Yu-Che Cheng

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Hemangioblastomas, highly vascular tumors, occur sporadically or associated with von Hippel–Lindau (VHL) disease. Diverse mutations in the VHL gene inactivate the VHL protein and constitute the molecular etiology of the disease. Changes in VHL gene were analyzed in patients with multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification and single-strand conformation(More)
This study presents human placenta-derived multipotent cells (PDMCs) as a source from which functional glutamatergic neurons can be derived. We found that the small heat-shock protein 27 (HSP27) was downregulated during the neuronal differentiation process. The in vivo temporal and spatial profiles of HSP27 expression were determined and showed inverted(More)
BACKGROUND The development and progression of colorectal cancer (CRC) involve a complex process of multiple genetic changes. Tumor suppressor p53 is capable of determining the fate of CRC cells. However, the role of a p53-inducible modulator, ribosomal protein S27-like (RPS27L), in CRC is unknown. METHODS Here, the differential expression of RPS27L was(More)
B-cell translocation gene 3 (BTG3) is a member of the antiproliferative BTG/ Transducer of ErbB2 gene family and is induced by genotoxic stress in a p53- and Checkpoint kinase 1 (CHK1)-dependent manner. Down-regulation of BTG3 has been observed in human cancers, suggesting that it plays an important role in tumor suppression, although the underlying(More)
In this study, we developed an electrical cell culture and monitoring device. Polypyrrole (PPy) films with different resistances were fabricated as conductive surfaces to investigate the effect of substrate-mediated electrical stimulation. The physical and chemical properties of the devices, as well as their biocompatibilities, were thoroughly evaluated.(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE Microglia have a crucial role in maintaining neuronal homeostasis in the central nervous system. Immune factors released from microglia have important roles in nociceptive signal transduction. Activation of microglia seems to be a shared mechanism in pathological pain and morphine tolerance because pharmacological attenuation of microglia(More)
The CDC4 gene of Saccharomyces cerevisiae encodes an essential function that is required for G1-S and G2-M transitions during mitosis and at various stages during meiosis. We have isolated a functional homologue of CDC4 (CaCDC4) from the pathogenic yeast Candida albicans by complementing the S. cerevisiae cdc4-3 mutation with CaCDC4 expressed from its own(More)
DNase II is an acid endonuclease that is involved in the degradation of exogenous DNA and is important for DNA fragmentation and degradation during cell death. In an effort to understand its catalytic mechanism, we constructed plasmids encoding nine different histidine (H)-to-leucine (L) mutants for porcine DNase II and examined the enzyme properties of the(More)
Cys2His2 zinc fingers are eukaryotic DNA-binding motifs, capable of distinguishing different DNA sequences, and are suitable for engineering artificial transcription factors. In this work, we used the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae to study the ability of tailor-made zinc finger proteins to activate the expression of the FLO11 gene, with phenotypic(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE In a recent study, we found that baicalin exhibited a potent analgesic effect on carrageenan-evoked thermal hyperalgesia. The underlining mechanisms may be associated with inhibition of inflammatory mediator overproduction, including proinflammatory cytokines, nitric oxide (NO), and prostaglandin E2 (PGE2). In the present study, we(More)