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Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) is involved in mitogenesis, matrix production, and chemotaxis in mesenchymal cells. The effects of CTGF on the production of chemokines remain unclear. The present studies investigate the regulatory role of CTGF in the production of fractalkine, monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1), and RANTES (regulated upon(More)
β-Actin is an essential component of the cytoskeleton and is stably expressed in various tissues of animals, thus, it is commonly used as an internal reference for gene expression studies. In this study, a 1731-bp fragment of β-actin cDNA from Alligator sinensis was obtained using the homology cloning technique. Sequence analysis showed that this fragment(More)
A new nematode species, Ortleppascaris sinensis sp. nov. (Ascaridoidea), is described from specimens found in the stomach and intestine of the Chinese alligator Alligator sinensis Fauvel, 1879 (Crocodilian: Alligatoridae) in the National Nature Reserve of Chinese Alligator (Chinese Crocodile Lake) in Anhui Province, China. This is the first description of(More)
We isolated and characterized 11 microsatellite loci for the Chinese yew, Taxus chinensis var. mairei, an endangered tree species in China, by constructing a (CA)(12)-enriched library. The number of alleles per locus ranged from 5 to 10. The observed heterozygosities ranged from 0.2500 to 0.8333 and the expected heterozygosities ranged from 0.5196 to(More)
BACKGROUND There is contradictory evidence about the association between statin and skin cancer. METHODS Literature search in PubMed and Web of Science was undertaken up to June 2013. Pooled relative risk (RR) estimates and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated. RESULT A total of 21 articles with 29 studies were identified. No association was(More)
Objective: To explore the safety and clinical efficacy of partial nephrectomy for solitary kidney tumor. Methods: Twenty patients with a functional or anatomic solitary kidney who underwent nephron-sparing surgery for one or more renal masses were retrospectively analyzed. There were 15 male and 5 female patients with mean age of 63 years.Patients were(More)
Insulin is an important endocrine hormone that plays a critical physiological role in regulating metabolism and glucostasis in vertebrates. In this study, the complete cDNA of Alligator sinensis preproinsulin gene was cloned for the first time by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction and rapid amplification of cDNA ends methods; the amino acid(More)
Ortleppascaris sinensis (Nematoda: Ascaridida) is a dominant intestinal nematode of the captive Chinese alligator. However, the epidemiology, molecular ecology and population genetics of this parasite remain largely unexplored. In this study, the complete mitochondrial (mt) genome sequence of O. sinensis was first determined using a polymerase chain(More)
The wheat stem sawfly (Cephus cinctus Norton) is a major historical pest of wheat in the northern Great Plains of North America. The insect spends most of its life as a larva protected inside grass stems so that its management has relied on strategies other than insecticides. We conducted a study in southern Alberta from 2006-2009 to assess the effects of(More)
AIM AND METHODS Recombinant adenovirus (rAd) and adeno-associated virus (rAAV) were created, in which beta2-adrenergic receptors (beta2-AR) gene is under control of the cmv promotor, the cultured neonate rat ventricular myocytes were infected by the two vectors, and the expression of beta2-AR on cultured neonate rat ventricular myocytes was assessed. (More)