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A mobile wireless sensor network owes its name to the presence of mobile sink or sensor nodes within the network. The advantages of mobile WSN over static WSN are better energy efficiency, improved coverage, enhanced target tracking and superior channel capacity. In this paper we present and discuss hierarchical multi-tiered architecture for mobile wireless(More)
Recent studies have reported germline mutations in GATA4 gene in some types of congenital heart disease (CHD). However, the prevalence of GATA4 mutations in CHD and the correlation between the GATA4 genotype and CHD phenotype have not been extensively studied. We screened germline mutations in the coding exons and the flanking intron sequences of the GATA4(More)
BACKGROUND Tuberculosis is an urgent public health problem caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection. Many factors, including host genetic factors, are involved in tuberculosis pathogenesis. The SLC11A1 gene (formerly NRAMP1) is a primary candidate for association with tuberculosis susceptibility. METHODS We examined the association between SLC11A1(More)
Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common developmental anomaly, affecting approximately 1% of all newborns. Genetic factors play an important role in CHD's development. Germline mutations in NK2 transcription factor related, locus 5 (NKX2.5) have been identified as the factors responsible for various forms of CHD. In this study, we investigated(More)
Generation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) by defined factors is an extremely inefficient process, because there is a strong epigenetic block preventing cells from achieving pluripotency. Here we report that virally expressed factors bound to the promoters of their target genes to the same extent in both iPSCs and unreprogrammed cells (URCs).(More)
Although many case-control studies have investigated the association between P2X7 gene polymorphisms and tuberculosis susceptibility, the interpretation of these data has been difficult due to limited power. As a means of better understanding the link between P2X7 and tuberculosis, a systematic review of the literature was conducted using metaanalysis. This(More)
Despite animal studies having demonstrated that Tbx20 is essential for heart development, few studies have been conducted about TBX20 and congenital heart disease (CHD) in humans. Recently two TBX20 mutations have been associated with human heart defects in two Caucasian families, but TBX20 mutations underlying the more common isolated forms of CHD are(More)
BACKGROUND Tuberculosis (TB) is still a big threat to human health, especially in children. However, an isolation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis culture from pediatric cases remains a challenge. In order to provide some scientific basis for children TB control, we investigated the genotyping and drug resistance characteristics of M. tuberculosis isolates(More)
Several studies have suggested that genetic factors may affect the susceptibility of a population to tuberculosis, and it has been found that P2X7 is linked to an increased risk for tuberculosis in some West African, Southeast Asian, North American, and North European populations. To explore the potential role of P2X7 in the susceptibility to tuberculosis(More)
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a chronic inflammatory pruritic skin disease in which the pathogenic mechanism is complicated and not completely understood. Reports on the role of regulated cells in AD have recently evolved to regulate B cells, which may play a role in allergic inflammation as well. In the present study, we examined the frequency and regulatory(More)