Ming-Yi Shen

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Antrodia camphorata (A. camphorata) is well-known in Taiwan as a traditional Chinese medicine. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the ability of A. camphorata extracts to protect against oxidative stress in vitro and against carbon tetrachloride (CCl(4))-induced hepatic injury in vivo. An extract of A. camphorata inhibited nonenzymatic iron-induced(More)
Nobiletin, a bioactive polymethoxylated flavone (5,6,7,8,3(') ,4(') -hexamethoxyflavone), is abundant in citrus fruit peel. Although nobiletin exhibits antitumor activity against various cancer cells, the effect of nobiletin on glioma cells remains unclear. The aim of this study was to determine the effects of nobiletin on the human U87 and Hs683 glioma(More)
2,2,5,7,8-Pentamethyl-6-hydroxychromane (PMC) is the most potent analogue of alpha-tocopherol for anti-oxidation. It is more hydrophilic than other alpha-tocopherol derivatives and has potent free radical-scavenging activity. In the present study, PMC significantly attenuated middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO)-induced focal cerebral ischemia in rats.(More)
Prevailing evidence suggests that amyloid beta peptide (Abeta), a key mediator in age-dependent neuronal and cerebrovascular degeneration, activates death signaling processes leading to neuronal as well as non-neuronal cell death in the central nervous system. A major cellular event in Abeta-induced death of non-neuronal cells, including cerebral(More)
In this study, magnesium sulphate dose-dependently (0.6-3.0 mmol/l) inhibited platelet aggregation in human platelets stimulated by agonists. Furthermore, magnesium sulphate (3.0 mmol/l) markedly interfered with the binding of fluorescein isothiocanate-triflavin to the glycoprotein (GP)IIb/IIIa complex in platelets stimulated by collagen. Magnesium sulphate(More)
The amyloid beta peptide (Abeta), a mediator of neuronal and vascular degeneration in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease and cerebral amyloid angiopathy may have peripheral actions. Platelets are enriched with Abeta and have been shown to enhance platelet actions. However, the detailed signaling pathways through which Abeta activates platelets have not(More)
Electronegative low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is a recognized factor in the pathogenesis of coronary artery disease (CAD) in the general population, but its role in the development of CAD in uremia patients is unknown. L5 is the most electronegative subfraction of LDL isolated from human plasma. In this study, we examined the distribution of L5 (L5%) and(More)
In the present study, the signal pathways involved in NO formation and iNOS expression in RAW 264.7 macrophages stimulated by LTA were investigated. We also compared the relative inhibitory activities and mechanisms of PMC, a novel potent antioxidant of alpha-tocopherol derivatives, with those of YC-1, an sGC activator, on the induction of iNOS expression(More)
Aristolochic acid (AsA) is produced from Aristolochia fangchi, and has been used as a Chinese herbal medicine. AsA possesses various biological activities including antiplatelet, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. The aim of this study was to examine the mechanisms of AsA in inhibiting platelet aggregation. AsA (75 - 150 microM) exhibited(More)
Kinetin has been shown to have anti-aging effects on several different systems, including plants and human cells. Recently, we demonstrated that kinetin markedly inhibited platelet aggregation in washed human platelets. In the present study, an electron spin resonance (ESR) method was used to further evaluate the scavenging activity of kinetin on the free(More)