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Hypoxia inducible factor-1 (HIF-1) is the master transcriptional regulator of the cellular response to altered oxygen levels. HIF-1α protein is elevated in most solid tumors and contributes to poor disease outcome by promoting tumor progression, metastasis, and resistance to chemotherapy. To date, the relationship between HIF-1 and these processes,(More)
Cervical cancer is a major world health problem for women, but the pathophysiology of this disease has received scant attention. Here we show that the growth and invasion of cervical cancer cells are strongly linked the expression and activity of the KCl cotransporter (KCC), an important regulator of the ionic and cellular osmotic homeostasis. Functional(More)
Na+/H+ exchanger 1 (NHE1) is involved in cell migration but little is known about the signal pathways that regulate NHE1 activity and that are associated with tumor cell invasiveness. This study is to investigate the mechanisms by which epidermal growth factor (EGF) regulates NHE1 expression to promote cervical cancer cell invasiveness and the clinical(More)
BACKGROUND A cyclic peptide-displaying phage library was used for biopanning on oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) cells to identify cancer-targeting peptides. This study was designed to characterize the receptor specificity of a candidate phage clone/peptide (phage/peptide-29) and to explore the clinical potential of this peptide. METHODS(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to investigate the clinical and pathological characteristics of uterine clear cell carcinoma (UCCC) and the treatment of this disease in relation to patient outcomes. METHODS The clinicopathological data for and the management of all patients with UCCC who presented between 1991 and 2010 at 11 member hospitals of the(More)
Licorice is a common Chinese medicinal herb with antitumor activity. Some components in licorice root have been shown to induce cell cycle arrest or apoptosis in cancer cells. This paper demonstrates for the first time that licorice Glycyrrhiza glabra and its component licochalcone-A (LA) can induce autophagy in addition to apoptosis in human LNCaP prostate(More)
Cathepsins have long been considered as housekeeping molecules. However, specific functions have also been attributed to each of these lysosomal proteases. Squamous cell carcinoma antigen (SCCA) 1, widely expressed in various uterine cervical cells, is an endogenous cathepsin (cat) L inhibitor. In this study, we investigated whether the cat L-SCCA 1(More)
Genistein, one of the major isoflavones, potently inhibits the growth and metastasis of breast cancer. However, the precise molecular mechanism in metastasis inhibition is not clear. We investigated the effect of genistein in HCC1395 cells, a cell line derived from an early-stage primary breast cancer. Genistein dose dependently both decreased cell(More)
BACKGROUND The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine provides an effective strategy against HPV infection, genital warts, and cervical cancer. While the HPV vaccine is available worldwide, acceptance outside of Western countries is unknown. The purpose of the study was to examine health beliefs and intention to obtain the HPV vaccination among undergraduate(More)
GnRH agonist (GnRH-a) therapy is known to shrink uterine leiomyoma, although the molecular mechanisms responsible for this effect remain poorly understood. Conflicting results exist as to whether GnRH-a treatment increases apoptosis in leiomyoma cells. The aim of this study is to investigate the effects of GnRH-a on uterine leiomyomas by profiling the(More)