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The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between swine health status and the concentration of the serum acute phase proteins, haptoglobin (HP), and C-reactive protein (CRP). A total of 378 clinically healthy pigs from farms A and B, plus 20 pigs culled from farm A due to poor growth, were used in this experiment. Each pig was examined(More)
The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between the serum level of C-reactive protein (CRP) and lactation and health status. Blood samples were collected every 2 wk for 12 mo from 29 randomly selected dairy cattle on 3 farms. At the time the blood samples were collected, the stage of pregnancy, lactation status, breeding records, general(More)
BACKGROUND Safety activities have been initiated at many hospitals in Taiwan, but little is known about the safety culture at these hospitals. The aims of this study were to verify a safety culture survey instrument in Chinese and to assess hospital safety culture in Taiwan. METHODS The Taiwan Patient Safety Culture Survey was conducted in 2008, using the(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE Patient safety is an important issue in medical quality control. To our knowledge, no studies have been conducted to specifically address patient safety in surgery in Taiwan. The purposes of this study were to determine the incidence of surgical errors in Taiwan, to evaluate the effectiveness of a campaign to mark the planned operation(More)
Serum is believed to harbor thousands of distinct proteins that are either actively secreted or leak from various blood cells or tissues. Exploring protein composition in serum may accelerate the discovery of novel protein biomarkers for specific economic traits in livestock species. This study analyzed serum protein composition to establish a 2-DE(More)
Acute heat stress affects genes involved in spermatogenesis in mammals. However, there is apparently no elaborate research on the effects of acute heat stress on gene expression in avian testes. The purpose of this study was to investigate global gene expression in testes of the L2 strain of Taiwan country chicken after acute heat stress. Twelve roosters,(More)
The expression of testicular genes following acute heat stress has been reported in layer-type roosters, but few similar studies have been conducted on broilers. This study investigated the effect of acute heat stress on the gene expression in the testes of a broiler-type strain of Taiwan country chickens. Roosters were subjected to acute heat stress (38°C)(More)
Heat-shock proteins (HSPs) are important in spermatogenesis. This study investigated developmental changes in the expression of major HSPs in porcine testis. The testis from five immature (mean age 2.9+/-0.1 months) and five mature boars (35.7+/-14.0 months) were examined. Two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis was conducted and proteins were(More)
The development of the testes includes changes in cell morphology and endocrine levels that are essential for the maturation of males. A large number of novel proteins are expressed throughout testis development and play important roles in spermatogenesis. Differences in protein expressions during the development of porcine testes have not been(More)
Dengue virus (DENV) infection has become a public health issue of worldwide concern and is a serious health problem in Taiwan, yet there are no approved effective antiviral drugs to treat DENV. The replication of DENV requires both viral and cellular factors. Targeting host factors may provide a potential antiviral strategy. It has been known that(More)