Ji-fang Sheng

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BACKGROUND Human infection with avian influenza A H7N9 virus emerged in eastern China in February, 2013, and has been associated with exposure to poultry. We report the clinical and microbiological features of patients infected with influenza A H7N9 virus and compare genomic features of the human virus with those of the virus in market poultry in Zhejiang,(More)
BACKGROUND During the spring of 2013, a novel avian-origin influenza A (H7N9) virus emerged and spread among humans in China. Data were lacking on the clinical characteristics of the infections caused by this virus. METHODS Using medical charts, we collected data on 111 patients with laboratory-confirmed avian-origin influenza A (H7N9) infection through(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Accumulating evidence supports the effects of miRNA in lipid metabolism, providing a potential linkage between certain miRNA and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). We aimed to investigate the miRNA expression pattern in a steatotic L02 cell model and explore the function of certain miRNA target pairs. METHODS The cell model was(More)
Because of its remarkable ability to acquire antibiotic resistance and to survive in nosocomial environments, Acinetobacter baumannii has become a significant nosocomial infectious agent worldwide. Tigecycline is one of the few therapeutic options for treating infections caused by A. baumannii isolates. However, tigecycline resistance has increasingly been(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Durable post-treatment response is uncommon in chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients on nucleos(t)ide analogue therapy. Response, response predictors and safety were assessed in patients who switched from long-term entecavir (ETV) to peginterferon alfa-2a. METHODS Hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg)-positive CHB patients who had received ETV for(More)
miR-21 has been shown to regulate multiple mRNAs and cause tumor progression and metastasis. However, whether miR-21-mediated posttranscriptional regulation is involved in antigen presentation and anti-mycobacterial responses remains unclear. Here, we report that miR-21 can be induced after Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccination by NF-kB activation.(More)
Cationic antimicrobial peptides have received considerable interest as new therapeutics with the potential for treatment of multiple-drug resistant infections. We recently reported that cholesterol-conjugated G(3)R(6)TAT (CG(3)R(6)TAT) formed cationic nanoparticles via self-assembly, which demonstrated strong antimicrobial activities against various types(More)
Early brain injury (EBI), highlighted with inflammation and apoptosis, occurring within 72 h after subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), is associated with the prognosis of SAH. Recent studies have revealed that hydrogen-rich saline (HS) exerted multiple neuroprotective properties in many neurological diseases including SAH, involved to anti-oxidative and(More)
BACKGROUND Treatment with pegylated interferon (peg-IFN) alfa-2a (40KD) results in hepatitis B "e" antigen (HBeAg) seroconversion 6 months after treatment in up to 36% of HBeAg-positive chronic hepatitis B patients. This study explored the efficacy of a novel combination of peg-IFN alfa-2a and entecavir (ETV), a potent nucleoside analogue. METHODS In(More)
A metabonomic study was performed to investigate the biochemical perturbation of the serum samples from liver failure patients induced by hepatitis B virus (HBV; n=24) and control normal subjects (n=23). The serum metabonome was detected using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) technique integrated with a commercial mass spectral library for the(More)