Kur-Ta Cheng

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In a previous study, we evaluated the effect of baicalin on the expression of SP-A (surfactant protein A), which was developmentally regulated in an alveolar type II cell, H441. SP-A is encoded by two similar genes, SP-A1 and SP-A2, in humans. The maximal induction of SP-A1 gene of H441 occurred at treating 150 nM of baicalin for 48 h. In the present study,(More)
Anoectochilus formosanus (AF) is a popular folk medicine in Taiwan whose pharmacological effects have been characterized. In this work we investigated the antioxidant properties of an aqueous extract prepared from AF. The AF extract was capable of scavenging H2O2 in a dose-dependent manner. We induced oxidative stress in HL-60 cells, either by the addition(More)
BACKGROUND Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes), a gram-positive anaerobic bacterium, plays a critical role in the development of inflammatory lesion as a result of cytokines production by keratinocytes and macrophages activation. However, effect of P. acnes on iNOS/NO and COX-2/PGE2 production in macrophages is still uninvestigated. OBJECTIVE This study(More)
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE Phellinus linteus (Berkeley & Curtis), a well-known medical fungus, has long been used as a traditional medicine in Oriental countries to treat various diseases, and hispolon (HIS) is one of its bioactive components. HIS is known to possess potent antineoplastic and antiviral properties; however, its effect on inflammatory(More)
A new biflavonoid, 2,3-dihydro-4',4'''-di-O-methylamentoflavone (5), and five known compounds, (-)-catechin (1), quercetin (2), 2,3-dihydrosciadopitysin (3), sciadopitysin (4), and isoginkgetin (6), were isolated from Podocarpus macrophyllus var. macrophyllus (Podocarpaceae). These compounds were evaluated their ability to inhibit cellular tyrosinase(More)
Commercial pectins with different degrees of esterification (DE) were reacted with equal volumes of 2 M alkaline hydroxylamine (pH 12.0) at room temperature for 4 h to prepare pectin hydroxamic acids (PHAs; DE94T4, DE65T4, and DE25T4) according to a previously reported method (Hou et al., J. Agric. Food Chem. 2003, 51, 6362-6366) and were used to test the(More)
An increasing number of studies show that AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) activation can inhibit apoptosis. To clarify the antitumor mechanism of caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE) and achieve increased therapeutic efficiency, we investigated the potential roles of AMPK and autophagy in CAPE treatment against C6 glioma cells. The roles of AMPK and(More)
A method was developed for rapid identification of Dendrobium species by a dot blot hybridization assay. The dot blot system is based on species-specific amplified fragments derived from the internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region of different Dendrobium species as target DNA, which were blotted as dots on the nylon membrane. A small aliquot of the ITS(More)
Baicalin is a flavonoid compound purified from the medicinal plant Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi and has been reported to stimulate surfactant protein (SP)-A gene expression in human lung epithelial cell lines (H441). The aims of this study were to determine whether maternal baicalin treatment could increase lung surfactant production and induce lung(More)
DNA topoisomerase I (TOP1) levels of several human neoplasms are higher than those of normal tissues. TOP1 inhibitors are widely used in treating conventional therapy-resistant ovarian cancers. However, patients may develop resistance to TOP1 inhibitors, hampering chemotherapy success. In this study, we examined the mechanisms associated with the(More)