Ph.D. Ming Pan M.D.

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Glutamine is an essential nutrient for cell integrity during acidotic states such as shock, but the effect of extracellular pH on intestinal mucosal cell glutamine uptake is poorly understood. The purpose of this in vitro study was to investigate the intracellular signaling pathways involved in controlling intestinal glutamine transport during acidosis.(More)
As a precursor for nitric oxide (NO) synthesis and an immune-enhancing nutrient, amino acid L-arginine plays a critical role in maintaining intestine mucosal integrity and immune functions in sepsis. However, the relationship between intestinal arginine transport and NO synthesis in sepsis remains unclear. In the present study, we investigated the effects(More)
L-Arginine uptake by the small intestine can play a pivotal role in regulating nitric oxide synthesis and immune functions in catabolic states. We previously showed that protein kinase C (PKC) activation stimulates intestinal brush-border membrane arginine transport. However, the signaling pathways implicated in this activation have not been studied. The(More)
l-Arginine, which is intimately involved in cellular immune functions and nitric oxide biology, is transported by intestinal cells largely via transport System y+. The gut epithelium is exposed to various luminal amino acids at any given time, and therefore the purpose of this study was to study the regulation of luminal arginine transport by other amino(More)
Epidermal growth factor (EGF) in intestinal lumen regulates many gut epithelial cell functions. Influenced by growth factors at various differentiation stages, enterocytes execute the major task of absorbing nutrient amino acids. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of EGF on Na+-independent L-alanine transport in intestinal epithelial(More)
Glutamine is an essential nutrient for gut functions, but the regulation of its uptake by intestinal mucosal cells is poorly understood. Given the pivotal role of epidermal growth factor (EGF) in regulating gut metabolism, growth, and differentiation, this in vitro study was designed to investigate the intracellular signaling pathways involved in the(More)
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