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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)
We examine whether lipoxin A44 (LXA4) inhibits production of interleukins (ILs) in endothelial cells and what signal pathway might participate in the actions of LXA4. Cultured pulmonary microvascular endothelial cells (PMVEC) were treated with lipopolysaccharide (LPS), with or without preincubation with LXA4. The results showed that LPS induced production(More)
Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) plays an important role in pathways leading to lung fibrosis via the mitogenic action of CTGF on fibroblasts. Studies have shown that lipoxin A4 (LXA4) inhibits proliferation of renal mesangial cells induced by leukotriene D4 or platelet-derived growth factor. This study investigates the regulatory role of LXA4 on(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)
Impaired mitochondrial biogenesis causes skeletal muscle damage in diabetes. However, whether and how mitochondrial biogenesis is impaired in the diabetic heart remains largely unknown. Whether adiponectin (APN), a potent cardioprotective molecule, regulates cardiac mitochondrial function has also not been previously investigated. In this study, electron(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)
Previous studies examining the role of mitochondria-derived reactive oxygen species (ROS) in hypoxic responses have been mainly conducted in isolated lungs and cultured pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells (PASMCs) using mitochondrial inhibitors, and yielded largely conflicting results. Here we report that in freshly isolated mouse PASMCs, which are devoid(More)
New nonstoichiometric polyelectrolyte complex nanoparticles were prepared based on chitosan (CS) and polyaspartic acid sodium salt (PAsp). The physicochemical properties of the complexes were investigated by means of turbidity, dynamic light scattering, transmission electron microscopy and zeta potential. The results indicated that the slow dropwise(More)
Cerebral vascular dysfunction and associated diseases often occur in type-1 diabetes, but the underlying mechanisms are largely unknown. In this study, we sought to determine whether big-conductance, Ca(2+)-activated K(+) (BK) channels were impaired in vascular (cerebral artery) smooth muscle cells (CASMCs) from streptozotocin-induced type-1 diabetic mice(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)