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Lee, Wei-Ping
  • Professor
  • Education: M.D. National Defense Medical Center ; Ph.D. University of Texas-Houston M.D Anderson Cancer Center
  • Office: 830R, The Chi Teh Bldg -The Medical Research Bldg,
  • Phone: 886-2-28712121#2672
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Research--Viral hepatitis and hepatocellular carcinoma; Development of urease inhibitors of gut microbiota
1. HCV Biology
The above figure shows HCV genome, infectious lipo-viral particle, and proteins involved in formation of replicase complexes (NS3, NS4A, NS4B, NS5A, NS5B). Akt1 is involved in the late stage of the HCV life cycle, that is, Akt1 maintains sufficient lipid droplet that is required for assembly and release of infectious virions. ApoE contains two Akt phosphorylation sites. We currently make an attempt to determine whether Akt regulates ApoE stability and thereby the formation of infectious lipo-viral particles.
2. Development of urease inhibitors of gut microbiota
  • Immune response in normal gut. Balanced TH17 immunity protects gut mucosa from invasion of commensal bacteria. NH3 level is low but enough to provide nitrogen to maintain homeostasis of gut microbiome.
  • Immune response in the gut with dysbiosis. Ureolytic pathogens invade the epithelial layer and stimulate DC to secrete cytokines that induce significant level of TH1/TH2 differentiation, leading to chronic inflammation. NH3 level is elevated and functions as a proinflammatory molecule that enhances TH1/TH2 activation.
Publications  *Corresponding author
  • Lee WP, Lan KL, Liao SX, Huang YH, Hou MC, Lan KH. Inhibitory Effects of Amentoflavone and Orobol on Daclatasvir-Induced Resistance-Associated Variants of Hepatitis C Virus. American Journal of Chinese Medicine 2018;46:835-852..


  • *Lee WP, Lan KH, Li CP, Chao Y, Hou MC, Lin HC, Lee SD. The telomere-binding protein TRF2 is required for metronomic therapeutic effects of gemcitabine and capecitabine. BBA-Molecular Basis of Disease. 2017;1863:917-928.


  • *Lee WP, Hou MC, Lan KH, Li CP, Chao Y, Lin HC, Lee SD. Helicobacter pylori-induced chronic inflammation causes telomere shortening of gastric mucosa by promoting PARP-1-mediated non-homologous end joining of DNA. Archives Biochemistry and Biophysics 2016;606:90-8.


  • *Lee WP, Lan KH, Li CP, Chao Y, Lin HC, Lee SD. Akt phosphorylates myc-associated zinc finger protein (MAZ), releases P-MAZ from the p53 promoter, and activates p53 transcription. Cancer Letters. 2016; 375:9-19.


  • *Lee WP, Lan KH, Li CP, Chao Y, Lin HC, Lee SD. Oncogenic circuit constituted by Ser31-HBx and Akt increases risks of chronic hepatitis and hepatocellular carcinoma. BBA-Molecular Basis of Disease. 2016;1862:837-49.



  • *Lee WP, Lan KH, Li CP, Chao Y, Lin HC, Lee SD. Pro-apoptotic or anti-apoptotic property of X protein of hepatitis B virus is determined by phosphorylation at Ser31 by Akt. Archives Biochemistry and Biophysics. 2012;528:156-62. 


  • Su CH, Chu WC, Lan KH, Li CP, Chao Y, Lin HC, Lee SD, Tsai YC, *Lee WPGemcitabine causes telomere attrition by stabilizing TRF2. European Journal of Cancer. 2012;48:3465-74.



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