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PURPOSE To determine the safety and efficacy of transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) combined with sorafenib (hereafter, TACE-sorafenib) in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and portal vein tumor thrombus (PVTT). MATERIALS AND METHODS This study was approved by the institutional review board, and the requirement for informed consent was(More)
Dehydrins (DHNs) are a family of plant proteins typically induced in response to stress conditions that cause cellular dehydration, such as low temperatures, high salinity, and drought. Loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) is a perennial fruit crop that blossoms during winter. Loquat fruitlets are frequently injured by freezing. To evaluate the role of the EjDHNs(More)
To investigate the survival benefit of transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) plus Iodine125 seed implantation (TACE-Iodine125) in hepatitis B-related HCC patients with portal vein tumour thrombus (PVTT) and the underlying prognostic factors. A retrospective matched cohort study was performed on consecutive HCC patients with PVTT from January 2011 to June(More)
Interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC) have important functions in regulation of motor activity in the gastrointestinal tract. In murine small intestine, ICC are gathered in the regions of the myenteric plexus (ICC-MY) and the deep muscular plexus (ICC-DMP). These two classes of ICC have different physiological functions. ICC-MY are pacemaker cells and generate(More)
The identification of stem-cell-like cancer cells through conventional methods that depend on stem cell markers is often unreliable. We developed a mechanical method for selecting tumorigenic cells by culturing single cancer cells in fibrin matrices of ~100 Pa in stiffness. When cultured within these gels, primary human cancer cells or single cancer cells(More)
Tumour-repopulating cells (TRCs) are a self-renewing, tumorigenic subpopulation of cancer cells critical in cancer progression. However, the underlying mechanisms of how TRCs maintain their self-renewing capability remain elusive. Here we show that relatively undifferentiated melanoma TRCs exhibit plasticity in Cdc42-mediated mechanical stiffening, histone(More)
Face recognition has received significant attention in the last decades for many potential applications. Recently, the scale invariant feature transform (SIFT) becomes an interesting technique for the task of object recognition. This paper investigated the application of the SIFT approach to the face recognition and proposed a new method based on SIFT and(More)
Sapelovirus is a member of the family Picornaviridae and is emerging as an enteric porcine, simian, and avian pathogen. Here, we report the genome sequence of a novel porcine sapelovirus strain YC2011 isolated from piglets with severe diarrhea. The availability of the genome sequence is helpful to further investigations of molecular characteristics and(More)
A 5' conjugated minor groove binder (MGB) probe real-time PCR assay was developed in this study for porcine sapelovirus (PSV) detection and quantitation. Two primers and a MGB probe for the 5' untranslated region (UTR) gene were designed. The assay was capable of detecting about 103copies/μl of standard template per reaction. Moreover, it does not detect(More)
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most common autoimmune disorder. Loss of Th1/Th2 and Th17/Treg balance has been reported in several inflammatory autoimmune diseases. This study was to investigate Th1, Th2, Th17, and Treg differentiation and related cytokines in RA patients. The frequencies of Th1, Th2, Th17, and Treg cells in peripheral blood of RA(More)