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Anastomotic leakage is the most significant complication after low anterior resection (LAR) for rectal carcinoma, and it is the major cause of postoperative mortality and morbidity. The objective of the present study was to investigate whether the use of a transanal tube as an alternative endoluminal diversion technique for rectal carcinoma can reduce the(More)
Variations in the fat mass and obesity-associated (FTO) gene have recently been associated with obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus among different ethnic populations. Given that the phenotype of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) overlaps with obesity and type 2 diabetes, we hypothesize that the common rs9939609 variant of FTO gene is related to PCOS(More)
Chemerin is a newly discovered adipokine which has been found closely associated with obesity, metabolic syndrome (MetS), and inflammatory status. This study will investigate whether serum chemerin levels are associated with coronary artery disease (CAD) independently of other cardiovascular risk factors. This study included a total of 430 subjects (239(More)
Out of eight dominant discrete bacterial colonies isolated and purified from the toxic marine puffer fishes collected in Hong Kong waters, two novel species of non-sporing, non-acid-fast and chemoorganotrophic bacteria capable of producing tetrodotoxin (TTX, a potent non-protein neurotoxin), as well as one previously reported and confirmed TTX-producing(More)
MicroRNAs are endogenous non-coding RNAs that play important roles in a wide variety of biological processes such as apoptosis, development, aging and cancer. The aberrant expression of miRNAs may contribute to phenotypic features of malignant cells, including resistance to chemotherapy. However, in cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) the correlation between miRNAs(More)
The epidermal growth factor (EGF)-like domain is involved in receptor-ligand interactions, extracellular matrix formation, cell adhesion and chemotaxis. Nasopharyngeal carcinoma associated gene 6 (NGX6) is a novel EGF-like domain-containing gene located at the high frequent loss of heterozygosity (LOH) region 9p21-22 associated with nasopharyngeal carcinoma(More)
Osteocalcin, a bone-derived polypeptide, was recently found to have hormonal function associated with metabolic disorders and atherosclerosis. Few studies have examined the association between circulating osteocalcin and coronary heart disease (CHD) risk. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether serum osteocalcin concentration was associated(More)
Coupling bio-production of hydrogen and polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) from Taihu blue algae through metabolites circulation was investigated. It was found that the pH adjustment, especially basification was more practical and efficient than other methods for the pretreatment of blue algae before anaerobic digestion. On this occasion, SCOD, biogas accumulation(More)
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection contributes to tumorigenesis of various human malignancies including nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). EBV triggers innate immune and inflammatory responses partly through Toll-like receptor (TLR) signaling. Lactoferrin (LF), with its anti-inflammatory properties, is an important component of the innate immune system. We(More)
BACKGROUND Liver fatty acid-binding protein (FABP1) plays an inconclusive role in adiposity. We investigated the association of serum FABP1 levels with obesity and insulin resistance in Chinese young people under 30 years old. METHODOLOGY AND PRINCIPAL FINDINGS Cross-sectional analysis including 200 obese and 172 normal-weight subjects matched for age and(More)