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Objective—Hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)-1␣ is the regulatory subunit of a transcriptional complex, which controls the recruitment of multipotent progenitor cells and tissue repair in ischemic tissue by inducing stromal cell-derived factor (SDF)-1␣ expression. Because HIF-1␣ can be activated under normoxic conditions in smooth muscle cells (SMCs) by(More)
BACKGROUND The appropriate choice of an internal reference is critical for quantitative RNA analysis. However, no comparison of frequently used "housekeeping" genes is available for renal biopsy studies. METHODS Microdissected biopsies from 165 patients, including a wide range of histopathologic diagnoses, were analyzed [immunoglobulin A (IgA) nephritis,(More)
1) Gene expression profiles of podocyte-associated molecules as molecular diagnostic markers in acquired proteinuric diseases 2) Co-culture of podocytes and glomerular endothelial cells induces podocyte differentiation in vitro 7) Antibody induced focal segmental glomerulosclerosis in the Thy-1.1 transgenic mouse
MRL/MpJ-Fas(lpr)/J (MRL/lpr) mice represent a well-established mouse model of human systemic lupus erythematosus. MRL/lpr mice homozygous for the spontaneous lymphoproliferation mutation (lpr) are characterized by systemic autoimmunity, massive lymphadenopathy associated with proliferation of aberrant T cells, splenomegaly, hypergammaglobulinemia,(More)
BACKGROUND Daily smoking adolescents are a public health problem as they are more likely to become adult smokers and to develop smoking-related health problems later on in their lives. METHODS The study is part of the four-yearly, cross-national Health Behaviour in School-aged Children study, a school-based survey on a nationally representative sample(More)
BACKGROUND Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is a complex and chronic metabolic disease that evolves into a progressive fibrosing renal disorder. Effective transcriptomic profiling of slowly evolving disease processes such as DN can be problematic. The changes that occur are often subtle and can escape detection by conventional oligonucleotide DNA array analyses.(More)
OBJECTIVE Poor adherence to complex multimodal therapies is a widely recognized problem in the daily care of dialysis patients, contributing to excess morbidity and mortality of this population. While a few studies have been devoted to understanding patient nonadherence, their results were somewhat controversial. The goals of this review are to quantify(More)
AIMS To examine cannabis use among mid-adolescents in 31 countries and associations with per-capita personal consumer expenditure (PCE), unemployment, peer factors and national rates of cannabis use in 1999. DESIGN, PARTICIPANTS AND MEASUREMENT: Nationally representative, self-report, classroom survey with 22 223 male and 24 900 female 15-year-olds. Country(More)
PURPOSE To determine whether the beta-galactoside-binding matricellular protein Gal-1 is expressed in human specimens of proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR) and to evaluate its influence on RPE migration. METHODS RT-PCR was used to detect Gal-1-specific transcripts in PVR membranes, and the expression pattern of Gal-1 was examined by(More)
The temperate actinophage RP3 integrates site-specifically into the chromosome of Streptomyces rimosus R6-554. The phage attachment site attP and the hybrid attachment sites of the integrated prophage--attL and attR--were cloned and sequenced. The 54nt core sequence, common to all RP3 related attachment sites, comprises the 3' terminal end of a putative(More)