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A new full-length cDNA (PsD6) putatively encoding a ∆6-desaturase was cloned from the eicosapentaenoic acid-producing fungus Pythium splendens RBB-5. PsD6 contained an open reading frame of 1380 bp encoding a protein of 459 amino acids. The deduced amino acid sequence showed high similarity to those of other ∆6-desaturases. A recombinant vector expressing(More)
Triptolide is one of the most widely used and one of the most potent Chinese traditional herbal medicines. However, side effects, especially nephrotoxicity, limit the use of triptolide. It has been reported that oxidative stress is involved in drug-induced nephrotoxicity. In the present study, we focused on observing triptolide-induced acute nephrotoxicity(More)
BACKGROUND Induction therapy are utilized to achieve an adequate immunosuppression at the time of transplantation. The use of basiliximab or anti-thymocyte globulin (ATG) for induction therapy has significantly reduced the incidence of acute rejection episodes post-transplantation. The purpose of this study was to compare the efficacy and safety of the(More)
A method was developed for rapid screening and isolation of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)-producing soil fungi through polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification. Genes coding for delta6 fatty acid desaturase and delta5 fatty acid desaturase were used as molecular markers for screening these EPA-producing fungi from soil. Three out of 65 soil fungi gave(More)
BACKGROUND The Pythium splendens is a potentially useful organism for the synthesis of large amounts of eicosapentaenoic acid. Peak biomass and lipid accumulation do not occur at the same time and growth temperature has an effect on the fatty acid composition. Little is known about the pathway or the genes involved in growth, lipid synthesis or temperature(More)
OBJECTIVE To demonstrate the myocardial lesion associated with long-term administration of methamphetamine in rats. METHODS The experimental models of intoxication of methamphetamine were established in Sprague-Dawley rats. Methamphetamine hydrochloride (3 mg x kg(-1) x d(-1)) was subcutaneously injected to rats in methamphetamine-treated group (n = 16),(More)
BACKGROUND Porcine oocytes were sensitive to cooling because of the presence of excessive lipids. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effect of lipid removal on the mitochondrial distribution, the formation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and the viability of porcine oocytes after vitrification. MATERIALS AND METHODS Porcine oocytes were cultured in vitro, and(More)
Preeclampsia is a pregnancy disorder with sudden onset of maternal hypertension and proteinuria, which is characterized by defective cytotrophoblast invasion, increased apoptosis in cytotrophoblast, and diminished syncytial differentiation. In this study, samples from 11 mild preeclamptic patients, 18 severe preeclamptic patients, and 21 normal pregnant(More)
Lotus stalk activated carbon (AC) was produced by ultrasound digestion of lotus stalks in H(3)PO(4). Copper nitrate and iron nitrate were used to impregnate AC, producing Cu(II)-impregnated AC (AC-Cu) and Fe(III)-impregnated AC (AC-Fe). The modified ACs were characterized by N(2) adsorption-desorption isotherms, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy(More)