Zhaofeng Liang

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Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. Bisphenol A (BPA), as a known endocrine disrupter, is closely related to the development of breast cancer. Curcumin has been clinically used in chemopreventation and treatment of cancer; however, it remains unknown whether microRNAs are involved in curcumin-mediated protection from BPA-associated promotive(More)
As the primary cause of lung cancer, tobacco smoke (TS) promotes the initiation and progression of lung tumorigenesis. Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a crucial process involved in cell malignant transformation. The role of ERK5, the lesser studied member of MAPKs family, in regulating TS-triggered pulmonary EMT has not been investigated. Normal(More)
Tobacco smoke (TS) has been shown to cause gastric cancer. Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a crucial pathophysiological process in cancer development. Mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathways play central roles in tumorigenesis including EMT process. Curcumin is a promising chemopreventive agent for several types of cancers. In the(More)
PURPOSE The aim of the present study was to investigate the in vivo effects of dietary medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) on inflammation and insulin resistance as well as the underlying potential molecular mechanisms in high fat diet-induced obese mice. METHODS Male C57BL/6J mice (n = 24) were fed one of the following three diets for a period of 12 weeks:(More)
Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) has been known to possess various pharmacological properties including anti-inflammatory, antioxidants, antiviral, and hepatoprotective activities. Magnesium isoglycyrrhizinate (MgIG), a magnesium salt of 18-α glycyrrhizic acid stereoisomer, is clinically used for the treatment of inflammatory liver diseases. However, the(More)
Tobacco smoke (TS) has been shown to cause bladder cancer. Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a crucial pathophysiological process in cancer development. MAPK pathways play central roles in tumorigenesis including EMT process. Curcumin is a promising chemopreventive agent for several types of cancers. In the present study we investigated the effects(More)
Bladder cancer is universally acknowledged as a significant public health issue. Abundant evidence shows that cigarette smoke (CS) is the primary risk factor for bladder cancer. However, the mechanism of CS-induced bladder cancer has not been fully elucidated. CS-induced epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is critically involved in cell malignant(More)
Bladder cancer is a common genitourinary malignant disease worldwide. Abundant evidence has shown that cigarette smoke (CS) is a crucial risk factor for bladder cancer. Nevertheless, the mechanism underlying the relationship between cigarette smoking and bladder cancer remains unclear. In the present study, we investigated the effects of cigarette smoke(More)
Cancer-associated mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are critically involved in tumor development and progression. However, the mechanisms of action for MSCs in cancer remain largely unknown. Herein, we reported that the expression of Yes-associated protein 1 (YAP) was higher in gastric cancer derived mesenchymal stem cells (GC‑MSCs) than that in bone marrow(More)
Growing evidence indicates that 14-3-3ζ and yes-associated protein (YAP) substantially promote tumorigenesis and tumor development. However, the regulatory mechanism underlying these two proteins remains unknown. Herein, we report a new regulatory role of 14-3-3ζ in the phosphorylation of YAP and the feedback inhibition of 14-3-3ζ by YAP. YAP and 14-3-3ζ(More)