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Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is believed to arise through a multistep model comprised of putative precursor lesions known as pancreatic intraepithelial neoplasia (PanIN). Recent genetically engineered mouse models of PDAC demonstrate a comparable morphologic spectrum of murine PanIN (mPanIN) lesions. The histogenesis of PanIN and PDAC in both(More)
BACKGROUND Idiopathic IgA nephropathy is one of the main causes of secondary malignant hypertension, especially in Chinese population. But little information has been available about malignant hypertension secondary to IgA nephropathy (IgANMHT). The purpose of this study is to evaluate the clinico-pathological features and outcomes of IgANMHT patients. (More)
BACKGROUND Measurement of vitamin D molecules are important in the management of patients with bone disease. We developed a liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method to measure 25OHD(3) and 25OHD(2) in human serum and compared it to the traditionally used DiaSorin radioimmunoassay (RIA). METHODS Serum samples (200 microl) were(More)
OBJECTIVE We performed a single-centre non-blinded clinical trial to compare the clinical efficacies of mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) and intermittent cyclophosphamide (CTX) pulse therapy as induction treatments in patients with antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA) vasculitis (AAV) and moderate renal involvement. METHODS Patients with active AAV and(More)
miRNAs have been found to repress gene expression at posttranscriptional level in cells. Studies have shown that expression of miRNAs is tissue-specific and developmental-stage-specific. The mechanism behind this could be explained by miRNA pathways. In this study, totally 54 miRNAs were analysed in 7 matched human foetal and adult organs (brain, colon,(More)
We aimed to evaluate the efficacy of combination of propranolol and sclerotherapy in treating parotid hemangiomas. Twenty-six parotid hemangiomas patients were subjected to combined treatment from January 2009 and June 2014. The effects of the therapy modality were evaluated. Nineteen patients were females and 7 were males. The median age of treatment(More)
OBJECTIVE To make an open label prospective trial for comparing the therapeutic effects of mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) vs cyclophosphamide (CYC) pulse therapy on patients with diffuse proliferative lupus nephritis (DPLN). METHODS Forty-six patients with biopsy proven active DPLN were enrolled in this study. Twenty-three patients were given MMF orally at a(More)
BACKGROUND To investigate the clinical efficacy of tonsillectomy on long-term clinical remission and renal survival of immunoglobulin A nephropathy (IgAN) patients in China. METHODS We performed a 130-month retrospective case-control study of 112 patients with idiopathic biopsy-diagnosed IgAN from 1983 to 1999. Fifty-four patients underwent tonsillectomy(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Anti-endothelial cell antibody (AECA) can cause hyperacute rejection and immediate graft loss after renal transplantation; however, its prevalence and significance during acute rejection are unknown. Previous studies suggested that AECA may be detected in recipients with acute vascular rejection (AVR). DESIGN, SETTING,(More)
Plant heme oxygenase (HO) catalyzes the oxygenation of heme to biliverdin, carbon monoxide (CO), and free iron (Fe2+)—and Arabidopsis and rice (Oryza sativa) HOs are involved in light signaling. Here, we identified that the rice PHOTOPERIOD SENSITIVITY 5 (SE5) gene, which encoded a putative HO with high similarity to HO-1 from Arabidopsis (HY1), exhibited(More)