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Heparin has a potential value as therapeutic agents that block P-selectin-mediated cell adhesion and prevent tumor metastasis. However, the strong anticoagulant potency limits its applicability for the anti-metastasis activity. Carboxyl and sulfate groups of heparin are closely related to its anticoagulant activity, so seven kinds of heparin derivatives(More)
BACKGROUND Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is characterized by an excessive production of extracellular matrix. It is widely accepted that fibrosis is induced by transforming growth factor (TGF)-beta in the early stage and is subsequently maintained by connective tissue growth factor (CTGF). CTGF is a cysteine-rich mitogenic peptide that has been involved in(More)
We utilize steady-state and transient optical spectroscopies to examine the responses of nonthermal quasiparticles with respect to orbital modifications in normal-state iron-chalcogenide superconductors. The dynamics shows the emergence of gaplike quasiparticles (associated with a ~36 meV energy gap) with a coincident transfer of the optical spectral weight(More)
The cotton-melon aphid, Aphis gossypii Glover, is a major insect pest worldwide. The wasp Lysiphlebia japonica (Ashmead) is the predominant parasitoid of cotton-melon aphids in north China. Parasitization has been reported to affect host lipids in several systems, but the lipid synthesis-related genes and transcription changes in the cotton-melon(More)
Artificial Chrysopa pallens release is a well-known method for suppressing aphids, but it is difficult to establish lacewing populations in the field. Understanding the functions of C. pallens odorant-binding proteins (CpalOBPs) and behavioural responses of C. pallens to plant volatiles and aphid alarm pheromone (E)-ß-farnesene has important implications(More)
Objective: To evaluate the feasibility of combining simultaneous triple semicircular canal plugging (TSCP) and cochlear implantation (CI) to treat vertigo and hearing loss in advanced Meniere's disease(MD) patients, so as to provide an alternative surgical procedure for treating this disorder. Methods: Data from seven patients, who were referred to our(More)
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