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OBJECTIVE Generic, preference-based health-related quality of life (HRQoL) instruments is increasingly used in health-care decision-making process. However, to our knowledge, no such HRQoL instrument has been validated or used in chronic prostatitis. We therefore aimed to assess and compare the psychometric properties of EuroQol (EQ-5D) and Short Form 6D(More)
In order to determine the role of laser in drought stress resistance of spring wheat (Triticum aestivum L.), seed embryos were exposed to CO2 laser radiation for 0min, 1min, 3min and 5min, respectively, and when the seedlings were 12 days old they were treated with 10% (w/v) PEG6000 solution for 10 days. Changes in the concentration of malondialdehyde(More)
OBJECTIVE To estimate the willingness to pay (WTP) per quality-adjusted life year (QALY) ratio with the stated preference data and compare the results obtained between chronic prostatitis (CP) patients and general population (GP). METHODS WTP per QALY was calculated with the subjects' own health-related utility and the WTP value. Two widely used(More)
To determine the effect of CO(2) laser pretreatment of wheat seeds on the physiological tolerance of seedlings to chilling stress, wheat seeds were exposed to CO(2) laser radiation for 300 s. After being cultivated for 48 h at 25 degrees C, the wheat seedlings were subjected to chilling stress for 24 h. Selected physiological and biochemical parameters were(More)
A recent genome-wide association study (GWAS) has identified the single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) rs4273729 in a 100-kbp region comprising human leukocyte antigens (HLAs) class II genes as an important predictor of hepatitis C virus (HCV) clearance in European and African populations. This study was to determine whether this polymorphism is also(More)
Th1 and Th2 cytokine response has been confirmed to be correlated with the pathogenesis of HCV infection. The aim of the study is to investigate the Th1 and Th2 cytokine profiles induced by HCV alternate reading frame protein (F protein) in chronic hepatitis C patients. We assessed the immune responses specific to HCV F protein in 55 chronic HCV patients.(More)
Amplification of the MYCN gene in human neuroblastoma predicts poor prognosis and resistance to therapy. We previously showed that MYCN-amplified neuroblastoma cells constantly require large amounts of glutamine to support their unabated growth. However, the identity and regulation of the transporter(s) that capture glutamine in MYCN-amplified neuroblastoma(More)
Enhanced ultraviolet-B radiation (UV-B, 280–320 nm) is recognized as one of the environmental stress factors that cannot be neglected. Jasmonic acid (JA) is an important signaling molecule in a plant’s defense against biotic and abiotic stresses. To determine the role of exogenous JA in the resistance of wheat to stress from UV-B radiation, wheat seedlings(More)
HIT spherical robot has been designed on the principle of carrying out the turning and driving motions independently in order to reduce dynamic complexity and realize real-time detection. After introducing the decoupling principle implemented in the working processing, we derive the dynamic equations about the two fundamental motions, i.e., rolling and(More)
Lnc2Cancer (http://www.bio-bigdata.net/lnc2cancer) is a manually curated database of cancer-associated long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) with experimental support that aims to provide a high-quality and integrated resource for exploring lncRNA deregulation in various human cancers. LncRNAs represent a large category of functional RNA molecules that play a(More)