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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)
Traditional therapy of staphylococcal osteomyelitis is ineffective in producing complete sterilization of infected bones due to the formation of the Staphylococcus aureus biofilms. The aim of this study was to develop a new drug-delivery system of antibiotics for treatment of chronic experimental osteomyelitis. In the current work, cationic liposomal(More)
Long terminal retrotransposons are major components of eukaryotic transposable elements. We have surveyed the long terminal repeats (LTR) retrotransposons of domesticated silkworm (Bombyx mori) by mining the data produced by Bombyx mori Genome Sequencing Project. At least 29 separate families of LTR retrotransposons are identified in this survey, comprising(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)
In multisignature schemes signers can sign either in a linear order or not in any specified order, but neither of them is adequate in some scenarios where require mixture using of orderless and ordered multisignature. Most order-specified multisignatures specified the orders as linear ones. In this paper, we proposed an order-specified multisignature scheme(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)
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)
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)
Several reports have indicated that combinatorial regimens with DNA and protein vaccines can elicit both strong immune responses, to circumvent the limits of each vaccine. Surprisingly little was known on HBV vaccine. Here, we investigated the immunization effects of several regimens in BALB/c mice. The level of total antibody and isotypes of IgG were(More)