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BACKGROUND Although orthotopic liver transplantation provides a therapeutic option for patients with Wilson's disease (WD) presenting fulminant liver failure or drug resistance, it is still unclear whether the living-related liver transplantation (LRLT) can result in long-term therapeutic effect on WD. METHODS Here, we report a retrospective analysis of(More)
The diversity and distribution of bacterial and archaeal communities in four different water flooding oil reservoirs with different geological properties were investigated using 16S rDNA clone library construction method. Canonical correspondence analysis was used to analyze microbial community clustering and the correlation with environmental factors. The(More)
Strain NX02(T), a Gram-negative, non-spore-forming, rod-shaped bacterium, was isolated from soil, and its taxonomic position was investigated using a polyphasic approach. Chemotaxonomic analysis revealed that strain NX02(T) possessed Q-10 as the predominant ubiquinone, sym-homospermidine as the major polyamine and C(18 : 1)omega7c, C(16 : 0) and C(14 : 0)(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is an important cause of cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. The major challenges for current therapies are the low efficacy of current drugs and the occurrence of drug resistant HBV mutations. RNA interference (RNAi) of virus-specific genes offers the possibility of developing a new anti-HBV therapy.(More)
Ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) associated with small-for-size liver transplantation (SFSLT) impairs liver graft regeneration. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have the capability, under specific conditions, of differentiating into hepatocytes. Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) has potent anti-apoptotic and mitogenic effects on hepatocytes during liver injury, and has(More)
Chemical investigation on the soft coral Sarcophyton sp. collected from the South China Sea yielded three new polyhydroxylated steroids, compounds (1-3), together with seven known ones (4-10). Their structures were established by extensive spectroscopic methods and comparison of their data with those of the related known compounds. All the isolates(More)
Seven new compounds, named coelovirins A-G (1-7), along with fourteen known constituents were isolated from the rhizomes of Coeloglossom viride var. bracteatum (Orchidaceae). On the basis of chemical and spectroscopic methods, including 2D-NMR techniques, the structures of new compounds were elucidated as(More)
Insulin-like growth factor 2 mRNA-binding protein 3 (IMP3) is reported to be re-expressed in malignant tumors and can regulate the expression of multiple genes related to tumor invasion. CD44 standard isoform (CD44s) has been reported to play an important role in facilitating tumor invasion. In this text, we investigate the regulatory function of IMP3 on(More)
BACKGROUND The administration of concanavalin A (ConA) induces severe hepatic fibrosis in mice. Tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) and interleukin 4 (IL-4) were the key cytokines involved in the process. The aim of this research was to explore the effects and the mechanisms of IL-18 and anti-IL-18 on hepatic fibrosis in a(More)
OBJECTIVE Vitamin D may have protective effects against type 1 diabetes (T1D). However, the results of current cross-sectional studies have been inconsistent. We aimed to examine the association of serum vitamin D and T1D by conducting a meta-analysis. METHODS Multiple databases were searched until April 2014 to identify relevant studies. The search term(More)