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PURPOSE 3,3'-Diindolylmethane (DIM) is a natural component of cruciferous plants. It has strong antioxidant and anti-angiogenic effects and promotes the apoptosis of a variety of tumor cells. However, little is known about the critical role of DIM on cardiac hypertrophy. In the present study, we investigated the effects of DIM on cardiac hypertrophy. (More)
Several reports indicate that melatonin alleviates bleomycin (BLM)-induced pulmonary fibrosis in rodent animals. Nevertheless, the exact mechanism remains obscure. The present study investigated the effects of melatonin on endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) during BLM-induced lung fibrosis. For the induction of(More)
Patients with septic shock suffer from high mortality rates, particularly when complicated by severe myocardial depression which is characterized by hypoten-sion and a reduction in cardiac output. Inflammation is an important factor involved in the early stages of sepsis. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of the Chinese herbal(More)
The inducible IκB kinase (IKKi/IKKε) is a recently described serine-threonine IKK-related kinase. Previous studies have reported the role of IKKi in infectious diseases and cancer. However, its role in the cardiac response to pressure overload remains elusive. In this study, we investigated the effects of IKKi deficiency on the development of pathological(More)
Chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction (CIPO) is a rare intestinal motility disorder with significant morbidity and mortality in pediatric patients. The diagnosis of CIPO is difficult, because it is clinically based on the symptoms and signs of bowel obstruction which are similar to the clinical manifestations of other gastrointestinal diseases like short(More)
The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of evodiamine on fibroblast activation in cardiac fibroblasts and endothelial to mesenchymal transition (EndMT) in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs). Neonatal rat cardiac fibroblasts were stimulated with transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF-β1) to induce fibroblast activation. After(More)
Congenital heart defect (CHD) is the most common fetal defects. Copy number variations (CNVs) were demonstrated to be involved in the etiology of CHDs. We report three cases from a family diagnosed as CHDs with a rare novel duplication of Xp22.33‑p11.22. A 30‑year‑old woman, gravida 2 para 0. Her first pregnancy at 2012 was diagnosed to be dichorionic twin(More)
Pachymic acid (PA), a lanostane-type triterpenoid and the major component of Poria cocos alcoholic extracts, has various pharmacological effects, including anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative and anti-apoptotic. However, few studies have investigated the effects of PA on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced H9c2 cell apoptosis and inflammation, or identified the(More)
A novel fluorescent probe for gold ions (Au(3+)/Au(+)) is reported through blocking photoinduced electron transfer, in which a boron dipyrromethene (Bodipy) derivative reveals high selectivity and sensitivity in a gold-catalyzed intramolecular hydroamination, and is successfully applied to fluorescence imaging of Au(3+) in living cells.
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