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OBJECTIVE In order to better understand the diversity of cultivable bacteria during the brewing process of the Luzhou-flavor liquor in Yibin, and to collect potential microbial resources. METHOD The cultivable bacteria were isolated by using modified nutrient agar medium and Gogan-I medium, and then analyzed the 16S rRNA gene sequences of the 603(More)
BACKGROUND The identification of new risk factors for coronary artery disease (CAD) is increasingly sought in an effort to tackle this threatening disease. β2-microglobulin (B2M) is reported to associate with peripheral arterial disease and adverse cardiovascular outcomes. However, the association between B2M and cardiovascular disease remains(More)
The muscle Ras (MRAS) gene polymorphisms have been reported to be associated with coronary artery disease (CAD) in white Europeans. The aim of this study was to ascertain the role of MRAS gene polymorphisms in conferring susceptibility to CAD, and to explore the effect on severity of CAD in Chinese population. We genotyped 5009 Chinese individuals (2466 CAD(More)
BACKGROUND Metals in single spot urine samples are often used to estimate individual exposure in human studies. However, measurements in urine could vary greatly over time due to variable exposure, potentially leading to exposure misclassification. OBJECTIVE We examined the variability of metal levels in the urine of 11 men who provided 529 samples on 8(More)
Exposure to phthalates has been demonstrated to have adverse effects on male reproduction in animal studies, but findings in human studies have been inconsistent. We recruited 1040 men from the Reproductive Center of Tongji Hospital in Wuhan, China from March to June 2013. Each man provided one semen sample and two urine samples. Semen quality parameters(More)
Toxicological studies have shown that phthalates, a class of widely used chemicals, can impair male reproductive function, but epidemiological evidence is inconsistent. This study aimed to investigate the associations of semen phthalate metabolites with sperm apoptosis and DNA damage in a Chinese population. We assessed sperm apoptosis markers with Annexin(More)
Exposure to metals, including essential and nonessential elements, is widespread and may be associated with altered semen quality. This study aimed to examine the association between urinary metal concentrations and semen quality in a Chinese population. We measured semen quality parameters (sperm concentration, count, motility, normal morphology, and(More)
Exposure to phthalates has been demonstrated to cause reproductive toxicity in animals, but evidence of the association between phthalates and markers of male reproductive function have been inconsistent in human studies. Here we examined whether environmental exposure to phthalates contributes to altered reproductive hormone levels, sperm DNA damage and(More)
Spinal cord injury (SCI) often results in motor disability concomitant with limit neuroplasticity; the underlying mechanism, however, is still unclear. This study established spinal cord transection rats model (T10), then performed cDNA microarray analysis and found that vimentin located in astrocytes was increased significantly in scar tissues after(More)
Genome-wide association studies of coronary artery disease (CAD) have recently identified a new susceptibility locus, ADAMTS7, in subjects of European ancestry. However, the significance of this locus in Chinese populations has not been identified. Therefore, this study was designed to evaluate the effect of rs3825807, a non-synonymous variant in the(More)