Whei-meih Chang

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Xenoestrogens can interfere with normal estrogen signaling by competitively binding to the estrogen receptor (ER) and activating transcription of target genes. In this study, we cloned the estrogen receptor alpha (vbERalpha) and beta 2 (vbERbeta2) genes from liver of the indigenous Taiwanese cyprinid fish Varicorhinus barbatulus and tested the direct impact(More)
The molecular mechanism whereby anticancer agent geldanamycin (GA) impacts endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress pathway is largely unknown. Here, we investigate the effect of GA on the expression of grp78 coding for ER stress protein and the mechanistic relationship of GA signalling to ER stress. GA induces the expression of mRNA and protein of grp78 by(More)
Geldanamycin is an antitumor drug that binds HSP90 and induces a wide range of heat shock proteins, including HSP70s. In this study we report that the induction of HSP70s is dose-dependent in geldanamycin-treated human non-small cell lung cancer H460 cells. Analysis of the induction of HSP70s specific isoform using LC-ESI-MS/MS analysis and Northern(More)
We present molecular cloning and tissue expression analysis of three estrogen receptor (ER) subtypes, vbERα, vbERβ1 and vbERβ2, from liver of the cyprinid fish Varicorhinus barbatulus through reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and rapid amplification of cDNA ends (RACE). The sequence alignment and phylogenetic analysis reconfirmed the(More)
The glucose-regulated protein grp78 gene is rapidly transactivated in 9L rat brain tumour (RBT) cells treated with okadaic acid (OA) followed by heat shock (HS) (termed OA-->HS treatment). By Northern blotting analyses and transient transfection assays, we herein show that transactivation of grp78 by OA-->HS is abolished by an intracellular calcium(More)
Intermediate filament (IF) networks can be regulated by phosphorylation of unit proteins, such as vimentin, by specific kinases leading to reorganization of the IF filamentous structure. Recently, we identified mitogen-activated protein kinase-activated protein kinase-2 (MAPKAP kinase-2) as a vimentin kinase (Cheng and Lai [1998] J. Cell. Biochem.(More)
Drug design is the approach of finding drugs by design using computational tools. When designing a new drug, the structure of the drug molecule can be modeled by classification of potential chemical compounds. Kernel Methods have been successfully used in classifying chemical compounds, within which the most popular one is Support Vector Machine (SVM). In(More)
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