Woei Ming Lee

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BACKGROUND Only 15 to 20 percent of patients with chronic hepatitis C have a sustained virologic response to interferon therapy. We compared the efficacy and safety of recombinant interferon alfa-2b alone with those of a combination of interferon alfa-2b and ribavirin for the initial treatment of patients with chronic hepatitis C. METHODS We randomly(More)
Protein import into the cell nucleus requires specific binding of nuclear proteins to the nuclear pore complex. Based on amino acid sequence "motifs" of known nuclear targeting signals, we identified peptides within a number of nuclear proteins with likely nuclear targeting potential and tested their function by transfecting into cells fusion genes that(More)
Activity of endothelial Tie2 receptor tyrosine kinase is modulated by two naturally occurring, secreted ligands, angiopoietin-1 and -2, which have opposing effects on its phosphorylation. Receptor tyrosine kinase activation requires receptor dimerization/multimerization, which, for many receptors, is mediated by homo-oligomeric ligands binding to and(More)
Expression of a dominant negative mutant IFNgammaR1 in murine SCK and K1735 tumor cells rendered them relatively unresponsive to IFNgamma in vitro and more tumorigenic and less responsive to IL-12 therapy in vivo. IL-12 induced histologic evidence of ischemic damage only in IFNgamma-responsive tumors, and in vivo Matrigel vascularization assays revealed(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Ginsenosides are the main constituents for the pharmacological effects of Panax ginseng. Such effects of ginsenosides including cardioprotective and anti-platelet activities have shown stability and bioavailability limitations. However, information on the anti-platelet activity of ginsenoside-Rp1 (G-Rp1), a stable derivative of(More)
Administration of interferon (IFN) 3 times weekly in patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC) is associated with low sustained responses, which may be, in part, related to this regimen's inability to maintain IFN concentrations sufficient to suppress viral replication. An enhanced IFN molecule produced by the covalent attachment of a branched 40-kd(More)
Acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACC) catalyses the formation of malonyl-CoA, an essential substrate for fatty acid synthesis in lipogenic tissues and a key regulatory molecule in muscle, brain and other tissues. ACC contributes importantly to the overall control of energy metabolism and has provided an important model to explore mechanisms of enzyme control and(More)
An in vitro culture system using Sertoli cells was employed to assess the expression of component genes pertinent to occluding junctions (OJ) (such as zonula occludens-1, ZO-1), anchoring junctions (AJ) (such as N-cadherin and beta-catenin), and communicating gap junctions (GJ) (such as connexin 33, Cx33) when they are being formed in vitro. Freshly(More)
This multicenter, randomized, controlled, double-blind, phase III study in 704 patients with chronic hepatitis C infection compared treatment with consensus interferon (CIFN), a non-natural recombinant type-1 interferon, with a standard regimen of recombinant interferon alfa-2b (IFN-alpha2b). Patients were randomized to receive CIFN at doses of 3 microg or(More)