Rong-ying Li

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Graves' disease (GD) is one of the most common human autoimmune diseases, and recent data estimated a prevalence of clinical hyperthyroidism of 0.25-1.09% in the population. Several reports have linked GD to the region 5q12-q33; and a locus between markers D5s436 and D5s434 was specifically linked to GD susceptibility in the Chinese population. In the(More)
CONTEXT Mimecan, a secretory protein, belongs to a family of small leucine-rich proteoglycans (SLRPs). The physiological functions of mimecan have not been fully understood. OBJECTIVE We hypothesize that the mimecan gene expressed in the human pituitary and regulated by pituitary transcription factor-1 (Pit-1) might act as a marker for diagnosing(More)
Although circulating ghrelin levels correlate inversely with adiposity at baseline, little is known about the effect of percent visceral adipose tissue value (PVATV) on ghrelin expression and secretion in response to fasting. Our study demonstrated that ghrelin increased with 24-h fasting in rats with the lowest PVATV (less than 6%), after 3 days in rats(More)
Ninety-eight genes/ESTs with differential expressions in epididymal adipose tissue of fed and 3-day fasting (F3) rats were identified by microarray analysis. Genes for lipogenesis, glycolysis, and glucose aerobic oxidation were decreased in response to starvation. Further study was performed to investigate the expression patterns of these genes in rat(More)
AIM To investigate the expression of feeding-related peptide receptors mRNA in GT1-7 cell line and roles of leptin and orexins in the control of GnRH secretion. METHODS Receptors of bombesin3, cholecystokinin (CCK)-A, CCK-B, glucagon-like peptide (GLP)1, melanin-concentrating hormone (MCH)1, orexin1, orexin2, neuromedin-B, neuropeptide Y (NPY)1 and NPY5,(More)
In order to fully understand the physiological functions of adipose tissue, especially its secretory functions, and to provide a basis for the identification of novel obesity related genes, the gene expression profiling of human visceral adipose tissue was established by using cDNA array. 33P-labelled cDNA, derived from visceral adipose tissue total RNA,(More)
Adipokines such as leptin play important roles in the regulation of energy metabolism, particularly in the control of appetite. Here, we describe a hormone, mimecan, which is abundantly expressed in adipose tissue. Mimecan was observed to inhibit food intake and reduce body weight in mice. Intraperitoneal injection of a mimecan-maltose binding protein(More)
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