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A gene encoding the thermostable raw starch digesting α-amylase in Thermobifida fusca NTU22 was amplified by PCR, sequenced and cloned into Pichia pastoris X-33 host strain using the vector pGAPZαA, allowing constitutive expression and secretion of the protein. Recombinant expression resulted in high levels of extracellular amylase production, as high as(More)
1alpha,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (vitamin D3) has been shown to upregulate p27Kip1 expression via Sp1 and NF-Y binding sites in the p27Kip1 promoter. However, whether vitamin D3 receptor (VDR) involves in this process is unclear. In this study, we demonstrated that expression of VDR in SW620 cells, which exhibited low level of endogenous VDR, increased vitamin(More)
A gene encoding the thermostable α-amylase in Thermobifida fusca NTU22 was amplified by PCR, sequenced, and cloned into Yarrowia lipolytica P01g host strain using the vector pYLSC1 allowing constitutive expression and secretion of the protein. Recombinant expression resulted in high levels of extracellular amylase production, as high as 730 U/l in the(More)
Denbinobin (5-hydroxy-3,7-dimethoxy-1,4-phenanthraquinone) has been reported to exhibit anti-tumor and anti-inflammatory activity. Nevertheless, the anti-tumor mechanism of denbinobin remains unclear. In the present study, we evaluated the anticancer activity of denbinobin in human myelogenous K562 leukemia cells. In accordance with the(More)
This study examined the effects of different extracts of adlay seed on the growth of human lung cancer cells in vitro and in vivo. The data showed that a methanolic extract, but not a water extract, of adlay seed exerted an antiproliferative effect on A549 lung cancer cells by inducing cell cycle arrest and apoptosis. It was also found that tumor growth in(More)
Hepatocellular carcinoma is highly chemoresistant to currently available chemotherapeutic agents. In this study, 2'-fluoro-6,7-methylenedioxy-2-phenyl-4-quinolone (CHM-1), a synthetic 6,7-substituted 2-phenyl-4-quinolone, was identified as a potent and selective antitumor agent in human hepatocellular carcinoma. CHM-1 induced growth inhibition of HA22T,(More)
Our previous study demonstrate that vitamin D3 induces the binding of vitamin D3 receptor (VDR) to Sp1 transcription factor and stimulates p27Kip1 expression via the Sp1 consensus sequences in the promoter. Both VDR and Sp1 are transcriptional activators, it is unclear which protein functions as the transcription component of the VDR/Sp1 complex. To address(More)
Cancer chemotherapeutic agents that interfere with tubulin/microtubule function are in extensive use. Quinolone is a common structure in alkaloids and its related components exhibit several pharmacological activities. In this study, we have identified the anticancer mechanisms of 2-phenyl-4-quinolone. 2-Phenyl-4-quinolone displayed anti-proliferative effect(More)
The axe gene which encodes an acetylxylan esterase from Thermobifida fusca NTU22, was cloned, sequenced and expressed in Escherichia coli. The gene consists of 786 base pairs and encodes a protein of 262 amino acids. The deduced amino acid sequence of the acetylxylan esterase axe exhibited a high degree of similarity with BTA-hydrolase from T. fusca(More)
The role of inflammation-induced oxidative stress in the pathogenesis and progression of chronic inflammatory airways diseases has received increasing attention in recent years. Nuclear factor-erythroid 2 related factor 2 (Nrf-2) is the primary transcription factor that regulates the expression of antioxidant and detoxifying enzymes. In this study, yellow(More)