Michael Lin Yang

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Transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta) may be important in the pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy, and captopril is effective in treating this disorder. However, the mechanisms of this therapeutic effect as related to TGF-beta and its receptors are not known. Thus, the effects of captopril on cellular growth, TGF-beta 1, and TGF-beta receptors were(More)
Advanced glycation end product (AGE) is important in the pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy, which is characterized by cellular hypertrophy/hyperplasia leading to renal fibrosis. However, the signal transduction pathways of AGE remain poorly understood. The Janus kinase (JAK)/signal transducers and activators of transcription (STAT) pathway has been(More)
Transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) may mediate high glucose effects in renal cells. Thus, Madin-Darby canine kidney cells were studied for the modulation of cell cycle regulatory proteins by high glucose (27.5 mM) and TGF-beta1. We showed that unlike other renal cells, TGF-beta1 mRNA and its bioactivity were not induced by high-glucose culture.(More)
To investigate whether the urinary excretion of epidermal growth factor (EGF) and transforming growth factor-alpha (TGF-alpha) is increased in patients with cancer of the digestive tract, EGF and TGF-alpha were determined in 109 cancer patients and 40 healthy controls. Excluding EGF in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and TGF-alpha in pancreatic cancer, both(More)
To assess the clinical relevance of transforming growth factor-beta 1 (TGF-beta 1) in the urine of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), TGF-beta 1 was measured, by radioimmunoassay, in 140 patients with HCC, 50 cirrhotic patients, 30 patients with chronic active hepatitis, and 50 healthy controls. The results indicate that there were significantly(More)
Bovine parathyroid extract and two commercial preparations containing the first 34 amino acids of synthetic bovine parathyroid hormone [bPTH-(1-34)]produced dose-related hypotension in anesthetized rats. Dogs were 10 times more sensitive to the two bPTH-(1-34) preparations than were rats. Propranolol, phentolamine, atropine, and promethazine did not affect(More)
Twenty-three of the 25 cysteine residues in apolipoprotein B-100 have been isolated directly from tryptic or peptic peptide mixtures. Sixteen cysteine residues exist in disulfide forms: Cys-1-Cys-3, Cys-2-Cys-4, Cys-5-Cys-6, Cys-7-Cys-8, Cys-9-Cys-10, Cys-11-Cys-12, Cys-13-Cys-14, and Cys-20-Cys-21. All of these except Cys-20-Cys-21 are recently discovered(More)
The complete amino acid sequence of rabbit apolipoprotein E (apoE) was determined by generating three sets of peptides using cyanogen bromide, endoproteinase AspN, and Staphylococcus aureus V8 protease to cleave the protein. Through twenty cycles of sequence analysis on the whole protein, glutamic acid was identified as the N-terminal residue of rabbit(More)
One of the mechanisms of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors in treating diabetic nephropathy is the reversal of renal hypertrophy. Hyperglycemia is the common denominator of all diabetic states. Thus, effects of captopril on high glucose (27.5 mM)-induced alterations in LLC-PK1 cells were studied as related to the facilitative glucose transporters. We(More)