Ming Chia Hsu

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Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) is a cytoprotective enzyme activated by various phytochemicals and we examined the ability of Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), the major constituent of green tea, to upregulate HO-1 expression in endothelial cells (ECs). We demonstrate that EGCG induces HO-1 expression in a concentration- and time-dependent manner. Furthermore,(More)
The human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1) trans-activator Tat is an attractive target for the development of antiviral drugs because inhibition of Tat would arrest the virus at an early stage. The drug Ro 5-3335 [7-chloro-5-(2-pyrryl)-3H-1,4-benzodiazepine-2(H)-one], inhibited gene expression by HIV-1 at the level of transcriptional trans-activation by(More)
The transactivator of transcription, Tat, of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) is required for viral replication. Inhibition of Tat function could have the potential to keep integrated provirus in dormancy. In the presence of Tat, Ro 24-7429, an analog of Ro 5-3335, inhibited expression of indicator genes controlled by the HIV-1 long terminal(More)
Recombinant HIV-1 Tat (Tat 1-86) has been purified from the cytoplasmic fraction of Escherichia coli without the use of protein denaturants or chaotropic agents. Chloroquine-mediated uptake of the purified protein into cells resulted in transactivation of the HIV LTR promoter. Tat retains 1.64 mol of Zn2+/mol of protein by atomic absorption spectroscopy.(More)
Recombinant Rev protein of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 has been expressed in Escherichia coli and purified by ion-exchange and gel-filtration chromatography. Specific binding of the purified protein to the Rev-responsive element of the viral RNA is demonstrated. Physical characterization of the purified protein by circular dichroism and intrinsic(More)
Recent work on a prokaryotic membrane protein, gene III protein (pIII) of coliphage f1, showed that polypeptide segments of sufficient hydrophobicity functioned to stop transfer of the polypeptide across the cell membrane: strings of 16 or more hydrophobic amino acids sufficed. A fusion-related hydrophobic domain (FRHD) of Sendai F protein, a sequence of 26(More)
Resveratrol, a polyphenolic phytoaxelin present in red wine, has been suggested to protect against atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease because of its antioxidant effects. Intercellular adhesion molecule (ICAM-1), induced by cytokines, has been hypothesized to play a role in the early events during atherosclerosis. In this study we tested the effects(More)
The characteristics of fusion of the membrane of Sendai virus with that of liposomes has been investigated using two different methods to monitor the fusion reaction. The first method, which permits quantitation of lipid fused with virus, depends on separation by centrifugation of unfused liposomes from those fused with virus. The second involves the(More)
Trypsin cleaves the fusion protein (F) of wild-type Sendai virus into two disulfide-linked polypeptides, F1 and F2, and thereby activates the membrane fusion activity of the virus. A. Scheid and P.W. Choppin [1976). Virology, 265-277) selected mutant viruses of which the F protein could be activated by different proteases, either elastase, chymotrypsin, or(More)