1. IGF/STAT3/NANOG/Slug Signaling Axis Simultaneously Controls Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition and Stemness Maintenance in Colorectal Cancer.

    Stem Cells 34(4):820 (2016) PMID 26840943

    Discovery of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and cancer stem cells (CSCs) are two milestones in people exploring the nature of malignant tumor in recent decades. Although some studies have presented the potential connections between them, the link details, underneath their superficial co...
  2. miR-146b-5p functions as a tumor suppressor by targeting TRAF6 and predicts the prognosis of human gliomas.

    Oncotarget 6(30):29129 (2015) PMID 26320176 PMCID PMC4745716

    Down-regulation of miR-146b-5p contributes to tumorigenesis in several human cancers. However, the relevance of miR-146b-5p to prognosis, proliferation and apoptosis in gliomas remains unknown. In the present study, we demonstrated that miR-146b-5p expression was inversely correlated with grades...
  3. MED12 methylation by CARM1 sensitizes human breast cancer cells to chemotherapy drugs.

    Science advances 1(9):e1500463 (2015) PMID 26601288 PMCID PMC4646802

    The RNA polymerase II mediator complex subunit 12 (MED12) is frequently mutated in human cancers, and loss of MED12 has been shown to induce drug resistance through activation of transforming growth factor-β receptor (TGF-βR) signaling. We identified MED12 as a substrate for coactivator-associat...
  4. Chondrogenic regeneration using bone marrow clots and a porous polycaprolactone-hydroxyapatite scaffold by three-dimensional printing.

    Tissue Engineering, Part A: Tissue Engineering 21(7-8):1388 (2015) PMID 25530453 PMCID PMC4394873

    Scaffolds play an important role in directing three-dimensional (3D) cartilage regeneration. Our recent study reported the potential advantages of bone marrow clots (MC) in promoting extracellular matrix (ECM) scaffold chondrogenic regeneration. The aim of this study is to build a new scaffold f...
  5. PBX3 is targeted by multiple miRNAs and is essential for liver tumour-initiating cells.

    Nature Communications 6:8271 (2015) PMID 26420065

    Tumour-initiating cells (TICs) are advocated to constitute the sustaining force to maintain and renew fully established malignancy; however, the molecular mechanisms responsible for these properties are elusive. We previously demonstrated that voltage-gated calcium channel α2δ1 subunit marks hep...
  6. Bio-functionalized dense-silica nanoparticles for MR/NIRF imaging of CD146 in gastric cancer.

    International Journal of Nanomedicine 10:749 (2015) PMID 25653520 PMCID PMC4309778

    Nano dense-silica (dSiO2) has many advantages such as adjustable core-shell structure, multiple drug delivery, and controllable release behavior. Improving the gastric tumor-specific targeting efficiency based on the development of various strategies is crucial for anti-cancer drug delivery syst...
  7. Curcumin suppresses cell proliferation through inhibition of the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway in medulloblastoma.

    Oncology Reports 32(1):173 (2014) PMID 24858998

    Recently, the survival rate of medulloblastoma patients has greatly improved; yet, patients undergoing current treatment regimes suffer from serious therapy-related side-effects. The aim of the present study was to investigate the anticancer effects of curcumin on medulloblastoma cells by testin...
  8. A synthetic dl-nordihydroguaiaretic acid (Nordy), inhibits angiogenesis, invasion and proliferation of glioma stem cells within a zebrafish xenotransplantation model.

    PLoS ONE 9(1):e85759 (2014) PMID 24454929 PMCID PMC3893259

    The zebrafish (Danio rerio) and their transparent embryos represent a promising model system in cancer research. Compared with other vertebrate model systems, we had previously shown that the zebrafish model provides many advantages over mouse or chicken models to study tumor invasion, angiogene...
  9. The role of chemoattractant receptors in shaping the tumor microenvironment.

    BioMed Research International 2014:751392 (2014) PMID 25110692 PMCID PMC4119707

    Chemoattractant receptors are a family of seven transmembrane G protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) initially found to mediate the chemotaxis and activation of immune cells. During the past decades, the functions of these GPCRs have been discovered to not only regulate leukocyte trafficking and pr...
  10. High expression of REGγ is associated with metastasis and poor prognosis of patients with breast cancer.

    International journal of clinical and experimen... 7(11):7834 (2014) PMID 25550823 PMCID PMC4270549

    REGgamma (REGγ) has been recently found in several types of human cancer, however, its clinical significance in metastasis and prognosis of breast cancer remains unknown. In this study, immunohistochemical staining and western blot analysis were performed to evaluate REGγ expression in both mous...
  11. The proapoptotic protein BNIP3 interacts with VDAC to induce mitochondrial release of endonuclease G.

