Rongyang Dai

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c-Met, the tyrosine-kinase receptor for hepatocyte growth factor, plays a critical role in the tumorigenesis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, the underlying mechanism remains incompletely understood. The mature c-Met protein p190Met(αβ) (consists of a α subunit and a β subunit) is processed from pro-Met. Here we show that pro-Met is processed(More)
A proteomic analysis method, two dimensional gel electrophoresis (2-DE) followed by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight MS (MALDI-TOF-MS), was used to explore the link between plasma proteome and the different syndromes of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB). In compared with the plasma(More)
Although autophagy is most critical for survival of cancer cells, especially in fast-growing tumors, the mechanism remains to be fully characterized. Herein we report that PSMD10/gankyrin promotes autophagy in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in response to starvation or stress through 2 complementary routes. PSMD10 was physically associated with ATG7 in the(More)
The potential pro-survival role of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt during endoplasmic reticulum stress has been well-characterized. However, the detailed mechanisms remain largely unknown. Here, we showed that PI3K/Akt inhibition promoted endoplasmic reticulum stress-induced apoptosis in a glucose-regulated protein 78 (GRP78)-dependent manner.(More)
Cancer cells are relatively resistant to endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress-induced apoptosis. However, the underlying mechanisms remain largely unclear. We observed that the microRNAs miR-221/222 are associated with apoptosis regulation under ER stress in human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells. Induction of ER stress does not trigger significant(More)
The unfolded protein response (UPR) is a conserved adaptive response utilized by cells to cope with endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. In addition to the UPR, cells also trigger other adaptive responses under ER stress conditions. Although the PI3K/Akt and MEK/ERK pathways are known to protect cells from ER stress-induced apoptosis, their other functions(More)
Less is known about the roles of c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) in cholangiocarcinoma (CCA). Here, we report that JNK exerts its oncogenic action in human CCA cells, partially due to the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) pathway regulated glucose-regulated protein 78 (GRP78) induction. In human CCA cells, the phosphorylation of eukaryotic initiation(More)
It has been shown that drug resistance is extremely common in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and is one of the major problems in HCC chemotherapy. However, the detailed mechanisms remain largely unknown. We have previously shown that endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress is involved in the tumorigenesis of HCC. Here, we demonstrated that the unfolded protein(More)
Androgen receptor (AR) signaling plays an important role in the development and progression of several liver diseases, including hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is the active metabolite of the major circulating androgen, testosterone. In this study, we investigated the effect of DHT on(More)
Pro-tumorigenic function of the p38 kinase plays a critical role in human cholangiocarcinogenesis. However, the underlying mechanism remains incompletely understood. Here, we report that c-Met, the tyrosine kinase receptor for hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), contributes to the pro-tumorigenic ability of p38 in human cholangiocarcinoma cells. Both p38 and(More)