Xiao-dong Sun

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Curcumin, a phenolic compound extracted from Zingiberaceae turmeric, has strong anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antitumor properties. However, the anticarcinogenic mechanism of curcumin has yet to be fully elucidated. Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) induced by transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) is involved in the promotion of tumor invasion(More)
In taste buds, synaptic transmission is traditionally thought to occur from taste receptor cells to the afferent nerve. This communication reports the novel observation that taste receptor cells respond to adrenergic stimulation. Noradrenaline application inhibited outward potassium currents in a dose-dependent manner. This inhibition was mimicked by the(More)
The glutamatergic dysfunction hypothesis of schizophrenia implicates the genes involved in glutamatergic transmission as strong candidates for schizophrenia-susceptibility. Recent linkage and association studies have identified the glutamate receptor, ionotropic, delta 1 gene GRID1 on 10q22 as a strong candidate for schizophrenia. In this current(More)
In this study, we investigated the ability of mouse adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs) to differentiate into a cardiac phenotype in vitro. Icariin (ICA) has previously been shown to induce cardiomyocyte (CM) differentiation of murine embryonic stem cells in vitro, but its effect on ADSCs remains unclear. We isolated ADSCs from white adipose tissue and(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS To compare the outcomes and potential morbidities of laparoscopic spleen-preserving distal pancreatectomy with or without splenic vessel preservation in patients with benign or low-grade malignant pancreatic lesions. METHODOLOGY Twenty patients who underwent spleen-preserving distal pancreatectomy were retrospectively analyzed. All the(More)
AIM To investigate the expression and pathological factors of Angiopoietin-2 (Ang-2) in primary gastric cancers and adjacent normal tissues. METHODS The expression of Angiopoietin-2 and VEGF were studied in 72 primary gastric cancers and adjacent normal tissues from the same patients by semi-quantitative reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction(More)
Ambient light has profound effects on early seedling de-etiolation through red and far-red light-absorbing phytochromes and blue and UV-A light-absorbing cryptochromes. Subsequent integration of various light signal transduction pathways leads to changes in gene expression and morphogenic responses. Here, we report the isolation of a new Arabidopsis(More)
Curcumin is the major component of the spice turmeric, extracted from the rhizomes of the plant Curcuma longa. It exerts a number of therapeutic effects, including the inhibition of cancer cell proliferation. However, the anti-carcinogenic mechanism of curcumin has not been fully elucidated. Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), which lacks expression of(More)
AIM To investigate the expression of pathological factors of VEGF-C and its receptor FLT-4 in primary gastric cancer and adjacent normal tissues. METHODS The expression of VEGF-C and FLT-4 was studied in 80 primary gastric cancers and adjacent normal tissues from the same patients by semi-quantitative reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction(More)
Chemotherapy drugs themselves may act as stressors to induce adaptive responses to promote the chemoresistance of cancer cells. Our previous research showed that sirtuin 1 (SIRT1) was overexpressed in pancreatic cancer patients and deregulation of SIRT1 with RNAi could enhance chemosensitivity. Thus, we hypothesized that SIRT1 might facilitate(More)