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BACKGROUND Nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) is a central transcriptional factor and a pleiotropic regulator of many genes involved in acute lung injury. Andrographolide is found in the plant of Andrographis paniculata and widely used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, exhibiting potently anti-inflammatory property by inhibiting NF-κB activity. The purpose of our(More)
BACKGROUND Recent studies haveshown that ginsenoside Rg1, extracted from the dry roots of Panax notoginseng as a traditional Asian medicine, plays an anti-fibrosis role in myocardial remodeling. However, the mechanism still remains unclear. In the present study, we investigate the effect of ginsenoside Rg1on the collagenic remodeling of myocardium in(More)
BACKGROUND Miliary tuberculosis (TB) is an uncommon cause of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) with a high mortality. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the clinical characteristics, predictors and outcome of patients with ARDS caused by miliary TB. METHODS A retrospective study was conducted among patients with a diagnosis of ARDS with(More)
Oestrogen (E) and progestogen (P) exert regulatory effects on the epithelial Na(+) channel (ENaC) in the kidneys and the colon. However, the effects of E and P on the ENaC and on alveolar fluid clearance (AFC) remain unclear, and the mechanisms of action of these hormones are unknown. In this study, we showed that E and/or P administration increased AFC by(More)
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