Ying-Cai Niu

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Hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) undergo activation during the development of liver fibrosis. Transcription factor myocyte enhancer factor (MEF2) 2C plays a key role in this process. In the present study, we investigated the effect of hydroxysafflor yellow A (HSYA) on hepatic fibrosis and further investigated potential mechanisms in vivo. Sprague-Dawley rats(More)
Beta-amyloid (Abeta) toxicity has been postulated to initiate synaptic loss and subsequent neuronal degeneration seen in Alzheimer's disease (AD). We previously demonstrated that beta-asarone improves cognitive function by suppressing neuronal apoptosis in vivo. In this study, we assessed the neuroprotective effects of beta-asarone against the toxicity of(More)
A key feature in the molecular pathogenesis of liver fibrosis requires maintenance of the activated hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) phenotype by inhibition of apoptosis. The induction of apoptosis in activated HSCs has been proposed as an antifibrotic treatment strategy. This study aims at evaluating the effect of hydroxysafflor yellow A (HSYA) on apoptosis(More)
AIM To investigate the role of emodin in protecting the liver against fibrogenesis caused by carbon tetrachloride (CCl(4)) in rats and to further explore the underlying mechanisms. METHODS Rat models of experimental hepatic fibrosis were established by injection with CCl(4); the treated rats received emodin via oral administration at a dosage of 20 mg/kg(More)
The components of Agaricus blazei Murill (AbM) have been shown to possess antitumor potentials. Herein, we attempted to explore the anti-metastatic effect and underlying mechanism of a low molecular weight polysaccharide isolated from AbM (LMPAB). Matrigel invasion assay was applied to evaluate the effect of LMPAB on migration of BEL-7402 hepatic cancer(More)
LMPAB is a linear beta-(1-3)-glucan we isolated from polysaccharide extract of Agaricus blazei Murill (AbM). Effects of LMPAB on splenic natural killer (NK) cell activity, splenocyte proliferation, index of spleen and thymus, IFN-gamma expression in spleen and the concentration of IL-12, IL-18 and TNF-alpha in serum of S180 ascitic tumor-bearing mice were(More)
Prenatal lead exposure is associated with poor intellectual development in children. However, there are few breakthroughs in therapeutic intervention of developmental lead neurotoxicity. The aim of this study is to evaluate the hypothesis that ferulic acid-mediated promotion of neurite outgrowth following lead exposure might mainly result from its(More)
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