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Myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) are known to accumulate under some pathologic conditions and suppress immune system in a variety of ways. This study aims to evaluate the significance of MDSCs in chronic Hepatitis C (CHC) patients. 14 CHC patients and healthy donors were enrolled and subject to antiviral therapy including Peg-INF-alpha and Ribavirin(More)
T lymphocyte dysfunction contributes to human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) disease progression by impairing antivirus cellular immunity. However, the mechanisms of HIV-1 infection-mediated T cell dysfunction are not completely understood. Here, we provide evidence that expansion of monocytic myeloid-derived suppressor cells (M-MDSCs) suppressed T(More)
A lot of microRNAs (miRNAs) derived from viral genomes have been identified. Many of them play various important roles in virus replication and virus-host interaction. Cellular miRNAs have been shown to participate in the regulation of HIV-1 viral replication, while the role of viral-encoded miRNAs in this process is largely unknown. In this report, through(More)
Hierarchical structured SiO(2)@gamma-AlOOH spheres were fabricated in one step by using silica colloidal spheres as a template. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy investigation showed that the shell is composed of large amounts of nanoscale gamma-AlOOH lamellas. The growth mechanism was proposed as silica template-induced(More)
We present a simple and effective method for the synthesis of nanostructured Fe(3)O(4) micron-spheres (NFMSs) by annealing hydrothermally formed FeCO(3) spheres in argon. The phase structure, particle size, and magnetic properties of the product have been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate the epidemiological relationships between HIV-1 strains that are spread among the men who have sex with men (MSM) populations of 9 cities across China and to analyze the origins and divergence times of the major epidemic strains found in the MSM population. METHODS A total of 583 HIV-1-positive subjects were recruited from(More)
BACKGROUND Although the outbreak of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) in Guangdong has been documented for more than a decade, the molecular characteristics of such a regional HIV-1 epidemic remained unknown. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS By sequencing of HIV-1 pol/env genes and phylogenetic analysis, we performed a molecular epidemiologic(More)
We investigated Pneumocystis jirovecii dihydropteroate synthase (DHPS) and dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR) genes for mutations in 25 Chinese HIV-infected patients with P. jirovecii pneumonia. We identified DHPS mutations in 3 (12%) patients and DHFR mutations in 1 (4%) patient. The prevalence of DHPS and DHFR mutations in China remains low, as it does in(More)
A weak acid selective etching strategy was put forward to fabricate oxide-based hollow nanoparticles (HNPs) using core/shell nanostructures of active metal/oxide nanoparticles as sacrificial templates. ZnO-based HNPs, including pure ZnO, Au/ZnO, Pt/ZnO, and Au/Pt/ZnO HNPs with diameter below 50 nm and shell thickness below 6 nm has been first achieved at(More)