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Aberrant DNA methylation is a common phenomenon in human cancer. The aims of this study were to investigate the methylation profiles of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in the Chinese population. Twenty tumor suppressor genes (TSGs) were determined of the methylation status using methylation-specific PCR in 78 paired NSCLC specimens and adjacent normal(More)
Radiofrequency (RF) field wave behavior and associated nonuniform image intensity at high magnetic field strengths are examined experimentally and numerically. The RF field produced by a 10-cm-diameter surface coil at 300 MHz is evaluated in a 16-cm-diameter spherical phantom with variable salinity, and in the human head. Temporal progression of the RF(More)
Chronic morphine treatment in animal models has been shown to alter a number of immune parameters including suppression of cellular immunity. T helper cell differentiation into Th2 effector cell may be a major contributing factor to impaired cellular immunity following chronic drug abuse. We had previously shown that chronic morphine treatment in vivo and(More)
Impaired host defense mechanisms after major operative procedures and trauma are recognized as important factors in the development of infectious complication. Trauma is associated with impaired cellular immunity and CD4+ T cell Th2 differentiation. We have previously implicated morphine treatment as a possible mechanism for Th2 differentiation after(More)
To explore the mechanism by which morphine promotes the incidence of HIV infection, we evaluated the regulatory role of morphine on the interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) promoter in activated T cells from wild type and mu-opioid receptor knockout mice. Our results show that morphine inhibited anti-CD3/CD28-stimulated IFN-gamma promoter activity in a(More)
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is an important health issue worldwide. We aimed to develop a simple model to determine the presence of NAFLD in a Chinese population. A cross-sectional study with 9602 subjects was conducted. Potential predictors were entered into a stepwise logistic regression analysis to obtain the model. We used 148 patients(More)
Previously, we demonstrated that electroacupuncture (EA) decreased lymphocyte infiltration into the spinal cords of rats presenting with experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), a disease model used in the study of multiple sclerosis (MS). The aim of this study was to characterize the effects of EA on the EAE. Female Lewis rats were divided into(More)
Wild-type and mu-opioid receptor knockout (MORKO) mice were used to investigate the role of corticosterone (CORT) and the mu-opioid receptor (MOR) in chronic morphine-mediated immunosuppression. We found that although plasma CORT concentrations in CORT infusion (10 mg/kg/day) and morphine-pellet implantation (75 mg) mice were similar (400-450 ng/ml),(More)
Chronic morphine inhibits interleukin-2 (IL-2) at both the transcriptional and protein synthesis levels. The molecular mechanisms by which morphine decreases IL-2 are not fully understood. The production of IL-2 is tightly regulated by several transcription factors that bind to the IL-2 promoter. Herein, we show that chronic morphine treatment results in an(More)