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BACKGROUNDS The fungus Trichoderma reesei is an important workhorse for expression of homologous or heterologous genes, and the inducible cbh1 promoter is generally used. However, constitutive expression is more preferable in some cases than inducible expression that leads to production of unwanted cellulase components. In this work, constitutive promoters(More)
The complex formation between sodium carboxymethylcellulose (NaCMC) and dodecyltrimethylammonium bromide (DTAB) at various sodium bromide concentrations (C(NaBr)) has been studied by microcalorimetry, turbidimetric titration, steady-state fluorescence measurements, and the fluorescence polarization technique. The addition of salt is found to influence the(More)
AIM The aim of this study was to assess whether rs1333049 was associated with coronary heart disease (CHD) in Han Chinese. METHODS This case-control study was involved with 599 CHD patients and 591 non-CHD controls. Meanwhile, a comprehensive meta-analysis was also conducted to establish the contribution of rs1333049 to CHD. RESULTS Our results showed(More)
Natural killer T (NKT) cells are a unique subset of CD1d-restricted T lymphocytes that express characteristics of both T cells and natural killer cells. NKT cells mediate tumor immune-surveillance; however, NKT cells are numerically reduced and functionally impaired in lymphoma patients. Many hematologic malignancies express CD1d molecules and(More)
BACKGROUND Low nutrient environment is a major obstacle to solid tumor growth. However, many tumors have developed adaptive mechanisms to circumvent the requirement for exogenous growth factors. METHODS Here we used siRNA interference or plasmid transfection techniques to knockdown or enhance CD317 expression respectively, in mammalian cancer cells, and(More)
OBJECTIVES Person-centered care (PCC) is a revolutionary approach to the culture change of elder care that is being adopted by nursing home providers across the nation. One aspect of PCC is the introduction of more self-contained units or households within long term care facilities. This study aimed to evaluate the effect of households on nursing home(More)
Insomnia and other sleep complaints are highly prevalent in community-dwelling older adults yet often go under detected. Age-related physiological changes may affect sleep, but sleep disturbances and complaints should not be considered normal in this population. Various physiological, psychological, and social consequences have been associated with insomnia(More)
Natural killer T (NKT) cells play an important immunoregulatory role and are thought to bridge the innate and adaptive immune responses. Following activation through cognate interactions with lipid antigen presented in the context of CD1d molecules, NKT cells rapidly produce a plethora of cytokines and can also mediate cytotoxicity. Due to their potent(More)
BACKGROUND Person-centered care has been widely promoted in long-term care settings. It is commonly referred to as a core concept that guides the care philosophy change in long-term care settings from a traditional medical model to a more humanistic approach to care. Current person-centered practice in long-term care settings is guided by multiple(More)
Background The association between daytime napping and cognition is not well-studied in older adults. This study aimed to examine the associations between self-reported afternoon nap duration and change in cognition after 2-year follow-up in Chinese older adults. Methods A total of 3,037 individuals aged 60 years and older from the China Health and(More)