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BACKGROUND The distribution of HLA alleles and haplotypes varies widely between different ethnic populations and geographic areas. Before any genetic marker can be used in a disease-associated study it is therefore essential to investigate allelic frequencies and establish a genetic database. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS This is the first report of HLA(More)
AIM The purpose of this study was to investigate 50 women from eight families with familial cervical cancer in Wufeng County, Hubei Province, China, a region with a high incidence of cervical cancer. Eighty-nine healthy women, of similar age, location and ethnicity, were selected as a control group. METHODS Blood samples were collected from both groups,(More)
A novel cleavable amphiphilic peptide (CAP) was designed to be specifically responsive to fibroblast activation protein-α (FAP-α), a protease specifically expressed on the surface of cancer-associated fibroblasts. The CAP self-assembled into fiber-like nanostructures in solution, while the presence of hydrophobic chemotherapeutic drugs readily transformed(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this survey was to assess the prevalence and type distribution of oncogenic human papillomavirus (HPV) infections among women in Wufeng County of Hubei province, where the cervical cancer mortality rate is the highest in China Cervical. METHODS DNA samples were collected from 1,100 women, then screened and quantified by a(More)
Reversing the function of immune suppressor cells may improve the efficacy of cancer therapy. Here, we have isolated a novel polysaccharide MPSSS (577.2 Kd) from Lentinus edodes and examined its effects on differentiation and function of myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs). MPSSS is composed of glucose (75.0%), galactose (11.7%), mannose (7.8%), and(More)
We have developed a novel micro-mixer using a biological molecular ATP motor. The micro-mixer was constructed from arrays of chromatophore-embedded delta-free F(0)F(1)-ATPases, where the delta-free F(1) part acted as a rotator to mix solutions, and the F(0) part was driven by light. Confocal microscope studies indicated that the micro-mixer did not touch(More)
F0F1-ATPase motors have unique mechanical properties, making them attractive building blocks in the field of nanotechnology. However, their organization into well-defined structures with practical functions remains a critical challenge. Here, we describe a self-assembling complex formed by F0F1-ATPase and a ghost which is ordered. Formation of the complex(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the species and density of Acaroid mites breeding in stored dry fruits. METHODS The samples from the dried fruit stores and warehouses were collected, and the mites breeding in them were separated, then the slides with mites were prepared and observed by a light microscope for species identification and counting. The indexes such as the(More)