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Automatic query expansion technologies have been proven to be effective in many information retrieval tasks. Most existing approaches are based on the assumption that the most informative terms in top-retrieved documents can be viewed as context of the query and thus can be used for query expansion. One problem with these approaches is that some of the(More)
A sediment microbial fuel cell (MFC) was tested to determine if electron transfer from the anaerobic zone of contaminated sediments to the overlying aerobic water could facilitate an enhanced and aerobic equivalent degradation of total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPH). Results indicate that voltages as high as 190 mV (2162 mW/m(3)) were achieved in a sediment(More)
Hierarchical nanostructures of lead sulfide nanowires resembling pine trees were synthesized by chemical vapor deposition. Structural characterization revealed a screwlike dislocation in the nanowire trunks with helically rotating epitaxial branch nanowires. It is suggested that the screw component of an axial dislocation provides the self-perpetuating(More)
Elevated concentrations of sulfide in groundwater (approximately 63 mg S(2-)/L in water and 500 mg dissolved H2S/L dissipating from the wellhead) at a field site near South Lovedale (OK, USA) were inhibiting the activity of sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB) that are known to degrade contaminants, including benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes. Elevated(More)
Reductive decolorization of azo dye in wastewater was investigated in a dual-chamber microbial fuel cell (MFC) equipped with cathodes made of graphite or rutile-coated graphite. Rapid reduction of methyl orange (MO) with concomitant electricity production was achieved when the rutile-coated cathode was irradiated by visible light. The electrochemical(More)
BACKGROUND Uteroglobin is a multifunctional protein and both its gene knockout and antisense transgenic mouse models develop the pathological and clinical features of IgA nephropathy. A genetic polymorphism in uteroglobin has been reported to be associated with progression of IgA nephropathy in a Caucasian population, but the findings remain controversial.(More)
Previous studies have shown that oridonin, a diterpenoid isolated from Rabdosia rubescens, was able to inhibit proliferation and induce apoptosis in several cell types. But the mechanisms remain poorly understood. In this study, we investigated the apoptosis-inducing effect and mechanisms of action of oridonin in human osteosarcoma cells. Our results(More)
BACKGROUND Cryptopleurine, a phenanthroquinolizidine alkaloid, was known to exhibit anticancer activity; however, the underlying mechanism is poorly understood. Because the nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) transcription factors control many physiological processes including inflammation, immunity, and development and progression of cancer, we investigated the(More)
This study demonstrates that electrodes in a bioelectrochemical system (BES) can potentially serve as a nonexhaustible electron acceptor for in situ bioremediation of hydrocarbon contaminated soil. The deployment of BES not only eliminates aeration or supplement of electron acceptors as in contemporary bioremediation but also significantly shortens the(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the association of three polymorphisms (14-bpINS/DEL, +3035C/T and +3142C/G) in the 3' untranslated region (3'UTR) of HLA-G gene and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in Yunnan. METHODS A case-control study has been carried out on 206 SLE patients and 212 healthy controls. Genotypes of 14-bpINS/DEL (rs1704), +3035C/T (rs17179108) and(More)