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MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are important gene regulators, which are often deregulated in cancers. In this study, the authors analyzed the microRNAs profiles of 78 matched cancer/noncanerous liver tissues from HCC patients and 10 normal liver tissues and found that 69 miRNAs were differentially expressed between hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and corresponding(More)
BACKGROUND Innate immunity of which Toll-like receptor (TLR) 4 and CXCR1 are key elements plays a central role in the development of urinary tract infection (UTI). Although the relation between the genetics of TLR4 and CXCR1 and UTI is investigated partly, the polymorphisms and expression of TLR4 and CXCR1 in different types of UTI in adults are not(More)
With the advent of microsurgery and surgical techniques, along with the improvement in neuroimaging techniques and the microanatomy in cadaver study, improvement in terms of surgical morbidity and mortality has been remarkable; however, controversy still exists regarding the optimal surgical strategies for giant petroclival meningiomas (GPMs). We report a(More)
Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection causes liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma and remains a serious health problem worldwide. Covalently closed circular DNA (cccDNA) in the liver cell nucleus sustains HBV infection. Major treatments for HBV infection include the use of interferon-α and nucleotide analogs, but they cannot eradicate cccDNA. As(More)
Within the minimum LOH region on chromosome 17p13.3 deleted in hepatocellular carcinoma, a novel human plasma membrane-associated gene, named CT120, was isolated from a human kidney cDNA library using electronical cloning and RACE. The novel gene CT120 consists of 2145bp and encodes a protein with 257 amino acids. Database search revealed that homologs of(More)
Fibroblast growth factor (Fgf) 10 is a critical regulator of bud formation during lung morphogenesis. fgf10 is expressed in distal lung mesenchyme at sites of prospective budding from the earliest developmental stages and signals through its epithelial receptor Fgfr2b. Experiments in intact lung organ cultures demonstrate that Fgf10 is a chemotactic factor(More)
Src plays an important role in cell proliferation, differentiation, adhesion, and migration. Altered Src activity has been strongly implicated in the development, growth, progression, and metastasis of human cancers. We have analysed the change and regulation of Src upon cell detachment in anoikis-resistant human lung adenocarcinoma cells and compared with(More)
Numerous microbial pathogens exploit complement regulatory proteins such as factor H (FH) and factor H-like protein 1 (FHL-1) for immune evasion. Fba is an FHL-1 and FH binding protein expressed on the surface of the human pathogenic bacterium, Streptococcus pyogenes, a common agent of pharyngeal, skin, and soft-tissue infections. In the present study, we(More)
The innate host defenses at mucosal surfaces are critical in the early stages of urinary tract bacterial infection. Recent studies have shown that uroepithelial cells aid innate immune cells in fighting off infection, although the exact mechanism by which the uroepithilium participates in immunity remains unclear. TLR4 has been implicated to possess(More)
Cathelicidins are a family of gene-encoded peptide effectors of innate immunity found exclusively in vertebrates. They play pivotal roles in host immune defense against microbial invasions. Dozens of cathelicidins have been identified from several vertebrate species. However, no cathelicidin from marine reptiles has been characterized previously. Here we(More)