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Epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs) have antihypertensive properties and play a part in the maintenance of renal microvascular function. A novel approach to increase EET levels is to inhibit epoxide hydrolase enzymes that are responsible for conversion of biologically active EETs to dihydroxyeicosatrienoic acids (DHETs) that are void of effects on the(More)
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. To identify genetic factors that modify the risk of lung cancer in individuals of Chinese ancestry, we performed a genome-wide association scan in 5,408 subjects (2,331 individuals with lung cancer (cases) and 3,077 controls) followed by a two-stage validation among 12,722 subjects (6,313(More)
Platinum-based chemotherapy is the most common treatment for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), and expression levels of drug metabolism and transport proteins are correlated with its efficacy and toxicity. In this study, we investigated the association of three putative functional polymorphisms of ABCC2 (C-24T, G1249A, and C3972T) with tumor response and(More)
The lipoxygenase (LO) metabolite, 12(S)-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid [12(S)-HETE], constricts renal vessels, contributes to the vascular response to angiotensin, and has been implicated in cardiovascular and renal diseases. The current studies were performed to determine if renal microvascular 12(S)-HETE production is stimulated by angiotensin and the(More)
TANK-binding kinase 1 (TBK1) plays an essential role in Toll-like receptor (TLR)- and retinoic acid-inducible gene I (RIG-I)-mediated induction of type I interferon (IFN; IFN-α/β) and host antiviral responses. How TBK1 activity is negatively regulated remains largely unknown. We report that TNF receptor-associated factor (TRAF)-interacting protein (TRIP)(More)
Lung cancer is a leading cause of cancer-related deaths throughout the world. Recent genome-wide association studies and consecutive validation supported that the 5p15.33 region containing telomerase reverse transcriptase gene (TERT) and cleft lip and palate transmembrane protein 1-like (CLPTM1L) gene showed significant association with lung cancer in(More)
Abstract The number of obese people in the world is growing rapidly worldwide and has reached epidemic status. Obesity is often associated with the clustering of metabolic and cardiovascular risk factors that contribute to metabolic syndrome or syndrome X. Likewise, metabolic syndrome and its associated traits are major contributing factors to the increase(More)
Epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EET) have antihypertensive and anti-inflammatory properties and play a role in the maintenance of renal vascular function. A novel approach to increase EET levels is to inhibit epoxide hydrolase enzymes that are responsible for conversion of biologically active EET to dihydroxyeicosatrienoic acids (DHET). We hypothesized that(More)
The present study tested the hypothesis that increasing epoxyeicosatrienoic acids by inhibition of soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH) would lower blood pressure and ameliorate renal damage in salt-sensitive hypertension. Rats were infused with angiotensin and fed a normal-salt diet or an 8% NaCl diet for 14 days. The sEH inhibitor,(More)
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is estimated to affect more than 30 million American men and 152 million men worldwide. Therapeutic agents targeting the nitric oxide/cyclic GMP signaling pathway have successfully treated patients with ED; however, the efficacies of these treatments are significantly lower in specific populations such as patients with diabetes.(More)