Yuehong Tong

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Intracorporal injection of plasmids encoding opiorphins into retired breeder rats can result in animals developing a priapic-like condition. Microarray analysis demonstrated that following intracorporal gene transfer of plasmids expressing opiorphins the most significantly upregulated gene in corporal tissue was the ornithine decarboxylase gene (ODC).(More)
PURPOSE We recently reported that Vcsa1 is one of the most down-regulated genes in the corpora of rats in 3 distinct models of erectile dysfunction. Since gene transfer of plasmids expressing Vcsa1 or intracorporeal injection of its mature peptide product sialorphin into the corpora of aging rats was shown to restore erectile function, we proposed that the(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate whether variable coding sequence protein A1 (Vcsa1) is down-regulated in rat models of diabetes and ageing, and to investigate the role of Vcsa1 in erectile function, as Vcsa1 is the most down-regulated gene in the corpora of a rat model of neurogenic erectile dysfunction (ED). MATERIALS AND METHODS Quantitative(More)
PURPOSE Several reports suggest that the rat Vcsa1 gene is down-regulated in models of erectile dysfunction. The Vcsa protein product sialorphin is an endogenous neutral endopeptidase inhibitor and its down-regulation could result in prolonged activation of G-protein activated signaling pathways by their peptide agonists. We investigated whether Vcsa1(More)
Cryopreserving ovarian tissue followed by transplantation has been suggested to preserve fertility for young cancer survivors. However, ischemia in the early stage after transplantation causes massive follicle loss. The aim was to investigate the histological and ultrastructural characteristics of the frozen-thawed human fetal ovarian tissue after(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine if ProL1, a member of the opiorphin family of genes, can modulate erectile physiology, as it encodes a peptide which acts as a neutral endopeptidase inhibitor, other examples of which (Vcsa1, hSMR3A) modulate erectile physiology. MATERIALS AND METHODS We cloned members of the opiorphin family of genes into the same mammalian(More)
Vcsa1 plays an important role in the erectile physiology of the rat. We conducted experiments to determine if erectile function, testosterone levels and Vcsa1 expression were correlated. In orchiectomized rats, total testosterone in blood fell from an average of 4 ng/ml to <0.04 ng/ml. Erectile function was significantly lower compared to controls and Vcsa1(More)
PURPOSE We identified molecular markers of erectile function, particularly those responding to erectile dysfunction treatment. MATERIALS AND METHODS Sprague-Dawley retired breeder rats were intracorporeally injected with pVAX-hSlo, pSMAA-hSlo or the control plasmid pVAX. One week later the intracorporeal pressure-to-blood pressure ratio and gene(More)
OBJECTIVE • To investigate the role that oxidative stress plays in the development of diabetic cystopathy. MATERIALS AND METHODS • Comparative gene expression in the bladder of non-diabetic and streptozotocin (STZ)-induced 2-month- old diabetic rats was carried out using microarray analysis. • Evidence of oxidative stress was investigated in the bladder(More)
PURPOSE Discovery of candidate spectra for abundant fluorophore families in human retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) by ex vivo hyperspectral imaging. METHODS Hyperspectral autofluorescence emission images were captured between 420 and 720 nm (10-nm intervals), at two excitation bands (436-460, 480-510 nm), from three locations (fovea, perifovea,(More)