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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)
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 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)
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)
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)
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)
OBJECTIVE To investigate retrospectively the efficacy of cyclosporine A (CsA) in the treatment of membranous lupus nephropathy (MLN). METHODS Twenty-four patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and biopsy-proven MLN were treated with CsA in combination with prednisone. CsA was given at a starting dosage of 5 mg x kg(-1) x d(-1) for 3 months, with(More)
Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) is an intricate cytokine. Many questions about it are not fully resolved. In order to identify the role of MIF in Chinese amphioxus, its genomic organization, transcription pattern and enzymatic activity were studied. It's found that MIF has multi-copy gene number in the Chinese amphioxus genome and special(More)