Kuan-Chung Chen

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A cDNA encoding a small cysteine-rich protein designated VrCRP was isolated from a bruchid-resistant mungbean. VrCRP encodes a protein of 73 amino acids containing a 27 amino acid signal peptide and 8 cysteines. On the basis of the amino acid sequence similarity and conserved residues, it is suggested that VrCRP is a member of the plant defensin family.(More)
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease that will affect quality of life and, working efficiency, and produce negative thoughts for patients. Current therapy of RA is treated with disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). Although most of these treatment methods are effective, most patients still have a pleasant experience either(More)
Alzheimer's disease is neurodegenerative disorder due to the accumulation of amyloid- β in the brain and causes dementia with ageing. Some researches indicate that the RXR agonist, Targretin, has also been used for treatment of Alzheimer's disease in mouse models. We investigate the potent candidates as RXR agonists from the vast repertoire of TCM compounds(More)
Microsomal prostaglandin E synthase-1 (mPGES-1) is the key enzyme for prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) generation during inflammation and is a potential target for designing anti-inflammatory drugs. Potential inhibitors of m-PGES-1 were selected from traditional Chinese medicine (TCM Database@Taiwan) based on the pharmacophore map generated by the top HypoGen(More)
Aberrations in cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) signaling cascade has been linked to the allergic responses that associate with the risks of stroke or cardiovascular diseases. Phosphodiesterase 4D (PDE4D) has been shown to be highly involved in cAMP regulation and is hence implied to be a potential drug target in stroke prevention. To identify(More)
Traditional medicines and herbal medicines, while having different approaches from conventional western medicine, have been recognized worldwide for their therapeutic values. The 2003 World Health Assembly (WHA) has enlisted traditional medicine as one of the major health care issues. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) 2002-2005 Traditional Medicine(More)
Uroporphyrinogen decarboxylase (UROD) has been suggested as a protectant against radiation for head and neck cancer (HNC). In this study, we employed traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) compounds from TCM Database@Taiwan (http://tcm.cmu.edu.tw/) to screen for drug-like candidates with potential UROD inhibition characteristics using virtual screening(More)
Silent information regulator 1 (Sirt1), a class III nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide dependent histone deacetylases, is important in cardioprotection, neuroprotection, metabolic disease, calorie restriction, and diseases associated with aging. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) compounds from TCM Database@Taiwan ( http://tcm.cmu.edu.tw/ ) were employed for(More)
Nowadays, the occurrence of metabolic syndrome, which is characterized by obesity and clinical disorders, has been increasing rapidly over the world. It induces several serious chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, dyslipidemia, gall bladder disease, hypertension, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, stroke, and type 2 diabetes mellitus. Peroxisome(More)
Overexpression of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), Her2, and uroporphyrinogen decarboxylase (UROD) occurs in a variety of malignant tumor tissues. UROD has potential to modulate tumor response of radiotherapy for head and neck cancer, and EGFR and Her2 are common drug targets for the treatment of head and neck cancer. This study attempts to find a(More)