Mei-ling Yang

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OBJECTIVE To study the differences in the clinical and laboratory characteristics of disseminated penicilliosis marneffei (PSM) in patients with and without human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. METHODS The clinical data of 33 patients with PSM in our hospital from 2002 to 2007 were retrospectively analyzed. The patients were divided into 2(More)
Treatment of carcinoma cell lines with 15-deoxy-delta12,14-prostaglandin J2 (15d-PGJ2), a natural ligand of the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma, has been reported to induce apoptosis and/or inhibit proliferation. In this study, we investigated the cytotoxic effect and the action mechanisms of 15d-PGJ2 in a thyroid papillary cancer cell(More)
Sulfinpyrazone, a potent uricosuric drug, was tested in vitro for its scavenging action against oxygen free radicals. In this study, sulfinpyrazone was able to scavenge 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl radical with IC50 value of 29.82 micrograms/ml compared to butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT, IC50 value = 20.15 micrograms/ml) and Trolox (IC50 value = 16.01(More)
A unique peripheral vascular disease named “Blackfoot disease” (BFD) is endemic on the southwest coast of Taiwan. Clinically, the signs and symptoms of BFD are similar to those of arteriosclerosis and Buerger disease. Humic acid has been proposed as a causative factor in BFD; however, the relationship between humic acid and atherosclerotic-like plaque(More)
This study was conducted to investigate the effect of melatonin during the culture of donor cells and cloned embryos on the in vitro developmental competence and quality of cloned porcine embryos. At concentrations of 10(-6 )M or 10(-8) M, melatonin significantly enhanced the proliferation of porcine fetal fibroblasts (PFFs), and the blastocyst rate was(More)
Humic acid (HA), know to be ubiquitous in the natural environment, is present in almost all soil, surface water, and plants. Earlier studies indicate that HA can affect thyroid economy via binding with iodide, inhibiting both thyroid peroxidase and hepatic 5'-deiodinase in rodents. However, the effect of HA, a peroxisome proliferator in rodents, on thyroid(More)
Penicillium marneffei is a thermally dimorphic pathogenic fungus that causes systemic infection similar to disseminated cryptococcosis. P. marneffei is endemic in Southeast Asia, usually infecting HIV-infected individuals; infection of HIV-negative individuals is extremely rare. Here, we describe a disseminated P. marneffei infection within an osteolytic(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the mean age of sexual activity termination, the prevalence of erectile dysfunction (ED), and their related factors in the old male population in Beijing. METHODS We included in this study 764 males aged over 60 years old received in the health examination clinic and investigated the prevalence of ED and the related factors using the(More)
BACKGROUND A limitation of bronchoscopic balloon dilatation (BBD) is that airflow must be completely blocked for as long as possible during the operation. However, the patient often cannot hold his or her breath for a long period affecting the efficacy of the procedure. In this study, we used an extra-small-diameter tube to provide assisted ventilation to(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore the effect of oxymatrine (OMT) on JAK2/STAT3 signaling in renal tissues of rats with septic shock. METHOD The cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) was adopted to establish the rat septic shock model. Fifty-six male SD rats were randomly divided into 7 groups: the sham operation group, the model (CLP) group, CLP + OMT high, middle,(More)