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Vascular endothelial hyperproliferation is involved in the pathophysiological process of angiogenesis, which is indispensable for tumor growth and spread in hypoxic adaptation. There is increasing evidence indicating that statins have potential anti-angiogenesis benefits. However, the intracellular signaling mechanism underlying the effect of statins in(More)
BACKGROUND Asthma is a complex polygenic disease in which gene-environment interactions are important. A number of studies have investigated the polymorphism of IL-1β -511C/T and IL-1RA genes in relation to asthma susceptibility in different populations. However, the results of individual studies have been inconsistent. Accordingly, we conducted a(More)
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is characterized by excessive proliferation, resistance to apoptosis, and increased migration of pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells (PASMCs). We hypothesized that quercetin exerts protective effects against this disease; thus, a chronic hypoxia model of PAH was generated using male Sprague-Dawley rats, which were(More)
Hypoxic pulmonary hypertension (HPH) is characterized by active vasoconstriction and profound vascular remodeling. KLF5, a zinc-finger transcription factor, is involved in the excessive proliferation and apoptotic resistance phenotype associated with monocrotaline-induced pulmonary hypertension. However, the molecular mechanisms of KLF5-mediated(More)
BACKGROUND A variety of studies have evaluated the associations between polymorphisms in the promoter regions of the hMLH1 and cancer risk. However, the results remain inconclusive. To better understand the roles of the hMLH1 polymorphisms and cancer risk, we conducted a comprehensive meta-analysis to investigate the association between the hMLH1 -93G/A and(More)
BACKGROUND The association between MBL2 gene polymorphisms and the risk of asthma has been evaluated in multiple studies; however, the results are inconsistent. OBJECTIVE To perform a meta-analysis to explore whether MBL2 gene polymorphisms were associated with the risk of asthma. METHODS We searched PubMed, Web of Science, and Cochrane Library to find(More)
Quercetin, an important dietary flavonoid has been demonstrated to potentially reverse or even prevent pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) progression. However, the effects of quercetin on apoptosis and autophagy in pulmonary arterial smooth muscle cells (PASMCs) have not yet been clearly elucidated. The current study found that quercetin significantly(More)
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