C-Y Lu

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BACKGROUND This study was aimed to detect post-chemotherapeutic circulating tumour cells (CTCs) in stage III colon cancer patients and identify those who were at high risk of relapse. METHODS We used human telomerase reverse transcriptase, cytokeratin-19, cytokeratin-20, and carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) as the biomarkers to detect CTCs in 90 stage III(More)
Activation of cutaneous C-fibers by capsaicin or sciatic nerve transection increases the number of astrocytic gap junctions as well as the levels of connexin 43 in the dorsal horn on the stimulated side. Changes in connexin 37 mRNA expression following nerve injury have not been previously documented. We examined the role of gap junction protein connexin 37(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to detect postoperative persistent circulating tumour cells (CTCs) in stages II and III colon cancer patients undergoing curative resection and so identify a subgroup of patients who are at high risk for early relapse. METHODS Four mRNA molecular markers including human telomerase reverse transcriptase,(More)
Endogenous opioid peptides play an essential role in the intrinsic modulation and control of inflammatory pain, and could be therapeutically useful. These opioid peptides are synthesized as parts of larger precursor molecules. One such precursor molecule is pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC). In this study, we developed a gene-gun method for the transfer of POMC(More)
Reliable preparation, manipulation and measurement protocols are necessary to exploit a physical system as a quantum bit. Spins in optically active quantum dots offer one potential realization and recent demonstrations have shown high-fidelity preparation and ultrafast coherent manipulation. The final challenge-that is, single-shot measurement of the(More)
Several lines of evidence have accumulated that release of excitatory amino acids, nitric oxide and prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) play a critical role in the development of peripheral tactile and thermal hypersensitivity in chronic inflammatory pain models. Synthesis of PGE2 is controlled by cyclooxygenase (COX), either the COX-1 or COX-2 isoform. COX-2 plays a(More)
We have investigated thermal conductivity of graphene laminate films deposited on polyethylene terephthalate substrates. Two types of graphene laminate were studied, as deposited and compressed, in order to determine the physical parameters affecting the heat conduction the most. The measurements were performed using the optothermal Raman technique and a(More)
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