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Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), the most common subtype of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, is clinically heterogeneous: 40% of patients respond well to current therapy and have prolonged survival, whereas the remainder succumb to the disease. We proposed that this variability in natural history reflects unrecognized molecular heterogeneity in the tumours.(More)
Angiogenesis is required for a wide variety of physiological and pathological processes. The endothelial cell-specific mitogen vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a major mediator of pathological angiogenesis. Also, the expression of VEGF and its two receptors, Flt-1 and Flk-1/KDR, is related to the formation of blood vessels in mouse and rat(More)
One of the membrane guanylyl cyclases (GCs), RetGC, is expressed predominantly in photoreceptors. No extracellular ligand has been described for RetGC, but it is sensitive to activation by a soluble 24-kDa protein (p24) and is inhibited by Ca2+. This enzyme is, therefore, thought to play a role in resynthesizing cGMP for photoreceptor recovery or(More)
Recently, we studied hepatitis C virus (HCV) sera-prevalence among 559 890 first-time volunteer blood donors in China. From randomly selected 450 anti-HCV positive donors, we detected HCV RNA in 270 donors. In this study, we amplified HCV E1 and/or NS5B sequences from 236 of these donors followed by DNA sequencing and phylogenetic analysis. The results(More)
We report here the molecular cloning of a newly identified preprotachykinin gene, Pptc, which specifies the sequence for a new preprotachykinin protein and bioactive peptide designated hemokinin 1 (HK-1). PPT-C mRNA was detected primarily in hematopoietic cells in contrast to the previously described Ppta and Pptb genes, which are predominantly expressed in(More)
The effect of noradrenaline in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis and locus coeruleus on maintenance and reactivation of morphine-conditioned place preference induced by footshock stress was investigated in rats. After receiving alternate injection of morphine (10 mg/kg) and saline for 6 consecutive days, the rats spent more time in the drug-paired(More)
1. Lamotrigine (LTG), a new antiepileptic drug, requires long depolarizations to inhibit Na+ currents. This suggests either slow binding of LTG to the fast inactivated state or selective binding of LTG to the slow inactivated state of Na+ channels. To differentiate between these possibilities and to characterize further the action of LTG, we studied the(More)
The current topological model of the Na+-Ca2+ exchanger consists of 11 transmembrane segments with extracellular loops a, c, e, g, i, and k and cytoplasmic loops b, d, f, h, and j. Cytoplasmic loop f, which plays a role in regulating the exchanger, is large and separates the first five from the last six transmembrane segments. We have tested this(More)
Corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) has been suggested to play an important role in the development of drug dependence and withdrawal. Based on the recent finding that CRF receptor antagonists inhibit the stress-induced relapse to opiate dependence and attenuate anxiety-like responses related to cocaine withdrawal, the present experiment was performed to(More)
The possible effect of different corticotropin-releasing factor receptor (CRFR) antagonists (alpha-helical CRF, CP-154,526 and AS-30) on the maintenance and reactivation of morphine-conditioned place preference (CPP) induced by morphine or footshock stress, respectively, were investigated in rats. The results show that morphine-induced maintenance of CPP(More)