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The feline gastrointestinal microbiota have direct influence on feline health and also human health as a reservoir for potential zoonotic pathogens and antibiotic resistant bacterial strains. In order to describe the feline gastrointestinal microbial diversity, fecal samples from cats have been characterized using both culture-dependent and(More)
INTRODUCTION Liver fibrosis is a progressive condition with serious clinical complications arising from abnormal proliferation and amassing of tough fibrous scar tissue. Macrophages are found in secreting chemokines that recruit fibroblasts and other inflammatory cells, and inflammatory cytokines that activate the hepatic stellate cell (HSC) play an(More)
Fasciclin-like arabinogalactan proteins (FLAs), a subclass of arabinogalactan proteins (AGPs), have both predicted AGP-like glycosylated regions and putative fasciclin (FAS) domains, which may function in cell adhesion and communication. Previous studies have identified 21, 27, and 34 FLAs in Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana), rice (Oryza sativa), and(More)
In addition to regulating blood pressure and body fluid homeostasis, the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) is also involved in hepatic fibrogenesis. We aimed to investigate the effect of losartan, an angiotensin II (Ang II) antagonist, on CCl4-induced hepatic fibrosis in rats. Hepatic fibrosis was induced by a subcutaneous injection with 50% CCl4 in(More)
BACKGROUND Inorganic arsenic (iAs) is a well-known human carcinogen recognized by the World Health Organization and the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Currently, most iAs studies in populations are concerned with drinking water and occupational arsenicosis. In Guizhou province, arsenicosis caused by the burning of coal in unventilated indoor(More)
OBJECTIVE This study is designed to observe the urinary tumor necrosis factor-like weak inducer of apoptosis (TWEAK) levels in patients with lupus nephritis (LN) and to identify new biomarker of lupus nephritis activity. METHODS Study subjects were 46 cases of patients with LN (including 34 of active cases) who underwent routine renal biopsy. Activity and(More)
With the rapid development of information technologies and the rapid spread of information systems, security of data storage has become an important issue in information systems. This paper introduces the data encryption technologies of encrypting file system (EFS) and traditional full-disk encryption (FDE), and points out the problems of data encryption of(More)
Modeling an airborne IElectro Hydrostatic Actuation (EHA) system with the nonlinear factors, saturation and dead zone. Based on double close loop control and variable gain predictive PD control, designed an innovation hybrid control scheme for the EHA. Its excellent characters consist of fast response, high accuracy, robustness and none overshoot. The(More)
A discrete particle swarm optimization (DPSO) algorithm is presented for the assembly line balancing problem of type 1, ALBP-I. A new permutation encoding method is developed to make the particle correspond to a feasible operation sequence (FOS) which satisfies the precedence constrains of assembly tasks. A position based crossover operator for permutation(More)
Alpha interferon (IFN-alpha) and IFN-gamma are able to suppress hepadnavirus replication. The intrahepatic expression of high levels of IFN may enhance the antiviral activity. We investigated the effects of woodchuck-specific IFN-alpha (wIFN-alpha) and IFN-gamma(wIFN-gamma) on woodchuck hepatitis virus (WHV) replication in vivo by helper-dependent(More)