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OBJECTIVES. The need for trial registration as well as the benefits it has brought for the transparency of medical research has been recognized for years. Trial registration has turned from an exception to a mandatory guideline in recent years. The present study aimed to examine the characteristics of registered randomized controlled trials (RCTs) in a(More)
Promoting apoptosis is a strategy for cancer drug discovery. Tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) induces apoptosis in a wide range of malignant cells. However, several cancers, including human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), exhibit a major resistance to TRAIL-induced cell death. Melittin, a water-soluble 26-amino acid peptide(More)
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), an important component of complementary and alternative medicine, has evolved over thousands of years with its own unique system of theories, diagnostics and therapies. TCM has been increasingly used in the last decades and become well known for its significant role in preventing and treating cancer. We believe that TCM(More)
OBJECTIVE In the present study, we systemically evaluated the ability of two bioactive compounds from traditional Chinese medicine, celastrol and pristimerin, to enhance recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV) serotype vector-mediated transgene expression both in human cell lines in vitro, and in murine hepatocytes in vivo. METHODS Human cell lines were(More)
Ionizing radiation can induce DNA damage and cell death by generating reactive oxygen species (ROS). The objective of this study was to investigate the radio-protective effect of catalpol (a main bioactive component in the traditional Chinese Rehmannia) on irradiated cells and mice. We found that treating cells with catalpol (25-100 μg/ml) before(More)
BACKGROUND Emerging scientific evidence has disclosed a correlation between iron metabolism and type 2 diabetes (T2D). OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to test the hypothesis that body iron stores are higher in a Chinese population with altered glucose homeostasis. DESIGN Serum iron, ferritin, and soluble transferrin receptor concentrations(More)
AIM OF THE STUDY To investigate the effects of the ethanol extract from Portulaca oleracea (EEPO) on hypoxia models mice and to find the possible mechanism of its anti-hypoxic actions so as to elucidate the anti-hypoxia activity and provide scientific basis for the clinical use of Portulaca oleracea. MATERIALS AND METHODS EEPO was evaluated on(More)
Practitioners and researchers from China, the largest user of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), have been publishing an increasing number of scientific articles in world-famous CAM journals in recent years. However, the status of CAM research in the three major regions of China, the Mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong has, until now, not been(More)
Macaques were immunised with lentil lectin purified recombinant SIVmac (BK28) derived gp160 (rgp160) with or without live vaccinia (vac)-env (BK28) priming, followed by a final boost with solid matrix antibody antigen (SMAA)-gp160 (J5) complexes and challenged with the SIVmac molecularly cloned virus J5M. Rgp160 and vac-env plus gp160 induced strong Ab(More)
Prediction of the life expectancy of a patient with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) remains difficult. The aims of the study were to construct a new staging scheme for patients with unresectable HCC and to compare the discriminatory ability of the staging scheme with the Okuda and CLIP score and TNM staging system in a cohort of patients with(More)