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Acne inversa (AI), also known as hidradenitis suppurativa, is a chronic, recurrent, inflammatory disease of hair follicles that often runs in families. We studied six Chinese families with features of AI as well as additional skin lesions on back, face, nape, and waist and found independent loss-of-function mutations in PSENEN, PSEN1, or NCSTN, the genes(More)
Traditional anti-diabetic drugs may have negative or positive effects on risk of bone fractures. Yet the relationship between the new class glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1 RA) and risk of bone fractures has not been established. We performed a meta-analysis including randomized controlled trials (RCT) to study the risk of bone fractures(More)
Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) is a myocardial disease characterized by fibro-fatty replacement of myocardium in the right ventricular free wall and frequently results in life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death. A heterozygous missense mutation in the transmembrane protein 43 (TMEM43) gene, p.S358L, has been(More)
In light of the fact that most wastewater in China contained both industrial and domestic wastewater, a 52-d systematical investigation was conducted on the long-term effect of low concentration Cr(VI) (0.3-0.8 mg L(-1)) on P removal performance of granule-based EBPR system in this study. The mechanisms were likewise discussed. Results showed that high(More)
In recent years, the population of men who have sex with men (MSM) have become the most significant increasing group of HIV-1 transmission in China. To identify new recombinant strains and transmission patterns of HIV-1 in Chinese MSM population, a cross-sectional investigation of MSM in Anhui Province (in south-eastern China) was performed in 2011. The(More)
BACKGROUND Hereditary hypotrichosis simplex (MIM 146520, HHS) is a rare form of nonsyndromic alopecia. The locus for autosomal dominant HHS was mapped to 18p11.32-p11.23 and 6p21.3, respectively, suggestive of genetic heterogeneity. AIM To identify the disease-causing gene for a four-generation Chinese family with dominant transmission of a form of HHS.(More)
Helicobacter pylori causes host epithelial cell cytoskeletal rearrangements mediated by the translocation and tyrosine phosphorylation of an outer-membrane protein, CagA, and by the vacuolating cytotoxin, VacA. However, the mechanisms by which H. pylori mediates cytoskeletal rearrangements in infected host cells need to be more clearly defined. The aim of(More)
Aromatase expression and enzyme activity in breast cancer patients is greater in or near the tumor tissue compared with the normal breast tissue. Complex regulation of aromatase expression in human tissues involves alternative promoter sites that provide tissue-specific control. Previous studies in our laboratories suggested a strong association between(More)
BACKGROUND Highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) has significantly decreased mortality among Chinese HIV patients. However, emerging HIV drug resistance (HIVDR) poses a growing threat to the long-term success and durability of HAART. METHODS Three cross-sectional surveys were conducted across the country from 2004 to 2006, respectively. Patients(More)
Recently, the long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have obtained wide attention because they have broad and crucial functions in regulating complex biological processes. Many lncRNAs functioned by interfacing with corresponding RNA binding proteins and the complexity of lncRNAs' function was attributed to multiple lncRNA-protein interactions. To gain insights(More)