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BACKGROUND AND AIMS To provide a comprehensive and reliable tabulation of available data on the epidemiological characteristics and risk factors for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in maintenance hemodialysis (HD) patients in China, and to help inform prevention programs and guide future research. METHODS A systematic review was constructed based on the(More)
The role of catecholamine (CA) in the pathogenesis and development of macular edema of central serous chorioretinopathy (CSC) was studied, and its relations with visual acuity were investigated. Plasma concentrations of epinephrine (E) and norepinephrine (NE) were determined in 30 consecutive eyes with CSC. Central macular thickness analysis was done by RTA(More)
Recruitment of RAD18 to stalled replication forks facilitates monoubiquitination of PCNA during S-phase, promoting translesion synthesis at sites of UV irradiation-induced DNA damage. In this study, we show that RAD18 is also recruited to ionizing radiation (IR)-induced sites of DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) forming foci which are co-localized with 53BP1,(More)
BACKGROUND The entire microbial population and predominant microflora of root canals (RCs) and adjacent periodontal pockets (PPs) from teeth with combined periodontal-endodontic lesions were determined and compared. METHODS Pooled RC and PP samples were collected from the molars of 20 patients diagnosed with combined periodontal-endodontic lesions. DNA(More)
In recent years, lung cancer has become one of the fastest growing cancers in the world. Thus, the development of efficient combination therapy to treat lung cancer has attracted significant attention in the cancer therapy field. In this article, we developed a single vehicle drug delivery system, based on quantum dot (QD) nanoparticles, to deliver small(More)
Maintaining the integrity of spermatogenic stem cells is essential to transfer genetic information to a descendant. However, knowledge of maintenance of genetic stability in stem cells is still limited. RAD18 is critical for postreplication repair through mono- and multi-ubiquitination of proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) to maintain genomic(More)
Although recent studies have suggested that tooth loss is positively related to the risk of gastric non-cardia cancer, the underlying oral health conditions potentially responsible for the association remain unknown. We investigated whether clinical and behavioral measures of oral health are associated with the risk of gastric precancerous lesions. We(More)
Colorectal cancer stem cells are considered the source of recurrence, metastasis and drug resistance in colorectal tumors. Therefore, the identification and targeting of cancer stem cells facilitates the elimination of tumors. Although epithelial cell adhesion molecule-high (EpCAM high)/cluster of differentiation (CD)44 + cells are thought to act as a(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the expression of NOD2 in human VSMCs, its role in the production of inflammatory cytokines in VSMC and the possible interaction of NOD2-mediated signaling pathway with those mediated by TLR2 and TLR4. METHODS Human coronary artery smooth muscle cells were stimulated with NOD2 agonist MDP alone or in combination with either TLR2(More)
AIMS To provide a comprehensive and reliable tabulation of available data on the epidemiological characteristics and risk factors for hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection in maintenance hemodialysis (HD) patients in China and help to inform prevention programs and guide future research. METHODS A systematic review was constructed based on the computerized(More)