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BACKGROUND AND AIMS Seedling vigour is one of the major determinants for stable stand establishment in rice (Oryza sativa), especially in a direct seeding cropping system. The objectives of this study were to identify superior alleles with consistent effects on seedling vigour across different temperature conditions and to investigate genotype x(More)
In order to determine the risk factors and outcomes of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), a retrospective cohort study was conducted on 259 patients who were ventilated >48 h. Clinical characteristics and risk factors were compared and non-conditional logistic regression analysis was performed to determine(More)
Sclerosing encapsulating peritonitis (SEP) is a rare cause of intestinal obstruction that is characterized by a thick grayish-white fibrotic membrane encasing the small bowel. SEP can be classified as idiopathic, also known as abdominal cocoon, or secondary. It is difficult to make a definite pre-operative diagnosis. We experienced five cases of abdominal(More)
AIM To investigate the relationship between the gut-liver axis and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), we performed a meta-analysis to evaluate the effects of probiotic therapy in NAFLD. METHODS We searched PubMed, Medline, Embase, Web of Science, the Cochrane Library and Chinese Biomedicine Database for all relevant randomized controlled trials on(More)
Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) activation has been implicated in the pathogenesis of myocardial ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury. The activated TLR4 is capable of activating a variety of proinflammatory mediators, such as tumor necrosis factor-a (TNF-a) and interleukin-6 (IL-6). Valsartan as a kind of Angiotensin II type 1 receptor blockers is gradually used(More)
This study was designed to explore the role of toll like receptor 4 (TLR4) in myocardial ischemia reperfusion injury (MI/RI). Male Sprague–Dawley rats were randomly divided into sham and IR groups (36/group). The rats were sacrificed at various times following reperfusion (0, 1/2, 1, 2, 4 and 8 h). The histopathological and ultrastructual changes in the(More)
To investigate the value of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and tractography in renal allografts at the early stage after kidney transplantation. This study was approved by the institutional ethical review committee, and written informed consent was obtained. A total of 54 renal allograft recipients 2–3 weeks after transplantation and 26 age-matched healthy(More)
The mammalian lignan enterolactone is a major metabolite of plant-based lignans that has been shown to inhibit the growth and development of prostate cancer. However, little is known about the mechanistic basis for its anticancer activity. In this study, we report that enterolactone selectively suppresses the growth of LNCaP prostate cancer cells by(More)
TAR DNA-binding protein 43 (TDP-43), an essential pathological protein in both amyotrophic later sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD), is expressed abnormally in Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, whether and how TDP-43 contributes the pathogenesis of AD remains unknown. We have shown here a colocalization between TDP-43 and the(More)
Atherosclerosis is a chronic multifactorial inflammatory disease with high prevalence worldwide, and has become the leading cause of death. The present study was designed to investigate the impact of high-fat diet on ApoE(-/-) mice exhibiting atherosclerosis by detecting the genome-wide expression profile of lncRNAs and mRNAs. A total of 354 differentially(More)