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BACKGROUND IL-17(+) T helper cells and Foxp3(+) regulatory T cells are CD4(+) T helper cells with reciprocally regulated differentiation and function. Their frequency and function vary in patients with chronic hepatitis B. In this study, we investigated the balance between IL-17(+) T cells and Foxp3(+) regulatory T cells and illustrated their function in(More)
A protein of 110 kDa (termed VP110) from the envelope fraction of White spot syndrome virus (WSSV) was identified by SDS-PAGE and mass spectrometry. The resulting amino acid sequence matched an open reading frame (wsv035) containing an Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD) motif in the WSSV genome database. To validate the mass-spectrometry result, the C-terminal segment of(More)
The analysis of semen plays an important role in male fertility evaluations. Computer-aided Sperm Analysis systems have been working on providing more accurate information about the sperm motility and quantity. However, the existing sperm detection algorithms which segment sperms according to grey levels are not able to preclude bright non-sperm objects,(More)
Body temperature is a crucial vital sign, detecting and recording patients' body temperature can be very helpful for diagnosis and treatments. The widely used thermometers nowadays are not capable to continuously detect body temperature, and the geographic range of data transmission is also restricted. This paper develops a GPRS-based wearable thermometric(More)
Natural killer (NK) cells are abundant in the liver and constitute a major innate immune component that contributes to immune-mediated liver injury. However, few studies have investigated the phenotypes and functions of NK cells involved in hepatitis B related liver failure (LF), and the precise mechanism underlying NK cell regulation is not fully(More)
Hepatic fibrosis is a scarring process that may progress to hepatic cirrhosis and even hepatic carcinoma if left untreated. Hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) play essential roles in the development of hepatic fibrosis. The tumor suppressor protein p53 is a transcription factor that is involved in cell proliferation, cell cycle regulation, apoptosis and DNA(More)
BACKGROUND/AIM The aim of this study was to investigate the factors that influence hepatitis B virus (HBV) expression and replication in the ovum. MATERIALS AND METHODS Immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization techniques were used to assay the distributions of HBcAg, HBV DNA, and HBV mRNA in ovarian tissues and the ovum in 50 patients with chronic(More)
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