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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)
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)
Gliomas are aggressive brain tumor. Association studies were consistent for an inverse association between asthma and allergic conditions (IgE levels) and risk of glioma. Studies reported that the IL-4Ra, IL-13 and STAT6 genes played a relatively strong role in IgE production or allergy. This population-based case-control study aimed to find potential(More)
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 susceptibility to brain(More)
SPP1 was found to be significantly upregulated in many kinds of malignant tumors, including gliomas. Considering that gene polymorphisms have been implicated in the development of gliomas, we performed an association study between SPP1 functional promoter region polymorphisms and glioma risk in a Chinese population. We found significant evidence of an(More)
We report here cloning and characterization of a novel human gene, termed VMP, which is a vesicular membrane protein. RT-PCR analysis shows that VMP is expressed exclusively in brain of the 16 tissues examined, suggesting that it is a neuron-specific membrane protein. The cDNA encodes 195 amino acid with a putative molecular weight of about 24 KDa. VMP(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)
Hydroxysteroid dehydrogenases (HSDs) are responsible for the biosynthesis of steroid hormones and play a crucial role in mammalian physiology and development. By large-scale sequencing analysis of a human fetal brain cDNA library, we isolated a novel human hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase-like cDNA (HSDL2). This cDNA is 3211 bp in length, encoding a(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)