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MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small non-coding RNAs that play important roles in regulation of eukaryotic gene expression. Aberrant expression and structural alternation of miRNAs are considered to participate in tumorigenesis and cancer development. Recently, different genotypes of miR-196a polymorphisms (SNP, rs11614913) were found to be associated with the(More)
Most of dual-specificity protein phosphatases (DSPs) play an important role in the regulation of mitogenic signal transduction and controlling the cell cycle in response to extracellular stimuli. In this study, a novel human dual-specificity protein phosphatases gene named dual-specificity phosphatase 23 (DUSP23) was isolated by large-scale sequencing(More)
BACKGROUND Epidermal growth factor (EGF) is critical in cancer process. EGF and EGF receptor (EGFR) interaction plays a pivotal role in cell proliferation, differentiation, and tumorigenesis of epithelial tissues. Variations of the EGF +61G/A (rs4444903) may lead to an alteration in EGF production and/or activity, which can result in individual(More)
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are critical factors in regulating morphogenesis, mating, infection and virulence in fungi. In this study, various computational strategies were applied to identify GPCR-like proteins from the genomes of both Verticillium dahliae and Verticillium albo-atrum. The putative GPCRs were distributed over 13 classes, and(More)
Insulin-like growth factor-I modulates cell growth and survival, and is thought to be important in tumor development. A (CA)19 repeat polymorphism in the promoter region of IGF-I gene that may affect transcription activity has been implicated as a risk factor for cancer, but individual studies have been inconclusive or controversial. Therefore, we performed(More)
Checkpoint kinase (CHEK) 2, a tumor suppressor gene, plays an essential role in the DNA damage checkpoint response cascade. We first investigated two polymorphisms in the proximal promoter of the CHEK2 gene and evaluated their associations with the risk of lung cancer in a case-control study using 500 incident lung cancer cases and 517 cancer-free controls.(More)
BACKGROUND Rs11614913 is a polymorphism in hsa-miR-196a2 reported to alter mature microRNA expression and function. This single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) was reported to be associated with susceptibility and prognosis of lung cancer. METHODS In this article, association study was performed to reveal the relation between SNP and response rate or severe(More)
Densin-180 is a brain-specific synaptic protein of the o-sialoglycoprotein family. It functions in specific adhesion between presynaptic and postsynaptic membranes at glutamatergic synapses. We have cloned a novel splice variant of densin-180 from a fetal brain cDNA library and termed it LRRC7. It is located on 1p31 and consists of 8 exons. It encodes a(More)
Axon-associated cell adhesion molecules (AxCAMs) of the immunoglobulin superfamily play important roles in the formation, maintenance, and plasticity of functional neuronal networks. Contactin4 ( CNTN4, BIG-2) is a member of the TAG-1/F3 subgroup of AxCAMs. We have cloned a novel splice variant of CNTN4, and term it CNTN4A. The complete nucleotide sequence(More)
Elevated levels of both reactive oxygen species (ROS) and DNA methylation are characteristic of various types of cancer cells. However, the relation between these two is not well understood. Here we will discuss the cause-consequence relationship between ROS and DNA methylation. Cancer research reveals that disregulation of DNA methylation results in(More)