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were first optimized for high level protein expression in E. coli. They were then synthesized using DNA oligo based, PCR gene assembling method. Poly-arginine tag plus a linker sequence, i.e. ESGGGGSPGRRRRRRRRRRR, was added to each protein C-terminal. The final DNA fragment was flanked with Nde I and Xho I sites, and inserted into pET41a expression vector(More)
This paper explores two classes of model adaptation methods for Web search ranking: Model Interpolation and error-driven learning approaches based on a boosting algorithm. The results show that model interpolation, though simple, achieves the best results on all the open test sets where the test data is very different from the training data. The tree-based(More)
Parkinson's disease (PD) has been attributed to a combination of genetic and nongenetic factors. We studied a set of monozygotic twins harboring the heterozygous glucocerebrosidase mutation (GBA N370S) but clinically discordant for PD. We applied induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) technology for PD disease modeling using the twins' fibroblasts to evaluate(More)
PURPOSE Behçet disease (BD) is a systemic inflammatory disease presumably caused by an autoimmune response. The interleukin (IL)-23/IL-17 pathway has been demonstrated to be involved in the development and maintenance of certain inflammatory diseases. This study was designed to investigate the role of IL-23 and IL-17 in BD. METHODS IL-23p19 mRNA in(More)
Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are an essential tool for modeling how causal genetic variants impact cellular function in disease, as well as an emerging source of tissue for regenerative medicine. The preparation of somatic cells, their reprogramming and the subsequent verification of iPSC pluripotency are laborious, manual processes limiting the(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the role of CD4(+)CD25(+) Treg cells in the development of experimental autoimmune uveoretinitis (EAU). METHODS EAU was induced in B10RIII mice by immunization with IRBP(161-180) in complete Freund's adjuvant and evaluated clinically and pathologically on days 0, 7, 14, 21, and 28. Lymphocytes from draining lymph nodes (LNs) were(More)
PURPOSE To study the expression and functional characteristics of programmed death-1 (PD-1) and its ligands in the spleens of mice undergoing anterior chamber-associated immune deviation (ACAID). METHODS ACAID was induced in BALB/c mice by intracameral injection of ovalbumin (OVA). The expression of PD-1 and its ligands in the spleens of ACAID mice was(More)
PURPOSE The aim of the study was to investigate the association of polymorphisms of the interleukin-23 receptor (IL23R) gene with Fuchs' syndrome in a Chinese Han population. METHODS Three single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), rs7517847, rs11209032 and rs17375018 of IL23R were genotyped in 138 Chinese Han patients with Fuchs' syndrome and 407 healthy(More)
PURPOSE To analyze the potential association of programmed cell death 1 (PDCD1) with Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada (VKH) syndrome in a Chinese Han population. METHODS Three single nucleotide polymorphism (SNPs), PD-1.3G/A, PD-1.5C/T, and PD-1.6G/A, were genotyped in 247 VKH patients and 289 age-, sex-, and ethnically-matched healthy controls using polymerase chain(More)
Several previous studies have demonstrated that estrogen may protect cancer cells from endoplasmic reticulum stress-induced apoptosis. However, the molecular mechanisms involved are not fully understood. In the present study, human gastric adenocarcinoma SGC7901 cells were treated with tunicamycin (TM) to induce endoplasmic reticulum stress. This was(More)