Yen Ping Lei

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DSC was used to study the ability of glass-forming sugars to affect the gel-to-fluid phase transition temperature, T(m), of several phosphatidylcholines during dehydration. In the absence of sugars, T(m) increased as the lipid dried. Sugars diminished this increase, an effect we explain using the osmotic and volumetric properties of sugars. Sugars(More)
Dynamic light scattering (DLS) analysis together with atomic force microscopy (AFM) imaging was applied to investigate the supramolecular self-assembly properties of a series of recombinant amelogenins. The overall objective was to ascertain the contribution of certain structural motifs in amelogenin to protein-protein interactions during the self-assembly(More)
Enamel formation is a powerful model for the study of biomineralization. A key feature common to all biomineralizing systems is their dependency upon the biosynthesis of an extracellular organic matrix that is competent to direct the formation of the subsequent mineral phase. The major organic component of forming mouse enamel is the 180-amino-acid(More)
AIMS To prepare, purify and characterize an extracellular enzyme from Myxococcus fulvus ANSM068, designated as myxobacteria aflatoxin degradation enzyme (MADE), which possesses degradation activity against aflatoxin B(1) (AFB(1) ), G(1) (AFG(1) ) and M(1) (AFM(1) ) in solution. METHODS AND RESULTS The culture supernatant of strain M. fulvus demonstrated(More)
We are interested in understanding hierarchical regulation pathways that control gene expression in developing teeth. In pursuit of the molecular basis for the regulated expression of amelogenin by developing ameloblasts during tooth formation, we isolated the murine amelogenin promoter. Analysis of this promoter will provide additional details towards the(More)
Bacillus subtilis ANSB060 from the fish gut had strong ability to detoxify aflatoxins. The aim of this research was to investigate the protective effect of B. subtilis ANSB060 (ANSB060) on egg quality and biochemical and histopathological changes of liver and kidney in laying hens when exposed to aflatoxin B(1). Treatments (C20, C40, and C60) were prepared(More)
Understanding the cellular and molecular events that regulate the formation of enamel is a major driving force in efforts to characterize critical events during amelogenesis. It is anticipated that through such an understanding, improvements in prevention, diagnosis and treatment-intervention into heritable and acquired diseases of enamel could be achieved.(More)
In this study, the neuroprotective effect of Dimocarpus longan Lour. flower water extract (LFWE) was investigated. First, an in vitro study showed that LFWE concentration-dependently inhibited lipid peroxidation of brain homogenates incubated at 37 °C. The antioxidative activity of LFWE was more potent than that of glutathione or Trolox. Furthermore, an(More)
OBJECTIVE The signalling molecule protein kinase B (Akt) modulates many cellular processes. Phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt signalling pathways play important roles in tumour angiogenesis. The aim of this study was to determine the role of phosphorylated Akt (pAkt) in angiogenesis and its correlation with vascular endothelial growth factor(More)
Enamel formation involves highly orchestrated intracellular and extracellular events; following development, the tissue is unable to regenerate, making it a challenging target for tissue engineering. We previously demonstrated the ability to trigger enamel differentiation and regeneration in the embryonic mouse incisor using a self-assembling matrix that(More)