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PURPOSE The objectives of this research were to assess the biocompatibility of self-assembled Fe(3)O(4) magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) loaded with daunorubicin (DNR), ie, (Fe(3)O(4)-MNPs/DNR), and to explore their potential application in the treatment of hematologic malignancies. METHODS A hemolysis test was carried out to estimate the hematologic(More)
Bacillus subtilis is an attractive host for production of recombinant proteins. Promoters and expression plasmid backbones have direct impacts on the efficiency of gene expression. To screen and isolate strong promoters, a promoter trap vector pShuttleF was developed in this study. Using the vector, approximately 1000 colonies containing likely promoters(More)
The aim of this study was to inventory the types of plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) present in the rhizosphere of plants grown in soils contaminated with heavy metals, recalcitrant organics, petroleum sewage or salinity in China. We screened 1223 isolates for antifungal activity and about 24% inhibited Rhizoctonia solani or Sclerotinia(More)
A multifunctional transgenic Lactobacillus with probiotic characteristics and an ability to degrade β-glucan and phytic acid (phytate) was engineered to improve nutrient utilization, increase production performance and decrease digestive diseases in broiler chickens. The Bacillus subtilis WL001 endoglucanase gene (celW) and Aspergillus fumigatus WL002(More)
In this study, we aimed to predict newly diagnosed patient responses to antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) using resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging tools to explore changes in spontaneous brain activity. We recruited 21 newly diagnosed epileptic patients, 8 drug-resistant (DR) patients, 11 well-healed (WH) patients, and 13 healthy controls. After a(More)
The primary mechanism of biocontrol by Pseudomonas fluorescens strains HC1–07 and HC9–07 is production of a cyclic lipopeptide (CLP) and phenazine-1-carboxylic acid, respectively. We introduced the seven-gene operon for the synthesis of phenazine-1-carboxylic acid (PCA) from P. synxantha 2–79 into Pseudomonas fluorescens HC1–07rif to determine if the(More)
Xylanases are industrially important enzymes for xylan digestion. We experimentally screened over 114 Sec and 24 Tat pathway signal peptides, with two different promoters, for optimal production of an alkaline active xylanase (XynBYG) from Bacillus pumilus BYG in a Bacillus subtilis host. Though both promoters yielded highly consistent secretion levels(More)
Laccase is an enzyme that catalyzes oxidation of phenolic compounds, diamines and aromatic amines. In this study, a novel laccase-like gene (atm) in a ligninolyitic isolate Agrobacterium sp. S5-1 from soil humus was identified and heterologously expressed in Escherichia coli. Atm exhibited its maximal activity at pH 4.5 and at 50°C. This enzyme was tolerant(More)
BACKGROUND To study the differences in ophthalmology resident training between China and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). METHODS Training programs were selected from among the largest and best-known teaching hospitals. Ophthalmology residents were sent an anonymous 48-item questionnaire by mail. Work satisfaction, time allocation(More)
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