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With the technique of metabolomics, gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS), urine or serum metabolites can be assayed to explore disease biomarkers. In this work, we present a metabolomic method to investigate the urinary metabolic difference between hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC, n - 20) male patients and normal male subjects (n - 20). The urinary(More)
The cervical facet joint is implicated as one of the most common sources of chronic neck pain, owing to its rich nociceptive innervation and susceptibility to injurious mechanical loading. Injuries to the facet joint and its ligament can induce inflammation in the joint and spinal cord. Inflammatory molecules which are known to have a role in pain can also(More)
OBJECTIVE The importance of diagnosis and treatment of thyroid dysfunction during pregnancy has been widely recognized. We therefore established trimester- and method-specific reference intervals for thyroid testing in pregnant women according to the NACB recommended criteria. Several factors can affect the setting of reference intervals, in particular(More)
The purpose of this study was to investigate the serum metabolic difference between hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC, n = 20) male patients and normal male subjects (n = 20). Serum metabolome was detected through chemical derivatization followed by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS). The acquired GC/MS data was analyzed by stepwise discriminant(More)
BACKGROUND Quinacrine has potential as a chemosensitizer when combined with chemotherapy, but its anti-cancer mechanisms remain unclear. The purpose of this study was to explore the capability of quinacrine to enhance the cytotoxic effects of cisplatin and the underlying mechanism involved. METHODS The potential role of quinacrine in enhancing the effects(More)
The cervical facet joint and its capsule have been reported to be injured during whiplash scenarios and are a common source of chronic neck pain from whiplash. Both the metabotropic glutamate receptor 5 (mGluR5) and the excitatory amino acid carrier 1 (EAAC1) have pivotal roles in chronic pain. In this study, spinal mGluR5 and EAAC1 were quantified(More)
Many uncertainties remain regarding the physiological function of the prion protein PrP and the consequences of its conversion into the pathological scrapie isoform in prion diseases. Here, we show for the first time that different signal transduction pathways are involved in neurite outgrowth and neuronal survival elicited by PrP in cell culture of primary(More)
A new type of drug delivery system (DDS) involved chitosan (CHI) modified single walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) for controllable loading/release of anti-cancer doxorubicin (DOX) was constructed. CHI was non-covalently wrapped around SWNTs, imparting water-solubility and biocompatibility to the nanotubes. Folic acid (FA) was also bounded to the outer CHI(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess whether lifestyle intervention can reduce type 2 diabetes risk in women with prior GDM in the Tianjin Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) Prevention Program. METHODS 1180 women who were diagnosed with GDM from 2005 to 2009 were randomly assigned to either a lifestyle intervention (n=586) or a control group (n=594). Major elements of(More)
Peroxynitrite toxicity has been implicated in the pathogenesis of white matter injury. The mechanisms of peroxynitrite toxicity to oligodendrocytes (OLs), the major cell type of the white matter, are unknown. Using primary cultures of mature OLs that express myelin basic protein, we found that 3-morpholinosydnonimine, a peroxynitrite generator, caused(More)