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BACKGROUND Diabetic patients, through incompletely understood mechanisms, endure exacerbated ischemic heart injury compared to non-diabetic patients. Intermedin (IMD) is a novel calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) superfamily member with established cardiovascular protective effects. However, whether IMD protects against diabetic myocardial(More)
Ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury after middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) induces detrimental processes such as oxidative stress, inflammation, and apoptosis. All parts of the neurovascular unit are involved in these pathological processes. Fibulin-5 is a 66-kD glycoprotein secreted by various vascular cells, including vascular smooth muscle cells(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of the present study was to evaluate the single and joint associations of maternal prepregnancy body mass index (BMI) and gestational weight gain (GWG) with pregnancy outcomes in Tianjin, China. METHODS Between June 2009 and May 2011, health care records of 33,973 pregnant women were collected and their children were measured for birth(More)
BACKGROUND Ischemic postconditioning (IPO) has been demonstrated to attenuate ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury in the heart and brain, its roles to liver remain to be defined. The study was undertaken to determine if IPO would attenuate liver warm I/R injury and its protective mechanism. METHODS Mice were divided into sham, I/R, IPO+I/R (occlusing the(More)
Insufficient clinical trial data were available to prove the efficacy of acupuncture for migraine prophylaxis. A multicenter, double-dummy, single-blinded, randomized controlled clinical trial was conducted at the outpatient departments of acupuncture at 5 hospitals in China to evaluate the effectiveness of acupuncture. A total of 140 patients with migraine(More)
Astrocyte elevated gene-1 (AEG-1) is associated with tumor genesis and progression in a variety of human cancers. This study aimed to explore the significance of AEG-1 in glioma and investigate whether it correlated with radioresistance of glioma cells. Immunohistochemical staining showed that the intensity of AEG-1, CD133 and PPP6c protein expression in(More)
The present study used the endpoint of hypothermia to investigate opioid and neuropeptide FF (NPFF) interactions in conscious animals. Both opioid and NPFF systems played important roles in thermoregulation, which suggested a link between opioid receptors and NPFF receptors in the production of hypothermia. Therefore, we designed a study to investigate the(More)
The endogenous opioid system has been found to be involved in the fever caused by lipopolysaccharide (LPS). Neuropeptide FF (NPFF, FLFQPQRF-NH(2)) is an endogenous peptide known to modulate opioid activity, mainly in the central nervous system. Therefore, those data suggested a link between LPS-induced fever and NPFF systems. Using a model of acute(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of the present study was to evaluate the association of maternal prepregnancy body mass index (BMI) and gestational weight gain (GWG) with anthropometry in the offspring from birth to 12 months old in Tianjin, China. METHODS Between 2009 and 2011, health care records of 38,539 pregnant women had been collected, and their children had(More)
BACKGROUND Anti-obesity drugs are widely used to prevent the complications of obesity, however, the effects of anti-obesity drugs on cardiovascular risk factors are unclear at the present time. We carried out a comprehensively systematic review and meta-analysis to assess the effects of anti-obesity drugs on cardiovascular risk factors. METHODOLOGY AND(More)