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BACKGROUND Hydrogen has been reported to selectively reduce hydroxyl radicals and peroxynitrite anion in many pathologic processes. This study aimed to test the hypothesis that hydrogen-rich saline (HRS) may ameliorate organ dysfunction in a rat model of polymicrobial sepsis. METHODS Sepsis was induced in male Sprague-Dawley rats by cecal ligation and(More)
Pharmaceutically active compounds (PhACs) are discharged into the environment from domestic wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). In this study, we determined the distribution of the anti-epileptic drug, carbamazepine (CBZ), and its major metabolites and caffeine in both aqueous and solid phases through different treatment processes of a WWTP. A method was(More)
PURPOSE To conduct a systematic review of prospective studies assessing the association of vitamin D intake or blood levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] with the risk of colorectal cancer using meta-analysis. METHODS Relevant studies were identified by a search of MEDLINE and EMBASE databases before October 2010 with no restrictions. We included(More)
IL-17 and IL-22 are typical cytokines produced by the Th17 T cell subset, but it is unclear if Th17 cytokines can be produced by other cell types. We demonstrate that IL-10-deficient and IL-10R-deficient macrophages stimulated with lipopolysaccharide produce high levels of IL-17 and IL-22. Addition of exogenous IL-10 to IL-10-deficient macrophages abolished(More)
Conflicting data have been published as to the possible association between polymorphism in codon 72 of the TP53 tumor suppressor gene and the risk of developing breast cancer. In order to address this question, we carried out a meta-analysis of 21 studies of and this polymorphism and breast cancer risk, which collectively included 12,601 cases and 11,462(More)
Interleukin (IL)-23, a new member of the IL-12 family, plays a central role in the Th17 immune response and in autoimmune diseases. It is clear that activated macrophages and dendritic cells produce IL-23, but the molecular mechanisms whereby inflammatory signals stimulate IL-23 expression are not fully understood. We demonstrate that induction of IL-23 p19(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Clinical studies have revealed that patients with chronic pain are more likely to have anxiety and depression, which are often associated with cognitive dysfunction. However, whether neuropathic pain can induce cognition dysfunction remains uncertain. Antidepressants and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can treat neuropathic(More)
PURPOSE The effect of recombinant human erythropoietin (rhEPO) on neuropathic pain remains unclear. This study aimed to determine the effects of preemptive administration of rhEPO on the behavioural changes and neuroinflammatory responses in a rat model of neuropathic pain. METHODS Fifty rats were randomly allocated into five groups, sham-operation(More)
A greenhouse experiment was conducted with varying concentrations of phenanthrene (11-344 mg kg(-1)) and pyrene (15-335 mg kg(-1)) spiked in the soil to evaluate the phytoremediation of PAHs contaminated soil using tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea). After 65-day of tall fescue growth, plant biomass, microbial viable counts, dehydrogenase activity,(More)
Ultisols in China need phosphorus (P) fertilization to sustain crop production but are prone to P loss in runoff. Balancing P inputs and loss requires detailed information about soil P forms because P speciation influences P cycling. Analytical methods vary in the information they provide on P speciation; thus, we used sequential fractionation (SF),(More)