Sai-ming Ngai

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Protein methylation is one type of reversible post-translational modifications (PTMs), which plays vital roles in many cellular processes such as transcription activity, DNA repair. Experimental identification of methylation sites on proteins without prior knowledge is costly and time-consuming. In silico prediction of methylation sites might not only(More)
Umbilical cord (UC) and placenta (P) have been suggested as alternatives to bone marrow (BM) as sources of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) for cell therapy, with both UC- and P-MSC possess immunophenotypic and functional characteristics similar to BM-MSC. However, under defined conditions, the migration capacity of BM- and P-MSC was found to be 5.9- and(More)
The objective of this study was to determine the vasodilating effect of 3beta-hydroxy-5-spirostene (diosgenin), a phytoestrogen found in wild yams, using porcine resistance left anterior descending coronary artery. In 5-hydroxytryptamine (3 microM) pre-contracted preparation, diosgenin caused a concentration-dependent (0.01 to 1 microM),(More)
Lysine acetylation is a reversible post-translational modification (PTM) which has been linked to many biological and pathological implications. Hence, localization of lysine acetylation is essential for deciphering the mechanism of such implications. Whereas many acetylated lysines in human proteins have been localized through experimental approaches in(More)
In this study, we compared the endothelium-dependent and -independent relaxation of the isolated thoracic aorta of control (+db/+m) and diabetic (+db/+db) (C57BL/KsJ) mice. The gene expression (mRNA and protein) level of the muscarinic M(3) receptors, endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) and caveolin-1 of the aorta was also evaluated. Acetylcholine(More)
Histone post-translational modifications (PTMs) are involved in diverse biological processes and methylation was regarded as a long-term epigenetic mark. Though aging represented one of the major risk factors for neurodegenerative diseases, no systematic investigations had correlated the patterns of histone PTMs in the brain with aging and the roles of such(More)
We have cloned and characterized another alternatively spliced isoform of the human four-and-a-half LIM domain protein 1 (FHL1), designated FHL1C. FHL1C contains a single zinc finger and two tandem repeats of LIM domains at the N-terminus followed by a putative RBP-J binding region at the C-terminus. FHL1C shares the same N-terminal two-and-a-half LIM(More)
Neuroblastoma is the second most common solid tumor diagnosed during infancy. The survival rate among children with high-risk neuroblastoma is less than 40%, highlighting the urgent needs for new treatment strategies. PCI-24781 is a novel hydroxamic acid-based histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor that has high efficacy and safety for cancer treatment.(More)
Ovarian cancer is a highly lethal disease among all gynecologic malignancies and is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related death in women. Although the standard combination of surgery and chemotherapy was initially effective in patients with ovarian cancer, disease relapse commonly occurred due to the generation of chemoresistance. It has been reported(More)
In the present study, a phage-displayed random peptide library was used to identify surrogate peptide ligands for orphan GPCR mas. Sequence analysis of the isolated phage clones indicated a selective enrichment of some peptide sequences. Moreover, multiple alignments of the isolated phage clones gave two conserved peptide motifs from which we synthesized(More)