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Advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) can induce expression of connective tissue growth factor (CTGF), which seems to promote the development of diabetic nephropathy, but the exact signaling mechanisms that mediate this induction are unknown. Here, AGEs induced CTGF expression in tubular epithelial cells (TECs) that either lacked the TGF-beta1 gene or(More)
BACKGROUND Compensatory sweating (CS) is one of the most common postoperative complications after thoracic sympathectomy, sympathicotomy or endoscopic sympathetic block (ESB) for palmar hyperhidrosis. This study was conducted to examine the relevance between CS and the sympathetic segment being transected in the surgical treatment of palmar hyperhidrosis,(More)
Liver fibrosis is a major cause of liver failure, but treatment remains ineffective. In the present study, we investigated the mechanisms and anti-hepatofibrotic activities of asiatic acid (AA) in a rat model of liver fibrosis induced by carbon tetrachloride (CCl(4)) and in vitro in TGF-beta1-stimulated rat hepatic stellate cell line (HSC-T6). Treatment(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore the effect of one dressing of porcine acellular dermal matrix on deep partial thickness burns. METHODS From January 1997 to January 2004, sixty-seven cases of deep partial thickness total burned surface area (TBSA) from 50% to 90% burn wound were treated by a single dressing of porcine acellular dermal matrix (the porcine acellular(More)
OBJECTIVE Using PCR-RDB to establish a new method for HBV genotyping, and to survey the distribution of HBV genotypes in the Foshan area. METHODS Biotin-labeled primers for amplification of HBV region X (nt1550-1789) were used to amplify extracted HBV DNA. HBV was genotyped by hybridization of the PCR products with immobilized specific probes (genotype A(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the immune and inflammation confusion state in severe sepsis and the effects of two way immunomodulation therapy with continuous blood purification (CBP), thymosin alpha1, and combined therapy of CBP and thymosin alpha(1). METHODS 91 Patients with severe sepsis aged > 18, with Marshall score>5. were randomly divided into 4 groups:(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the role of xenogenic (porcine) ADM as dermal substitute in scar treatment. METHODS After scar excision, the wounds were covered with composite grafts of DR procine ADM and autologous thin split-thickness grafts in one stage or in two stages. RESULTS 22 out of 47 cases were treated in two-staged procedure. After the ADMs were(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the clinical efficacy of three kinds of hybrid bioartificial liver support systems (HBLSS) in treating chronic severe hepatitis. METHODS A bioartificial liver support system (BAL), comprising porcine hepatocytes and fiber tube style bioreactor, was constructed. Then three kinds of HBLSS were constructed: Molecular absorbent(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the possibility of treating deep partial-thickness burns by closed dressing of the wounds with porcine acellular dermal matrix (ADM) and evaluate the therapeutic effects. METHODS We conducted a retrospective review of 128 cases of burn patients who received treatment with porcine ADM within the period from January 1998 to January(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the epidemiologic feature, diagnosis and treatment of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). METHODS To describe the epidemiologic and clinical features of the first case of SARS in Foshan city, Guangdong province retrospectively, and to review the diagnostic procedure. RESULTS This case had the following features: (1) a history(More)