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Neurocysticercosis, involvement of the central nervous system by taenia solium, is one of the most common parasitic diseases of the CNS. However, spinal involvement by neurocysticercosis is uncommon. Here, we reported a 40-year-old woman with intramedullary cysticercosis in the thoracic spinal cord. MRI revealed two well-defined round intramedullary lesions(More)
The Tyr52 residue of d-lactate dehydrogenase (d-LDH) from Lactobacillus pentosus was replaced with small hydrophobic residues and overexpressed in E. coli BL21 (DE3) to enhance 3-phenyllactic acid (PLA) synthesis by whole-cell catalyst. Escherichia coli pET-28a-d-ldh produced 12.2 g PLA l−1 in 3 h, with a molar conversion rate of 61 %, while E. coli(More)
AIMS Pyruvate kinase M2 (PKM2) and lactate dehydrogenase 5 (LDH5) are two metabolic and oncogenic markers of cancer. In this study, we sought to investigate their expression patterns and prognostic value in tongue squamous cell carcinoma (TSCC). METHODS AND RESULTS The expression and subcellular localization of PKM2 and LDH5 in TSCC cell lines were(More)
The Hippo pathway has emerged as a fundamental regulator in tissue growth, organ size and stem cell functions, and tumorigenesis when deregulated. However, its roles and associated molecular mechanisms underlying oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) initiation and progression remain largely unknown. Here, we identified TAZ, the downstream effector of Hippo(More)
BACKGROUND The autoimmune regulator (AIRE) regulates autoimmunity and self-antigen expression, such as acetylcholine receptor (AchR), in the thymus. Regulatory T cells (Tregs) can down-regulate autoimmunity, but also promote tumor growth. The objective of this study was to examine the levels of AIRE, AchR, and Foxp3 expression in thymomas. METHODS The(More)
We describe a rare scalp malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor (MPNST) with cranial destruction and intracranial extension in a 52-year-old male with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1). The scalp tumor measured 22cm×18cm, with local surface ulceration. Skin examination revealed many café-au-lait spots and small, hard dermal nodules on the trunk. CT scans(More)
BACKGROUND Upregulation of microRNA-221 (miR-221) has been reported to induce the malignant phenotype of human osteosarcoma, suggesting its potential as a therapeutic target for this malignancy. However, the role of miR-221 in diagnosis and prognosis of osteosarcoma has been well less elaborated. Our aim was to investigate the clinicopathological,(More)
The facile synthesis of the novel platinum nanoparticles/Eastman AQ55D/ruthenium(II) tris(bipyridine) (PtNPs/AQ/Ru(bpy)3(2+)) colloidal material for ultrasensitive ECL solid-state sensors was reported for the first time. The cation ion-exchanger AQ was used not only to immobilize ECL active species Ru(bpy)3(2+) but also as the dispersant of PtNPs. Colloidal(More)
4-(Dimethylamino)butyric acid (DMBA) labeling combined with gold nanoparticle amplification for electrochemiluminescence (ECL) determination of a biological substance (bovine serum albumin (BSA) and immunoglobulin G (IgG) as models) was presented. After DMBA, an analogue of tripropylamine, was tagged on the (anti)analytes, an ECL signal related to the(More)
Intraoperative dexmedetomidine (DEX) with or without loading dose both promote morphine-sparing effect in patient-controlled analgesia on postoperative acute pain. However, the contribution of the loading dose to this effect is largely unknown, especially in long-lasting surgeries. The present study was designed to investigate the role of a loading dose of(More)