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OBJECTIVE The present study simultaneously investigated the effects of different zinc (Zn) levels on the growth performance and relative biochemical parameters in growing rats and analyzed the molecular mechanism of zinc influencing food intake. METHODS Three diets with different Zn levels--Zn adequate (ZA; 35.94 mg/kg, control), Zn deficient (ZD; 3.15(More)
BACKGROUND Some studies have suggested that human HLA status might potentiate development of keloids phenotype, and exists ethnic differences. No report has been published about HLA-DQA1 and DQB1 alleles associated with keloids in Chinese Hans. OBJECTIVES To investigate whether HLA-DQA1 and DQB1 alleles are associated with genetic susceptibility to(More)
Bacillus mucilaginosus and Bacillus edaphicus were reclassified based on their 16S rRNA and gyrB gene sequences, DNA-DNA hybridization, fatty acid methyl esters and other taxonomic characteristics. Phylogenetic analysis based on 16S rRNA and gyrB gene sequences indicated that strains of B. mucilaginosus and B. edaphicus were members of the genus(More)
Paenibacillus mucilaginosus, one of the typical silicate bacteria, has long been used as a biofertilizer in agriculture and has recently shown potential in bioleaching and wastewater engineering. There has been considerable research involving the isolation of P. mucilaginosus for various utilizations; therefore, rapid identification of this species is of(More)
Keloids are benign fibroproliferative dermal tumors of unknown etiology. Some studies have suggested that human HLA status might potentiate development of keloids phenotype. No report has been published about HLA class I alleles associated with keloids in Chinese Han individuals. To investigate the etiology of keloids, the polymerase chain(More)
Staphylococcus aureus causes a broad range of life-threatening diseases in humans. The pathogenicity of this micro-organism is largely dependent upon its virulence factors. One of the most extensively studied virulence factors is the extracellular protein α-toxin. In this study, we show that allicin, an organosulfur compound, was active against S. aureus(More)
Staphylococcal pneumonia provoked by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a life-threatening infection in which α-toxin is an essential virulence factor. In this study, we investigate the influence of naringenin on α-toxin production and further assess its therapeutic performance in the treatment of staphylococcal pneumonia. Remarkably, the(More)
Marine microbial natural products (MMNPs) have attracted increasing attention from microbiologists, taxonomists, ecologists, agronomists, chemists and evolutionary biologists during the last few decades. Numerous studies have indicated that diverse marine microbes appear to have the capacity to produce an impressive array of MMNPs exhibiting a wide variety(More)
AIM To review percutaneous transhepatic portal venoplasty and stenting (PTPVS) for portal vein anastomotic stenosis (PVAS) after liver transplantation (LT). METHODS From April 2004 to June 2008, 16 of 18 consecutive patients (11 male and 5 female; aged 17-66 years, mean age 40.4 years) underwent PTPVS for PVAS. PVAS occurred 2-10 mo after LT (mean 5.0(More)
One hundred male rats were randomly divided into four groups (n = 25) and fed a Zn-adequate diet (ZA, 46.39 mg/kg), Zn-deficient diet (ZD, 3.20 mg/kg), Zn-overdose diet (ZO, 234.39 mg/kg), or were pair-fed a Zn-adequate diet (PF) for 5 weeks, respectively. The body weight, femur weight, and activity of alkaline phosphatase (ALP) were reduced in the ZD group(More)