Tianming Cheng

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Drug hepatotoxicity testing requires in vitro hepatocyte culture to maintain the long-term and stable liver specific functions. We developed a drug testing platform based on laminar-flow immediate-overlay hepatocyte sandwich perfusion culture. The immediate-overlay sandwich (collagen-coated porous polymeric membrane as top overlay) protects the cells and(More)
The transcription factor Krüppel-like factor (KLF)8 plays an important role in the formation of several human tumors, including colorectal cancer. We recently identified four-and-a-half LIM protein 2 (FHL2) as a critical inducer of the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and invasion. However, the molecular mechanism by which KLF8 affects(More)
Dysfunction of the epithelial barrier is an important pathogenic factor of inflammatory bowel disease and other inflammatory conditions of the gut. Somatostatin (SST) has been demonstrated to reduce local and systemic inflammation reactions and maintain the integrity of the blood-brain barrier (BBB). To determine the beneficial effect of SST on(More)
The transcription factor specificity protein 1 (Sp1) plays a role in the development and progression of various types of human cancers, while cancer stem cells (CSCs) are important in cancer cell self-renewal, resistance to chemotherapy and metastatic potential. This study investigated the role of Sp1 in colon CSC growth and apoptosis. Colon CSCs were(More)
FHL2 (Four and a half LIM-only protein 2) has been identified as an oncogene in colon cancer and suppression of FHL2 induces cell differentiation and tumorigenesis in colon cancer cell lines. The aim of this study was to develop a novel and effective approach to knockdown FHL2, which can serve as a promising target of colon cancer therapy. Recombinant(More)
BACKGROUND The goal of our study was to examine the effects of whole body irradiation injury on tissue-repairing cells, so as to elucidate the possible mechanisms of reduced repopulation of tissue-repairing cells. MATERIAL/METHODS The quantity of tissue-repairing cells in wounds from simple incision injury (WBI) (group S) and combined with WBI injury(More)
A murine embryonic mesenchymal cell line C3H/10T1/2 possesses the potential to differentiate into multiple cell phenotypes and has been recognized as multipotent mesenchymal stem cells, but no in vitro model of its endothelial differentiation has been established and the effect of angiogenic factors on the differentiation is unknown. The aim of the present(More)
It has been reported that XAF1 expression in gastric cancer is negatively correlated with p53. Our purpose was to clarify the regulatory mechanism of p53 on XAF1 expression. The effects of overexpressed wild-type and mutant p53 on XAF1 expression were evaluated. Binding capacity of core XAF1 promoter sequence to the recombinant p53 protein was examined.(More)
Liver and liver cyst volume measurements are important quantitative imaging biomarkers for assessment of disease progression in autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) and polycystic liver disease (PLD). To date, no study has presented automated segmentation and volumetric computation of liver and liver cysts in these populations. In this(More)
Bioartificial liver (BAL) system is promising as an alternative treatment for liver failure. We have developed a bioreactor with stacked sandwich culture plates for the application of BAL. This bioreactor design addresses some of the persistent problems in flat-bed bioreactors through increasing cell packing capacity, eliminating dead flow, regulating shear(More)