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Currently, strategies aimed at disrupting renin–angiotensin–aldosterone system (RAAS) are extensively investigated for treating liver fibrosis. However, the experiment results remain unsatisfactory, mainly due to excessive level of angiotensin II (AngII) in gene expression. In this article, we aim to investigate whether suppression of AngII-type I receptor(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Wnt/β-catenin pathway is involved in liver fibrosis and microRNAs (miRNAs) are considered as key regulators of the activation of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs). A recent study showed the protective role of miR-378a-3p against cardiac fibrosis. However, whether miR-378a-3p suppresses Wnt/β-catenin pathway in liver fibrosis is largely unknown.(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Recently, microRNAs (miRNAs) have been demonstrated to act as regulators of activation of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs). It is well known that the main profibrogenic inducer transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) contributes to HSC activation, which is a key event in liver fibrosis. Increasing studies show that miR-9-5p is down-regulated in(More)
Serum long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are emerging as promising biomarkers for various human diseases. The aim of this study was to investigate the feasibility of using serum long intergenic non-coding RNA-p21 (lincRNA-p21) as a biomarker for chronic hepatitis B patients. Serum lincRNA-p21 levels were quantified using real-time PCR in 417 CHB patients and(More)
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