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Diagnosis of hepatitis B virus (HBV)-positive hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), particularly HCC independent of cirrhosis etiology, presents a great challenge because of a lack of biomarkers. Here we test the hypothesis that expression profiles of microRNAs (miRNAs) in serum can serve as biomarkers for diagnosis of HBV infection and HBV-positive HCC. We(More)
The effect of resveratrol on macrophage EMMPRIN expression and its potential mechanism was investigated. Both EMMPRIN expression and MMP-9 activity, respectively assayed by Western blot and zymography, were greatly up-regulated during PMA-induced macrophage differentiation from THP-1 monocytes. Both resveratrol and a PPARgamma agonist, pioglitazone,(More)
The N-oxygenation of amines by the human flavin-containing monooxygenase (form 3) (FMO3) represents an important means for the conversion of lipophilic nucleophilic heteroatom-containing compounds into more polar and readily excreted products. Certain mutations of the human FMO3 gene have been linked to abnormal drug or chemical metabolism. For example,(More)
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) accounts for approximately 90-95% exocrine malignant tumors of the pancreas. The high prevalence of metastasis and the difficulty of early diagnosis lead to a dismal prognosis. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play a critical role in extensive biological processes. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of stool(More)
< This paper examines new services offered by museums for their visitors. < The measures used include visitors' perceptions of novelty and interactive communication and interpretation. < These techniques are found to enhance the visitor experience and intention to make repeat visits. a b s t r a c t The ability to manage customer relationships successfully(More)
Human cytochrome P450 1B1 (CYP1B1) plays a critical role in the metabolic activation of a variety of procarcinogens, including 2-amino-1-methyl-6-phenylimidazo[4,5-b]pyridine (PhIP). The existence of human CYP1B1 missense genetic variants has been demonstrated, but their activities in metabolizing PhIP are unknown. In this study, we expressed 15 naturally(More)
BACKGROUND The transplantation of neural stem cells (NSCs) has been accepted as a promising therapeutic strategy for central nervous system disorders. However, the beneficial effect of NSC transplantation upon functional recovery is limited due to the unfavorable microenvironment (niche) at the site of trauma or degenerative disease in the brain.(More)
MicroRNA-25 (miR-25) has been reported to be a major miRNA marker in neural cells and is strongly expressed in ischemic brain tissues. However, the precise mechanism and effect of miR-25 in cerebral ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury needs further investigations. In the present study, the oxygen-glucose deprivation (OGD) model was constructed in human(More)
AIM To determine the prevalence of symptomatic osteoarthritis (OA) in rural regions of Shanxi Province, China, and to identify factors increasing the prevalence of OA. METHOD Residents over 16 years of age of targeted towns and villages in rural regions of Shanxi Province were sampled using a stratified multi-stage cluster method. Those exhibiting(More)
The genetic polymorphisms in E-cadherin gene (CDH1) may affect invasive/metastatic development of gastric cancer by altering gene transcriptional activity of epithelial cell. Our study aims to explore the associations among CDH1 gene polymorphisms, and predisposition of gastric cancer. We genotyped four potentially functional polymorphisms (rs13689,(More)