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Choriocarcinoma (CC) is the highest malignant gestational trophoblastic tumor which causes high mortality without timely treatment. HIF-1α is a very important molecule promoting neoplasm aggressiveness, metastasis through the induction of the epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT). Several researches have shown that Notch signaling is necessary for(More)
Semantic processing is central to cognition and is supported by widely distributed gray matter (GM) regions and white matter (WM) tracts. The exact manner in which GM regions are anatomically connected to process semantics remains unknown. We mapped the semantic anatomical network (connectome) by conducting diffusion imaging tractography in 48 healthy(More)
Four new cycloartane triterpenoids, angustific acid A (1), angustific acid B (2), angustifodilactone A (3) and angustifodilactone B (4) were isolated from the branches of Kadsura angustifolia together with six known compounds, micranoic acid B (5), nigranoic acid (6), schisandrin (7), schisantherin D (8), interiotherin B (9), schisantherin B (10). Their(More)
The microbiological transformation of the triterpene nigranoic acid (3,4-secocycloarta-4(28),24(Z)-diene-3,26-dioic acid) (1) to 3,4-secocycloarta-4(28),17(20),24(Z)-triene-7β-hydroxy-16β,26-lactone-3-oic acid (2) and 3,4-secocycloarta-4(28),17(20)(Z),24(Z)-triene-7β-hydroxy-16β-methoxy-3,26-dioic acid (3) by the freshwater fungus Dictyosporium heptasporum(More)
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic inflammatory demyelinating disease of the central nervous system with a probable immune-mediated pathogenesis. Strong evidence supports the hypothesis that MS is determined by genetic and environmental factors, but these factors remain largely undefined. The genetic component is suggested by a higher concordance rate in(More)
We performed a meta-analysis to evaluate the role of (18)FDG-PET/CT for detection of regional nodal metastasis in patients with head and neck cancer (HNC). Studies about (18)FDG-PET/CT were systematically searched in the MEDLINE and EMBASE databases. The Stata software was used to obtain pooled estimates of sensitivity, specificity, positive likelihood(More)
BACKGROUND Endoscopic retrograde appendicitis therapy (ERAT) is a new procedure for the treatment of acute uncomplicated appendicitis. The aim of the study was to review the clinical outcomes of ERAT and further examine its effectiveness and safety. METHODS The study was performed on patients who underwent ERAT for acute uncomplicated appendicitis at(More)
PTEN (phosphatase and tensin homolog deleted on chromosome 10) is a tumor suppressor and has been suggested recently to be involved in the regulation of cardiovascular diseases. The molecular mechanisms of this regulation are however poorly understood. This study shows that down regulation of PTEN expression and activity by angiotensin II (Ang II) increased(More)