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Fusarium wilt is one of the most serious diseases caused by a soil-borne pathogen affecting banana production. The goal of this study was to evaluate the capability of a novel bio-organic fertilizer (BIO2) that integrated the biocontrol agent Bacillus subtilis N11, and mature composts to control Fusarium wilt of banana in pot experiments. The results showed(More)
Several studies have demonstrated that estrogen receptor alpha (ESR1) participates in the pathogenesis of persistent hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. To examine whether polymorphisms at the ESR1 gene locus are associated with persistent HBV infection, we resequenced ESR1 genomic region for single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in 27 unrelated Chinese.(More)
The population structure and water relations ofArtemisia ordosica were studied at different stages of the sand dune fixation process. Vegetation coverage and biomass increased as the sand dune fixation process progressed. In contrast, individual growth rate decreased in the late fixation stage. On fixed sand dunes the modal age ofA. ordosica plants was(More)
Ligation of TLR4 with LPS in macrophages leads to the production of proinflammatory cytokines, which are central to eliminate viral and bacterial infection. However, uncontrolled TLR4 activation may contribute to pathogenesis of inflammatory diseases such as septic shock. In this study, we found microRNA-210 was induced in murine macrophages by LPS.(More)
Microglial cells are endowed with different potassium ion channels but their expression and specific functions have remained to be fully clarified. This study has shown Kv1.2 expression in the amoeboid microglia in the rat brain between 1 (P1) and 10 (P10) days of age. Kv1.2 expression was localized in the ramified microglia at P14 and was hardly detected(More)
Wave scattering from two-dimensional (2-D) random rough surfaces up to several thousand square wavelengths has been previously analyzed using the sparse-matrix canonical grid (SMCG) method. The success of the SMCG method highly depends on the roughness of the random surface for a given surface area. In this paper, we present a multilevel expansion algorithm(More)
Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV), as a re-emerging virus that causes 10,000-15,000 human deaths from encephalitis in the world each year, has had a significant impact on public health. Pigs are the natural reservoirs of JEV and play an important role in the amplification, dispersal and epidemiology of JEV. The nonstructural protein 3 (NS3) of JEV possesses(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the relationship between G1958A gene polymorphism of methylenetetrahydrofolate dehydrogenase (MTHFD) and occurrence of congenital heart disease (CHD) in North China. METHODS One hundred and ninety-two CHD patients and their parents were included in this study as case group in Liaoning Province by birth defect registration cards,(More)
Activation of amoeboid microglial cells (AMC) and its related inflammatory response have been linked to the periventricular white matter damage after hypoxia in neonatal brain. Hypoxia increases free ATP in the brain and then induces various effects through ATP receptors. The present study explored the possible mechanism in ATP induced AMC activation in(More)
BACKGROUND Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) is an important mediator of the innate immune response. It significantly contributes to neuroinflammation and may be involved in ischemic tolerance. It is unknown how cerebral ischemia in the cortex and postconditioning might affect inflammatory reactions in the hippocampus or whether TLR4 expression plays a role. (More)