Yanfang Liu

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The initiation and progression of various solid tumors, including pancreatic carcinoma, are driven by a population of cells with stem cell properties, namely cancer stem cells (CSCs). Like their normal counterparts, CSCs are also believed to rely on their own microenvironment termed niches to sustain the population. Hypoxia-inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α) is a(More)
Rheumatoid arthritis(RA) is a common autoimmune disease associated with Th17 cells, but what about the effect of high-mobility group box chromosomal protein 1 (HMGB1) and the relationship between Th17-associated factors and HMGB1 in RA remains unknown. In the present study, we investigated the mRNA levels of HMGB1, RORγt, and IL-17 in peripheral blood(More)
Alleviation of dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-induced colitis was shown after by transplantation of bone marrow derived cells in mice. Nevertheless, the underlying mechanism remains elusive. In the present study, we transplanted primary mouse mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) into isogeneic mice with DSS-induced colitis. We found that MSC transplantation(More)
Wnt proteins are secreted molecules that play multiple roles during hair follicle development and postnatal hair cycling. Wntless (Wls) is a cargo protein required for the secretion of various Wnt ligands. However, its role during hair follicle development and hair cycling remains unclear. Here, we examined the expression of Wls during hair follicle(More)
Cancer stem cells (CSCs) or cancer-initiating cells (CICs) play an important role in tumor initiation, progression, metastasis, chemoresistance, and recurrence. It is important to construct an effective method to identify and isolate CSCs for biotherapy of cancer. During the past years, many researchers had paid more attention to it; however, this method(More)
OBJECTIVE Previous studies have suggested that C-reactive protein (CRP) was associated with risk of stroke. There were few studies in Asian population, or on stroke subtypes other than ischemic stroke. We thus investigated the relationship between CRP and the risks of all stroke and its subtypes in a Chinese adult population. METHODS In the current study,(More)
Tumors can recruit, induce, and expand regulatory T cells (Tregs) to suppress antitumor immune responses for survival and progression. The complicated tumor-related Treg subsets and their functional mechanisms are not fully addressed yet. We have previously identified a novel CD4+CD69+CD25−Foxp3− Treg subset in tumor-bearing mice, which suppresses CD4 T(More)
For this study, ten complex class 1 integron was characterized in Escherichia coli (E. coli) isolates from Zhenjiang. Among the ten isolates, five included the bla CTX-M-1 gene between orf513 and the IS 3000. Analysis the five isolates by PFGE showed that zj102 and zj562 had same patterns profiles, which suggested that the spread of a specific clone(More)
Kupffer cells, tissue-resident macrophage lineage cell, are enriched in vertebrate liver. The mouse F4/80+ Kupffer cells have been subclassified into two subpopulations according to their phenotype and function: CD68+ subpopulation with potent reactive oxygen species (ROS) production and phagocytic capacities, and CD11b+ subpopulation with a potent capacity(More)
Macrophages can be reprogramming, such as the classical activated macrophage, M1 or alternative activated macrophages, M2 phenotype following the milieu danger signals, especially inflammatory factors. Macrophage reprogramming is now considered as a key determinant of disease development and/or regression. Experimental autoimmune myocarditis (EAM) is(More)