Zhao-jun Wang

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Schistosoma japonicum causes schistosomiasis in humans and livestock in the Asia-Pacific region. Knowledge of the genome of this parasite should improve understanding of schistosome-host interactions, biomedical aspects of schistosomiasis and invertebrate evolution. We assigned 43,707 expressed sequence tags (ESTs) derived from adult S. japonicum and their(More)
Apoptosis of implanted mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) limits the efficiency of MSC therapy. Recent studies showed the ligands of Toll-like receptors (TLRs) could control the function of these cells. We have investigated the effect of lipopolysaccharides (LPS), a ligand of TLR4, on the survival of MSCs and explored the roles of TLR4 and PI3K/Akt.(More)
BACKGROUND Ageing is associated with increased incidence of dyslipidemia. To investigate potential molecular mechanisms, the effects of age and fibrate administration on peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor alpha (PPARalpha) expression in livers of young and old rats were studied. METHODS A total of 16 young (2-month-old) and 16 old rats(More)
Pectic-oligosaccharides (POSs) were prepared from apple pectin by dynamic high-pressure microfluidization (DHPM). Operating under selected conditions (pectin concentration 1.84%, solution temperature 63 °C, DHPM pressure 155MPa and number of cycles 6 passes), 32.92% of the pectin was converted into POS. The resulting POS contains 29.56% galacturonic acid(More)
Endothelial dysfunction and oxidative stress likely play roles in PM2.5-induced harmful effects. Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), the major polyphenolic constituent of green tea, is a potent antioxidant that exerts protective effects on cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) in part by scavenging free radicals. The exposure to ambient fine particulate matter(More)
The effects of electro-acupuncture (EA) on insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) expression in the spared dorsal root ganglia (DRG) and associated spinal dorsal horns were explored in cats subjected to unilateral removal of L1–L5 and L7–S2 DRG, sparing the L6 DRG. Immunohistochemistry revealed the presence of IGF-I immunoreactive products in the L6 DRG(More)
It is well known that platelet-derived growth factor-B (PDGF-B), a member of the neurotrophic factor family, is involved in normal physiological conditions, pathological changes, and neuroregulation following lesions. But the roles of endogenous PDGF-B in neuroregulation following spinal cord injury are far from being well known, especially in primates.(More)
Rattin, a specific derivative of humanin in rats, shares the ability with HN to protect neurons against amyloid β (Aβ) peptide-induced cellular toxicity. However, it is still unclear whether Rattin can protect against Aβ-induced deficits in cognition and synaptic plasticity in rats. In the present study, we observed the effects of Rattin and Aβ31-35 on the(More)
This study detected the effects of endogenous neurotrophin-3 (NT-3) on the collateral sprouting derived from the L6 dorsal root ganglion (DRG) after unilateral removal of adjacent DRGs (L1–L5 and L7) in cats. Cholera toxin B tracing revealed significant neurite growth from the spared L6 DRG and axonal sprouting in the dorsal column. There was a(More)
BACKGROUND The morbidity of insulin resistance tends to increase with aging. However, studies on molecular mechanisms underlying insulin resistance in aging process is still in paucity. OBJECTIVE The effect of aging on peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARgamma) expression, and in addition, the possible association of PPARgamma expression(More)