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OBJECTIVE To identify possible biomarkers for the clinical grading of intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP) through serum bile acid (SBA) profiling in women with ICP. METHODS Serum samples were collected in the last trimester of pregnancy from 33 women with severe ICP, 28 women with mild ICP, and 35 women with a normal pregnancy. The SBA levels were(More)
Osteopetrosis is a rare genetically heterogeneous disorder of bone metabolism characterized by increased skeleton density. In the past, standard methods for genetic diagnosis of osteopetrosis have primarily been performed by candidate gene screening and positional cloning. However, these methods are time and labor consumptive; and the genetic basis of(More)
BACKGROUND Transcription factors (TFs) play a central role in regulating gene expression and in providing interconnecting regulatory networks between related pathway elements. Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an organ-nonspecific autoimmune disorder characterized by the production of autoantibodies against a host of nuclear antigens. AIM The(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) is a rare, genetically heterogeneous disorder. Genetic defects affecting motility of cilia and flagella cause chronic destructive airway disease, situs inversus and, frequently, male infertility in PCD. To date, although several genes have been implicated in PCD, the genetic bases of most cases of PCD(More)
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease that is characterized by multi-organ involvement leading to significant morbidity and mortality in predominantly young women. The underlying pathogenesis involves the emergence of autoreactive T and B lymphocytes, production of autoantibodies, formation and deposition of immune complexes in various(More)
BACKGROUND The concordance rate between IHC and FISH according to clinical performance is still controversial. We report a prospective study to reflect the concordance between IHC and FISH in Guilin city, People's Republic of China. METHODS Fifty cases of invasive ductal carcinoma of breast tested by IHC and scored as 0, 1+, 2+ and 3+ by pathologists were(More)
With the advent of next-generation sequencing technology, the cost of sequencing has significantly decreased. However, sequencing costs remain high for large-scale studies. In the present study, DNA pooling was applied as a cost-effective strategy for sequencing. The sequencing results for 100 healthy individuals obtained via whole-genome resequencing and(More)
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic, potentially fatal systemic autoimmune disease characterized by the production of autoantibodies against a wide range of self-antigens. To investigate the role of the 5-hmC DNA modification with regard to the onset of SLE, we compared the levels 5-hmC between SLE patients and normal controls. Whole blood was(More)
This study investigated the gain of the human telomerase RNA gene TERC at 3q26 in patients with uterine cervix disease in the southern part of China and assessed the relationship between TERC gain and cervical pathological findings. One hundred ten cervical specimens, which were collected from patients with various kinds of uterine cervix disease that was(More)
microRNAs are a type of small non-coding RNAs which play important roles in post-transcriptional gene regulation, and the characterization of microRNA expression profiling in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from patients with Klinefelter syndrome requires further investigation. In this study, PBMCs were obtained from patients with Klinefelter(More)