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Genetic polymorphisms in the endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) and nicotinamide adenosine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH) oxidase p22phox are linked with the expression and/or progression of vascular disease. We hypothesized that these polymorphisms may influence the development and/or progression of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), given their(More)
Although mammary epithelial cell lines can provide a rapid and reliable indicator of gene expression efficiency of transgenic animals, their short lifespan greatly limits this application. To provide stable and long lifespan cells, goat mammary epithelial cells (GMECs) were transduced with pLNCX2-hTERT by retrovirus-mediated gene transfer. Transduced GMECs(More)
SETTING Tuberculosis (TB) care has been decentralised to township hospitals in a rural, poor area of Guangxi, China, since 1 April 2005. Routine county-based TB care was provided in a comparable control area. OBJECTIVE To compare patients' care-seeking behaviours between the intervention and control groups. METHODS In February 2007, all 230 new(More)
The combination of somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) and transgenic technology leads to the production of transgenic cloned animals, wherein the preparation of competent transgenic donor cells is the pivotal upstream step. The purpose of this study was to establish an efficient procedure to prepare human lactoferrin (hLTF) transgenic donor cells for(More)
αA- and αB-crystallins, the major lens structure proteins and members of the small heat-shock proteins (sHSPs) family, play essential roles in maintaining normal cellular structure and physiology of both ocular and some non-ocular tissues. Mutations and abnormal expression of these sHSPs are associated with various human diseases such as cataract, neural(More)
It is well established that the tumor suppressor p53 plays major roles in regulating apoptosis and cell cycle progression. In addition, recent studies have demonstrated that p53 is actively involved in regulating cell differentiation in muscle, the circulatory system and various carcinoma tissues. We have recently shown that p53 also controls lens(More)
To assess the prevalence of TB-HIV (tuberculosis-human immunodeficiency virus) co-infection and the effect of provider-initiated HIV testing and counselling (PITC) strategy among TB patients, we applied the PITC strategy to recruit and investigate 2795 newly registered TB patients from 15 TB institutes in Guangxi Province, Southern China. HIV test(More)
Since the discovery of SUMOs (small ubiquitin-like modifiers) over 20 years ago, sumoylation has recently emerged as an important posttranslational modification involved in almost all aspects of cellular physiology. In neurons, sumoylation dynamically modulates protein function and consequently plays an important role in neuronal maturation, synapse(More)
Pneumonia in children is common and can lead to grave consequences if not addressed in a proper and timely manner. In the management of pneumonia, early identification of the causative infective agent is of obvious importance for treatment, as it allows selection of the appropriate antibiotics. However, such identification requires laboratory test results,(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore the molecular mechanism of the increased permeability of glomerular endothelial cells (GEnC) stimulated by vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). METHODS We investigated the permeability-increasing effect and tight junction formation of VEGF by measuring FITC labeled BSA across GEnC monolayer. Then, immunofluorescence and western(More)