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OBJECTIVES To assess the elastic properties of the normal Achilles tendon in different age groups by Virtual Touch imaging quantification (VTIQ; Siemens Medical Solutions, Malvern, PA) shear wave elastography. METHODS A total of 326 healthy volunteers older than 18 years were divided into different groups by sex and age. The thickness, shear wave velocity(More)
BACKGROUND Small RNA-mediated gene silencing plays evolutionarily conserved roles in gene regulation and defense against invasive nucleic acids. Virus-derived small interfering RNAs (vsiRNAs) are one of the key elements involved in RNA silencing-based antiviral activities in plant and insect. vsiRNAs produced after viruses infecting hosts from a single(More)
Forkhead box M1 (FoxM1) transcription factor is related to the pathogenesis of various malignancies and recent evidence indicates that FoxM1 promotes epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in breast cancer. Metformin can inhibit the progression of cancer. However, whether FoxM1 plays a role in EMT in prostate cancer (PCa) and whether metformin can suppress(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the value of core needle biopsy (CNB) in the diagnosis of sonographically suspicious thyroid nodules. We retrospectively reviewed 997 patients with sonographically suspicious thyroid nodules who underwent CNB using pathological results as gold standard. In our result, the accuracy of CNB was 98.0%, and its area under(More)
The chemical 3-hydroxypropionate (3HP) is an important starting reagent for the commercial synthesis of specialty chemicals. In this study, a part of the 3-hydroxypropionate/4-hydroxybutyrate cycle from Metallosphaera sedula was utilized for 3HP production. To study the basic biochemistry of this pathway, an in vitro-reconstituted system was established(More)
The widespread use of mobile devices in digital community has promoted the variety of data collecting methods. However, the privacy of individuals plays an important role in data processing or data transmission, and such information should be protected. In this paper, (α, k)-anonymity model, a widely used privacy-preserving model, is adopted as a security(More)
BACKGROUND The present study examined the role of microRNA (miR)-96 in renal cell carcinoma (RCC) invasion. METHODS The expression of miR-96 was detected by quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction in human RCC cell lines with high (Caki-1) and low (786-O) metastatic potential. Invasive ability and Ezrin expression were assessed in(More)
Profiling and assembly of virus-derived small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) using next-generation sequencing technologies have been very useful for identification and diagnosis of a number of plant and invertebrate viruses. In this work, we have conducted high-throughput pyrosequencing and bioinformatic analysis of the small brown planthopper (SBPH, Laodelphax(More)