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Osteoprotegerin gene (OPG) is an important candidate gene of osteoporosis. The objective of this study was to evaluate the association between OPG gene polymorphisms and bone mineral density (BMD). A total of 336 Chinese postmenopausal women were included in this study. OPG gene polymorphisms were detected by polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment(More)
One of the great strengths of the mouse model is the wide array of genetic tools that have been developed. Striking examples include methods for directed modification of the genome, and for regulated expression or inactivation of genes. Within neuroscience, it is now routine to express reporter genes, neuronal activity indicators, and opsins in specific(More)
In this paper, we propose an mth order nonlinear model to describe the relationship between the surface electromyography (sEMG) signals and the joint angles of human legs, in which a simple BP neural network is built for the model estimation. The inputs of the model are sEMG time series that have been processed, and the outputs of the model are the joint(More)
Entomobryidae is the largest family in Collembola but relationships within the family have never been subjected to rigorous phylogenetic analyses. Within the family, body scales are present in many species, and are fundamental in the classification at the subfamilial and tribal levels. A molecular phylogeny was reconstructed using the nuclear 18SrRNA and(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the mechanism of rapid amelioration of the pathological changes in experimental allergic encephalomyelitis (EAE) by 1, 25-dihydroxyvitamin D(3) [1, 25-(OH)(2)D(3)]. METHODS Forty Lewis rats were immunized with myelin basic protein in complete Freud's adjuvant so as to establish ESE animal models and then randomly divided into 4(More)
G protein-coupled receptor 120 (GPR120), an adipogenic receptor critical for the differentiation and maturation of adipocytes, plays an important role in controlling obesity in both humans and rodents and, thus, is an attractive target of obesity treatment studies. However, the mechanisms that regulate the expression of porcine GPR120 remain unclear. In(More)
Three new species of Coecobrya are described from southern and northwest China. C. draconis sp. nov. from Guangxi cave shows some troglomorphic features, such as the inner ungual teeth inserted basally. C. xui sp. nov. is similar to C. huangi and differs from the latter by head and tergal chaetotaxy. C. qin sp. nov. is the second member of the genus with(More)
BACKGROUND The influence of procedural arrhythmia termination on long-term single-procedure clinical outcome in patients with non-paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) remains controversial. METHODS An individualized stepwise ablation strategy was used in 200 consecutive patients with non-paroxysmal AF who underwent first-time radiofrequency catheter(More)
Seventy-two type II diabetic subjects were given Konjac food for 65 days. The data analyzed by multiple F test indicate that the fasting blood glucose (FBG) and the 2-h postprandial blood glucose (PBG) on the 30th and the 65th days after the food was ingested were significantly reduced (P = 0.001, P less than 0.001, respectively), as was the glycosylated(More)
DNA methylation plays a key role in hepatocellular carcinogenesis and progression. Analysis of aberrant methylation in serum DNA might provide a strategy for noninvasive detection of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). To explore the feasibility of this approach, we compared TFPI2 methylation status in serum samples of HCC, chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients(More)