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In bone tissue engineering, the cell distribution mode in the scaffold may affect in vivo osteogenesis. Therefore, we fabricated a novel biomimetic construct based on a combination of rabbit adipose-derived stem cells (rASCs) encapsulated in collagen I gel with a PLGA-beta-TCP scaffold (rASCs-COL/PLGA-beta-TCP, group A), the combination of rASCs and(More)
INTRODUCTION The primary aim of this study was to determine whether hypophosphatemia during continuous veno-venous hemofiltration (CVVH) is associated with the global outcome of critically ill patients with acute kidney injury (AKI). METHODS 760 patients diagnosed with AKI and had received CVVH therapy were retrospectively recruited. Death during the(More)
The study was to produce a novel hybrid poly-(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA)-gelatin/chondroitin/hyaluronate (PLGA-GCH) scaffold and evaluate its potentials in cartilage repair. The porous PLGA-GCH scaffold was developed to mimic the natural extra cellular matrix of cartilage. The differentiated mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) seeded on PLGA-GCH or PLGA(More)
BACKGROUND Catheter-related infection (CRI) is associated with increased all-cause mortality and morbidity in hemodialysis patients and may be reduced by using antimicrobial lock solutions. But the safety of long-term use of antimicrobial lock still needs to be defined. METHODS Patients with a new inserted permanent tunneled cuffed hemodialysis catheter(More)
Paeoniflorin has been shown to effectively relieve neurologic impairments and lessen depression. It remains poorly understood whether it can be used to treat menopause depression; therefore, in the present study, animal model of menopause depression were established by resecting the ovaries in combined with long-term chronic unpredictable stress. Animal(More)
OBJECTIVES Galectin-3 has been shown to be involved in the process of cardiac fibrosis and to predict adverse events in heart failure (HF), but the association of galectin-3 with cause-specific death has not been well established. The purpose of this study was to investigate the prognostic value of baseline galectin-3 for all-cause, cardiovascular (CV), and(More)
BACKGROUND Treatment of adults with steroid-dependent minimal change nephrotic syndrome (SD-MCNS) can be a significant challenge. Cyclophosphamide (CYC) and cyclosporin (CYA) are often effective steroid-sparing agents. Tacrolimus (TAC) may be another treatment option. METHODS This open, prospective cohort study enrolled Chinese adults with SD-MCNS. At the(More)
BACKGROUND Remote ischemic preconditioning (RIPC) to prevent acute kidney injury (AKI) following cardiac and vascular interventions is a controversial practice. STUDY DESIGN We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis using the MEDLINE database (1966 through November 2013), EMBASE (1988 through November 2013), and Cochrane Library database. (More)
The aim of the study was to produce a novel porous gelatin-chondroitin-hyaluronate scaffold in combination with a controlled release of transforming growth factor beta1 (TGF-beta1), which induced the differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in vivo for enhancing cartilage repair. Gelatin microspheres loaded with TGF-beta1 (MS-TGFbeta1) showed a fast(More)
BACKGROUND Endothelial cell antigens are important targets in acute rejection (AR). Our goal was to measure the serum concentrations of pre-transplant anti-endothelial cell antibody (AECA) in panel reactive antibody (PRA) negative recipients and its impact on AR within 6 months following renal transplantation. METHODS We retrospectively examined(More)