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Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs)-based therapies have had positive outcomes in animal models of cardiovascular diseases. However, the number and function of MSCs decline with age, reducing their ability to contribute to endogenous injury repair. The potential of stem cells to restore damaged tissue in older individuals can be improved by specific pretreatment(More)
BACKGROUND Because of their regenerative and paracrine abilities, cardiac stem cells (CSCs) are the most appropriate, optimal and promising candidates for the development of cardiac regenerative medicine strategies. However, native and exogenous CSCs in ischemic hearts are exposed to various pro-apoptotic or cytotoxic factors preventing their regenerative(More)
Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) is a critical inflammatory cytokine that was recently associated with progenitor cell survival and potently inhibits apoptosis. We examined the protective effect of MIF on hypoxia/serum deprivation (SD)-induced apoptosis of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), as well as the possible mechanisms. MSCs were obtained from(More)
Angiopoietin-like 4 (ANGPTL4) is a potential anti-apoptotic agent for various cells. We examined the protective effect of ANGPTL4 on hypoxia/serum deprivation (SD)-induced apoptosis of MSCs, as well as the possible mechanisms. MSCs were obtained from rat bone marrow and cultured in vitro. Apoptosis was induced by hypoxia/SD for up to 24 hr, and assessed by(More)
Bone marrow (BM)-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) represent the leading candidate cell for tissue regeneration in the ischemic myocardium. However, the poor survival of stem cells transplanted into the ischemic myocardium presents a major obstacle in stem cell-based therapy. C1q tumor necrosis factor-related protein 3 (CTRP3) is a newly identified(More)
In the present study we investigated the effects of dietary fats containing predominantly PUFA, monounsaturated FA (MUFA), or saturated FA (SFA) on lipid profile and liver cholesterol 7α-hydroxylase (CYP7α1) mRNA expression and bile acid production in C57BL/6J mice. The animals (n=75) were randomly divided into five groups and fed a basic chow diet(More)
The complete chloroplast (cp) genome sequence of the Oriental white oak: Quercus aliena Blume, the first sequenced member of the section Quercus, is reported in this study. The length of cp genome size is 160,921 bp, with 36.9% GC content. A pair of 25,841 bp inverted repeat regions (IRs) is separated by a 90,258 bp large single copy region (LSC) and an(More)
AIMS Precursors of dendritic cells (DCs) are able to differentiate into macrophages induced by some tumor-associated molecules; however, whether peripheral mature DCs could differentiate into macrophages remains unknown. This study was designed to find out whether ovarian cancer cells could induce peripheral mature DCs to differentiate into macrophages. (More)
This paper introduced a novel a priori probability aided (APPA) carrier phase recovery and signal detection algorithm. The algorithm utilized the soft value of the extrinsic information generated by iterative MAP decoders by means of iteration after iteration. This method provided robust carrier phase estimation along with reliable signal decoding with a(More)
Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) is an anti‑apoptotic agent in various cell types and protects the heart from stress‑induced injury by modulating autophagy. Autophagy, a conserved pathway for bulk degradation of intracellular proteins and organelles, helps to preserve and recycle energy and nutrients for cells to survive during starvation. The(More)