Rui-fang Niu

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Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a highly invasive tumor characterized by vigorous neovascularization. The purpose of this study is to examine the expression of Twist, a highly conserved bHLH transcription factor that is known to promote EMT, and evaluate its effect on tumor angiogenesis and metastasis of HCC. The mRNA expression of Twist, VEGF,(More)
PURPOSE The aquaporin (AQP) family consists of a number of small integral membrane proteins that transport water and glycerol. AQPs are critical for trans-epithelial fluid transport. Recent reports demonstrated that AQPs, particularly AQP1 and AQP5, are expressed in high grade tumor cells of a variety of tissue origins, and that AQPs are involved in cell(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the role of tyrosine 23 (Tyr23) phosphorylation of Annexin A2 (Anxa2) in regulating the proliferation and invasion of human breast cancer SK-BR-3 cells. METHODS A panel of lentivirus plasmids expressing Anxa2-wide type (Ana2-WT), Anxa2-Y23A, and Anxa2-Y23D was generated and infected with SK-BR-3 cells. The monoclonal strains were(More)
The network oscillation and synaptic plasticity are known to be regulated by GABAergic inhibition, but how they are affected by changes in the GABA transporter activity remains unclear. Here we show that in the CA1 region of mouse hippocampus, pharmacological blockade or genetic deletion of GABA transporter-1 (GAT1) specifically impaired long-term(More)
One of the major obstacles related to chemotherapy is resistance against anticancer drugs, including Adriamycin (ADM). The purpose of the present work is to investigate the reversal effects on ADM resistance by hyperthermia (42.5 degrees C) combined with two reversal agents (Interferon alpha and Verapamil) in MCF-7/ADR (ADM-resistant MCF-7 breast cancer(More)
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE Beta protein 1 (BP1) gene, a novel member of DLX homeobox gene family, is located in 17q21-22 region and overexpressed in both acute myeloid leukemia and acute T cell lymphocytic leukemia. However, the reports on the function of BP1 in solid tumors are rare. The study was designed to determine the expression of BP1 gene in breast(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate changes in E-cadherin, alpha-, beta-, and gamma-catenin expression after hyperthermia of a human colon cancer cell line in vitro. METHODS E-cadherin and alpha-, beta-, and gamma-catenin expression on a human colon carcinoma cell line HT29 at 7 successive times after hyperthermia at 43 degrees C for 60 min were investigated in(More)
OBJECTIVE To detect the prevalence of Breast Cancer Susceptibility Gene 1 (BRCA1) mutations and single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) among young patients with breast cancer and to study the relationship between BRCA1 gene mutation and susceptibility to breast cancer. METHODS 30 samples of breast cancer tissue were collected from female patients with(More)
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE CD44 is the member of adhered molecular family, and related to the formation and metastasis of tumor. Especially the CD44v6 isoform of its variation form was closed associated with the invasion and metastases of tumors. The current study was designed to investigate the relationship between the expression of CD44v6 in the blood, cancer(More)
OBJECTIVE To study on mutations in D-loop region which is gene control region of mitochondrial genome in patients with familial breast cancer. METHODS Twenty-three breast cancer patients came from twenty-one families of breast cancer, and eighteen healthy controls participated in the study. PCR amplification of D-loop region in mitochondrial DNA was(More)