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AIM To test whether supplements of Lactobacillus- and Bifidobacterium-containing yogurt (AB-Yogurt) affect the success of Helicobacter pylori eradication. METHODS One hundred and sixty H. pylori-infected patients were randomized into a triple-plus-yogurt group or a triple-only group, receiving 1 week of triple therapy with and without supplements of(More)
BACKGROUND Tissue-specific promoters are becoming increasingly important in light of their effects on gene expression in gene therapy experiments. The regulation of gene expression may be as important as the delivery of the gene itself. OBJECTIVES To determine the effects of the involucrin (INV), keratin 14 (K14) and cytomegalovirus (CMV) promoters on the(More)
Keratinization disorders Epidermolytic hyperkeratosis KRT1, KRT10 12 Epidermolytic PPK KRT9 12 Non-epidermolytic PPK KRT16 12 Vohwinkel’s syndrome LOR 31 Ichthyosis bullosa Siemens KRT2e 64 Pachonychia congenita type 1/2 KRT6a, 16, 17 64 X-linked ichthyosis STS 7 Lamellar ichthyosis TGM1 31 Palmoplantar keratoderma GJB2 61 with deafness Erythrokeratodermia(More)
Streptococcal pyrogenic exotoxin B is an extracellular cysteine protease. Only nephritis-associated strains of group A streptococci secrete this protease and this may be involved in the pathogenesis of post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis. Mice were actively immunized with a recombinant protease inactive exotoxin B mutant or passively immunized with(More)
Nanodiamond (ND) has been proposed for various biomedical applications, including bioimaging, biosensing and drug delivery, owing to its physical-chemical properties and biocompatibility. Particularly, ND has been demonstrated as fluorescence- and Raman-detectable labels in many cellular models. Different surface functionalization methods have been(More)
The aim of this study was to characterize the molecular epidemiology of invasive and non-invasive group A streptococcus (GAS) infections in children from 1997 through 2004 in southern Taiwan. A collection of 32 invasive and 150 non-invasive isolates were recruited for analysis. emm1 (34.4%) and emm12 (40.0%) predominated in the invasive and non-invasive(More)
As investigators continue to close the gap between basic research and clinical science, gene therapy is becoming of increasing interest to the dermatologist. Most notably, recent advances in gene-based cancer therapy, DNA vaccination, and molecular pharmacology have opened new avenues for investigation beyond those of the traditional gene replacement(More)
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