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To investigate the relationship of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) polymorphisms [COX-2 −765 G/C (rs 20417)] and susceptibility to hepatitis B-related liver cancer in Han Chinese population. The polymorphisms of COX-2 −765 G/C was detected by polymerase chain reaction based restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) in 300 patients with hepatitis B, 300(More)
Background and Objective: Poly(adenosine diphosphate [ADP]-ribose) polymerase 1 (PARP1), a protein involved in the DNA repair mechanism, plays an important role in carcinogenesis. In this study, we investigated whether single nucleotide polymorphisms of PARP1 contribute to gastric cancer (GC) and its precursor lesions (gastric precancerous lesions; GPL) in(More)
PI3K/AKT constitutes an important pathway regulating the signaling of multiple biological processes and plays a critical role in carcinogenesis. PIK3CA gene missense mutations have been reported in many human cancer types. The mutation of it in hepatocellular carcinoma cases varies with different races and regions. In this study, we investigated PIK3CA(More)
The root-knot nematode Meloidogyne graminicola is a major constraint in rice production in the world. Using rDNA-ITS sequences data alignments, the genetic variation among twenty-one populations of M. graminicola (sixteen from Myanmar and five from China) was investigated. The results showed that all the populations were clearly separated from other species(More)
Pectate lyases are known to play a key role in pectin degradation by catalyzing the random cleavage of internal polymer linkages (endo-pectinases). In this paper, four novel cDNAs, designated Hg-pel-3, Hg-pel-4, Hg-pel-6 and Hg-pel-7, that encode pectate lyases were cloned and characterized from the soybean cyst nematode, Heterodera glycines. The predicted(More)
Macrophages play a crucial role in the control and elimination of invading Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), and also serve as the major residence for Mtb. However, the interaction between macrophages and Mtb remains to be clearly determined. Although long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) have emerged as key regulators in many biological processes, their roles in(More)
Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a relatively rare but aggressive primary neuroendocrine carcinoma of the skin. MCC frequently occurs on sun-exposed areas in elderly Caucasian patients and has a propensity for local recurrence, regional lymph node invasion and distant metastases. However, MCC occurring on sites that are not sun-exposed in Asian patients is(More)
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