Wen-Hsiang Chou

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AIM To study the antitumor action of elemene (Ele) and its mechanism. METHODS Inhibition of proliferation was measured with a colorimetric 3-[4,5-dimethyl thiazol-2-yl]-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay. Morphological assessment of apoptosis was performed with fluorescence microscope. DNA fragmentation was assessed by agarose gel electrophoresis(More)
The retinoblastoma protein (Rb) plays a critical role in cell proliferation, differentiation, and development. To decipher the mechanism of Rb function at the molecular level, we have systematically characterized a number of Rb-interacting proteins, among which is the clone C5 described here, which encodes a protein of 1,978 amino acids with an estimated(More)
It has been reported that the anti-inflammatory activity of 3-hydroxy-3-methyl-glutary coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase inhibitors (statins) is independent of their hypocholesterolemic effect. Previous studies indicated that induction of heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) exerts a cytoprotective activity in several inflammatory diseases. Here, the possibility that HO-1(More)
The potential to increase the supply of vaccine by diluting the vaccinia virus of Lister strain to face possible bioterrorism with smallpox was evaluated. Vaccinia-naïve subjects (n=97) were randomized to receive either undiluted or diluted (1:5, 1:10) vaccine, and previously vaccinated subjects (n=122) were randomized to receive either undiluted or diluted(More)
To investigate the routes of transmission of hepatitis C virus (HCV), a family in which HCV was considered to be transmitted from mother to child through two generations was studied. By the polymerase chain reaction method, HCV cDNA was isolated from the serum of a female baby with self-limited hepatitis C. HCV cDNA was also obtained from her mother and(More)
To investigate the prevalence of genotype distribution of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in Taiwan, genotypes were identified in 122 (36 anti-HCV-positive blood donors, 44 anti-HCV-positive aborigines, 28 hemodialysis patients, and 14 patients with chronic liver diseases) of 280 subjects, using polymerase chain reaction by Okamoto's type-specific primer(More)
In Taiwan, the epidemiological status of HCV infection is similar to those observed in other areas of the world, with 1.0% prevalence among adult volunteer blood donors and high prevalences among the high risk groups, by the detection of anti-HCV with synthetic peptide antigens. However, unusually high prevalences, 35.1%, 15.8% and 14.2%, were observed(More)
We investigated the presence of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) genome in liver tissues of eight different patients with hepatocellular carcinoma by using the reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method. RNA was extracted separately from cancerous and peripheral noncancerous portions of the liver tissues of each patient. For reverse(More)
A salt-dependent DNA polymerase activity was demonstrated in the culture of an EBV-producing, lymphoblastoid cell line (NPC-204 cells) treated with 5-iodo-2'-deoxyuridine (IUdR). There was a high frequency of levels of antibody to this enzyme in sera of patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). In contrast, sera from healthy subjects had little or no(More)