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OBJECTIVE This study aimed to examine the epidemiological trends in dengue infection and the impact of imported cases and airport fever screening on community transmission in Taiwan, a dengue non-endemic island. METHODS All of the dengue case data were obtained from the surveillance system of the Taiwan Center for Disease Control and were analyzed by(More)
Nanog, a key transcription factor in self-renewal and pluripotency of embryonic stem cells, has been proved to play a novel role in solid tumor development. Here, we investigated Nanog protein expression in retrospective clinical samples of 105 patients underwent resective surgery for gastric adenocarcinoma. We found that Nanog protein immunostaining in(More)
Four new metabolites, including three new oblongolides named C1, P1, and X1 (1-3) and 6-hydroxyphomodiol (10), along with eight known compounds--oblongolides B (4), C (5), D (6), O (7), P (8) and U (9), (3R,4aR,5S,6R)-6-hydroxy-5-methylramulosin (11), and (3R)-5-methylmellein (12)--were isolated from the endophytic fungal strain Phomopsis sp. XZ-01 of(More)
Electrolyzed water ice is a relatively new concept developed in food industry in recent years. The effect of acidic electrolyzed water (AEW) ice on preserving the quality of shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) was investigated. Physical, chemical, and microbiological changes of the shrimp were examined during the storage. The results showed that compared with tap(More)
Accelerated senescence is important because this process is involved in tumor suppression and has been induced by many chemotherapeutic agents. The platinum-based chemotherapeutic agent cisplatin displays a wide range of antitumor activities. However, the molecular mechanism of cisplatin-induced accelerated senescence in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)(More)
Twelve compounds that belonged to five structure types, namely saturated dibenzylbutyrolactone lignans (1-3), sesterterpenoids (4-6), anthraquinone (questin, 7), benzophenone (dihydrogeodin, 8) and diphenyl ethers (9-12), were isolated from the extract of the strain Aspergillus sp. F1, which was isolated from the seeds of Trewia nudiflora. Among them,(More)
Among the seven natural resveratrol analogs separated and identified from Pholidota yunnanensis R(OLFE), we found phoyunbene B (PYB, trans-3,4'-dihydroxy-2',3',5-trimethoxystilbene) was more effective in inhibiting the growth of HepG2 hepatocellular carcinoma cells than resveratrol. The inhibitory effect of PYB in HepG2 cells was due to its induction of(More)
Evidence is accumulating highlighting the importance of extracellular miRNA as a novel biomarker for diagnosing various kinds of malignancies. MiR-21 is one of the most studied miRNAs and is over-expressed in cancer tissues. To explore the clinical implications and secretory mechanisms of extracellular miR-21, we firstly meta-analyzed the diagnostic(More)
C-reactive protein (CRP) and β-amyloid protein (Aβ) are involved in the development of Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, the relationship between CRP and Aβ production is unclear. In vitro and in vivo experiments were performed to investigate the association of CRP with Aβ production. Using the rat adrenal pheochromocytoma cell line (PC12 cells) to mimic(More)
A strong adsorption of the water molecules to the pyrite surface is shown by a molecular dynamic simulation of the water-iron pyrite FeS2 interface. Water molecules closest to the pyrite surface are bound by an electrostatic interaction to the iron atoms in grooves running parallel to one of the crystal axes. The grooves are about two atoms wide and are(More)