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OBJECTIVE To study the association of human leukocyte antigen class II (HLA-II) alleles with genetic susceptibility and resistance to advanced hepatosplenic schistosomiasis japonica. METHODS The allelic types of HLA-DRB1, DPA1, DQA1 and DQB1 were detected by polymerase chain reaction with sequence-specific primers (PCR-SSP) technique in 46 patients with(More)
OBJECTIVE To review the relationship between the immune system and the mechanism of pain. Data sources Related researches published in the period of 1987-2005 were systematically reviewed. Study selection Articles about the immune system and pain were selected. Data extraction Data were mainly extracted from 74 articles which are listed in the reference(More)
OBJECTIVE The disheveled, Egl-10, and pleckstrin (DEP) domain containing mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR)-interacting protein (DEPTOR) is a binding protein containing mTOR complex 1 (mTORC1), mTOR complex 2 (mTORC2), and an endogenous mTOR inhibitor. DEPTOR shows abnormal expressions in numerous types of solid tumors. However, how DEP-TOR is expressed(More)
Multidrug resistance has became the major obstacle to cancer chemotherapy. Recent studies suggest that quercetin could enhance the response of tumors to chemotherapy although the mechanism by which quercetin enhances the sensitivity of tumor cells to chemical drugs remains elusive. Therefore, in this study, we examined the effects of quercetin on(More)
Our previous study indicated that nontoxic doses of quercetin (Que) could increase the chemosensitivity of breast cancer cells to doxorubicin (Dox) although the mechanism still remains elusive. Therefore, in this study, we aimed to investigate the underlying mechanisms. MCF-7 cells and MCF-7/dox cells were exposed to PTEN inhibitor bpV (HOpic), Dox, or(More)
Melanocyte loss in vitiligo vulgaris is believed to be an autoimmune process. Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) is involved in many autoimmune skin diseases. We determined the possible role of MIF in the pathogenesis of vitiligo vulgaris, and describe the relationship between MIF expressions and disease severity and activity. Serum MIF(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore the effect of L-arginine (L-Arg) on intestinal mucosal cell apoptosis in rats with severe abdominal infection. METHODS Eighteen Wistar rats were randomized into 3 groups, namely the CLP group (n=6) in which the rats were subjected to cecal ligation plus puncture (CLP) to induce severe abdominal infection, L-Arg group (n=6) where the(More)
BACKGROUND Although many epidemiology studies have investigated the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene polymorphisms and their associations with lung cancer (LC), definite conclusions cannot be drawn. To clarify the effects of MTHFR polymorphisms on the risk of LC, we performed a meta-analysis in Chinese populations. MATERIAL/METHODS Related(More)
OBJECTIVE To observe the pathological changes of the intestinal mucosa in rats with severe abdominal infection. METHOD A total of 60 SD rats were divided randomly into control group and experimental group (n=30), and in the latter group, the rats underwent cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) while those in the former had only laparotomy. The jejunum and(More)