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Methyl jasmonate (MeJA) is one of the most potent elicitors that can induce over accumulation of many natural products including artemisinin in plants. The 12 known genes (HMGR, DXS, DXR, HDS, HDR, FPS, ADS, CYP71AV1, DBR2, ALDH1, ORA and ERF1) of terpene metabolism in Artemisia annua were dynamically analyzed at the transcriptional levels in the treatment(More)
The selection and validation of reference genes are essential for gene expression studies by real-time quantitative PCR. The genetic map of Artemisia annua L., a Chinese medicinal plant species producing anti-malarial artemisinin, has been reported. However, few reference genes of A. annua have been estimated for real-time quantitative PCR until now. In(More)
Histone methylation plays an important role in gene transcription and chromatin organization and is linked to the silencing of a number of critical tumor suppressor genes in tumorigenesis. G9a is a histone methyltransferase (HMTase) for histone H3 lysine 9. In this study, we investigated the role of G9a in neuroblastoma tumor growth together with the G9a(More)
Neuroblastoma is the one of the most common extracranial childhood malignancies, accounting for ∼15% of tumor-associated deaths in children. It is generally considered that neuroblastoma originates from neural crest cells in the paravertebral sympathetic ganglia and the adrenal medulla. However, the mechanism by which neuroblastoma arises during sympathetic(More)
Artemisinin, a natural product from the Chinese medicinal plant, Artemisia annua L., is commonly used in the treatment of malaria, and has recently been reported to have potent anticancer activity in various types of human tumors. Yet, the effect of artemisinin on neuroblastoma is still unclear. In the present study, we aimed to investigate the effects of(More)
Backgroud:Glioblastoma is a kind of highly malignant and aggressive tumours in the central nervous system. Previously, we found that neurotensin (NTS) and its high-affinity receptor 1 (NTSR1) had essential roles in cell proliferation and invasiveness of glioblastoma. Unexpectedly, cell death also appeared by inhibition of NTSR1 except for cell cycle arrest.(More)
The field of cancer epigenetics has been evolving rapidly in recent decades. Epigenetic mechanisms include DNA methylation, histone modifications and microRNAs. Histone modifications are important markers of function and chromatin state. Aberrant histone methylation frequently occurs in tumor development and progression. Multiple studies have identified(More)
To demonstrate the role of Bax in death receptor-induced apoptosis in the human colon cancer HCT116 cells. We treated HCT116 cells and HCT116 with p53(-/-) (KO) by 0.1 μg/mL TRAIL for 24 hours, which indicated that HCT116 parental cells are sensitive to p53-independent death receptor-induced apoptosis. Although the p53 signaling pathway is totally intact in(More)
Malignant melanoma is highly aggressive, and always resistant to conventional chemo-radiotherapy, which results in poor prognosis. As a specific antagonist of neurotensin receptor 1 (NTSR1), emerging evidences confirmed that SR48692 can reverse the pro-growth effect of neurotensin (NTS) by interrupting the interaction between NTS and NTSR1. A375 melanoma(More)
Bioactivity-guided study led to the isolation of a natural phenylpropionate derivative, (E)-3-(4-hydroxy-2-methoxyphenyl)-propenoic acid 4-hydroxy-3-methoxyphenyl ester from the roots of Mirabilis himalaica. Cellular analysis showed that compound 1 specifically inhibited the cancer cell growth through the S phase arrest. Mechanistically, compound 1 was able(More)