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CONTEXT Berberine, a natural plant alkaloid, is usually used as an antibiotic drug. The potential glucose-lowering effect of berberine was noted when it was used for diarrhea in diabetic patients. In vitro and in vivo studies have then showed its effects on hyperglycemia and dyslipidemia. OBJECTIVE The objective of the study was to evaluate the efficacy(More)
AIM To study the effect of octreotide on cell proliferation and apoptosis in different hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells and hepatocytes. METHODS The proliferation of HCC cells (HepG2, SMMC-7721) and hepatocytes (L-02) was determined by MTT assay. Apoptosis was detected either by fluorescent staining, transmission electron microscopy or flow cytometry.(More)
Various active components have been extracted from the root of Polygonum cuspidatum. However, the genetic basis for their activity is virtually unknown. In this study, 25600002 short reads (2.3 Gb) of P. cuspidatum root transcriptome were obtained via Illumina HiSeq 2000 sequencing. A total of 86418 unigenes were assembled de novo and annotated. Twelve, 18,(More)
PURPOSE This study was designed to characterize the physiological endometrial and ovarian F-18 FDG uptake through analysis of clinical patients with serial PET follow ups (group 1) or who underwent delayed imaging (group 2). METHODS Group 1 had 24 patients (14 premenopausal and 10 postmenopausal). Each patient underwent 2 to 4 serial FDG PET studies and(More)
A forward-viewing resonant fiber-optic endoscope of a scanning speed appropriate for a high-speed Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography (FD-OCT) system was developed to enable real-time, three-dimensional endoscopic OCT imaging. A new method was explored to conveniently tune the scanning frequency of a resonant fiber-optic scanner, by properly(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Focal organizing pneumonia (FOP) is an uncommon disease. The etiology, and in particular the disease's relationship with infection and the incidence of idiopathic FOP, is relatively unknown. The aim of this study is to review clinical, radiological and pathological features of patients with organizing pneumonia (OP) presenting(More)
In the title coordination polymer, [Pb(C5H2N2O4)(H2O)](n), the Pb(II) atom is seven-coordinated by one N atom and five O atoms from four individual imidazole-4,5-dicarboxylate (HIDC2-) groups and one water molecule. It is interesting to note that the HIDC2- group serves as a bridging ligand to link the Pb(II) atoms into a three-dimensional microporous(More)
Cytokine and growth factor receptor engagement leads to the rapid phosphorylation and activation of latent, cytosolic signal transducers and activators of transcription (STAT) proteins, which then translocate to the nucleus where they regulate transcriptional events from specific promoter sequences. STAT3 expression in particular has been associated with(More)
C-11 acetate positron emission tomography (PET) is known to have high sensitivity in detecting hepatocellular carcinoma. However, one of the shortcomings of C-11 acetate PET in the diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma is that C-11 acetate also accumulates in focal nodular hyperplasia, which makes it challenging to distinguish hepatocellular carcinoma form(More)
This study aimed to document the first-in-human application of a 68Ga-labeled heterodimeric peptide BBN-RGD (bombesin-RGD) that targets both integrin αvβ3 and gastrin-releasing peptide receptor (GRPR). We evaluated the safety and assessed the clinical diagnostic value of 68Ga-BBN-RGD PET/CT in prostate cancer patients in comparison with 68Ga-BBN. METHODS(More)