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Antibiotic abuse can lead to antibiotic resistance, which is a severe problem in China. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the short-term effects of antimicrobial stewardship strategies, including formulary restriction, preauthorization, perioperative quinolone restriction, and control of total antibiotic consumption in the ICU at a tertiary hospital(More)
Sufficient uterine blood supply is essential for the fetus to develop normally in the uterus. Several mechanisms are involved in the process of vessel development in deciduas and villus. We focus on whether first-trimester decidua side population (SP) cells contain cells capable of differentiating into endothelial cells. Eight decidua samples were collected(More)
Immunohistochemical reactivity against short neuropeptide F (sNPF) was observed in the brain-corpus cardiacum and midgut paraneurons of the American cockroach, Periplaneta americana. Four weeks of starvation increased the number of sNPF-ir cells in the midgut epithelium but the refeeding decreased the number in 3h. Dramatic rises in sNPF contents in the(More)
Sodium reabsorption through the epithelial sodium channel (ENaC) at the distal segment of the kidney plays an important role in salt-sensitive hypertension. We reported previously that hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) stimulates ENaC in A6 distal nephron cells via elevation of phosphatidylinositol 3,4,5-trisphosphate (PI(3,4,5)P3) in the apical membrane. Here we(More)
Propofol is one of the most commonly used intravenous anesthetic agents during cancer resection surgery. It can influence proliferation, motility, and invasiveness of cancer cells in vitro and in vivo. However, the role of the propofol in the lung cancer cells remains unclear. In this study, we demonstrated the effects of propofol on the proliferation and(More)
Genetic polymorphisms of p53 codon 72 are thought to have significant effects on the metabolism of environmental carcinogens and thus on lung cancer risk, but the reported results are not always consistent. The aim of this study is to investigate the relationship between p53 codon 72 genetic polymorphisms and tobacco use and lung cancer risk in a Chinese(More)
BACKGROUND The extracellular calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) belongs to family C of the G protein coupled receptors. Whether the CaSR is expressed in the pulmonary artery (PA) is unknown. METHODS The expression and distribution of CaSR were detected by RT-PCR, Western blotting and immunofluorescence. PA tension was detected by the pulmonary arterial ring(More)
Sphingosine kinase 2 (SphK2) as a conserved lipid kinase has not been thoroughly elucidated in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The aim of the present study was to evaluate the expression of SphK2 in NSCLC tissues and to determine its correlation with clinicopathologic characteristics and its impact on patient prognosis. We assessed the expression of(More)
The surface of plants is covered with a cuticular wax, which contains a mixture of very-long-chain fatty acid derivatives. This wax layer provides a hydrophobic barrier which reduces non-stomatal water loss and prevents pathogen attack. The biosynthesis pathway of cuticular wax in Arabidopsis is well studied; however, little is known about the synthesis of(More)
BACKGROUND The precise etiology of endometriosis is not fully understood; the involvement of stem cells theory is a new hypothesis. Related studies mainly focus on stemness-related genes, and pluripotency markers may play a role in the etiology of endometriosis. We aimed to analyze the transcription pluripotency factors sex-determining region Y-box 2(More)