    PLoS ONE 9(12):e113642 (2014) PMID 25436615 PMCID PMC4249980

    BNIP3 is a proapoptotic protein that induces cell death through a mitochondria-mediated pathway. We reported previously that mitochondrial localization of BNIP3 and translocation of EndoG from mitochondria to the nucleus are critical steps of the BNIP3 pathway. It is not clear, however, that how...
  12. Identification of CD90 as a marker for lung cancer stem cells in A549 and H446 cell lines.

    Oncology Reports 30(6):2733 (2013) PMID 24101104

    Accumulating evidence supports that cancer stem cells (CSCs) are responsible for tumor initiation, progression, distal metastasis and even drug resistance. Although CD90 has been identified as a marker for several types of stem cells, such as liver CSCs, the potential role of CD90 as a marker fo...
  13. Histone deacetylase 3 participates in self-renewal of liver cancer stem cells through histone modification.

    Cancer Letters 339(1):60 (2013) PMID 23879963

    Understanding molecular mechanisms in self-renewal of cancer stem cells (CSCs) is important for finding novel target in therapy of cancer. In this study, we explored potential effects of histone deacetylase (HDAC) on liver CSCs. Our data showed that HDAC inhibitors suppressed self-renewal and in...
  14. MicroRNA-137, an HMGA1 target, suppresses colorectal cancer cell invasion and metastasis in mice by directly targeting FMNL2.

    Gastroenterology 144(3):624 (2013) PMID 23201162

    Formin-like (FMNL)2 is up-regulated in colorectal tumors and has been associated with tumor progression, but little is known about regulatory mechanisms. We investigated whether microRNAs regulate levels of FMNL2 in colorectal cancer (CRC) cells. We used real-time polymerase chain reaction and i...
  15. Hepatitis B virus induces IL-23 production in antigen presenting cells and causes liver damage via the IL-23/IL-17 axis.

    PLoS Pathogens 9(6):e1003410 (2013) PMID 23825942 PMCID PMC3694858

    IL-23 regulates myriad processes in the innate and adaptive immune systems, and is a critical mediator of the proinflammatory effects exerted by Th17 cells in many diseases. In this study, we investigated whether and how hepatitis B virus (HBV) causes liver damage directly through the IL-23 sign...
  16. Vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2 (VEGFR-2) plays a key role in vasculogenic mimicry formation, neovascularization and tumor initiation by Glioma stem-like cells.

    PLoS ONE 8(3):e57188 (2013) PMID 23536763 PMCID PMC3594239

    Human glioblastomas (GBM) are thought to be initiated by glioma stem-like cells (GSLCs). GSLCs also participate in tumor neovascularization by transdifferentiating into vascular endothelial cells. Here, we report a critical role of GSLCs in the formation of vasculogenic mimicry (VM), which defin...
  17. G protein-coupled receptor FPR1 as a pharmacologic target in inflammation and human glioblastoma.

    International Immunopharmacology 14(3):283 (2012) PMID 22863814 PMCID PMC3547636

    Formylpeptide receptor1 (FPR1) is a G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) originally identified in phagocytic leucocytes and mediates cell chemotaxis and activation in response to bacterial formylated chemotactic peptides. However, FPR1 also participates in a signal relay which regulates the infiltr...
  18. Identification of ITGB4BP as a new interaction protein of P311.

    Life Sciences 90(15-16):585 (2012) PMID 22365962

    P311 is an 8 kDa protein that has been shown to be of importance in the process of myofibroblast transformation, glioblastoma invasion and nerve regeneration. However, the interaction protein of P311 has yet to be found. The purpose of this study was to find the interactive protein of P311. The ...
  19. Decreased expression of LATS1 is correlated with the progression and prognosis of glioma.

    Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research 31:67 (2012) PMID 22909338 PMCID PMC3561646

    LATS1 is a tumor suppressor genes implicated in the pathogenesis of certain types of tumors, but its role is not known in human glioma. Using real-time PCR and immunohistochemistry, we detected the mRNA and protein expression of LATS1 in glioma. The effect of LATS1 on cell growth and invasion we...
  20. Ascl2 knockdown results in tumor growth arrest by miRNA-302b-related inhibition of colon cancer progenitor cells.

    PLoS ONE 7(2):e32170 (2012) PMID 22384170 PMCID PMC3285660

    Achaete scute-like 2 (Ascl2), a basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) transcription factor, controls the fate of intestinal stem cells. However, the role of Ascl2 in colon cancer progenitor cells remains unknown. The cell line HT-29 (47.5-95% of CD133(+) population) and LS174T (0.45% of CD133(+) populat...