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Ischemic heart diseases (IHD) have become the leading cause of death around the world, killing more than 7 million people annually. In IHD, the blockage of coronary vessels will cause irreversible cell injury and even death. As the "powerhouse" and "apoptosis center" in cardiomyocytes, mitochondria play critical roles in IHD. Ischemia insult can reduce(More)
Mitochondrial dysfunction is linked with myocardial infarction (MI), a disorder in which Notch1 has attracted increasing attention. However, the involvement of Notch1 in mitochondrial impairment after an MI is poorly understood, as is the role of mitochondrial fusion-associated protein 2 (Mfn2). Moreover, whether melatonin potentiates the Notch1/Mfn2(More)
As one main active compound of curcuminoids, Bisdemethoxycurcumin (BDMC) possesses several biological activities, such as anti-inflammation and anti-cancer activities. However, the detailed mechanism of BDMC's anti-metastasis activity in ovarian cancer has not been clearly elucidated yet. In the present study, cell proliferation, wound healing motility,(More)
Increased oxidative stress is involved in the development of vascular dysfunction and remodeling. Uncoupling protein 2 (UCP2) regulates the production of reactive oxygen species in vascular smooth muscle cells (SMCs). To promote the study of the role of UCP2 in vascular diseases, a transgenic mouse model expressing human UCP2 (hUCP2) in vascular SMCs was(More)
The cold weather is associated with an increased occurrence of acute coronary events. However, the mechanisms underlying cold‑induced myocardial infarctions have not yet been fully elucidated. In the present study, 20 male, eight week‑old, apolipoprotein E (ApoE)‑deficient mice were subjected to either control conditions or intermittent cold exposure for(More)
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