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Tumor malignancy is associated with several features such as proliferation ability and frequency of metastasis. Osteopontin (OPN), which is abundantly expressed in bone matrix, is involved in cell adhesion, migration, invasion and cell proliferation via interaction with its receptor, alphavbeta3 integrin. However, the effect of OPN on migration activity in(More)
BACKGROUND Electrical stimulation of damaged peripheral nerve may aid regeneration. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to determine whether 1 mA of percutaneous electrical stimulation at 1, 2, 20, or 200 Hz augments regeneration between the proximal and distal nerve stumps. METHODS A10-mm gap was made in rat sciatic nerve by suturing the stumps(More)
Chondrosarcoma is a malignant primary bone tumor that responds poorly to both chemotherapy and radiation therapy. In the present study, we investigated the anti-cancer effect of a honokiol, an active component isolated and purified from the Magnolia officinalis in human chondrosarcoma cells. Honokiol-induced cell apoptosis in human chondrosarcoma cell lines(More)
NCTD is a demethylated form of cantharidin with antitumor properties, which is now in use as a routine anticancer drug against hepatoma. However, there is limited information on the effect of NCTD on human cancer cells. In the present study, NCTD inhibited proliferation, caused mitotic arrest, then progressed to apoptosis within 96 hr in 3 human hepatoma(More)
The purpose of this study was to determine whether low-power pulsed laser irradiation could affect the regeneration of a 10-mm gap of rat sciatic nerve created between the proximal and distal nerve stumps, which were sutured into silicone rubber tubes. After 8 weeks of recovery, pulsed laser-irradiated groups at frequencies of 5 kHz and 20 kHz both had(More)
It has been shown that ultrasound (US) stimulation accelerates fracture healing in the animal models and in clinical studies. However, the precise molecular events generated by US in chondrocytes have not been clarified well. Here we found that US stimulation transiently increased the surface expression of alpha2, alpha5, beta1 or beta3 but not alpha3 or(More)
Transforming growth factor-beta1 (TGF-beta1) plays a crucial role in adhesion and migration of human cancer cells. Besides, integrins are the major adhesive molecules in mammalian cells. Here we found that TGF-beta1 increased the migration and cell surface expression of beta1 integrin in human lung cancer cells (A549 cells). TGF-beta1 stimulation increased(More)
Bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2), a member of transforming growth factor-beta superfamily, plays a crucial role in migration and metastasis of human cancer cells. Integrins are the major adhesive molecules in mammalian cells. Here we found that BMP-2 directed the migration and increased cell surface and mRNA expression of beta1 integrin in human(More)
Our previous studies showed that Gastrodia elata (GE), an herb used in traditional Chinese medicine, has both anti-convulsive and free radical-scavenging activities in kainic acid (KA)-treated rats. The aim of the present study was to further investigate possible physiological mechanisms of GE against activities of neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) and(More)
Cysteine-rich 61 (Cyr61), from the CCN gene family, is a secreted and matrix-associated protein, which is involved in many cellular activities such as growth and differentiation. However, the effect of Cyr61 on migration activity in human chondrosarcoma cells is mostly unknown. Here, we found that Cyr61 increased the migration and expression of matrix(More)