Ming-Fu Chiang

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Neuroplasticity subsequent to functional angiogenesis is an important goal for cell-based therapy of ischemic neural tissues. At present, the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved are still not well understood. In this study, we isolated mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) from Wharton's jelly (WJ) to obtain clonally expanded human umbilical cord-derived(More)
Although stem cell-based treatments for stroke and other neurodegenerative diseases have advanced rapidly, there are still few clinical treatments available. In this study, rats receiving intracerebral peripheral blood hematopoietic stem cell (CD34+) (PBSC) transplantation showed much more improvement in neurological function after chronic cerebral ischemia(More)
In patients with recurrent malignant glioma, treatment-related myelodysplastic syndrome (t-MDS) and acute leukemia are rare adverse effects because the median survival after relapse is limited. We report a 44-year-old woman with t-MDS (refractory anemia with excess blasts) following treatment of recurrent anaplastic astrocytoma with temozolomide (TMZ). A(More)
Secretoneurin (SN), a neuropeptide derived from secretogranin II, promotes neurite outgrowth of immature cerebellar granule cells. SN also aids in the growth and repair of neuronal tissue, although the precise mechanisms underlying the promotion of brain tissue neuroprotection and plasticity by SN are not understood. Here, in a rat model of stroke and in(More)
Prion diseases are induced by pathologically misfolded prion protein (PrPSc), which recruit normal sialoglycoprotein PrPC by a template-directed process. In this study, we investigated the expression of PrPC in a rat model of cerebral ischemia to more fully understand its physiological role. Immunohistochemical analysis demonstrated that PrPC-immunoreactive(More)
STUDY DESIGN Using finite element models to study the biomechanics of lumbar instrumented posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) with one or two cages. OBJECTIVE Analyzing the biomechanics of instrumented PLIF with one or two cages as to evaluate whether a single cage is adequate for instrumented PLIF. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA Implantation of a(More)
1. Cellular prion protein, PrPC, is a ubiquitous glycoprotein strongly expressed in neurons with an as yet unknown biological function. In previous studies, we demonstrated that PrPC could be regulated by heat shock stress, implying that it might be a stress-responsive protein. Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) administration is a well-defined model for the study of(More)
Neuregulin-1 (NRG-1) is expressed throughout the immature and adult central nervous system and it has been demonstrated to influence the migration of a variety of cell types in developing brain. Elevated levels of NRG-1 transcript are found in the adult brain after injury, leading to the suggestion that NRG-1 is involved in the physiological response to(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE Detection of fever has become an essential step in identifying patients who may have severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) or avian influenza. This study evaluated infrared thermography (IRT) and compared the influence of different imagers, ambient temperature discrepancy, and the distance between the subject and imager. METHODS(More)
Globoid cell leukodystrophy (GLD) is a devastating lysosomal storage disease caused by deficiency of the enzyme galactocerebrosidase (GALC). Currently, there is no definite cure for GLD. Several attempts with CNS-directed gene therapy in twitcher mice (a murine model of GLD) demonstrated restricted expression of GALC activity in CNS and failure of(More)