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It has been documented that methadone maintenance treatment is effective in reducing drug craving and relevant risk behaviors in heroin users. However, it is not understood whether methadone maintenance treatment impairs the dopamine transporter in the striatum. To establish whether chronic opiate use might impair brain dopamine neurons in humans, we(More)
The presence within bone marrow of a population of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) able to differentiate into a number of different mesenchymal tissues, including bone and cartilage, was first suggested by Friedenstein nearly 40 years ago. Since then MSCs have been demonstrated in a variety of fetal and adult tissues, including bone marrow, fetal blood and(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the significance of the ratio of circulating endothelial cell expressing endothelial lipase (EL(+)/CECs) and supersensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) in prognosis of patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS one hundred and seven patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS), 69 patients with stable angina pain (SAP), and(More)
The south coast of Laizhou Bay, in northeastern China, is a production area for halogenated flame retardants (HFR). In 2007, the authors measured serum concentrations of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in Laizhou Bay residents. To assess the PBDE concentration trend, and determine the concentrations of the emerging flame retardants Dechlorane Plus(More)
Air samples in four seasons at one site and tree bark samples from four districts were determined to investigate seasonal variation and regional distribution of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) in Beijing, China. The total concentrations of PBDEs (∑PBDE) and HBCD (∑HBCD) were in the range of 57-470 and 20-1800 pg(More)
Enterovirus 71 (EV71) and Coxsackievirus A16 (CVA16) have caused severe epidemics of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) in the Asia Pacific in recent years, particularly in infants and young children. This disease has become a serious public health problem, as no vaccines or antiviral drugs have been approved for EV71 and CA16 infections. In this study, we(More)
OBJECTIVE C-reactive protein (CRP), the prototypic marker of inflammation, has been shown to be an independent predictor of atherosclerosis. CRP can regulate receptor for advanced glycation end-products (RAGE) expression in endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs). Endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) deficiency is a pivotal event in atherogenesis. It is(More)
Cartilage tissue engineering requires a porous biodegradable scaffold and nonimmunogenic cells with chondrogenic potential. In this study, the ability of the placenta-derived mesenchymal stem cells (PMSCs) to grow on silk fibroin (SF) biomaterial was determined, and the potential of a SF biomaterial serving as a delivery vehicle for human PMSCs in a rabbit(More)
Portal vein embolization (PVE) is expected to have an adjuvant effect on the treatment of human liver tumors with transcatheter hepatic arterial embolization (TAE). In this experimental study, PVE was tried using two kinds of embolic materials, steel coils (coils) and absolute ethanol (ethanol). The aim of this article is to compare the effectiveness(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies have shown that mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) transplantation can promote neovascularization and regenerate damaged myocardium. However, it remains unknown whether MSCs seeding can be used to repair injured cellular components in vascular diseases. In this study we explored the feasibility of applying MSCs to endothelium repair(More)