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Hypertension-induced cardiac hypertrophy and apoptosis are major characteristics of early-stage heart failure. Our previous studies found that the activation of insulin-like growth factor receptor II (IGF-IIR) signaling was critical for hypertensive angiotensin II (ANG II)-induced cardiomyocyte apoptosis. However, the detailed mechanism by which ANG II(More)
Although apoptosis is prominent in placental cells in pregnancy complications such as preeclampsia, the cause is unknown. We surmised that hypoxia-reoxygenation (HR) is the mechanism and hypothesized that mitochondrial oxidants and Bcl-2 proteins cause HR-induced placental apoptosis. Our goal was studying expression of five Bcl-2 proteins--Bcl-2, Bcl-xL,(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to analyse the trends of mortality and causes of death among HIV-infected patients in Taiwan from 1984 to 2005. METHODS Registered data and death certificates for HIV-infected patients from Taiwan Centers for Disease Control were reviewed. Mortality rate and causes of deaths were compared among patients whose HIV(More)
Myeloperoxidase (MPO) is a heme protein produced and released by activated neutrophils and monocytes, and increased MPO is considered important in the pathophysiology of cardiovascular diseases (CVD). Accumulating evidence suggests that preeclampsia (PE), idiopathic intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), and CVD share many similar metabolic disturbances,(More)
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