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Several genetic alterations characteristic of leukemia and lymphoma have been detected in the blood of individuals without apparent hematological malignancies. The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) provides a unique resource for comprehensive discovery of mutations and genes in blood that may contribute to the clonal expansion of hematopoietic stem/progenitor(More)
BACKGROUND Splenic artery embolization (SAE) has been used as an adjunct to the nonsurgical treatment of blunt splenic injuries since 1981. It is imperative to define the role of SAE in the management of splenic trauma and to establish a guideline for its use. METHODS In this study, 39 consecutive patients with blunt splenic ruptures were evaluated. All(More)
Vasopressin controls water excretion through regulation of aquaporin-2 (AQP2) trafficking in renal collecting duct cells. Using mass spectrometry, we previously demonstrated four phosphorylated serines (Ser256, Ser261, Ser264, and Ser269) in the carboxyl-terminal tail of rat AQP2. Here, we used phospho-specific antibodies and protein mass spectrometry to(More)
Mutant forms of TRPC6 can activate NFAT-dependent transcription in vitro via calcium influx and activation of calcineurin. The same TRPC6 mutants can cause FSGS, but whether this involves an NFAT-dependent mechanism is unknown. Here, we generated mice that allow conditional induction of NFATc1. Mice with NFAT activation in nascent podocytes in utero(More)
Congenital progressive hydronephrosis (cph) is a spontaneous recessive mutation that causes severe hydronephrosis and obstructive nephropathy in affected mice. The mutation has been mapped to the distal end of mouse chromosome 15, but the mutated gene has not been found. Here, we describe the identification of a single base pair change in aquaporin-2 (Aqp2)(More)
Mice were generated with targeted disruptions in Hoxa7 and Hoxb7, respectively. Mice carrying the Hoxa7 mutation are healthy. No abnormalities in the formation of the skeleton or other tissues were found in these mutants. Twelve percent of Hoxb7-/- mutants show first and second rib defects similar to those observed in mice homozygous for a Hoxb9 mutation(More)
Resveratrol is a naturally occurring defense compound produced by a limited number of plants in response to stresses. Besides cardiovascular benefits, this health-promoting compound has been reported to extend life spans in yeasts, flies, worms, and fish. To biosynthesize resveratrol de novo, tyrosine ammonia lyase (TAL), 4-coumarate CoA-ligase (4CL), and(More)
The insufficient supply of tissue, loss posttransplantation, and limited potential for expansion of beta-cells restrict the use of islet allotransplantation for diabetes. A way to overcome the supply and expansion problems is to xenotransplant embryonic tissue. We have shown that whole rat pancreatic anlagen isotransplanted into the omentum of rats, or(More)
Cells of strain LX3(T), isolated from soil, were Gram-negative, facultatively anaerobic, non-motile, capsulated and non-endospore-forming straight rods, able to grow at 10 degrees C, unable to produce gas from lactose at 45 degrees C and unable to produce indole. The isolate converted sucrose to isomaltulose and did not produce detectable glucose(More)
BACKGROUND Citrus red mite, Panonychus citri (McGregor), is one of the most important pesticide-resistant pests in China. In order better to understand its resistance status, six populations of the mite were collected from Chinese citrus orchards for monitoring of resistance to spirodiclofen and another five acaricides. RESULTS All the samples collected(More)