Wu-xiang Liao

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Covalent adduction of a nitrosyl group to cysteines [S-nitrosylation (S-NO)] is emerging as a key route for nitric oxide (NO) to directly modulate protein functions. Here, we studied the effects of estrogens on endothelial protein S-NO and analyzed the nitrosyl-proteomes by biotin/CyDye switch technique combined with two-dimensional fluorescence difference(More)
Epigenetic silencing of secreted wingless-type (Wnt) antagonists through hypermethylation is associated with tobacco smoking and with invasive bladder cancer. The secreted Wnt inhibitory factor-1 (WIF1) has shown consistent growth-inhibitory effect on various cancer cell lines. Therefore, we assessed the mechanisms of action of WIF1 by either restoring WIF1(More)
On vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) stimulation, both VEGF R1 and R2 receptors were phosphorylated in ovine fetoplacental artery endothelial (oFPAE) cells. Treatment with VEGF stimulated both time- and dose-dependent activation of ERK2/1 in oFPAE cells. VEGF-induced ERK2/1 activation was mediated by VEGFR2, but not VEGFR1, and was linked to(More)
A novel family of evolutionally conserved neuronal guidance cues, including ligands (i.e., Slit, netrin, epherin, and semaphorin) and their corresponding receptors (i.e., Robo, DCC/Unc5, Eph and plexin/ neuropilin), has been identified to play a crucial role in axon pathfinding and branching as well as neuronal cell migration. The presence of commonalities(More)
ATP leads to endothelial NO synthase (eNOS)/NO-mediated vasodilation, a process hypothesized to depend on the endothelial caveolar eNOS partitioning and subcellular domain-specific multisite phosphorylation state. We demonstrate herein that, in both the absence and presence of ATP, the uterine artery endothelial caveolae contain specific protein machinery(More)
Currently, no single marker is sensitive and specific enough to be considered a reliable biomarker for prenatal alcohol exposure. To identify a proteomic signature profile for maternal alcohol consumption, we carried out high-throughput proteomics on maternal endothelial caveolae exposed to moderate binge-like alcohol conditions. In these specialized(More)
Fibroblast growth factor (FGF) receptor 1 (FGFR1) protein was expressed as the long and short as well as some truncated forms in ovine fetoplacental artery ex vivo and in vitro. Upon FGF2 stimulation, both the long and short FGFR1s were tyrosine phosphorylated and the PI3K/AKT1 and ERK1/2 pathways were activated in a concentration- and time- dependent(More)
Preeclampsia is characterized by dysfunctional endothelium and impaired angiogenesis. Recent studies suggest that the neuronal guidance SLIT/ROBO system regulates tumor angiogenesis. This study investigated if SLIT and ROBO are differentially expressed in healthy term and preeclamptic placentas and if hypoxia regulates SLIT and ROBO expression in placental(More)
OBJECTIVE To elucidate the regulation of the nitric oxide (NO) and carbon monoxide (CO) pathways in preeclampsia and to evaluate the ratio of asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) to symmetric dimethylarginine (SDMA) as a marker for preeclampsia. METHODS Maternal plasma and placental samples were obtained from 20 participants with preeclampsia and 23(More)
Fibroblast growth factor (FGF2), but not vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), upregulates endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) protein expression, at least partially, via activation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase 2/1 (ERK2/1) in ovine fetoplacental artery endothelial (oFPAE) cells. Herein we further investigated the temporal effects of(More)