Xianjin Du

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Development of a culture system that supports self-renewal and proliferation of spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs) is enormously valuable for experimental research and potential treatment for male infertility. Although several research groups had reported their successes in SSC isolation and culture, the two current accepted culture systems are different in(More)
High mobility group box 1 protein (HMGB1) plays an important role in myocardial ischemia and reperfusion (I/R) injury. Preconditioning of exendin-4 (Ex), a glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist, has been reported to attenuate myocardial I/R injury. The current study investigated whether Ex postconditioning also attenuated myocardial I/R injury and the(More)
The epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a crucial event for renal fibrosis that can be elicited by TGF-β1/Smads signaling and its downstream mediator connective tissue growth factor (CTGF). As a distinct member of the TGF-β superfamily, Lefty A has been shown to be significantly downregulated in the kidneys of patients with severe ureteral(More)
High mobility group box 1 protein (HMGB1) plays an important role in myocardial ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury. Rosuvastatin (RS) preconditioning has been reported to reduce myocardial I/R injury. The aim of this study was to investigate whether postconditioning with RS is able to reduce myocardial I/R injury by inhibiting HMGB1 expression in rats.(More)
UNLABELLED Staphylococcus aureus pneumonia is an important cause of sepsis which causes gut injury, inflammation, and apoptosis. The surfactant proteins surfactant protein A (SP-A) and surfactant protein D (SP-D) bind bacterial pathogens and facilitate clearance of pathogens, apoptotic bodies, and modulate immune responses. SP-A and SP-D are expressed in(More)
Innate immune molecule surfactant protein D (SP-D), a member of the C-type lectin protein family, plays an indispensable role in host defense and the regulation of inflammation in the lung and other tissues. Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative disease of cartilage, with inflammation that causes pathologic changes and tissue damage. However, it is unknown(More)
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