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BACKGROUND Activins are members of the transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) superfamily. Previous studies have shown that activin A may have a central role in regulating both apoptosis and proliferation. However, direct studies of recombination human activin A on human NSCLC A549 cells have not yet been reported. The purpose of this study was to(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a major cause of chronic morbidity and mortality. It is influenced by both environmental and genetic factors. Aquaporin5 plays a critical role in the maintenance of normal lung water homeostasis. We investigated whether polymorphisms in the gene aquaporin5 had any bearing on individual(More)
Response gene to complement 32 (RGC32) is a novel cellular protein that has been reported to be expressed aberrantly in multiple types of human tumors. However, the role of RGC32 in cancer is still controversial, and the molecular mechanisms by which RGC32 contributes to the development of cancer remain largely unknown. In the present study, we constructed(More)
BACKGROUND Slit2 has been reported to be implicated in many kinds of cell migration. However little is known about the effect of Slit2 on airway smooth muscle cell migration. This study was to detect the expression of Slit2 in rat airway smooth muscle (RASM) cells stimulated by platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) and characterized the effect of Slit2-N on(More)
BACKGROUND Abnormal proliferation, apoptosis, migration and contraction of airway smooth muscle (ASM) cells in airway remodeling in asthma are basically excessive repair responses to a network of inflammatory mediators such as PDGF, but the mechanisms of such responses remain unclear. Nogo-B, a member of the reticulum family 4(RTN4), is known to play a key(More)
BACKGROUND Over-production of mucus is an important pathophysiological feature in chronic airway disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma. Cigarette smoking (CS) is the leading cause of COPD. Oxidative stress plays a key role in CS-induced airway abnormal mucus production. Hydrogen protected cells and tissues against oxidative(More)
BACKGROUND Several aerosol production systems have been used for aerosol insulin production. However; since the first studies several new models of jet-nebulizers and ultrasound nebulizers have been introduced in the market. MATERIALS AND METHODS Three different models of jet-nebulizers (different brands, same properties) and three different ultrasound(More)
PURPOSE/AIM Hyperoxic acute lung injury (HALI) is a clinical syndrome as a result of prolonged supplement of high concentrations of oxygen. As yet, no specific treatment is available for HALI. The present study aims to investigate the effects of edaravone on hyperoxia-induced oxidative injury and the underlying mechanism. MATERIALS AND METHODS We treated(More)
Airway smooth muscle (ASM) cell phenotypic switching played an important role in airway remodeling in asthma. In vitro platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) induced ASM cell phenotypic switching from a mature to pro-remodeling phenotype, but the mechanism remained incompletely understood. This study was to explore the effect of DNA methyltransferase(More)
BACKGROUND As one of the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the worldwide, lung cancer needs to be understood better. Nowadays, increasing point mutations of specific oncogenes are biomarkers used to predict the therapeutic effect of targeted therapy and lung cancer has entered the age of individual treatment. At present, many relevant researchers(More)