafish as an animal model to assess arsenic toxicity in elevated long-term arsenic exposure. With prolonged exposure (6 months) to various concentrations of(More)
Phenylacetate induced tumor cytostasis and differentiation. The chemotherapeutic function of the compound in lung cancer has been previously reported, however, whether or not phenylacetate performs other activities is not known. In this study, the potential usage of synthetic phenylacetate derivatives, 4-fluoro-N-butylphenylacetamides (H6) was investigated(More)
Most conventional anticancer drugs exert either anti-proliferation or anti-angiogenesis activity. Recently, searching for potential multi-target agents has become an alternative strategy for cancer treatment. Several structurally different carbazole alkaloids from either natural or synthesized sources represent an important and heterogeneous class of(More)
AQP9 is an aquaglyceroporin with a very broad substrate spectrum. In addition to its orthodox nutrient substrates, AQP9 also transports multiple neutral and ionic arsenic species including arsenic trioxide, monomethylarsenous acid (MAsIII) and dimethylarsenic acid (DMAV). Here we discovered a new group of AQP9 substrates which includes two clinical relevant(More)
Miconazole (MIC), an antifungal agent, diplays anti‑tumorigenic activity in various types of human cancers, including bladder cancer, yet its mechanism of antitumor action is not well understood. In the present study, we demonstrated that, in a cell viability assay, MIC had a cytotoxic effect on human T24, J82 and TSGH-8301 bladder cancer cells in a dose-(More)
We examined a human urothelial cancer T24 cell line, which was exposed to clinically achievable concentrations of Taxol and detected the lethal effect of Taxol as measured by a cytotoxic dose-response curve. Marked nuclear condensation and the fragmentation of chromatin were observed by DAPI stain, DNA ladder formation, and flow cytometry at an LC90(More)