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Bloom syndrome is a rare autosomal recessive disorder characterized by genetic instability and cancer predisposition, and caused by mutations in the gene encoding the Bloom syndrome, RecQ helicase-like (BLM) protein. To determine whether altered gene expression might be responsible for pathological features of Bloom syndrome, we analyzed mRNA and microRNA(More)
Understanding the pathogenesis of hepatitis C requires the availability of tissue culture models that sustain viral replication and produce infectious particles. We report on the establishment of a culture system of nontransformed human fetal hepatocytes that supports hepatitis C virus (HCV) replication after transfection with full-length in(More)
Proteins from human liver carcinoma Huh7 cells, representing transformed liver cells, and cultured primary human fetal hepatocytes (HFH) and human HH4 hepatocytes, representing nontransformed liver cells, were extracted and processed for proteome analysis. Proteins from stimulated cells (interferon-alpha treatment for the Huh7 and HFH cells and induction of(More)
To provide evidence that rosuvastatin may improve insulin-resistance and inhibit atherogenesis by modulating insulin signaling, and whether this effect occurs beyond its plasma cholesterol-lowering effect. Thirty-two 6-week-old low-density lipoprotein receptor deficient mice were randomized into 4 groups (n = 8 in each group): Normal control group (NC);(More)
Acute liver failure (ALF) still has an unacceptable high mortality rate, despite substantial improvements with multidisciplinary care. The precise underlying mechanism of ALF remains to be explored. It has been reported that microRNAs (miRNAs) are novel regulators in a number of liver diseases, but the role of miRNAs in the development of ALF is not fully(More)
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a major cause of chronic hepatitis that can lead to cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. To study the effects of HCV protein expression on host cells, we established conditional expression of the full-length open reading frame (ORF) of an infectious cDNA clone of HCV (genotype 1a, H77 strain) in the nontransformed human(More)
Many epidemiological studies have strongly suggested an inverse correlation between dietary polyphenol consumption and reduced risks of cardiovascular diseases. Yellow rice wine is a Chinese specialty and one of the three most ancient wines in the world (Shaoxing rice wine, beer, and grape wine). There is a large amount of polyphenol substances in yellow(More)
BACKGROUND AIMS Tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases-1 (TIMP-1) plays an important role in the development of pulmonary arterial hypertension. However, the molecular regulatory mechanisms of TIMP-1 in the pulmonary arteries are not fully understood, especially in human pulmonary arterial smooth muscle cells (HPASMCs). We investigated the signaling pathway(More)
The Werner syndrome (WS) is a prototypic adult Mendelian progeroid syndrome in which signs of premature aging are associated with genomic instability and an elevated risk of cancer. The WRN RECQ helicase protein binds and unwinds G-quadruplex (G4) DNA substrates in vitro, and we identified significant enrichment in G4 sequence motifs at the transcription(More)
Investigations on survival of patients with hepatitis B virus related acute-on-chronic liver failure (HBV-ACLF) are sparse and urgently needed. The current study aimed to evaluate the prognostic value of circulating cell death biomarkers (M30-anigen, M65-antigen and HMGB1) for HBV ACLF. In this prospective study (2/2013-8/2014), 94 patients including 54(More)