Chih-Ming Weng

Chih-Ming Weng
Taipei Medical University | TMU · School of Respiratory Therapy

Doctor of Philosophy

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Objective Platelet activation and adhesion to cancer cells increase the release of multiple factors that contribute to EMT and chemoresistance. Elevated levels of D-dimer have been associated with poor clinical outcomes in lung cancer. Platelets in high D-dimer plasma may be activated and implicated in acquired resistance to EGFR TKI in advanced lu...
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Fibrocytes are bloodborne mesenchymal progenitors which accumulate and differentiate at the disease site. We investigated whether hypoxemia activates fibrocytes, accelerating airflow limitation and exercise intolerance in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients. Flow cytometry was used to determine collagen I ⁺ /CD45 ⁺ fibrocytes and...
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Background and Objectives The novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been a pandemic health issue in 30 January 2020. The mortality rate is as high as 50% in critically ill patients. Stem cell therapy is effective for those who are refractory to standard treatments. However, the immune responses that underlie stem cell therapy have not been...
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Background Histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibition was reported to ameliorate lung fibrosis in animal models. However, little is known about the underlying mechanism of HDAC7 in the regulation of CTGF production in lung fibroblasts. Methods The role of HDAC7 in CTGF production caused by ET-1 stimulation in WI-38 cells (human lung fibroblast) was exa...
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Background: The novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been a global pandemic health issue since 30, January, 2020. Mortality rate was as high as more than 50% in critically ill patients. The Stem cell treatment is effective in refractory severe critically ill COVID-19 patients, but immune regulation mechanisms have not been reported well. T...
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Background and objective Circulating fibrocytes act as precursors of myofibroblasts, contribute to airway remodelling in chronic asthma and migrate to injured tissues by expressing CXCR4 and CCR7. Anti-IgE therapy improves severe allergic asthma (SAA) control and airway remodelling in T2-high SAA. The effects of anti-IgE therapy on fibrocyte activi...
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Background Omalizumab, a recombinant monoclonal anti‐IgE antibody, was developed for the treatment of severe allergic asthma. Not all these patients respond to omalizumab. Objective This study aimed to evaluate whether the pro‐inflammatory cytokine profiles in the severe allergic asthma patients were different between who responded and non‐respond...
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Background Exposure to environmental pollutants promotes Th2 cell responses. Aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) activation aggravates allergic responses. Epithelium‐derived thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP), interleukin (IL)‐25 and IL‐33 are implicated in the dysregulation of Th2 immune responses in severe allergic asthma. Methods Bronchial biopsie...
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IL-17A is implicated in many aspects of pathogenesis of severe asthma, including inducing neutrophilic inflammation, airway hyperresponsiveness, steroid insensitivity and airway remodeling. Diesel exhaust particles (DEP) emission from vehicles has been shown to expand Th17 cells to increase IL-17A release that contributes to DEP-mediated exacerbati...
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Endothelin-1 (ET-1) acts as a key mediator of vasoconstriction and tissue repair. Overproduction of connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) underlies the development of lung fibrosis. ET-1 induces expression of matrix-associated genes in lung fibroblasts, however, little is known about the signaling pathway of CTGF expression caused by ET-1. In this...
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Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) plays an important role in lung fibrosis. In this study, we investigated the role of Rac1, mixed-lineage kinase 3 (MLK3), c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK), and activator protein-1 (AP-1) in CTGF-induced collagen I expression in human lung fibroblasts. CTGF caused concentration- and time-dependent increases in col...
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Rationale: Fibrocytes possess increased differentiability into α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA)(+) myofibroblasts in chronic obstructive asthma (COA) and contribute to pulmonary fibrosis. Endothelin-1 (ET-1) induces matrix-associated gene expression through the ETA receptor (ETAR) and promotes fibroblast differentiation. However, the mechanism of fib...
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Thrombin is a multifunctional serine protease and an important fibrotic mediator that induces CCN2 expression. We previously showed that thrombin induces CCN2 expression via an ASK1-dependent JNK/AP-1 pathway in human lung fibroblasts. In this study, we further investigated the roles of c-Src, JAK2, and STAT3 in thrombin-induced CCN2 expression. Th...
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Our previous study demonstrated that 3-(5'-hydroxymethyl-2'-furyl)-1-benzylindazole (YC-1) might activate the soluble guanylate cyclase (sGC)/cGMP/protein kinase G (PKG) pathway to induce cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) expression in human pulmonary epithelial cells (A549). In this study, we further investigated the role of Raf-1 in YC-1-induced nuclear f...
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In the present study, we explore the role of apoptosis signal-regulating kinase 1 (ASK1) in denbinobin-induced apoptosis in human lung adenocarcinoma (A549) cells. Denbinobin-induced cell apoptosis was attenuated by an ASK1 dominant-negative mutant (ASK1DN), two antioxidants (N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC) and glutathione (GSH)), a c-Jun N-terminal kina...

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