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The antifreeze glycoprotein-fortified Antarctic notothenioid fishes comprise the predominant fish suborder in the isolated frigid Southern Ocean. Their ecological success undoubtedly entailed evolutionary acquisition of a full suite of cold-stable functions besides antifreeze protection. Prior studies of adaptive changes in these teleost fishes generally(More)
Cephalochordates, urochordates, and vertebrates comprise the three extant groups of chordates. Although higher morphological and developmental similarity exists between cephalochordates and vertebrates, molecular phylogeny studies have instead suggested that the morphologically simplified urochordates are the closest relatives to vertebrates. MicroRNAs(More)
Hepcidin is a small bioactive peptide with dual roles as an antimicrobial peptide and as the principal hormonal regulator of iron homeostasis in human and mouse. Hepcidin homologs of very similar structures are found in lower vertebrates, all comprise approximately 20-25 amino acids with 8 highly conserved cysteines forming 4 intramolecular disulfide bonds,(More)
The strength and duration of NF-κB signaling is tightly controlled at multiple levels under physiologic conditions, but the mechanism underlying constitutive activation of the NF-κB pathway in cancer remains unclear. In this study, we investigated miRNA-mediated regulation of the NF-κB cascade in breast cancer. We report that miR-892b expression was(More)
Diabetes mellitus in early pregnancy causes birth defects, including neural tube defects (NTDs). Hyperglycemia increases production of nitric oxide (NO) through NO synthase 2 (Nos2) and reactive oxygen species (ROS), generating nitrosative and oxidative stress conditions in the embryo. The present study aimed to target nitrosative stress using a naturally(More)
Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway is strictly controlled by multiple negative regulators. However, how tumor cells override the negative regulatory effects to maintain constitutive activation of Wnt/β-catenin signaling, which is commonly observed in various cancers, remains puzzling. In current study, we reported that overexpression of miR-1207 in ovarian(More)
Constitutive activation of the Wnt/β-catenin pathway promotes malignant proliferation and it is inversely correlated with the prognosis of patients with breast cancer. However, mutations in key regulators, such as APC, Axin and β-catenin, contribute to aberrant activation of the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway in various cancers, but rarely found in breast(More)
Suprabasin is a recently identified oncoprotein that is upregulated in multiple cancers. However, the clinical significance and biological role of suprabasin in human esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) remains unclear. In the current study, we reported that suprabasin was markedly overexpressed in ESCC cell lines and tissues at both mRNA and protein(More)
The plasticity of cancer stem cells (CSCs)/tumor-initiating cells (T-ICs) suggests that multiple CSC/T-IC subpopulations exist within a tumor and that multiple oncogenic pathways collaborate to maintain the CSC/T-IC state. Here, we aimed to identify potential therapeutic targets that concomitantly regulate multiple T-IC subpopulations and(More)
Zona pellucida domain-containing proteins (ZP proteins) have been identified as the principle constituents of the egg coat (EC) of diverse metazoan taxa, including jawed vertebrates, urochordates and molluscs that span hundreds of millions of years of evolutionary divergence. Although ZP proteins generally contain the zona pellucida (ZP) structural modules(More)