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To survive, plants possess elaborate defence mechanisms to protect themselves against virus or pathogen invasion. Recent studies have suggested that plant mitochondria may play an important role in host defence responses to biotic stresses. In contrast with animal mitochondria, plant mitochondria possess a unique respiratory pathway, the cyanide-insensitive(More)
By four different methods, Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans cells were immobilized by the complex of PVA and sodium alginate. The beads formed by these different methods were evaluated in terms of relative mechanical strength, biological activity, dilatability, and so on. The results indicate that the technique utilizing the complex of PVA and sodium alginate(More)
STUDY DESIGN A retrospective study had been conducted to evaluate the efficacy and safety of anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) at C2-C3 for traumatic spondylolisthesis of the axis (TSA). OBJECTIVE The present study had been done to evaluate the results and feasibility of the surgical treatment with ACDF at C2-C3, for the fixation of unstable(More)
AIMS  The purpose of this study was to search for the relationship between quorum sensing (QS) and Cu²⁺ resistance in Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans. METHODS AND RESULTS  Resistance to Cu²⁺ of A. ferrooxidans significantly decreased with the treatment dose of a synthetic QS blocker (5Z)-4-bromo-5-(bromomethylene)-2(5H)-furanone (FUR). Relative differences(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the effectiveness of a three-stage intervention to reduce caesarean deliveries in a Chinese tertiary hospital. METHODS A retrospective study was conducted to assess whether educating staff, educating patients and auditing surgeon practices (introduced in 2005) had reduced caesarean delivery rates. Multiple logistic regression was used(More)
Geniposide, a main iridoid glucoside component of gardenia fruit, has been shown to possess anti-inflammatory activity. However, its potential use for acute lung injury (ALI) has not yet been studied. The aim of this study was to evaluate the anti-inflammatory properties of geniposide using a mouse ALI model. ALI was induced by intranasal injection of(More)
To investigate the expressions of placental growth factor (PLGF) in placenta with hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP), 45 women with HDP and 20 normally pregnant women were studied. Among 45 women with HDP, there were 23 cases of severe preeclampsia and one case of eclampsia. The location and level of PLGF proteins was determined by(More)
In order to investigate the expression levels of Pin1 mRNA and protein in cervical cancer and its association with Ki67 and their clinical significance, amplification of Pin1 gene was examined by RT-PCR, and the expression of both Pin1 and Ki67 protein was detected by immunohistochemistry in cervical cancer tissues. It was shown that the expression levels(More)
Understanding of attributes of UML class diagram can be influenced by various factors. Semantic annotation for attributes can help model users understand their meaning precisely. As a result, services provided by the models can be better applied in the data processing tasks of the users. This paper proposes a method of semantic annotation of UML class(More)