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Chemerin is present in various inflammatory sites and is closely involved in tissue inflammation. Recent studies have demonstrated that chemerin treatment can cause either anti-inflammatory or pro-inflammatory effects according to the disease model being investigated. Elevated circulating chemerin was recently found in patients with inflammatory bowel(More)
Broomcorn millet (Panicum miliaceum L.) is one of the world's oldest cultivated cereals, which is well-adapted to extreme environments such as drought, heat, and salinity with an efficient C4 carbon fixation. Discovery and identification of genes involved in these processes will provide valuable information to improve the crop for meeting the challenge of(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Ulcerative colitis (UC) refers to a kind of inflammatory bowel disease, of which the accurate pathogenesis is not yet well understood. Recently, the toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) and the TLR4 signaling pathway have been proved as playing an important role in the pathogenesis of UC. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM The accurate pathogenesis of ulcerative colitis (UC) is not yet well understood. Recently, Toll-like receptor 2 (TLR2), TLR4 and gut microbial flora have been proved as playing important roles in the process of UC. This study was to evaluate the effect of TLR2 and TLR4 monoclonal antibodies on gut microbial flora in dextran sulfate sodium(More)
Thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP) has recently been suggested in several epithelial cancers, either pro-tumor or anti-tumor. However, the role of TSLP in colon cancer remains unknown. We here found significantly decreased TSLP levels in tumor tissues compared with tumor-surrounding tissues of patients with colon cancer and TSLP levels negatively(More)
PURPOSE The objective of the present study was to evaluate the effectiveness of topically applied gemifloxacin for the treatment of experimental Staphylococcus aureus keratitis in a rabbit model. METHODS Rabbit corneas were intrastromally injected with ~100 colony-forming units (CFU) of S. aureus ATCC25923. Eight hours (early treatment) or 16 h (late(More)
We obtained over 1 W average power at ∼3550  nm wavelength via self-seeded difference-frequency generation (DFG) through a 5 cm long periodically poled MgO-doped lithium niobate crystal. The pump and signal sources are derived from the identical pre-chirp managed femtosecond Yb-fiber amplifier with sub-100-fs pulse duration and 84 MHz repetition rate for(More)
Let-7a miRNA is downregulated in various cancers. However, in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV), the relationship between let-7a and HBV replication has not been fully elucidated. Liver specimens were collected from 23 HCC patients with chronically active HBV. The serum levels of the HBV antigens hepatitis B(More)
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