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Chronic inflammation induced by hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a major causative factor associated with the development of cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. In this study, we investigated the roles of three inflammatory factors, IL-8, IL-29 (or IFN-λ1), and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), in HBV infection. We showed that the expression of IL-29, IL-8, and COX-2(More)
BACKGROUND The hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a major etiological factor of inflammation and damage to the liver resulting in hepatocellular carcinoma. Transcription factors play important roles in the disordered gene expression and liver injury caused by HBV. However, the molecular mechanisms behind this observation have not been defined. RESULTS In this(More)
BACKGROUND The striated muscle Z-line, a multiprotein complex at the boundary between sarcomeres, plays an integral role in maintaining striated muscle structure and function. Multiple Z-line-associated proteins have been identified and shown to play an increasingly important role in the pathogenesis of human cardiomyopathy. Cypher and its close homologue,(More)
A large genomic deletion in human cardiac ryanodine receptor (RYR2) gene has been detected in a number of unrelated families with various clinical phenotypes, including catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT). This genomic deletion results in an in-frame deletion of exon-3 (Ex3-del). To understand the underlying disease mechanism of the(More)
BACKGROUND We investigated the contribution of inositol(1,4,5)-trisphosphate (Ins(1,4,5)P3 [IP3]) receptors (IP3-R) to disease progression in mouse models of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and pressure overload hypertrophy. Mice expressing mammalian sterile 20-like kinase and dominant-negative phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase in heart (Mst1×dn-PI3K-2Tg; DCM-2Tg)(More)
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