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BACKGROUND Several studies have demonstrated that uremic patients who have preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) could still have the potential for systolic dysfunction. The aim of this study was to assess the differences between the left ventricular (LV) myocardial function in hemodialysis and nondialysis uremic patients based on(More)
With the advancement of nanotoxicology and nanomedicine, it has been realized that nanoparticles (NPs) interact readily with biomolecular species and other chemical and organic matter to result in biocorona formation. The field of the environmental health and safety of nanotechnology, or NanoEHS, is currently lacking significant molecular-resolution data,(More)
The polysialic acid (PSA) production in Escherichia coli (E. coli) K1 was studied using three different cultivation strategies. A batch cultivation, a fed-batch cultivation at a constant specific growth rate of 0.25 h(-1) and a fed-batch cultivation at a constant glucose concentration of 50 mg l(-1) was performed. PSA formation kinetics under different(More)
Vibrio parahaemolyticus is an important halophilous pathogen that can cause not only a broad range of disease in aquatic animals but also serious seafood-borne illness in humans as a result of the consumption of seafood. To avoid the use of antibiotics, it is critical to identify protective antigens for developing highly effective vaccines against this(More)
Regression testing which is part of the software life cycle costs much time in the whole process of testing, especially in GUI (Graphical User Interface) testing. Thus aiming at the object-oriented software, we propose a method called function-diagram based regression testing. GUI is described by function-diagram; regression testing cases are selected by(More)
UNLABELLED MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small RNAs that posttranscriptionally regulate gene expression. Their aberrant expression is commonly linked with diseased states, including hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Herein, we demonstrate that HCV replication induces the expression of miR-27 in cell culture and in vivo HCV infectious models. Overexpression of the(More)
Replication protein A (RPA), the major single-stranded DNA-binding protein in eukaryotic cells, is required for processing of single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) intermediates found in replication, repair, and recombination. Recent studies have shown that RPA binding to ssDNA is highly dynamic and that more than high-affinity binding is needed for function.(More)
Apelin is highly expressed in the lungs, especially in the pulmonary vasculature, but the functional role of apelin under pathological conditions is still undefined. Hypoxic pulmonary hypertension is the most common cause of acute right heart failure, which may involve the remodeling of artery and regulation of autophagy. In this study, we determined(More)
Host factors that microbial pathogens exploit for their propagation are potential targets for therapeuic countermeasures. No host enzyme has been identified whose genetic absence benefits the intact mammalian host in vivo during infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), the leading cause of death from bacterial infection. Here, we report that the(More)