Xian-lu Zeng

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BACKGROUND Matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) is a key regulator in the migration of tumor cells. αvβ3 integrin has been reported to play a critical role in cell adhesion and regulate the migration of tumor cells by promoting MMP-2 activation. However, little is known about the effects of MMP-2 on αvβ3 integrin activity and αvβ3 integrin-mediated adhesion(More)
L-Sox5 is a member of sex-determining region Y-type high mobility group box (SOX) family of transcription factors. We assessed the effects of retroviral overexpression of L-Sox5 on chondrocyte differentiation using the clonal murine cell line ATDC5. We observed a temporal-restricted expression pattern of L-Sox5 in insulin-induced ATDC5 cells differentiating(More)
Histone deacetylases (HDACs) deacetylate lysine residues of histone and non-histone proteins and thereby regulate the cell-cycle, gene expression, and several other processes. We have analyzed the effects of HDAC1 on Runx2-mediated regulation of osteopontin (OPN) promoter activation and gene expression in mesenchymal progenitor C3h10t1/2 cells and show that(More)
The Golgi apparatus has attracted intense attentions due to its fascinating morphology and vital role as the pivot of cellular secretory pathway since its discovery. However, its complex structure at the molecular level remains elusive due to limited approaches. In this study, the structure of Golgi apparatus, including the Golgi stack, cisternal structure,(More)
Actin, one of the most evolutionarily conservative proteins in eukaryotes, is distributed both in the cytoplasm and the nucleus, and its dynamics plays important roles in numerous cellular processes. Previous evidence has shown that actin interacts with p53 and this interaction increases in the process of p53 responding to DNA damage, but the physiological(More)
Thrombospondin-1 (TSP-1), a matricellular protein widely acclaimed to be involved in the inhibition of angiogenesis and tumorigenesis, is synthesized and secreted by many cell types, including osteoblast and cancer cells. TSP-1 is highly upregulated during early stage of osteogenesis, whereas it inhibits terminal osteoblast differentiation. Expression of(More)
During malignant progression, primary tumors rebuild leukocyte profile and suppress the host anti-tumor immune response. Tumor-associated neutrophils (TAN) increased in the cancer patients and emerged as an important participant and regulator of immune responses. The aim of this study is to investigate the role of circulating TAN (cTAN) in the metastatic(More)
Previous studies in our laboratory reported L-malate as a free radical scavenger in aged rats. To investigate the antioxidant mechanism of L-malate in the mitochondria, we analyzed the change in gene expression of two malate-aspartate shuttle (MAS)-related carried proteins (AGC, aspartate/glutamate carrier and OMC, oxoglutarate/malate carrier) in the inner(More)
Excessive trafficking of leukocytes can lead to serious tissue injury. Here, four regioselectively sulfated chitosans were assessed as inhibitors of HL-60 leukocyte binding to P-selectin, by investigating their effect on leukocyte adhesion to CHO cells expressing human P-selectin under static and flow conditions. The results show that the sulfochitosans(More)
P-selectin glycoprotein ligand-1 (PSGL-1) is involved in the initial step of lymphocyte homing by interacting with P- or E-selectins expressed on activated endothelium cells. Besides, it also functions as a receptor to induce signals that increase integrin affinity to ligands and mediate cell adhesion to endothelium. Integrin is required for the second step(More)