Li-Hong Zhou

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To investigate associations among occupational exposure to coke oven emissions (COEs), oxidative stress, cytogenotoxic effects, change in the metabolizing enzyme glutathione S-transferase (GST), and internal levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in coke oven workers, we recruited 47 male coke oven workers and 31 male control subjects from a coke(More)
In order to facilitate the producer of polyketide pathway, four different transformation methods were tested and compared in an attempt to develop the genetic transformation system of Monascus sp. Using vector pBC-Hygro, the fungus was transformed to be hygromycin B-resistant, by conventional transformation as well as electroporation based on protoplast,(More)
This study provided an experimental evidence for the use of cyclen (1, 4, 7, 10-tetraazacyclododecane)-based polymer for gene delivery. The interesting interaction of the polymer with plasmid DNA was studied by using fluorescence titration, circular dichroism spectra, agarose gel electrophoresis and atomic force microscopy. It was found that polyplex was(More)
The synthesis and characterization of a novel macrocyclic polyamine cationic lipid containing an imidazolium salt group is reported. Its interaction with plasmid DNA was studied by gel electrophoresis and fluorescence quenching experiments. The transfection activity of target compound as a gene delivery vector was also investigated. The results showed that(More)
A series of the copper (II) complexes 5a-d of estrogen-macrocyclic polyamine conjugates were synthesized and characterized. The interactions of complexes 5a-d with DNA were studied by fluorescence spectroscopy and gel electrophoresis under physiological conditions. The results indicate that the conjugated estrogens have increased the cleavage efficiency of(More)
Vertebrate gamma-interferon inducible lysosomal thiol reductase (GILT) is an IFN-γ-inducible protein and is involved in MHCII-restricted antigen processing and cross-presentation of MHCI-restricted antigens in adaptive immunity. Outside of the endocytic MHC pathway, GILT regulates the cellular redox state, inhibits T cell activation, neutralizes(More)
The novel linear polymer of a macrocyclic polyamine copper (II) complex, which has many cyclen groups linked by epichlorohydrin, has been synthesized as a DNA cleavage agent. The structure of the polymer 3 was identified by 1HNMR and IR and its molecular weight was measured by GPC. The result of agarose gel electrophoresis assay showed that Cu-(II) complex(More)
3-Chloro-4-(dichloromethyl)-5-hydroxy-2(5H)-furanone (MX), a water chlorine disinfection byproduct, can induce DNA damage (e.g., modification of nucleotides and DNA strand breaks) and subsequent DNA repair in vitro. However, the underlying mechanism(s) how DNA damage is induced by MX is unknown. We hypothesized that MX may cause oxidative stress that leads(More)
A novel copper (II) complex of Schiff base prepared through condensation between 2-formyl-17-deoxyestrone and d-glucosamine was synthesized and characterized. Fluorescence spectroscopy was conducted to assess their binding ability with CT-DNA. The results showed that the copper (II) complex could bind to DNA with a weak intercalative mode. The interaction(More)