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BACKGROUND AND AIM Controlled attenuation parameter (CAP) is a novel ultrasound-based elastography method for detection of steatosis severity. This meta-analysis aimed to assess the performance of CAP. METHODS PubMed, the Cochrane Library, and the Web of Knowledge were searched to find studies, published in English, relating to accuracy evaluations of CAP(More)
BACKGROUND Real-time elastography (RTE), as a non-invasive method, is used for the classification of benign and malignant lymph nodes (LNs) and developed as an alternative to biopsy. Elasticity score (ES) and strain ratio (SR) are used for the interpretation of RTE. We studied the performance of RTE for diagnosis of malignant LNs using meta-analysis. (More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the changes of predictive ocular motor function in the patients with Parkinson's disease (PD), and to discuss its clinical value. METHODS Videonystagmography (VNG) was used to examine 24 patients with idiopathic Parkinson's disease, 15 males and 9 females, aged 61 +/- 6 (50-69), and 24 sex and age-matched healthy control subjects(More)
BACKGROUND Non-viral methods of gene delivery, especially using polyethylenimine (PEI), have been widely used in gene therapy or DNA vaccination. However, the PEI system has its own drawbacks, which limits its applications. METHODS We have developed a novel non-viral delivery system based on PEI coated on the surface of bacterial magnetic nanoparticles(More)
We examined the structure of lipid-raft membranes in respiratory syncytial virus infected cells. Cholesterol depletion studies using methyl-beta-cyclodextrin suggested that membrane cholesterol was required for virus filament formation, but not inclusion bodies. In addition, virus filament formation coincided with elevated(More)
Streptomyces lincolnensis is a producer of lincomycin, which is a lincosamide antibiotic for the treatment of infective diseases caused by Gram-positive bacteria. S. lincolnensis is refractory to introducing plasmid DNA into cells because of resistance of foreign DNAs and poor sporulation. In this study, a simple and efficient method of transferring(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this clinical study was to evaluate the effectiveness and advantages of the radiofrequency ablation maze procedure in the treatment of atrial fibrillation associated with rheumatic mitral valve disease. METHODS We developed one kind of modified Cox III maze procedure with the use of radiofrequency ablation in the treatment of atrial(More)
Wireless sensor networks may have to support many kinds of applications, some of which may have to satisfy strict requirements for data transfer delay while others do not. Thus, it is necessary to design routing schemes that can provide adaptive real-time data transmission services. On the other hand, energy consumption is one of the most important criteria(More)
OBJECTIVES To perform a meta-analysis assessing the ability of shear wave elastography (SWE) to identify malignant breast masses. METHODS PubMed, the Cochrane Library, and the ISI Web of Knowledge were searched for studies evaluating the accuracy of SWE for identifying malignant breast masses. The diagnostic accuracy of SWE was evaluated according to(More)
Aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 (ALDH2) is a mitochondrial enzyme that metabolizes ethanol and toxic aldehydes such as 4-hydroxy-2-nonenal (4-HNE). Using an unbiased proteomic search, we identified ALDH2 deficiency in stroke-prone spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR-SP) as compared with spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR). We concluded the causative role of(More)