Thant S Zhu

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One important function of endothelial cells in glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is to create a niche that helps promote self-renewal of cancer stem-like cells (CSLC). However, the underlying molecular mechanism for this endothelial function is not known. Since activation of NOTCH signaling has been found to be required for propagation of GBM CSLCs, we(More)
To investigate the production of steroid hormones by Schwann cells and to examine the regulation of steroid hormone production during myelination, cultures of rat Schwann cells were differentiated into their myelinating phenotype in the absence of neurons with dibutyryl cAMP (db-cAMP). During this process, the expression of P450scc (involved in steroid(More)
A simple and reproducible demyelination-remyelination system was developed with cocultures of rat dorsal root ganglia (DRG) neurons and Schwann cells, and the effects of steroid hormones were examined in this system. Addition of forskolin to the cocultures induced demyelination and lower levels of myelin protein P0 expression were seen in immunoblots after(More)
Fluorescence digital imaging microscopy was used to develop a method that allows the continuous monitoring and quantitative measurement of a single myelin internode throughout its development. Using this technique, steroid hormones such as progesterone and dexamethasone were shown to reduce the time required for the initiation and to regulate the rate of(More)
The stem cell factor/kit tyrosine kinase receptor pathway is related to tumor growth and progression in several cancers including Ewing sarcoma, a peripheral PNET (pPNET). Identifying additional groups of tumors that may use the pathway is important as they might be responsive to imatinib mesylate treatment. MB and central PNET (cPNET) are embryonal tumors(More)
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