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Adult hepatic progenitor (oval) cells are facultative stem cells in liver, which participate in a range of human liver diseases, including hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, the molecular pathways regulating the expansion and differentiation of these cells are poorly understood. We show that active Wnt/beta-catenin signaling occurs preferentially(More)
AIM To examine the immunoreactivity of E-cadherin and four subtypes of catenin family in human hepatocellular carcinomas (HCCs) and to investigate the correlation between expression of E-cadherin/catenin complex and clinicopathologic parameters of HCC patients. METHODS An immunohistochemical study for E-cadherin and catenins was performed on 97(More)
Activation of the mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) and nuclear factor kappaB (NF-kappaB) cascades after Toll-like receptor (TLR) stimulation contributes to innate immune responses. Signal regulatory protein (SIRP) alpha, a member of the SIRP family that is abundantly expressed in macrophages, has been implicated in regulating MAPK and NF-kappaB(More)
AIM To investigate the expression of p28/gankyrin gene and its role in the carcinogenetic process of human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS 64 specimens of HCC and para-carcinoma tissues, 22 specimens of non-tumor liver tissues (7 normal, 15 cirrhosis), 10 specimens of normal human tissues and 5 hepatoma cell lines were studied for the expression(More)
AIM To investigate the relationship between the expression of P120 and the clinicopathologic parameters in intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC). METHODS An immunohistochemical study of E-cadherin and P120 catenin was performed on 42 specimens of ICC with a Dako Envision kit. RESULTS The expression of E-cadherin and P120 was reduced in 27 cases (64.3%)(More)
BACKGROUND Aberrance of retinoblastoma protein (RB) signal pathway is known to play an important role in the carcinogenesis of human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). p28GANK, originally purified from human 26S proteasome as a non-ATPase subunit, was recently found in HCC and shown to interact with RB. The aim of this study was to investigate the expression(More)
beta-Catenin is a key molecule involved in both cell adhesion and Wnt signaling pathway. However, the exact relationship between these two roles has not been clearly elucidated. Tyrosine phosphorylation of beta-catenin was shown to decrease its binding to E-cadherin, leading to decreased cell adhesion and increased beta-catenin signaling. We have previously(More)
AIM To observe the gene and protein expression changes of p28GANK in regenerating liver tissues, and to reveal the biological function of p28GANK on the regulation of liver regeneration. METHODS One hundred and thirty two adult male Sprague-Dawley rats were selected, weighing 200-250 g, and divided randomly into sham operation (SO) group and partial(More)
The pancreatic and duodenal homeobox factor-1 (Pdx1) is essential for pancreatic development and insulin gene transcription, whereas c-Myc has a deleterious effect on islet function. However, the relationship between c-Myc and Pdx1 is poorly concerned. Here we demonstrated that Pdx1 could suppress c-Myc promoter activity, which relied on T cell factor (Tcf)(More)
Our objective was to investigate the effect of interleukin-2 (IL-2) on the cytotoxic activity of natural killer (NK) cells in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF). Natural killer cells were isolated from 48 patients with CHF and 30 healthy subjects. The cytotoxic activities of the NK cells were assessed with the thiazolyl blue tetrazolium bromide (MTT)(More)