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Arabinogalactan proteins are widely distributed in plant tissues and cells, and may function in the growth and development of higher plants. To our knowledge, there is currently no direct evidence concerning the involvement of fasciclin-like arabinogalactan proteins (FLA) in sexual reproduction in Arabidopsis. In this study, Arabidopsis FLA3 was found to be(More)
Toxoplasma gondii is an obligate intracellular protozoan parasite infecting mammals and birds including humans. Rhoptry protein 18 has been implicated as an important virulence factor. In this study, we constructed a DNA vaccine expressing rhoptry protein 18 (ROP18) of T. gondii, and evaluated the immune response and protective immunity in Kunming mice. The(More)
Superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles are widely used in biomedical applications, yet questions remain regarding the effect of nanoparticle size and coating on nanoparticle cytotoxicity. In this study, porcine aortic endothelial cells were exposed to 5 and 30 nm diameter iron oxide nanoparticles coated with either the polysaccharide, dextran, or the(More)
A 52-year-old man who had hypoglycaemia for 8 years was found to have endogenous hyperinsulinism indicating an insulinoma. Abdominal MRI, CT perfusion, endoscopic ultrasonography, and Tc-HYNIC-TOC SPECT/CT were negative. Thus, the patient was referred for Ga-NOTA-exendin-4 PET/CT with the approval of the Institutional Review Board of our hospital. As well(More)
Imatinib mesylate (IM) induces clinical remissions in chronic-phase chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) patients but IM resistance remains a problem. We recently identified several features of CML CD34(+) stem/progenitor cells expected to confer resistance to BCR-ABL-targeted therapeutics. From a study of 25 initially chronic-phase patients, we now demonstrate(More)
In-feed antibiotics have been used to promote growth in piglets, but its impact on metabolomics profiles associated with host metabolism is largely unknown. In this study, to test the hypothesis that antibiotic treatment may affect metabolite composition both in the gut and host biofluids, metabolomics profiles were analyzed in antibiotic-treated piglets.(More)
OBJECTIVE Financial interest in imaging equipment may affect the imaging referral patterns of ordering physicians. The purpose of this article is to determine whether ownership of MRI equipment by ordering physicians predicts the likelihood and prevalence of positive findings on lumbar spine MRI as a metric for comparison of utilization. MATERIALS AND(More)
In dicotyledonous plant, the first asymmetric zygotic division and subsequent several cell divisions are crucial for proembryo pattern formation and later embryo development. Arabinogalactan proteins (AGPs) are a family of extensively glycosylated cell surface proteins that are thought to have important roles in various aspects of plant growth and(More)
Traditionally, it has been widely acknowledged that genes together with adult lifestyle factors determine the risk of developing some metabolic diseases such as insulin resistance, obesity and diabetes mellitus in later life. However, there is now substantial evidence that prenatal and early-postnatal nutrition play a critical role in determining(More)