Shui-Pang Tam

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The human estrogen receptors (ERs) alpha and beta interact with 17beta-estradiol (17beta-E2), estrone, 17alpha-estradiol, and the ring B unsaturated estrogens, equilin, 17beta-dihydroequilin, 17alpha-dihydroequilin, equilenin, 17beta-dihydroequilenin, 17alpha-dihydroequilenin, Delta8-estrone, and Delta8, 17beta-E2 with varying affinities. In comparison to(More)
Our review examines the nature of serum amyloid A, its isoforms and, their structure, the manner of induction of the acute phase forms and argument for and against their possible physiological function (s). In this context, the possible role of serum amyloid A as a prognostic indicator of unstable angina and its significance in relation to cardiovascular(More)
ATP Binding Cassette (ABC) transporter, ABCA1, plays a pivotal role in reverse cholesterol transport by mediating the cellular efflux of phospholipid and cholesterol. Studies using intact cells strongly suggest that ABCA1 acts as a phospholipid floppase, but there has been no direct demonstration that the protein is a primary active sterol transporter.(More)
Serum amyloid A (SAA) inhibits acyl coenzyme A cholesterol acyltransferase and enhances cholesterol esterase activities, shifting stored esterified cholesterol to free cholesterol (the exportable form). The SAA domains responsible for these enzyme-modifying properties have been identified. These peptides are sufficiently small to be synthetically prepared(More)
During episodes of acute-inflammation high-density lipoproteins (HDL), the carrier of so-called good cholesterol, experiences a major change in apolipoprotein composition and becomes acute-phase HDL (AP-HDL). This altered, but physiologically important, HDL has an increased binding affinity for macrophages that is dependent on cell surface heparan sulfate(More)
Serum amyloid A (SAA) is a family of proteins encoded by four related genes. Of the four, isoforms 1.1 and 2.1 are acute phase proteins synthesized by the liver. They become major components of the HDL plasma fraction during acute tissue injury and the HDL/SAA complex is readily taken up by macrophages. Herein we investigated the path SAA follows when(More)
Multidrug resistance protein 1 (MRP1) is a broad-specificity membrane transporter belonging to the C branch of the ATP binding cassette (ABC) superfamily. MRP1 confers resistance to various chemotherapeutic drugs and transports a wide range of conjugated organic anions. Several ABCC proteins, including MRP1, are unusual among ABC transporters in having a(More)
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