Yean-Jang Lee

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Caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE), an active component of propolis, has many biological and pharmacological activities including antioxidant, anti-inflammation, antiviral action, and anticancer effect. Our previous studies showed that CAPE exhibited significant cytotoxicity in oral cancer cells. Herein we further investigated the cytotoxicity potential of(More)
Morusin is a prenylated flavonoid that has been isolated from the root bark of the mulberry tree (Morus species, Moraceae), a Chinese traditional medicine. It has been synthesized by our laboratory from commercially available phloroglucinol, and has demonstrated to possess antitumor effects of cell lines including A549, MCF-7, and MDA-MB-231. In this study,(More)
PURPOSE Hormone refractory metastatic prostate cancer is a major obstacle in clinical treatment. The key focus of this study was the discovery and development of a potential agent for this disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS Several pharmacological and biochemical assays were used to characterize the apoptotic signaling pathways of moniliformediquinone, a(More)
Both mycelium and fruiting body of Antrodia camphorate, a traditional medicinal fungus of the family Polyporaceae in Taiwan, have been suggested to possess multiple biological functions. However, there is little information on the anticancer components and actions of mycelium of Antrodia camphorate. In the present study, the anticancer potential of(More)
Caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE), a component of honeybee propolis, has been reported to hold various biochemical responses. In the preliminary study, we found that CAPE inhibited the growth of C6 glioma cells in a dose dependent and time dependent manner as shown by the results of trypan blue dye exclusion assay and cell proliferation assay. In(More)
All-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) induces complete remission in a high proportion of patients with acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL); however, the response is sometimes very slow. Furthermore, relapse and resistance to treatment often occur despite continued treatment with ATRA. Thereafter, combination treatment strategies have been suggested to circumvent(More)
The anticancer properties of demethylwedelolactone (DWEL) and wedelolactone (WEL), which are naturally occurring coumestans, have not been well characterized. In this study, we investigated the anti-invasive effects of synthetic WEL and DWEL on human MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells. We found that WEL and DWEL inhibited the anchorage-independent growth and(More)
Many components derived from dietary or medicinal plants showing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory potential have been found to possess chemopreventive properties. In our previous study, we achieved the total synthesis of ailanthoidol (AT), a neolignan from Zanthoxylum ailanthoides or Salvia miltiorrhiza Bunge, which are used in Chinese traditional herbal(More)
Ailanthoidol 1, which can be isolated from Chinese herbal medicine, is achieved in which the longest linear sequence is only six steps in 48% overall yield from commercially available 5-bromo-2-hydroxy-3-methoxybenzaldehyde. The key transformations in the synthesis are the Stille coupling reactions of benzofuranyl bromide with stannanyl compounds. This(More)
BACKGROUND Wedelia chinensis is traditionally used as a hepatoprotective herb in Taiwan. The aim of this study was to evaluate the neuroprotective potential of W. chinensis. METHODS An ethyl acetate extract of W. chinensis (EAW) was prepared and analyzed by HPLC. The neuroprotective potential of EAW was assessed by tert-butylhydroperoxide (t-BHP)-induced(More)