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BACKGROUND A recent epidemic of melamine contamination of baby formula in China has been associated with the development of urinary tract stones, though the clinical manifestations and predisposing factors are incompletely delineated. METHODS We administered a questionnaire to the parents of children 36 months of age or younger who were being screened for(More)
Plants have evolved disease resistance (R) genes encoding for nucleotide-binding site (NB) and leucine-rich repeat (LRR) proteins with N-terminals represented by either Toll/Interleukin-1 receptor (TIR) or coiled-coil (CC) domains. Here, a genome-wide study of presence and diversification of CC-NB-LRR and TIR-NB-LRR encoding genes, and shorter domain(More)
Using conventional resource allocation algorithms in OFDM systems, each user can employ different Modulation and Coding Scheme (MCS) on allocated subcarriers to achieve good throughput. However, in the downlink transmission of LTE systems, the minimum allocation unit for one user is Scheduling Block (SB) and all SB assigned to one user must adopt the same(More)
A lot of mutations of podocin, a key protein of podocyte slit diaphragm (SD), have been found both in hereditary and sporadic focal segmental glomeruloscleorosis (FSGS). Nevertheless, the mechanisms of podocyte injury induced by mutant podocins are still unclear. A compound heterozygous podocin mutation was identified in our FSGS patient, leading to a(More)
Reprogramming of somatic cells was induced by ES cell-free extract. The system relied on the transient uptake of regulatory components from a nuclear and cytoplasmic extract derived from ES cells by the nucleus of a reversibly permeabilized NIH3T3 cell. NIH3T3 cells were permeabilized by streptolysin O (SLO). Reprogramming cell-free extracts were prepared(More)
Since the identification of the NPHS2 gene, which encodes podocin, several groups from European, Middle Eastern, and North American countries have reported NPHS2 mutations in families with steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome (SRNS) or focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). Families with SRNS have also been reported in China with a population of more(More)
BACKGROUND Pierson syndrome is typically manifested with congenital nephrotic syndrome (CNS) and peculiar ocular changes. LAMB2 was the causative gene. METHODS A 3.25-year-old girl presenting with childhood-onset heavy proteinuria, bilateral myosis and nystagmus was detected on mutations of LAMB2 gene by PCR direct sequencing. RESULTS Two novel(More)
Recently, nephrin, podocin, α-actinin, and WT1, which are located at the slit diaphragm and expressed by the podocyte, were found to be causative in congenital/familial nephrotic syndrome (NS), but their role in acquired NS remains unclear. We studied their expression in NS with the aim of disclosing their possible role in the development of proteinuria.(More)
Recently, nephrin, podocin, alpha-actinin, and WT1, which are located at the slit diaphragm and expressed by the podocyte, were found to be causative in congenital/familial nephrotic syndrome (NS), but their role in acquired NS remains unclear. We studied their expression in NS with the aim of disclosing their possible role in the development of(More)
The aim of this study was to analyze the long-term efficacy and safety of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEi) and ACEi + angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) treatments in a cohort of children with Alport syndrome (AS). This was a respective review of 79 Chinese children with AS who received ACEi alone or combined ACEi + ARB therapy. The mean age(More)