Wei-Wen Chien

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p16(ink4a) is known to be a major inhibitor of cyclin-dependent kinases of G1-phase. Its accumulation is associated with replicative senescence. We analyzed to what extent the number of cell doublings may participate to p16(ink4a) expression in normal and malignant lymphocytes. p16(ink4a) expression, not found in normal quiescent B or T-lymphocytes, was(More)
Bacterial L-asparaginase (ASNase), hydrolyzing L-asparagine (Asn), is an important drug for treating patients with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) and natural killer (NK) cell lymphoma. Although different native or pegylated ASNase-based chemotherapy are efficient, disease relapse is frequently observed, especially in adult patients. The neo-synthesis(More)
Telomerase is essential for telomere maintenance, and its activation is thought to be a critical step in cellular immortalization and tumorigenesis. Human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) is a major component of telomerase activity. We show here that hTERT is expressed soon after lymphocyte activation and that its expression is inhibited by(More)
Bacterial L-asparaginase (ASNase), hydrolyzing L-asparagine (Asn), is an indispensable component used in the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and certain lymphoma entities. Native Erwinia chrysanthemi-derived ASNase (n-crisantaspase) has been approved as a second-line drug for treating patients exhibiting allergy syndromes to native and(More)
Previously, we designed a ribozyme that targets the H-ras oncogene at the 12th codon mutation site (Chang et al., 1997). Ribozymes have antisense molecule and site-specific ribonuclease potential. In this study, an adenoviral vector was used to transduce the H-ras ribozyme into laryngeal cancer cells (HEp-2). This served to downregulate the H-ras gene(More)
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