Ming-hui Xu

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Cytokine-mediated immunity plays a dominant role in the pathogenesis of various immune diseases, including asthma. The recent identification of the family interleukin (IL)-1-related cytokine IL-18 now contributes to our understanding of the fine-tuning of cellular immunity. IL-18 can act as a cofactor for Th2 cell development and IgE production and also(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare indirect immunofluorescence assay (IIFA) and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for detecting antinuclear antibodies (ANA) and anti-double-stranded DNA antibodies (anti-dsDNA). METHODS A total of 125 serum samples were obtained from patients with established or suspected autoimmune disease, and 82 samples were used for ANA(More)
Acidic conditions are present in degenerated intervertebral discs and are believed to be responsible for matrix breakdown. Acid-sensing ion channel 1a (ASIC1a) is expressed in endplate chondrocytes, and its activation is associated with endplate chondrocyte apoptosis. However, the precise role of ASIC1a in regulating the matrix metabolic activity of(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the feasibility of URIT-12 hemoglobin analyzer for fast measurement of hemoglobin concentration. METHODS Hemoglobin concentration was detected in 100 random blood samples using URIT-12 hemoglobin analyzer and Coulter LH-750 hematology analyzer. RESULTS The two analyzers showed good correlation of the results (r=0.994) without(More)
The adverse effect of acidosis on the skeletal system has been recognized for almost a century. Although the underlying mechanism has not been fully elucidated, it appears that acidosis acts as a general stimulator of osteoclasts derived from bone marrow precursors cells and enhances osteoclastic resorption. Prior work suggests that acidosis plays a(More)
The seeds of transgenic rice line D2-1-2 and the receptor cultivar Zhonghua No.9 were germinated on the stress condition of the antibiotic G418. The number of taking root seed, the length of root and the length of shoot of two used materials were checked in different concentrations of the antibiotic G418, but the ratio of germinating seed was not affected.(More)
OBJECTIVE To analyze the protein expression profiles of multinodular hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with multicentric occurrence (MO) or with intrahepatic metastasis (IM). METHODS 5 IM and 6 MO patients were divided into groups of IM1, IM2, MO1 and MO2 according to the size of node of HCC. Two dimensional gel electrophoresis (2-DE) and mass spectrum were(More)
A total of 30.1 Mb of publicly available DNA sequence in Aspergillus niculans was researched for mono- to hexanucleotide variable-number tandem repeat (VNTR) to determine its type, size and frequency. A total of 4 837 VNTRs were observed in whole genomic DNA sequence with criteria of VNTR length > 15 bp and 80% matches. Considering all six classes of VNTRs,(More)
Plasmid pBLGC containing chitinase gene from Phaseolus limensis and beta-1,3-glucanase gene from Nicotiana tabacum was bombarded into the restorer line "Nan29" of Dian-type hybrid rice (Oryza sativa L. ssp. japonica) from Yunnan province of South-west China. 93 regenerants were obtained from the calli that were resistant to G418 (100 to 150 mg/L) on NB(More)
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