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Ammonia-oxidising archaea (AOA) are increasingly recognised as the primary mediators of soil ammonia oxidation, particularly in acidic soils. To explore the niche segregation of AOA and ammonia-oxidising bacteria (AOB) and the potential effect of this segregation on nitrification rates and the nitrogen cycle in Chinese agricultural soils, AOA and AOB amoA(More)
An LC-MS/MS method was developed for the simultaneous determination of chlorogenic acid, forsythiaside A and baicalin, three major ingredients in Shuang-huang-lian preparations, in rat plasma. Following extraction by methanol-ethyl acetate-trifluoroacetic acid (49:49:2, v/v/v), the extracted analytes were separated on a reverse phase C12 column using a(More)
Mastitis comprises an inflammation of the mammary gland, which is almost always linked with bacterial infection. The treatment of mastitis concerns antimicrobial substances, but not very successful. On the other hand, anti-inflammatory therapy with Chinese traditional medicine becomes an effective way for treating mastitis. Magnolol is a polyphenolic(More)
BACKGROUND We previously reported that immune activation in the spinal dorsal horn contributes to pain induced by chronic pancreatitis (CP). Targeting immune response in the CNS may provide effective treatments for CP-induced pain. Recent findings demonstrate that resolvin D1 (RvD1) can potently dampen inflammatory pain. We hypothesized that intrathecal(More)
In order to test whether 18S rDNA can influence positively xylanase gene effective expression in the yeast of Candida utilis, a targeting vector pGLR9K-XA was constructed by adding an interested gene xynA from Streptomyces olivaceoviridis into the vector pGLR9K which is constructed by ourselves. pGLR9K contains the 18S rDNA, GAP promoter and CYH resistance(More)
Reconfigurable robotic systems are made from a large number of independent modules that can be used to form various robot shapes. As a result, the robots have the capability to adopt optimized configurations to suit different tasks and environments. The object of this research work is to build a mobile robot for rough terrain. In this paper, we developed a(More)
Polychlorinated diphenyl ethers (PCDEs) are a group of important persistent organic pollutants. In the present study, geometrical optimization and electrostatic potential calculations have been performed for all 209 PCDE congeners at the HF/6-31G(*) level of theory. A number of statistically-based parameters have been obtained. Linear relationships between(More)
Tuberculosis remains second only to HIV/AIDS as the leading cause of mortality worldwide due to a single infectious agent. Despite chemotherapy, the global tuberculosis epidemic has intensified because of HIV co-infection, the lack of an effective vaccine and the emergence of multi-drug-resistant bacteria. Alternative host-directed strategies could be(More)
BACKGROUND Coronary heart disease (CHD) mortality is rising in many developing countries. We examined how much of the increase in CHD mortality in Beijing, China, between 1984 and 1999 could be attributed to changes in major cardiovascular risk factors and assessed the impact of medical and surgical treatments. METHODS AND RESULTS A validated, cell-based(More)