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MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small non-coding RNAs that play important roles in regulation of eukaryotic gene expression. Aberrant expression and structural alternation of miRNAs are considered to participate in tumorigenesis and cancer development. Recently, different genotypes of miR-196a polymorphisms (SNP, rs11614913) were found to be associated with the(More)
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are critical factors in regulating morphogenesis, mating, infection and virulence in fungi. In this study, various computational strategies were applied to identify GPCR-like proteins from the genomes of both Verticillium dahliae and Verticillium albo-atrum. The putative GPCRs were distributed over 13 classes, and(More)
Insulin-like growth factor-I modulates cell growth and survival, and is thought to be important in tumor development. A (CA)19 repeat polymorphism in the promoter region of IGF-I gene that may affect transcription activity has been implicated as a risk factor for cancer, but individual studies have been inconclusive or controversial. Therefore, we performed(More)
OBJECTIVES Many epidemiological studies have recently been published on acute pancreatitis; however, there is no known published report on pancreatitis in China. The present study aims to assess the etiology and mortality of severe acute pancreatitis in China. METHODS Fifteen medical centers located throughout mainland China were involved in this(More)
To investigate the diversity of viral flora, we used metagenomics to study the viral communities in a pooled faecal sample of 27 diarrhoeic piglets from intensive commercial farms in China. The 15 distinct mammalian viruses identified in the pooled diarrhoeic sample were, in order of abundance of nucleic acid sequence, Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus(More)
BACKGROUND China is facing a significant tuberculosis epidemic among rural-to-urban migrants, which poses a threat to TB control. This study aimed to understand the health seeking behaviour of and health systems responses to migrants and permanent urban residents suffering from chronic cough, in order to identify the factors influencing delays for both(More)
To identify the species within the genus Anaplasma circulating among ruminants in the Southwest of China, we performed the phylogenetic analysis of the 16S rRNA gene of two Anaplasma isolates from cattle and seven from goats. The two sequences obtained from cattle strains belonged to the A. marginale cluster, whereas the other seven sequences from caprine(More)
The stability of a nonlinear stochastic dynamic system with singular perturbations is considered. Based on the notion of stochastic input-to-state stability and using time scale decomposition, a result of the total stability type is obtained, i.e. if the fast subsystem and the slow subsystem are both input-to-state stable with respect to disturbances, then(More)
As one of the most natural and intuitive way of communication between people and machines, hand gesture is widely used in HCI (Human-Computer-interaction). In this paper, we proposed a novel method for hand tracking and pose recognition based on Kinect. For hand tracking, skin information is used for initialization of hand segmentation, and then a region(More)
Systematic structure-activity relationship (SAR) studies of a screening lead led to the discovery of a series of thiazolidinediones (TZDs) as potent GPR40 agonists. Among them, compound C demonstrated an acute mechanism-based glucose-lowering in an intraperitoneal glucose tolerance test (IPGTT) in lean mice, while no effects were observed in GPR40 knock-out(More)