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Acute fatty liver of pregnancy (AFLP) is a rare disease of progressive hepatic insufficiency and secondary systemic complications that induce significant maternal risk. The application of combining plasma exchange (PE) and continuous hemodiafiltration (CHDF) is a novel concept for patients with AFLP. Since 2002, we have utilized the combination of PE with(More)
To evaluate the potential preventive effect of probiotics on ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). This was an open-label, randomized, controlled multicenter trial involving 235 critically ill adult patients who were expected to receive mechanical ventilation for ≥48 h. The patients were randomized to receive (1) a probiotics capsule containing live(More)
Estrogen receptor alpha (ERalpha) and beta (ERbeta) are ligand activated transcription factors that have different physiological functions and differential expression in certain tissues. The ligand binding domain of ERbeta shares 58% sequence identity with that of ERalpha. However, in the binding pocket there are only two relative residue substitutions.(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the effect of continuous high-volume hemofiltration (CHVHF) in patients with severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). METHODS A prospective randomized controlled trial was conducted. Sixty-five patients with severe ARDS admitted to intensive care unit (ICU) from June 2007 to June 2011 were divided into control group(More)
Human cellular protein LEDGF/p75 (lens epithelium-derived growth factor) is an important binding partner of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) integrase (IN). Without LEDGF/p75, HIV-1 can not complete its life cycle. To study the detailed interactions between LEDGF/p75 and HIV-1 IN, and then obtain the hotspots at the binding interface, 13 ns(More)
Three-dimensional quantitative structure-activity relationship (3D-QSAR) analyses using CoMFA and CoMSIA methods were conducted on a series of fluoropyrrolidine amides as dipeptidyl peptidase IV (DP-IV) inhibitors. The selected ligands were docked into the binding site of the 3D model of DP-IV using the GOLD software, and the possible interaction models(More)
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterized by profound synapse loss and impairments of learning and memory. Magnesium affects many biochemical mechanisms that are vital for neuronal properties and synaptic plasticity. Recent studies have demonstrated that the serum and brain magnesium levels are decreased in AD patients; however, the exact role of magnesium(More)
To evaluate the potential role of tegaserod in the management of functional dyspepsia (FD) and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in patients with chronic constipation and to determine the possible efficacy of tegaserod on solid-phase gastric emptying and gastric hypersensitivity. This was an exploratory open-label trial of tegaserod therapy for(More)
The attractiveness of a series of mixtures of (Z)-7-dodecenyl acetate (Z7-12:Ac), (Z)-9-tetradecenyl acetate (Z9-14:Ac), and (Z)-11-hexadecenyl acetate (Z11-16:Ac), the Agrotis ipsilon (Hufnagel) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) pheromone, were evaluated in four locations in China. The ternary blend of Z7-12:Ac, Z9-14:Ac, and Z11-16:Ac was the complete pheromone(More)
An inversion scheme based on time-warping is presented for estimating seabed sound attenuation from modal dispersion of close-range single-hydrophone data. The dispersion information is extracted directly from the warped signal spectrum. Seabed sound speed and density are inverted from the modal group velocity curves, and the attenuation is inverted from(More)