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Infection with the parasite Toxoplasma gondii leads to the induction of a Th1-type response dominated by IFN-gamma production and control of this pathogen. Cells of the innate immune system are essential in initiating this response both through the production of IL-12 as well as the presentation of parasite-derived Ags to MHC-restricted T cells. Although(More)
BACKGROUND Weight gain is a common consequence of antipsychotic drug treatment and can lead to further morbidity. AIMS To assess the effects of antipsychotic drug therapy on abdominal fat deposition, on insulin and leptin secretion, and on circulating glucose and lipids. METHOD Abdominal body fat was determined by magnetic resonance imaging in a group(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study is to assess the performance of noninvasive prenatal testing for trisomies 21 and 18 on the basis of massively parallel sequencing of cell-free DNA from maternal plasma in twin pregnancies. METHOD A double-blind study was performed over 12 months. A total of 189 pregnant women carrying twins were recruited from seven(More)
BACKGROUND The human endogenous retroviral family W, Env(C7), member 1 gene (HERVWE1) is thought to participate in trophoblast cell fusion, and its expression is diminished in the placentas of singleton intrauterine growth-retarded pregnancies. However, there is limited information about the role of HERVWE1 in discordant fetal growth in twins. This study(More)
BACKGROUND Mucopolysaccharidosis type IIIB (MPS IIIB) is a lysosomal storage disorder caused by over 130 mutations in NAGLU gene. However, there are not much mutations that have been reported in China. Here we studied five MPS IIIB patients from three unrelated Chinese families. METHODS Urine test and NAGLU activity assay were used to validate the(More)
A robust and simple approach for microfabricated chip based liquid-liquid extraction was developed for on-chip sample pretreatment. The chip based extraction system was composed of two microfabricated glass plates with a microporous membrane sandwiched in between. A simple bonding approach using epoxy was used to achieve bonding and sealing of the L-L(More)
This study was carried out to evaluate the value of three X-STR loci (DXS6803, DXS981and DXS6809) in forensic application and thereby investigate their polymorphism. The primer for each locus was labeled with fluorochrome 6-FAM. A fluorescent multiplex PCR for simultaneously amplifying three X-STR loci was set up. The PCR products that were obtained were(More)
IL-27 is a cytokine that regulates Th function during autoimmune and pathogen-induced immune responses. Although previous studies have shown that regulatory T cells (Tregs) express the IL-27R, and that IL-27 inhibits forkhead box P3 upregulation in vitro, little is known about how IL-27 influences Tregs in vivo. The studies presented in this article show(More)
The purpose of this study was to examine cardiovascular responses to fourth cerebral ventricle (4V) administration of nitroglycerin (NTG) or an inhibitor of nitric oxide (NO) synthase (NOS) in the near-term ovine and to determine whether, during birth, neuronal NOS (nNOS) is induced in noradrenergic A1 neurons in the medial nucleus tractus solitarius(More)
To evaluate the high-risk factors and perinatal outcome in selective intrauterine growth restriction (sIUGR) and non-selective IUGR (non-sIUGR) in twins. In total, 336 pairs of twins were enrolled from December 2003 to 2009. According to the birth weight, 295 pairs of twins were divided into sIUGR, non-sIUGR and normal growth groups. Maternal(More)