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Previous studies have consistently demonstrated that dopamine D1-like receptor (D1-like-R) signalling is implicated in the pathogenesis of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis and type I diabetes. Given that allergic asthma shares certain disease aetiology similarities with autoimmune diseases, we conducted studies in OVA-induced mice aiming to address(More)
Despite decades of extensive studies, the morbidity and mortality for acute lung injury/acute respiratory distress syndrome (ALI/ARDS) remained high. Particularly, biomarkers essential for its early diagnosis and prognosis are lacking. Recent studies suggest that alveolar macrophages (AMs) at the exudative phase of ALI/ARDS initiate, amplify and perpetuate(More)
In recent years, accumulating evidence suggests that atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP), a hormone widely known as a result of its significant effects on the cardiovascular system mediated by natriuretic peptide receptor A (NPRA), may play a nonnegligible role in the regulation of immune responses. In this study, we firstly investigated whether ANP signaling(More)
Beta-arrestin 2 has been shown to participate in the pathogenesis of asthma by inducing Th2 cell migration to the lungs. Whether beta-arrestin 2 regulates cytokine production of CD4+ T cells is still unknown. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of beta-arrestin 2 on the cytokine production of CD4+ T lymphocytes and the mechanism(More)
We report a case of H7N9 avian influenza pneumonia in a pregnant woman who developed acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) managed with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). A 29-year-old, 27 week pregnant woman developed rapidly progressive pneumonia with bilateral infiltrates on chest x-ray and was confirmed to have influenza A (H7N9)(More)
A peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) is widely used in transfusion therapy and for monitoring many kinds of diseases, especially in critically ill patients. Compared with other catheters, it has a lower risk of catheter-related bloodstream infections. Aeromonas Hydrophila (AH) is a kind of opportunistic pathogen, vibrionaceae aeromonas, and(More)
Tui-na is a very important component of Chinese medicine. It is a well-respected treatment modality known to be helpful and safe for a wide range of conditions. It can be considered as a certain kind of massage which is performed at acupoints, meridians, and collaterals by pushing, finger twisting, grasping thumb waving pressing, patting, palm twisting, and(More)
Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is the most frequent intensive care unit (ICU)-acquired infection that is independently associated with mortality. Accurate diagnosis and timely treatment have been shown to improve the prognosis of VAP. Chest X-ray or computed tomography imaging are used for conventional assessment of VAP, but these methods are(More)
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