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OBJECTIVE Our objective was to evaluate whether polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)-associated infertility is related to alterations of leptin, leptin receptor (Ob-R), and the phosphorylated signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (p-STAT3)/suppressor of cytokine signal 3 (SOCS3) system in the ovary. DESIGN AND SETTING A case-control study was(More)
Effects of clonal integration on land plants have been extensively studied, but little is known about the role in amphibious plants that expand from terrestrial to aquatic conditions. We simulated expansion from terrestrial to aquatic habitats in the amphibious stoloniferous alien invasive alligator weed (Alternanthera philoxeroides) by growing basal ramets(More)
Current evidence suggests that amyloid beta (Aβ) peptides may play a major role in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease in part by eliciting oxidative stress. Puerarin, a major isoflavone glycoside from Kudzu root (Pueraria lobata), has been reported to exert estrogen-like and antioxidant activities. The central hypothesis guiding this study is that(More)
Ulva prolifera, an intertidal macroalga, has to adapt to wide variations in light intensity, making this species particularly rewarding for studying the evolution of photoprotective mechanisms. Intense light induced increased non-photochemical quenching (NPQ) and stimulated de-epoxidation of xanthophyll cycle components, while DTT-treated samples had lower(More)
The growth differential factor-9 (GDF-9) gene, an oocyte-specific factor, was screened in 106 Chinese women with diminished ovarian reserve (DOR), and three single-nucleotide polymorphisms, c.G169A, c.C447T and c.G546A, were detected. We found GDF-9 c.G546A, but not c.G169A or c.C447T, to be correlated with the poor ovarian stimulation and in vitro(More)
An understanding of the molecular basis of hormonal activation of receptors provides important insights for drug design. Toward this end, intrinsic photoaffinity labeling is a powerful tool to directly identify the ligand-binding domain. We have developed a new radioiodinatable agonist ligand of the secretin receptor that incorporates a photolabile(More)
OBJECTIVES To observe the alterations in serum resistin in gestational diabetes (GDM) and the early postpartum period, and compare this to nondiabetic pregnancies in order to evaluate the role of serum resistin in gestational diabetes mellitus. DESIGN A cross-sectional study. PATIENTS Twenty women with normal pregnancy and 20 with gestational diabetes.(More)
Photoaffinity labeling is a powerful tool for the characterization of the molecular basis of ligand binding. We recently used this technique to demonstrate the proximity between a residue within the carboxyl-terminal half of a secretin-like ligand and the amino-terminal domain of the secretin receptor (Dong, M., Wang, Y., Pinon, D. I., Hadac, E. M., and(More)
The carboxyl-terminal domains of secretin family peptides have been shown to contain key determinants for high affinity binding to their receptors. In this work, we have examined the interaction between carboxyl-terminal residues within secretin and the prototypic secretin receptor. We previously utilized photoaffinity labeling to demonstrate spatial(More)
OBJECTIVES To measure serum and follicular resistin, steroids hormone levels in women with PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) (BMI (body mass index)<25 kg/m(2)), to assess possible correlations of resistin to hormonal and metabolic parameters and to analyze the clinical outcomes of in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer (IVF-ET) in women with PCOS and tubal(More)