Wen-Liang Chang

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Henoch–Schönlein purpura (HSP) is an IgA-mediated systemic small vessel vasculitis of childhood. It is characterized by the symptoms including nonthrombocytopenic purpura, abdominal pain, hematuria/proteinuria, and arthargia/arthritis. We conducted a retrospective study of 261 patients diagnosed with HSP from December 1991 to December 2001. Of the 261(More)
PURPOSE In this study, we have examined the antitumor effects of chloroform extract of Angelica sinensis (AS-C), a traditional Chinese medicine, on glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) brain tumors in vitro and in vivo. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN In vitro, GBM cells were treated with AS-C, and the cell proliferation, changes in distributions of cell cycle, and(More)
The novel lignan isochaihulactone inhibits cell proliferation and is an effective inducer of apoptosis in a variety of carcinoma cell lines. To determine the mechanisms underlying these effects, we examined isochaihulactone-induced changes in gene expression using oligodeoxynucleotide-based microarray screening of a human lung carcinoma cell line, A549.(More)
BACKGROUND DNA damage, caused by numerous carcinogens, contributes to the increased risk of different types of cancer. The base excision repair (BER) pathway including the apurinic/apyrimidic endonuclease (APE1, also known as APEX1) gene plays an important role in preventing the accumulation of DNA damage and maintaining genomic stability. The aim of the(More)
Bupleuri radix, a traditional Chinese herb, has been widely used to treat liver diseases such as hepatitis and cirrhosis. The acetone extract of Bupleurum scorzonerifolium (AE-BS) showed a dose-dependently antiproliferative effect on the proliferation of A549 human lung cancer cells. The IC(50) of AE-BS, i.e., the concentration required to inhibit(More)
The natural compound n-butylidenephthalide (BP), which is isolated from the chloroform extract of Angelica sinensis, has been investigated for its antitumoral effects on glioblastoma multiform (GBM) brain tumors both in vitro and in vivo. To determine the mechanism of BP-induced growth arrest and apoptosis, we examined BP-induced changes in gene expression(More)
The naturally-occurring compound, n-butylidenephthalide (BP), which is isolated from the chloroform extract of Angelica sinensis (AS-C), has been investigated with respect to the treatment of angina. In this study, we have examined the anti-tumor effects of n-butylidenephthalide on glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) brain tumors both in vitro and in vivo. In(More)
The root of Coptis chinensis Franch. (COCH) is regularly used for medicinal purposes, and has been prescribed alone or in combination with other traditional herbs for the treatment of diabetes. To investigate the effects of COCH on glucose utilization by skeletal muscles, we prepared an ethanol extract of COCH root (COCH-Et) partitioned with(More)
The pathogenesis of lupus nephritis is mainly attributable to a complex interaction between the innate and adaptive immune systems, including T and B cell function abnormalities. In addition to autoantibody production and immune complex deposition, Th1 and Th17 cytokines may play key roles in the development and progression of lupus nephritis. Acute onset(More)
We previously demonstrated that the crude acetone extract of Bupleurum scorzonerifolium (BS-AE) 60 microg/ml has anti-proliferation activity and apoptotic effects on A549 non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). A novel lignan, isochaihulactone (4-benzo[1,3]dioxol-5-ylmethyl-3(3,4,5-trimethoxyl-benzylidene)-dihydro-furan-2-one), was isolated from BS-AE and(More)