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In general, for real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR), normalization strategies use a reference gene as a control and to avoid the introduction of experimental errors expression of this gene should not vary in response to changing conditions. However, the expression of many reference genes has been reported to vary considerably and,(More)
This study was designed to investigate adiponectin levels and their relationship to various parameters at baseline and after 5 years in non-obese first-degree relatives of type 2 diabetes patients (FDR group) versus subjects without a family history of diabetes (normal group). Adiponectin levels at baseline were lower in the FDR group versus the normal(More)
The activation, differentiation, and subsequent effector functions of CD4 T cells depend on interactions with a multitude of MHC class II (MHCII)-expressing APCs. To evaluate the individual contribution of various APCs to CD4 T cell function, we have designed a new murine tool for selective in vivo expression of MHCII in subsets of APCs. Conditional(More)
Because the stress protein GRP94 can augment presentation of peptides to T cells, it is important to define how it, as well as all other HSP90 family members, binds peptides. Having previously shown that the N-terminal half of GRP94 can account for the peptide binding activity of the full-length protein, we now locate this binding site by testing(More)
Cytochrome P450s (CYPs) are widespread proteins that interact with exogenous chemicals from the diet or the environment. CYP9A subfamily genes are important in the silkworm Bombyx mori. We previously reported transcriptional levels of two CYP9A genes in different tissues and their responses to sodium fluoride (NaF). In this study, promoter truncation(More)
Nedd4 family E3 ubiquitin ligases have been shown to restrict T-cell function and impact T-cell differentiation. We show here that Ndfip1 and Ndfip2, activators of Nedd4 family ligases, together limit accumulation and function of effector CD4+ T cells. Using a three-part proteomics approach in primary T cells, we identify stabilization of Jak1 in(More)
UNLABELLED Primary malignant mesothelioma of the pericardium is a rare cardiac neoplasm. Most are diffuse and have poor prognosis with median survival of six months. In the paper, we describe a young male patient having no exposure history of asbestos with localized malignant myxoid mesothelioma of the pericardium. The tumor displayed significant myxoid(More)
  • H Y Ding
  • 1985
The influence of the No. II oral contraceptive on platelet function and blood coagulability were studied in 65 women who had taken the drug for 1 to 17 (average 6.7) years. 20 women who hadn't taken any contraceptive served as controls. Results showed that platelet aggregation, adhesive rates, and fibrinogen levels were significantly increased than in the(More)
Left ventricular end-diastolic compliance (LVEDC) and transmitral flow velocities were measured in 19 patients with coronary artery disease associated with hypertension and 10 normal subjects by LV catheterization and pulsed-Doppler echocardiography. LVEDC was much lower in the patient than in the normal subjects (P less than 0.01). The data showed that(More)