Mingfen Wei

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Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) is a pleiotropic cytokine playing important roles in atherosclerosis. MIF gene deficiency and neutralizing antibodies against MIF have been reported to exert anti-atherosclerotic effects in various animal models. However, the mechanism by which MIF is induced in atherosclerotic lesions remains unclear. In the(More)
Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is the leading cause of end-stage renal disease. To date, the molecular mechanisms of DN remain largely unclear. The present study aimed to identify and characterize novel proteins involved in the development of DN by a proteomic approach. Proteomic analysis revealed that 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-CoA (HMG-CoA) synthase 2(More)
Hyperlipidemia is one of the major features of nephrotic syndrome (NS). Although many factors have been implicated in the pathogenesis of NS-related dyslipidemia, the underlying mechanisms remain largely uncharacterized. The present study was designed to examine the gene profile associated with lipid metabolism in the livers of nephrotic rats. NS was(More)
Prostaglandin E(2) (PGE(2)) is the most common prostanoid and has a variety of bioactivities including a crucial role in urogenital function. Multiple enzymes are involved in its biosynthesis. Among 3 PGE(2) terminal synthetic enzymes, membrane-associated PGE(2) synthase-2 (mPGES-2) is the most recently identified, and its role remains uncharacterized. In(More)
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