Yvonne Leung

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Hair follicles facilitate the study of stem cell behavior because stem cells in progressive activation stages, ordered within the follicle architecture, are capable of cyclic regeneration. To study the gene network governing the homeostasis of hair bulge stem cells, we developed a Keratin 15-driven genetic model to directly perturb molecular signaling in(More)
Slow cycling is a common feature shared among several stem cells (SCs) identified in adult tissues including hair follicle and cornea. Recently, existence of unipotent SCs in basal and lumenal layers of sweat gland (SG) has been described and label retaining cells (LRCs) have also been localized in SGs; however, whether these LRCs possess SCs characteristic(More)
Regulation of adult stem cells (SCs) is fundamental for organ maintenance and tissue regeneration. On the body surface, different ectodermal organs exhibit distinctive modes of regeneration and the dynamics of their SC homeostasis remain to be unraveled. A slow cycling characteristic has been used to identify SCs in hair follicles and sweat glands; however,(More)
Two new manganese complexes derived from the pentadentate ligand N,N-bis(2-pyridylmethyl)amine-N-ethyl-2-quinoline-2-carboxamide, PaPy2QH, where H is dissociable proton), namely, [Mn(PaPy2Q)(NO)]ClO4 (2) and [Mn(PaPy2Q)(OH)]ClO4 (3), have been synthesized and structurally characterized. The Mn(III) complex [Mn(PaPy2Q)(OH)]ClO4 (3), though insensitive to(More)
A polyurethane-coated sol-gel material containing the photoactive Mn nitrosyl [Mn(PaPy3)(NO)]ClO4 rapidly releases NO with high quantum efficiency when exposed to visible light of low intensity. This rigid and strongly colored hybrid material is a convenient point source of NO that can only be triggered with light. Successful delivery of NO to biological(More)
Histone deacetylases (HDACs) are present in the epidermal layer of the skin, outer root sheath, and hair matrix. To investigate how histone acetylation affects skin morphogenesis and homeostasis, mice were generated with a K14 promoter-mediated reduction of Hdac1 or Hdac2. The skin of HDAC1 null (K14-Cre Hdac1(cKO/cKO)) mice exhibited a spectrum of lesions,(More)
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