Wenzheng Zhang

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Prolific generation of NO by inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) can cause unintended injury to host cells during glomerulonephritis and other inflammatory diseases. While much is known about the mechanisms of iNOS induction, few transcriptional repressors have been found. We explored the role of signal transducers and activators of transcription 3(More)
Nitric oxide (NO) is a potent cell-signaling, effector, and vasodilator molecule that plays important roles in diverse biological effects in the kidney, vasculature, and many other tissues. Because of its high biological reactivity and diffusibility, multiple tiers of regulation, ranging from transcriptional to posttranslational controls, tightly control NO(More)
The association between pro-inflammatory cytokines and depression has been reported by many studies. However, the mechanisms by which inflammation affects mood are only partially understood. In this study, we detected depression-like behavior in a rat animal model which was induced inflammation in the spleen and brain by chronic mild stress (CMS). Wistar(More)
Aldosterone is a major regulator of epithelial Na(+) absorption and acts in large part through induction of the epithelial Na(+) channel (ENaC) gene in the renal collecting duct. We previously identified Dot1a as an aldosterone early repressed gene and a repressor of ENaCalpha transcription through mediating histone H3 Lys-79 methylation associated with the(More)
The inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) gene plays an important role in renal diseases. Transcription is the principal mode of regulation. This study explores the role of acetylation in cytokine-mediated iNOS induction in cultured murine mesangial cells and RAW 264.7 cells. Nitric oxide production was measured by the Griess reaction. The activity of the(More)
Chimeric oncoproteins resulting from fusion of MLL to a wide variety of partnering proteins cause biologically distinctive and clinically aggressive acute leukemias. However, the mechanism of MLL-mediated leukemic transformation is not fully understood. Dot1, the only known histone H3 lysine 79 (H3K79) methyltransferase, has been shown to interact with(More)
Hypoxia can act as an initial trigger to induce erythrocyte sickling and eventual end organ damage in sickle cell disease (SCD). Many factors and metabolites are altered in response to hypoxia and may contribute to the pathogenesis of the disease. Using metabolomic profiling, we found that the steady-state concentration of adenosine in the blood was(More)
Rice exhibits the greatest aluminum (Al) tolerance compared with other cereals such as wheat, barley, maize, etc. A full-length gene, OsCS1, encoding citrate synthase, which is highly induced by aluminum toxicity in rice (Oryza sativa L.), was isolated. Sequence analysis and the sub-cellular localization of OsCS1 in yeast revealed that it is a mitochondrial(More)
RATIONALE Hypertension is the most prevalent life-threatening disease worldwide and is frequently associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD). However, the molecular basis underlying hypertensive CKD is not fully understood. OBJECTIVE We sought to identify specific factors and signaling pathways that contribute to hypertensive CKD and thereby exacerbate(More)
Renal injury has a strong relationship to the subsequent development of renal fibrosis. In developing renal fibrosis, tubular epithelial cells in the kidney underwent epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT). Matrix metalloproteinase 7 (MMP7) was reported to reduce E-cadherin and induce EMT by up-regulation of β-catenin/lymphoid enhancer-binding factor 1(More)