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The genetic structure of five types of Taihu pig (Erhualian, Middle Meishan, Small Meishan, Mizhu and Shawutou), Jiangquhai and Dongchuan pigs in China were investigated, by means of 27 microsatellite markers proposed by the Food and Agriculture Organisation, International Society for Animal Genetics (FAO-ISAG). The Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium test indicated(More)
Phylogenetic relationships among Asian and European pig breeds were assessed using 1036 bp of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) D-loop sequences. An unweighted pair-group method with arithmetic mean (UPGMA) tree was constructed on the basis of maximum likelihood distances using sequences determined for three Cheju (Korea), 11 Chinese, one Westran (Australian feral(More)
BACKGROUND Cancer deaths of China with the world population nearly a quarter will have a severe impact on global cancer trend and burden. The study aims to provide a comprehensive overview of long-term trends in cancer mortality in China. MATERIALS AND METHODS We used joinpoint analysis to detect changes in trends and generalized additive models to study(More)
Active neuronal-glial interaction is important in the maintenance of brain homeostasis and is vital for neuronal survival following brain injury. The time course of post-ischemic astroglial dysfunction and neuronal death was studied in the spontaneously hypertensive rat (SHR) brain following permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO). In situ(More)
Fibroplast growth factor (FGF-21) is a recently discovered metabolic regulator. Its pathophysiologic role in humans remains unknown. In this study, we have investigated whether or not plasma FGF-21 level was different in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and non-diabetic controls. We also assessed associations between plasma FGF-21 body(More)
PURPOSE Our aim was to test the hypothesis that laparoscopic-assisted resection for colorectal cancer has an immunologic advantage over traditional open surgery. METHODS Sixteen patients with colorectal cancer were randomized to undergo laparoscopic-assisted resection or open surgery. Basic patient data were recorded, and serum interleukin-6 levels,(More)
Thus far, 16 distinct vertebrate collagens (types I-XVI) have been delineated. In this study, we have cloned a mouse collagenous protein, the 180-kDa bullous pemphigoid antigen (BPAG2). Isolation of over-lapping clones, together with 5' and 3' rapid amplification of cDNA ends, allowed delineation of the entire coding sequence. The 5' and 3' ends of the mRNA(More)
BACKGROUND The present study was conducted among Chinese workers employed in glue- and shoe-making factories who had an average daily personal benzene exposure of 31+/-26 ppm (mean+/-SD). The metabolites monitored were S-phenylmercapturic acid (S-PMA), trans, trans-muconic acid (t,t-MA), hydroquinone (HQ), catechol (CAT), 1,2, 4-trihydroxybenzene (benzene(More)
To study the genetic diversity of Chinese indigenous pig breeds, a total of 403 pigs from 10 local populations and 1 exotic Duroc breed were genotyped for 20 microsatellite markers. Heterozygosity and Wright's F-statistics (F(IS), F(ST), and F(IT)) were calculated to determine the genetic variation in those populations. The observed heterozygosities were in(More)
BACKGROUND Most knowledge regarding the effects of antidepressant drugs is at the receptor level, distal from the nervous system effects that mediate their clinical efficacy. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), this study investigated the effects of escitalopram, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), on resting-state brain(More)