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Neural progenitor cells (NPCs) have the potential to survive brain ischemia and participate in neurogenesis after stroke. However, it is not clear how survival responses are initiated in NPCs. Using embryonic mouse NPCs and the in vitro oxygen and glucose deprivation (OGD) model, we found that angiopoietin-1 (Ang1) could prevent NPCs from OGD-induced(More)
In regions of adult neurogenesis, neural progenitor cells (NPCs) are found in close proximity to blood vessels within a so-called 'vascular niche'. Neurogenesis is linked to angiogenesis via certain growth factors. We propose that angiopoietin-1 (Ang1), which is similar to VEGF, has a unique role in neurogenesis independent of its role in angiogenesis. In(More)
Carotid artery atherosclerosis may cause increased intima-media thickness (IMT), plaque formation, and vessel stenosis or occlusion. However, the association between carotid artery atherosclerosis and cognitive impairment remains uncertain. This study explored the effects of IMT and carotid artery stenosis on cognitive function in an elderly Chinese(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the influence of obesity on short-term outcomes after laparoscopy-assisted radical gastrectomy. METHODS Clinical data of 214 patients with gastric cancer, who underwent laparoscopy-assisted radical gastrectomy between May 2009 and December 2012 were analyzed retrospectively. Patients were divided into two groups, consisting of(More)
microRNAs (miRNAs) are a class of endogenous, single-stranded non-coding RNAs of 20-23 nucleotides in length, functioning as negative regulators of gene expression at the post-transcriptional level. The dysregulation of miRNAs has been demonstrated to play critical roles in tumorigenesis, either through inhibiting tumor suppressor genes or activating(More)
Loss of cardiomyocytes by apoptosis is proposed to cause ventricular remodeling and heart failure. Reactive oxygen species-induced apoptosis of cardiomyocytes has been reported to play an important role in many types of pathological processes of the heart. We investigated whether angiopoietin-1 (Ang1) has direct cytoprotective effects on cardiomyocytes(More)
HPLC-UV and HPLC-MS techniques were used in fingerprint analysis of Danshen injection and its raw materials (roots and rhizoma of Salvia miltiorrhiza). HPLC profiles of Danshen injections from a Chinese pharmaceutical factory and their raw materials were established as their characteristic fingerprint and employed to assess their consistency and difference.(More)
OBJECTIVES Human cell-free circulating DNA (cf-DNA) derived mainly from cell apoptosis and necrosis can be measured by a variety of laboratory techniques, but almost all of these methods require sample preparation. We have developed a branched DNA (bDNA)-based Alu assay for quantifying cf-DNA in myocardial infarction (MI) patients. DESIGN AND METHODS A(More)
BACKGROUND There are limited data comparing the prognosis and fertility outcomes of the patients with early cervical cancer treated by trans-vaginal radical trachelectomy (VRT) or abdominal radical trachelectomy (ART).The objective of this study was to compare the surgical and pathologic characteristics, the prognosis and fertility outcomes of the patients(More)
The abnormal lipid metabolism is considered as a hallmarker of tumorigenesis. Liver is the central organ for metabolic homeostasis. Hence, the development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) always exhibits alterations of metabolism. MicroRNAs emerge as key post-transcriptional modulators of gene expression in physiologic and pathologic states. Here, we aim(More)