Ling Niu

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Aquaporin-4 (AQP4), a predominant water channel of the brain, mediates transmembrane water movement at the blood-brain barrier and brain-cerebrospinal fluid interface. A broad pattern of evidence indicates that AQP4 and regulators of its expression are potential targets for treatment of brain swelling, but whether it participates in the regulation of(More)
The final common pathway in the demise of dopaminergic neurons in Parkinson's disease may involve oxidative stress and excitotoxicity. In this study, we examined the neuroprotective effects of a novel ATP-sensitive potassium channel (K(ATP)) opener, iptakalim (IPT), against H(2)O(2)-induced cytotoxicity in rat dopaminergic PC12 cells. Pretreatment with IPT(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the risk factors for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in Xinjiang rural areas. METHODS This was a population-based and cross-sectional survey on prevalence of COPD in Xinjiang from December 2007 to December 2010. The cluster random sampling method was performed to collect the data from 3575 people in rural areas in(More)
High polymorphism is one of the most important features of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) alleles, which were initially classified by serotyping but have recently been re-grouped into supertypes according to their peptide presentation properties. Two relatively prevalent HLA alleles HLA-A*6801 and HLA-A*6802, are classified into the same serotype HLA-A68.(More)
Cardiovascular diseases remain one of the major health problems worldwide. The worldwide research against cardiovascular diseases as well as genome wide association studies were successful in indentifying the loci associated with this prominent life-threatening disease but still a substantial amount of casualty remains unexplained. Over the last decade, the(More)
The aim of the study was to investigate the role and mechanisms of action of nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB)-mediated caspase-4 activation in the induction of inflammatory cytokines during Kawasaki disease (KD) and coronary artery endothelial cell injury. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) were isolated from KD patients and healthy controls and cultured.(More)
In this paper, a simplified image formation model is proposed for objective evaluation function of tone reproduction. According to the model and the evaluation function, the best tone reproduction is presented. It relies on baseline demographic characteristics of the image brightness, then compresses an array images having been geometrically corrected the(More)
Cardiac failures in young children have shown an enormous trudge in recent past. The reason being medical community has laid more stress on cardiac insufficiency management on adult patients and has conducted a large amount of research on the management of heart failure in adults, which has given rise to significant changes in management in the last decade.(More)
Cardiac fibrosis is a common phenomenon in different types of heart diseases, such as ischemic heart disease, inherited cardiomyopathy mutations, diabetes, and ageing and is associated with morbidity and mortality. Increased accumulation of extracellular matrix (ECM) that impacts cardiac function, is the underlying cause of fibrotic heart disease. There are(More)
The pathogenesis of viral myocarditis (VMC) is not fully understood. This study aimed to examine the relationship between coxsackie-adenovirus receptor (CAR) and the p38 mitogen activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway mechanisms in a mouse model. Three groups of mice were established: 5 mice in a control group injected with saline, 15 in the model group(More)