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Adeno-associated virus (AAV) has proven an effective gene delivery vehicle for the treatment of retinal disease. Ongoing clinical trials using a serotype 2 AAV vector to express RPE65 in the retinal pigment epithelium have proven safe and effective. While many proof-of-concept studies in animal models of retinal disease have suggested that gene transfer to(More)
Development of viral vectors capable of transducing photoreceptors by less invasive methods than subretinal injection would provide a major advancement in retinal gene therapy. We sought to develop novel AAV vectors optimized for photoreceptor transduction following intravitreal delivery and to develop methodology for quantifying this transduction in vivo.(More)
BACKGROUND In eukaryotic cells, there are two sub-pathways of nucleotide excision repair (NER), the global genome (gg) NER and the transcription-coupled repair (TCR). TCR can preferentially remove the bulky DNA lesions located at the transcribed strand of a transcriptional active gene more rapidly than those at the untranscribed strand or overall genomic(More)
AIM The objective was to investigate the correlation between macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) promoter polymorphisms (-794CATT5-7 ) and early-stage cervical cancer (ESCC) and to identify a potential biomarker for ESCC. METHODS A hospital-based case-control study was performed. The case group contained 250 patients with histologically confirmed(More)
Cones are responsible for daylight, central, high acuity and color vision. Three proteins found in human cones, i.e. long-wavelength (L)-, middle-wavelength (M)-, and short-wavelength sensitive (S)-opsins, are responsible for red, green and blue color recognition, respectively. Human blue cone monochromacy (BCM) is characterized by functional loss of both(More)
A new allele of the human leukocyte antigen C (HLA-C) locus was identified during routine HLA typing of a Chinese hematopoietic stem cell donor in Beijing, China. Sequence analysis of exons 2 and 3 of the HLA-C gene revealed the novel polymorphism. The closest matched allele was HLA-Cw*0710. A comparison of the two alleles showed that HLA-Cw*0743 carried a(More)
BACKGROUND To profile the expression patterns of 60 lung cancer related genes in human bronchial epithelial cell (BEP2D) and alpha-particle induced malignantly transformed cell (R15Hp35T-2). METHODS Sixty lung cancer related cDNAs were micro-arrayed onto the microscope slides using Cartesian PixSys5500 cDNA Microarray machine. Total RNA from BEP2D cell(More)
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