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BACKGROUND The majority of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) have coexisting cirrhosis or chronic hepatitis, often complicated by diabetes mellitus. In the current study, the authors evaluated the impact of diabetes mellitus on the prognosis of patients with HCC. METHODS Among 581 patients with HCC who had been diagnosed and treated between(More)
BACKGROUND As an important oncogenic miRNA, microRNA-21 (miR-21) is associated with various malignant diseases. However, the precise biological function of miR-21 and its molecular mechanism in hypertrophic scar fibroblast cells has not been fully elucidated. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS Quantitative Real-Time PCR (qRT-PCR) analysis revealed significant(More)
Wound healing is a highly orchestrated physiological process consisting in a complex interaction of cellular and biochemical events. Human amniotic epithelial stem cells (HAESCs) have been shown to be an attractive resource for wound healing because they are primitive stem cells. However, the exact effects of amnion-derived stem cells on the migration or(More)
Abnormally high activation of transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) signaling has been demonstrated to be involved in the initiation and progression of keloids. However, the functional role of long non-coding RNA (lncRNA)-activated by TGF-β (lncRNA-ATB) in keloids has not been documented. Here we investigated the role of lncRNA-ATB in the autocrine secretion(More)
In order to quantitatively study the jasmonate biosynthetic pathway, we chemically synthesized a pair of isotope mass probes and established a labeling protocol. The pair of mass probes used in our work were ω-bromoacetonylpyridinium bromide (BPB) and d(5)-ω-bromoacetonylpyridinium bromide (d(5)-BPB), which contain carboxylic acid reactive groups,(More)
Recent microRNA expression profiling studies have documented an up-regulation of miR-146a in several angiogenesis models. However, the underlying molecular mechanism of miR-146a in the angiogenic activity of endothelial cells has not been clearly elucidated. The present study was aimed to evaluate whether miR-146a promotes angiogenesis in HUVECs by(More)
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a common complication after severe burns. Melatonin has been reported to protect against multiple organ injuries by increasing the expression of SIRT1, a silent information regulator that regulates stress responses, inflammation, cellular senescence and apoptosis. This study aimed to investigate the protective effects of(More)
This paper describes the design of a low profile and wideband antenna array with circular polarization. The antenna consists of 2 × 2 elements. Loop coupled structure and sequential rotation feeding technique are used to obtained wideband VSWR and axial ratio performances. The proposed antenna array is analyzed with HFSS software. The VSWR, Axial(More)
A miniature and wideband helix antenna with gradient radius is proposed in this paper. The contour of the antenna is as a cone with small bottom and large top radius. An extra microstrip line is connected to the bottom end of the helix for impedance matching. The antenna is modeled and simulated. The simulated results show that the antenna can cover the(More)
Keloids, partially considered as benign tumors, are characterized by the overgrowth of fibrosis beyond the boundaries of the wound and are regulated mainly by transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1, which induces the transition of fibroblasts to myofibroblasts. Hypoxia is an important driving force in the development of lung and liver fibrosis by activating(More)