Yi-jia Lou

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OBJECTIVE To investigate the effect of Rongshi granule on osteopontin(OPN) expression. METHOD The urlisthiasis rats were induced by ethylene glycol (EG) and ammonium chloride, the control group rats were non-treated, and the Rongshi granule groups (low-dose group, middle-dose group and high-dose group) were administered Rongshi granule in addition to EG(More)
Icariin, icaritin and desmethylicaritin are constituents of Epimedium with a similar structure to genistein and daidzein. Using the modified MCF-7 cell proliferation assay (E-SCREEN assessment system), these compounds were tested for their estrogen-like activities. Icaritin and desmethylicaritin, but not icariin, strongly stimulated the proliferation of(More)
BACKGROUND Hepatic ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury is an important clinical issue and relates to cysteinyl leukotrienes (LTs), the first committed synthesis step of which is that LTC4 synthesis enzymes including leukotriene C4 synthase (LTC4S), microsomal glutathione-S-transferase (mGST)2, and mGST3-catalyzed LTA4 and reduced glutathione (GSH), to(More)
The significant promoting effects of some prenylflavonoids on cardiac differentiation of mouse embryonic stem (ES) cells via reactive oxygen species (ROS) signaling pathway were investigated. The most effective differentiation was facilitated by icariin (ICA), followed by icaritin (ICT), while desmethylicaritin (DICT) displayed the weakest but still(More)
Peroxynitrite contributes to diverse cellular stresses in the pathogenesis of ischemic complications. Here, we investigate the downstream effector signaling elements of nitrosative stress which regulate ischemia-like cell death in endothelial cells and protective effect of melatonin. When the mitochondrial membrane potential (ΔΨm) of oxygen-glucose(More)
We previously reported that treatment of icariin could significantly induce cardiomyocyte differentiation of murine embryonic stem (ES) cells in vitro. In the present study, the exact activity initiated by icariin was further confirmed and the underlying molecular mechanism was investigated. We found that cardiomyocyte differentiation was efficiently(More)
Metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluRs) are G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) activated by glutamate. The function of mGluRs is not restricted to the regulation of synaptic transmission. Although some roles of mGluR5 in mouse embryonic stem cells (ESCs) have been proposed, little is known about the significance of mGluR5 in cardiomyocyte differentiation(More)
AIM To investigate the possible inducible effects of icariin, icaritin, and desmethylicaritin on the directional differentiation of embryonic stem (ES) cells into cardiomyocytes in vitro. METHODS ES cells were cultivated as embryoid bodies (EBs) in hanging drops with icariin, icaritin, or desmethylicaritin. ES cells treated with retinoic acid and with(More)
Brassinolide is a plant sterol first isolated from pollen of rape (Brassica napus L.). The present study was carried out to investigate the effect of brassinolide on androgen-independent human prostate cancer PC-3 cell viability. Results showed that brassinolide could induce a time and concentration-dependent cytotoxicity in PC-3 cells. The mode of cell(More)
BACKGROUND Tight junction protein degradation is a principal characteristic of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) damage that occurs during brain ischemia. AIMS We investigated the mechanisms of occludin degradation that underlie permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion (pMCAO) in rats. METHODS AND RESULTS Western blot and Co-immunoprecipitation data(More)