Mei-Ling L. Liu

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Citrus mandarin (Citrus reticulata) cultivar Shatangju has great economic importance in southern China because of its delicious fruit and medicinal peel. During surveys conducted in 2012 and 2013, stem rot and plant death were observed on 2- to 3-year-old Shatangju grafted seedlings in 21 nurseries located in three regions (Yangjiang City, Sihui City and(More)
OBJECTIVE Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a condition associated with type 2 diabetes (T2D). Insulin resistance, a common pathogenesis of NAFLD and T2D, is partially caused by alterations in angiotensin II (Ang II) and is accompanied by hypoadiponectinemia. We aimed to investigate whether the circulating Ang II and adiponectin concentrations are(More)
Bipolar disorder (BD) is a common and debilitating mental disorder. However, there are no biomarkers available to aid in the diagnosis of this disorder. Here, we used a gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) based metabonomic method to characterize the urinary metabolic profiling of BD subjects and healthy controls to identify and validate urinary(More)
While traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is widely used among Chinese patients with cancer, studies evaluating the effectiveness of TCM using objective indicators are rare. We examined the effectiveness of TCM for liver protection and completion of chemotherapy among patients with cancer receiving chemotherapy. We used a case-control design to examine the(More)
The clinical side-effects of increased cyclooxygenase (COX) activity induced by pathologic conditions have raised concerns recently. However, a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying the subsequent neurotoxicity requires knowledge of pathways downstream of COX, especially prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) and its receptors. Therefore, this study was(More)
PURPOSE To investigate major pediatric ocular trauma in Taiwan. METHODS Retrospective review of medical records of all patients 15 years and younger who were hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of eye injury at National Cheng Kung University Hospital, Taiwan, between June 1988 and May 2006. RESULTS There were 156 children (156 eyes) 1.1 to 15.0 years(More)
BACKGROUND Recent studies suggest a role for interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) in the pregnancy process. METHODS The expression of non-classical class II major histocompatibility complex (RT1-DM) antigens and classical class I major histocompatibility complex (RT1-A) antigens induced by IFN-gamma was examined by reverse transcription-PCR, western blotting and(More)
Schizophrenia is a debilitating mental disorder. Currently, the lack of disease biomarkers to support objective laboratory tests constitutes a bottleneck in the clinical diagnosis of schizophrenia. Here, a gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) based metabolomic approach was applied to characterize the metabolic profile of schizophrenia subjects (n =(More)