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The presence of metastases in regional lymph nodes is a strong indicator of poor patient survival in many types of cancer. It has recently been shown that the lymphangiogenic growth factor, vascular endothelial growth factor-C (VEGF-C), and its receptor, VEGF receptor-3 (VEGFR3), may play a pivotal role in the promotion of metastasis to regional lymph(More)
Many studies have suggested that childhood maltreatment increase risk of adulthood major depressive disorder (MDD) and predict its unfavorable treatment outcome, yet the neural underpinnings associated with childhood maltreatment in MDD remain poorly understood. Here, we seek to investigate the whole-brain functional connectivity patterns in MDD patients(More)
The formation and long-term stability of nitrifying granules in a sequencing batch reactor was investigated in this study. The results showed that nitrifying granules with a size of 240 microm and SVI of 40 ml g(-1) were formed on day 21 at a settling time of 10 min. Maintaining settling time at 15 min from day 57 to 183 did not affect the physical(More)
Germline mutations of 24 short tandem repeat (STR) loci (TPOX, D3S1358, FGA, D5S818, CSF1PO, D7S820, D8S1179, TH01, vWA, D13S317, Penta E, D16S539, D18S51, Penta D, D21S11, D2S1772, D6S1043, D7S3048, D8S1132, D11S2368, D12S391, D13S325, D18S1364, and GATA198B05) were studied for 6,441 parent–child meioses taken from the paternity testing cases in Chinese(More)
Unpredictable natural disasters and human interventions could pose significant threats to the undersea cables of modern telecommunication networks. In this paper, we consider the network topology of the undersea cables and propose a rectangular network to prevent all the cable links from being damaged simultaneously. An optimization problem on the plane is(More)
Computerized tumor segmentation on breast ultrasound (BUS) images remains a challenging task. In this paper, we proposed a new method for semi-automatic tumor segmentation on BUS images using Gaussian filtering, histogram equalization, mean shift, and graph cuts. The only interaction required was to select two diagonal points to determine a region of(More)
Seventeen Y-STRs (DYS19, DYS389I, DYS389II, DYS390, DYS391, DYS392, DYS393, DYS385a, DYS385b, DYS438, DYS439, DYS437, DYS448, DYS456, DYS458, DYS635 and YGATAH4) were analyzed for 4451 Chinese Han unrelated males from Zhejiang Province, Eastern China, with the AmpFlSTR Yfiler™ PCR Amplification kit. A total of 3389 different haplotypes was identified, of(More)
Taking into consideration the previous evidence of revealing the relationship of early life adversity, major depressive disorder (MDD), and stress-linked immunological changes, we recruited 22 MDD patients with childhood trauma exposures (CTE), 21 MDD patients without CTE, and 22 healthy controls without CTE, and then utilized a novel cytokine antibody(More)
Allele frequencies and forensic parameters of seven X-chromosome STRs (DXS981, DXS7424, DXS101, DXS7133, DXS6789, GATA165B12 and GATA31E08) were estimated from a sample of unrelated individuals (383 females and 313 males) belonging to Chinese Han population in Zhejiang Province, a region located in the east of China. Combining the seven X-linked markers,(More)
OBJECTIVE To summarize our experience in treatment of chronic pancreatitis (CP). METHODS Clinical data on 245 patients with CP treated at our hospital from May 1983 to October 2001 were reviewed. RESULTS Of the 245 patients, 122 suffered from CP for a year (49.8%) and 191 for 5 years (78.0%). The rate of positive diagnosis of B-ultrasound, CT, ERCP,(More)