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In the present study, we tested our hypothesis that atorvastatin exerts its anti-inflammation effect via suppressing LPS-induced rapid upregulation of Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) mRNA and its downstream p38, ERK, and NF-κB signaling pathways in human umbilical-vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) and human aortic endothelial cells (HAECs). TLR4 mRNA expression(More)
It has been established that loss of tumour suppressor genes is crucial in carcinogenesis. There has been no reported study on searching for tumour suppressor genes in cholangiocarcinomas as yet. In order to investigate the loss of heterozygosity (LOH), which may represent such gene loss, in cholangiocarcinoma, we studied 14 patients with this tumour using(More)
Forty-two patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) were resected and their tumours were analysed for p53 mutations by GC-clamped denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE), single-strand conformation polymorphism (SSCP) and gene sequencing. All the exons have been analysed in this study. Eight of 12 HCCs with cirrhosis due to viral hepatitis and the(More)
Suppressor gene loci involved in the development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) have not been fully identified. The aim of this study was to look for consistent allele loss, or loss of heterozygosity (LOH), in HCC which might represent such gene loci. We have prepared DNA from tumour and non-tumour material from 16 patients with HCC (nine with and seven(More)
Monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1), a CC chemokine (CCL2), has been demonstrated to play important roles in atherosclerosis and becoming an important therapeutic target for atherosclerosis. The present study was undertaken to test the hypothesis that local RNAi of MCP-1 by site-specific delivery of adenovirus-mediated small hairpin RNA (shRNA) may(More)
To establish an animal model with disruptions of atherosclerotic plaques, 96 male apolipoprotein E knockout (apoE(-/-)) mice were randomly divided into stress, lipopolysaccharide (LPS), stress+LPS, and control groups (n = 24 each). All mice were fed a high-fat diet throughout the experiment, and carotid atherosclerotic lesions were induced by placement of a(More)
As yet, there is no reported study of chromosome allele loss in fibrolamellar carcinoma (FLC), a distinct, rare variant of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). We searched for evidence of allele loss in FLC using 18 DNA probes for 10 chromosomes and compared the pattern of loss with our series of HCC. Two of the probes, lambda MS32 (1q42-43) and cMS621 (5p)(More)
The present study was undertaken to examine the hemodynamic state using the latest ultrasound biomicroscopy (UBM) technique and to investigate the effect of local shear stress on the development of atherosclerosis in the constrictive collar-treated carotid arteries of apolipoprotein E-deficient (apoE(-/-)) mice. Fifty-six male apoE(-/-) mice fed a(More)
To test the hypothesis that combinatorial interference of toll-like receptor 2 (TLR2) and TLR4 is superior to isolated interference of TLR2 or TLR4 in stabilizing atherosclerotic plaques, lentiviruses carrying small interfering RNA of TLR2 or TLR4 were constructed and proved efficacious for knocking down mRNA and protein expression of TLR2 or TLR4(More)
Little is known of the molecular-genetic changes in carcinoma of the pancreas (CaP). In order to investigate the allele loss, or loss of heterozygosity (LOH), in CaP, we studied 13 patients with exocrine CaP and two with endocrine CaP using restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis. Twenty probes assigned to chromosomes 1, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14,(More)