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Increasing data indicate that stress hormones and their corresponding receptors play an important role in the carcinogenesis and progression of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, there is presently no study investigating the influence of stress hormones in correlation with beta2-AR on human HCC cells. We examined the expression of alpha1- and beta-ARs(More)
Overwhelming evidence has demonstrated that Bit1 and AIF as mitochondrial proteins are implicated in the development and progression of a variety of tumors. However, their expressions and biological functions in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) remain to be delineated. In the present study, we found that Bit1, AIF, and Bcl-2 levels in ESCC tissues(More)
Chrysanthemum indicum Linné (Asteraceae) is a common Chinese herbal medicine that has been traditionally used for the treatment of inflammation, hypertension and neoplastic diseases in China. However, the mechanism that account for the inhibitory activity of Chrysanthemum indicum Linné against cancer cells is poorly understood. We investigated the effect of(More)
Gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) plays an important role in regulating tumor growth and migration. However, little is known about its role in human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells. This study explored the effect of GRP on the growth of HCC HepG2 cells and the underlying mechanisms. Expression of GRP and its cognate receptor (GRPR) were detected by(More)
Fibroblast growth factor 10 (FGF10) is a member of the FGF superfamily. It exhibits diverse biological functions, and is extensively used for fundamental research and clinical applications involving hair growth, tissue repair, and burn wounds. Oil bodies, obtained from oil seeds, have been exploited for a variety of biotechnology applications. The use of(More)
Fibroblast growth factor 9 (FGF9) has autocrine and paracrine functions in chondrogenesis osteogenesis, hair growth, and gonadal differentiation. We have expressed recombinant human FGF9 (rhFGF9) in the oil bodies of Arabidopsis thaliana via the floral dip method. The expression vector pOTB-rhFGF9 contained an oleosin-rhFGF9 fusion gene and a glufosinate(More)
The hypothalamus, which is the initial part of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, plays a critical role in regulating stress in the central nervous system. The present study aimed to determine whether endoplasmic reticulum stress in hypothalamic neurons is differentially stimulated by varying durations of stress exposure, which ultimately leads(More)
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