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BACKGROUND Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) have recently been implicated in many biological processes and diseases. Atherosclerosis is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. However, the functional role of lncRNAs in atherosclerosis is largely unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS We identified lincRNA-p21 as a key regulator of cell proliferation and(More)
The success of gene therapy depends largely on the efficacy of gene delivery vector systems that can deliver genes to target organs or cells selectively and efficiently with minimal toxicity. Here, we show that by using the HRE.ppET-1 regulatory element, we were able to restrict expression of the transgene of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) to(More)
Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been reported to be involved in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease (CVD), but whether circulating lncRNAs can serve as a coronary artery disease (CAD), biomarker is not known. The present study screened lncRNAs by microarray analysis in the plasma from CAD patients and control individuals and found that 265(More)
BACKGROUND Reactive oxygen species (ROS) play a major role in causing injury in ischemia-reperfusion (I/R). Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is particularly vulnerable to oxidative damage. We propose that increased mitochondrial ROS production is likely to damage mtDNA, causing further injury to mitochondria, and postconditioning (POC) may ameliorate kidney I/R(More)
AIMS Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been found to be involved in the pathogenesis of coronary artery disease (CAD). However, it remains to be established whether or not circulating lncRNAs can serve as biomarkers of CAD. METHODS AND RESULTS Using a microarray-based lncRNA expression profiling, we found 86 lncRNAs that were differentially expressed in(More)
AIMS Myopia may have protective effects against diabetic retinopathy (DR). However, the data from epidemiologic studies are inconsistent. We aimed to examine the association between myopia and DR by conducting a meta-analysis. METHODS We identified studies by searching the PubMed and EMBASE databases. Study-specific odds ratios (ORs) were pooled using a(More)
Bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) have the ability of self-renewal and multi-directional differentiation. Recent reports showed that BMSCs could differentiate into endocrine cells of pancreas. However, the differentiation is not efficient enough to produce insulin-producing cells for the future therapeutic use. Pdx-1 is a crucial regulator for(More)
Neural stem cells are characterized by the ability to differentiate and stably express exogenous ge-nes. Vascular endothelial growth factor plays a role in protecting local blood vessels and neurons of newborn rats with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. Transplantation of vascular endothelial growth factor-transfected neural stem cells may be neuroprotective(More)
To investigate long noncoding RNA NONHSAT112178 (LncPPARδ) as a biomarker for coronary artery disease (CAD) in peripheral blood monocyte cells, RT-qPCR was performed to validate the microarray results, receiver operating characteristic curve was applied to study the potential of LncPPARδ as a biomarker. Diagnostic models from LncPPARδ alone or combination(More)