Bin Xu

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BACKGROUND We have previously reported linkage of markers on chromosome 1q22 to schizophrenia, a finding supported by several independent studies. Within this linkage region, we have identified significant linkage disequilibrium between schizophrenia and markers within the gene for carboxyl-terminal PDZ ligand of neuronal nitric oxide synthase (CAPON).(More)
Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ (PPARγ) is a master transcriptional regulator of adipogenesis. Hence, the identification of PPARγ coactivators should help reveal mechanisms controlling gene expression in adipose tissue development and physiology. We show that the non-coding RNA, Steroid receptor RNA Activator (SRA), associates with PPARγ and(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Systemic upregulation of inflammatory cytokines is characteristic of critical severe hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) with pulmonary edema. Thus, immunomodulatory medicines such as steroids, including methylprednisolone, have been proposed to treat patients with severe HFMD in China, because it is postulated that inflammatory(More)
Quality-of-Service (QoS) performance guarantee for service-oriented systems (SOS) has become a critical problem. With the increasing number of offered services comes the challenge of efficiently building large-scale SOS to meet the required QoS criteria. Optimization of QoS-driven semantic Web service composition is known to be NP-hard. We address the(More)
BACKGROUND Coagulase-negative Staphylococcus epidermidis has become a major frequent cause of infections in relation to the use of implanted medical devices. The pathogenicity of S. epidermidis has been attributed to its capacity to form biofilms on surfaces of medical devices, which greatly increases its resistance to many conventional antibiotics and(More)
The Steroid Receptor RNA Activator (SRA) enhances adipogenesis and increases both glucose uptake and phosphorylation of Akt and FOXO1 in response to insulin. To assess the mechanism, we differentiated ST2 mesenchymal precursor cells that did or did not overexpress SRA into adipocytes using combinations of methylisobutylxanthine, dexamethasone and insulin.(More)
BACKGROUND As important regulators of the immune system, the human Fcγ receptors (FcγRs) have been demonstrated to play important roles in the pathogenesis of various infectious diseases. The aim of the present study was to identify the association between FCGR polymorphisms and cryptococcal meningitis. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS In this case control(More)
Over the past few years, substantial effort has been put into the functional annotation of variation in human genome sequences. Such annotations can have a critical role in identifying putatively causal variants for a disease or trait among the abundant natural variation that occurs at a locus of interest. The main challenges in using these various(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Apoptosis mediated by p53 plays a pathological role in the progression of hepatosteatosis. It is noteworthy that p53 can promote the expression of damage-regulated autophagy modulator (DRAM), an inducer of autophagy-mediated apoptosis. However, the relationship between p53-mediated apoptosis and autophagy in hepatosteatosis remains(More)
BACKGROUND Crohn's disease (CD) is an immune-related disease with genetic predisposition. This study aimed to investigate the association of three polymorphisms in the signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) gene with CD risk in a Chinese population. METHODS We conducted a hospital-based case-control study involving 232 CD patients and(More)