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Arachidonate 12/15-lipoxygenase (12/15-LOX) is a member of the lipid peroxidizing enzyme family and plays a major role in atherosclerosis. The present study aimed to evaluate whether or not the ALOX15 gene polymorphism is involved in ischemic stroke in northern Chinese Han population. Participants in a case–control study included 396 patients (239 males,(More)
Neuronal activity shapes the dendritic arbour; however, most of the molecular players in this process remain to be identified. We observed that depolarization-induced neuronal activity causes an increase in the phosphorylation of glycogen synthase kinase-3 (GSK-3)α/β on Ser21/9 in cerebellar granule neurons. Using several approaches, including gene(More)
Traumatic brain injury (TBI), which can lead to disability, dysfunction, and even death, is a prominent health problem worldwide. Effective therapy for this serious and debilitating condition is needed. Human umbilical cord matrix, known as Wharton’s jelly (WJ), provides a natural, interface scaffold that is enriched in mesenchymal stem cells. In this(More)
The current study was carried out to provide a reference for the control of mycotoxin contamination in feed ingredients and complete feeds for swine. A total of 55 feed ingredients, including 14 corn, 13 wheat bran, 11 soybean meal and 17 dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) as well as 76 complete swine feeds including 7 creep feeds, 14 starter(More)
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) represent a potential therapeutic target for glioma. We determined the molecular mechanism of inhibitory effect of human umbilical cord-derived MSCs (hUC-MSCs) on the growth of C6 glioma cells. We demonstrated that hUC-MSCs inhibited C6 cell growth and modulated the cell cycle to G0/G1 phase. The expression of β-catenin and(More)
BACKGROUND As a genetic disorder of abnormal pigmentation, the molecular basis of dyschromatosis universalis hereditaria (DUH) had remained unclear until recently when ABCB6 was reported as a causative gene of DUH. METHODOLOGY We performed genome-wide linkage scan using Illumina Human 660W-Quad BeadChip and exome sequencing analyses using Agilent(More)
Previous studies have shown associations of fetuin-A (alpha2-Heremans-Schmid glycoprotein, AHSG) with various disorders, including insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes mellitus, metabolic syndrome, and atherosclerosis. In this study, genotype and allele frequencies of the rs4918 SNP in the AHSG gene were examined in 380 patients with ischemic stroke and 350(More)
The study investigated the effect of oxytetracycline (OTC) on the anti-oxidative defense system, the structure (hemolysis rate and morphology) and function (ATP enzyme activity) of human red blood cells (hRBCs) to investigate the possible toxic mechanism of OTC to hRBCs. The experimental results indicate that OTC can cause a decline in the function of the(More)
Previous genome-wide association studies (GWASs) identified multiple susceptibility loci that have highlighted the important role of TLR (Toll-like receptor) and CARD (caspase recruitment domain) genes in leprosy. A large three-stage candidate gene-based association study of 30 TLR and 47 CARD genes was performed in the leprosy samples of Chinese Han. Of(More)
The c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK)/c-Jun pathway is a known critical regulator of dopaminergic neuronal death in Parkinson's disease (PD) and is considered a potential target for neuroprotective therapy. However, whether JNK is activated within dopaminergic neurons remains controversial, and whether JNK acts through downstream effectors other than c-Jun to(More)