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A gene encoding the thermostable raw starch digesting alpha-amylase in Thermobifida fusca NTU22 was amplified by PCR, sequenced and cloned into Pichia pastoris X-33 host strain using the vector pGAPZalphaA, allowing constitutive expression and secretion of the protein. Recombinant expression resulted in high levels of extracellular amylase production, as(More)
Fenofibrate and ciglitazone belong to the classes of fibrates and thiazolidinediones, respectively. Their pharmacological actions on peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) present a potential therapy for hyperlipidemia and hyperglycemia. However, the melanogenesis affected by PPAR ligands in melanocytes has not been well investigated. By(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 alpha-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)
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 mutagenic effects of rutin and quercetin have aroused the interest of many investigators. To develop the microbial degradation of rutin, a thermophilic actinomycete, which could hydrolyze rutin, was isolated from compost soil. The taxonomical characteristics of this thermophilic actinomycete were examined and identified as Thermoactinomyces vulgaris(More)
A gene encoding the thermostable acetylxylan esterase (AXE) in Thermobifida fusca NTU22 was amplified by PCR, sequenced and cloned into the 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 AXE production, as high as 526(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)
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)
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)