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Degradation of collagenous extracellular matrix by collagenase 1 (also known as matrix metalloproteinase 1 [MMP-1]) plays a role in the pathogenesis of various destructive disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis, chronic ulcers, and tumor invasion and metastasis. Here, we have investigated the role of distinct mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK)(More)
Comparative epidemiological studies with ecological and case-control approaches in high- and low-epidemic areas of China have provided us with much evidence with regard to risk and benefit in the environment. To clarify how dietary factors are involved in esophageal and stomach cancer development, we performed a case-control study in a low-epidemic area,(More)
Cordyceps sinensis, a well-known and valued traditional Chinese medicine, is also called DongChongXiaCao (winter worm summer grass) in Chinese. It is commonly used to replenish the kidney and soothe the lung for the treatment of fatigue, night sweating, hyposexualities, hyperglycemia, hyperlipidemia, asthemia after severe illness, respiratory disease, renal(More)
Chinese medicines (CM) have been attracting interest and acceptance in many countries. Quality control is vital for ensuring the safety and efficacy of CM. Usually, CM are used as whole plant and/or combination of several herbs, and multiple constituents are responsible for the therapeutic effects. Therefore, quality control of CM is very difficult. To(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS To conduct a genome-wide analysis of loss of heterozygosity (LOH) and its clinical significance in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in Southern China where high incidence of HCC was documented. METHODS LOH of 382 microsatellite loci on all autosomes were detected with polymerase chain reaction-based microsatellite polymorphism analyses in(More)
Candida albicans mannoprotein (MAN) administered intravenously to mice stimulates the production of splenic CD8+ effector cells which downregulate delayed hypersensitivity (DH) in immunized mice. Cytokine involvement in the induction and/or elicitation of downregulation was studied by (i) examining murine splenocytes qualitatively for mRNA for interleukin-2(More)
In this paper, GC-MS and pressurized liquid extraction (PLE) was developed for identification and quantitative determination/estimation 11 sesquiterpenes including germacrene D, curzerene, gamma-elemene, furanodienone, curcumol, isocurcumenol, furanodiene, germacrone, curdione, curcumenol and neocurdione in Ezhu which are derived from three species of(More)
The screening and analysis of bioactive components in traditional Chinese medicines (TCMs) is very important not only for the quality control of crude drugs but also for elucidating the therapeutic principle. In this study, a method for screening potential active components from TCMs was developed by using biomembrane extraction and high performance liquid(More)
A simple method is described for the simultaneous determination of ergosterol, nucleosides and their bases in Cordyceps. The samples were extracted by using pressurised liquid extraction (PLE). The effects of experimental variables, such as solvent, temperature, static extraction time and cycles, on PLE efficiency have been studied. The results showed a(More)
A method, namely macrophage biospecific extraction and high performance liquid chromatography for screening potential immunological active components in Cordyceps sinensis, a well-known traditional Chinese medicine, was developed. Two components, which could interact with macrophage, in aqueous extract of C. sinensis (WECS) were found by comparing the HPLC(More)