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The p75 neurotrophin receptor (p75NTR) is a transmembrane protein that binds nerve growth factor (NGF) and has multiple functions in the nervous system where it is expressed widely during the developmental stages of life, although expression decreases dramatically by adulthood. Expression of p75NTR can increase in pathological states related to neural cell(More)
We developed a fiber optical probe to measure spatially resolved diffuse reflectance from beef samples in VIS-NIR bandwidth of 450-950nm. The optical scattering and absorption coefficients were obtained by fitting the measurements with diffuse equation. Beef absorption coefficients are related to the sample chemical compositions such as the concentration of(More)
BACKGROUND Evidence has accumulated that hypoxia plays a significant role in the pathogenesis and progression of both acute renal injury and chronic renal disease. However, little was known about the effects of hypoxia on lupus nephritis (LN). In the current study, we investigated the expression of hypoxia inducible factor-1 alpha (HIF-1α) in LN. METHODS(More)
Although the effect of 4-nonylphenol on cells of immune system have long been recognized, little is known about the effect of 4-nonylphenol on the induction of apoptosis and related signaling events in the lymphoid cells. In the present study, we used cultured thymocytes of mice to investigate the ability of 4-nonylphenol to induce the apoptosis of(More)
Recent evidence indicates that mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) possess immunosuppressive properties both in vitro and in vivo. We previously demonstrated the functional abnormality of bone marrow derived MSC in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). In this study, we aimed to investigate whether transplantation of human bone marrow derived MSC(More)
Nonylphenol (NP) is the final biodegradation product of nonylphenol polyethoxylates, which are widely used as surfactants in domestic and industrial products. NP has been reported to have estrogenic activity and shown to have potential reproductive toxicity. However, its influence on immune system function remains unclear. In this study, to determine the(More)
BACKGROUND Enterovirus 71 (EV71) is one of the major causative agents of outbreaks of hand, foot, and mouth disease or herpangina worldwide. This phase 3 trial was designed to evaluate the efficacy, safety, and immunogenicity of an EV71 vaccine. METHODS We conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter trial in which 10,007 healthy(More)
Our objective was to obtain new information on the in vitro antilymphocytic action of the cytokine synthesis inhibitor FK 506 and the purine biosynthesis inhibitors mycophenolic acid (MPA; the active moiety of RS61443) and mizoribine (MZB) when used alone or in combination. When added at the initiation of six-day human mixed lymphocyte cultures (MLC), FK(More)
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a multisystem autoimmune disease, which, despite the advances in immunosuppressive medical therapies, remains potentially fatal in some patients, especially in treatment-refractory patients. This study found that transplantation of umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells (UC-MSCs) has the same therapeutic effect as(More)