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BACKGROUND 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(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)
LTF (lactotransferrin, or lactoferrin) plays important role in innate immunity, and its anti-tumor function has also been reported in multiple cancers. We previously reported that LTF is significantly down-regulated in nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) and acts as a tumor suppressor by suppressing AKT signaling. However, the exact mechanism of the(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)
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)
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)
Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is a common cancer in South China but is rare in other parts of the world. A novel NPC-related gene was isolated by location candidate cloning strategy, whose expression was down-regulated in NPC. This gene was designated human NGX6 (Genbank accession AF188239) and encoded a predicted protein of 338 amino acids that harbors an(More)
The emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains still remains a significant problem for antimicrobial chemotherapy in the clinic. Bacterial viruses (bacteriophages or phages) have been suggested to be used as alternative therapeutic agents for bacterial infections. However, the efficacy of phage therapy in treating drug-resistant infections in(More)
The emergence of multidrug-resistant bacteria has become a global crisis. Accumulating evidence shows that bacteriophages (phages) can rescue animals from a variety of lethal infections and be effective in treating drug-resistant infections in humans. Enterobacteriaceae, producing extended spectrum beta-lactamase enzymes (ESBLs), are resistant to a broad(More)