Zhi-Hu Zhao

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The transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) signalling pathway participates in various biological processes. Dysregulation of Smad4, a central cellular transducer of TGF-β signalling, is implicated in a wide range of human diseases and developmental disorders. However, the mechanisms underlying Smad4 dysregulation are not fully understood. Using a functional(More)
A total knee arthroplasty (TKA) has always been associated with moderate to severe pain. As more research is conducted on the use of continuous local infiltration analgesia (CLIA) to manage pain after a TKA, it is necessary to reassess the efficacy and safety of the TKA method. The purpose of this systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled(More)
Accumulating evidence indicates that some miRNAs could form feedback loops with their targets to fine-tune tissue homeostasis, while disruption of these loops constitutes an essential step towards human tumorigenesis. In this study, we report the identification of a novel negative feedback loop formed between miR-139 and its oncogenic target Jun. In this(More)
The transforming growth factor-b (TGF-b) signalling pathway participates in various biological processes. Dysregulation of Smad4, a central cellular transducer of TGF-b signalling, is implicated in a wide range of human diseases and developmental disorders. However, the mechanisms underlying Smad4 dysregulation are not fully understood. Using a functional(More)
Study of comparative genomics has revealed that about 5% of the human genome are under purifying selection, 3.5% of which are conserved non-coding elements (CNEs). While the coding regions comprise of only a small part. In human, the CNEs are functionally important, which may be associated with the process of the establishment and maintain of chromatin(More)
In order to study the relationship between lengths of homologous fragments and chromsomic recombination rate in Saccharopolyspora erythraea, three homologous sequences, with mutant loci and different flanking sequences, (26bp + 27bp), (500bp + 576bp) and (1908bp + 1749bp), were synthesized by chemical reaction or PCR amplification, and cloned into pWHM3 to(More)
RNA interference (RNAi) is a mechanism of posttranscriptional gene silencing mediated by small interfering RNA (siRNA). The ability of synthetic siRNA to silence genes in vivo has made it well suited as therapeutic drug, but the instability and polarity of siRNA and the complexity of in vivo circumstances retarded rapid development of RNAi-based therapies.(More)
Stem cell factor is an important hematopoietic growth factor. In this study, the human stem cell factor was produced by recombinant E. coli, and the structure and biological activity of the recombinant stem cell factor(rhSCF) was studied. It was indicated that the rhSCF was a uncovalent dimer in phosphate buffer,and had the correct mass spectra, mass(More)
Interferon-induced transmembrane protein (IFITM) 1, 2 and 3 genes encode a family of interferon (IFN)-induced transmembrane proteins that block entry of a broad spectrum of pathogens. However, the transcriptional regulation of these genes, especially whether there exist any enhancers and their roles during the IFN induction process remain elusive. Here,(More)
Circular chromosome conformation capture (4C) can be used to analyze the high-resolution interaction map of cis-regulatory elements in genome-wide studies. In this study, we optimized the condition of PCR with the mimical 4C sample in order to establish a specific and efficient assay, which was validated practically. This 4C-clone screening assay can be(More)