Tung-yu Tsui

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Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) cleaves the porphyrin ring of heme into carbon monoxide, Fe2+, and biliverdin, which is then converted into bilirubin. Heme-derived Fe2+ induces the expression of the iron-sequestering protein ferritin and activates the ATPase Fe2+-secreting pump, which decrease intracellular free Fe2+ content. Based on the antioxidant effect of(More)
Biliverdin, a product of heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) enzymatic action, is converted into bilirubin, which has been considered a waste product in the past. We now show that administration of biliverdin has a salutary effect in organ transplantation. A brief course of treatment with biliverdin leads to long-term survival of H-2 incompatible heart allografts.(More)
Cytoglobin (Cygb), a member of the hexacoordinate globin superfamily (hxHb), is expressed in fibroblasts from a broad range of tissues. The physiological functions of hxHb are still unclear, but biochemical studies reveal that they can scavenge toxic species, such as nitric oxide, peroxynitrite, and hydrogen peroxide. We demonstrate that the overexpression(More)
BACKGROUND Most patients with high MELD scores have impaired renal function prior to transplantation. PATIENT AND METHODS A retrospective case control study was conducted with initial low immunosuppression, which was increased when patients rejected or were clinically stable beyond day 30 ('bottom-up'). RESULTS Thirty patients with impaired renal(More)
OBJECTIVE Organ allografts contain passenger leukocytes that are transferred to the recipient with the transplantation, but their functional relevance to the recipient's immune system is still controversial. MATERIALS AND METHODS To clarify the functional capacity of passenger leukocytes, we attempted to enhance their effect in rat heart allograft(More)
BACKGROUND Allograft deterioration is the major obstacle to organ transplantation as a long-term treatment of end-stage heart failure. In this study, we transduced the antioxidant gene, heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1), to heart grafts using a recombinant adeno-associated viral vector (rAAV) in a rat heart transplantation model and investigated its potentiality in(More)
Liver fibrosis is the consequence of activation of hepatic stellate cells mediated by persistent or recurrent liver injury, where oxidative stress or inflammatory response resulting from immune cells and cytokines are involved. Targeting of hepatic stellate cells could be an important strategy for the therapy of liver fibrosis. In this study, we showed a(More)
Adult living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) has been established as elective procedure or urgent procedure to save the life of patients with terminal liver diseases. The outcome of LDLT varies between transplant centers. Here, we aim to evaluate the outcome of LDLT in our center and to identify the risk factors that are associated with hospital(More)
Ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury is an unavoidable barrier that significantly affects outcome of solid organ transplantation. Here, we establish a protein transduction system to extend graft preservation time and to prevent I/R injury in heart transplantation. We generated a recombinant heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) protein containing a modified protein(More)
BACKGROUND In clinical organ transplantation monoclonal antibodies (mAb) to different surface molecules of immunocompetent cells become integral parts of the immunosuppressive therapy. In this study, a mAb against the rat leukocyte common antigen CD45 (RT7) was tested for its immunosuppressive potency after a single perioperative injection. METHODS(More)