Yanfang Zheng

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Almost all viral pathogens utilize a cytoskeleton for their entry and intracellular transport. In HIV-1 infection, binding of the virus to blood resting CD4 T cells initiates a temporal course of cortical actin polymerization and depolymerization, a process mimicking the chemotactic response initiated from chemokine receptors. The actin depolymerization has(More)
The present study evaluates protective effects of naringin against paraquat (PQ)-induced acute lung injury (ALI) and pulmonary fibrosis in mice. Survival probability against PQ intoxication was tested by a single intraperitoneal injection of PQ. Results showed that survival rates of mice exposed to PQ only (50 mg/kg within 7 days) were much lower than that(More)
Emodin (1,3,8-trihydroxy-6-methylanthraquinone) is a stimulant laxative and used to treat constipation. Aquaporin 3 (AQP3) plays an important role in regulating water transfer in the colon. In the study, we investigated whether the laxative effect of emodin is associated with the regulation of AQP3 in the colon. Our results showed that treatment with emodin(More)
DNA methylation is a critical epigenetic mechanism involved in key cellular processes. Its deregulation has been linked to many human cancers including esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). This study was designed to explore the whole methylation status of ESCC and to identify potential plasma biomarkers for early diagnosis. We used Infinium(More)
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is related to more than 90% of cervical cancer. The virus is shown to be essential for the induction and maintenance of the malignant phenotype in cervical cancer. In this report, we designed a hammerhead ribozyme Rz170 to specifically target the HPV16 E6E7 transcripts, and our results demonstrated that Rz170 can cleave HPV16 E6E7(More)
Repeated infection with high-risk HPV is a major cause for the development and metastasis of human cervical cancer, even though the mechanism of the metastasis is still not completely understood. Here, we reported that miR-218 (microRNA-218) was downregulated in cervical cancer tissues, especially in metastatic cancer tissues. We found that miR-218(More)
Pre-eclampsia (PE) is a specific vascular complication in pregnancy whose precise mechanism is still unclear. We hypothesized that endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs), the precursor of endothelial cells, might be impaired in patients with PE and hold a great promise for the treatment of PE. In the present study, we analyzed the EPCs number and expression of(More)
UNLABELLED The SWI/SNF chromatin-remodeling complex regulates gene expression and alters chromatin structures in an ATP-dependent manner. Recent sequencing efforts have shown mutations in BRG1 (SMARCA4), one of two mutually exclusive ATPase subunits in the complex, in a significant number of human lung tumor cell lines and primary non-small cell lung(More)
INTRODUCTION Preeclampsia is a hypertensive complication in pregnancy, closely related to endothelial dysfunction. Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) have the capacity for endothelial repair. Both Ephrin-B2 and Dll4/Notch pathway play critical roles in various steps of angiogenesis. In addition, there is an up-regulation of ephrin-B2 expression consequent(More)
A nonintegrating mutant, SIVsmD116N, was derived from the infectious pathogenic SIVsmE543-3 clone by introducing an Asp (D) to Asn (N) mutation into the catalytic domain of integrase. Although SIVsmD116N generated all viral proteins following transfection, cell-free virus did not productively infect CEMx174 cells, macaque peripheral blood mononuclear cells(More)