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The human blood group i and I antigens are determined by linear and branched poly-N-acetyllactosamine structures, respectively. In erythrocytes, the fetal i antigen is converted to the adult I antigen by I-branching beta-1,6-N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase (IGnT) during development. Dysfunction of the I-branching enzyme may result in the adult i phenotype(More)
The gap junction in vertebrates is encoded by the connexin gene family. Recently, a new gene family termed pannexin (Panx) has been identified in vertebrates and found to encode gap junctional proteins as well. To date, three pannexin isoforms (Panx1, 2, and 3) have been cloned from mouse and human genomes. In this study, expression of pannexins in the(More)
Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) analysis is a rapidly-developing non-destructive technology with increasingly wide range of applications, but application of NIRS technology in the classification of plants is still rare. Based on experimental study, this paper uses the approach of principal component analysis (PCA) combined with the establishment of a(More)
PURPOSE To retrospectively review intermediate-term (median, 20.1 months) clinical outcomes after microwave ablation (MWA) of renal cell carcinoma (RCC). MATERIALS AND METHODS This retrospective study was approved by the institutional review board. The results from 46 patients with 49 RCC nodules (diameter, 0.6-7.7 cm; mean, 3.0 cm ± 1.5 [standard(More)
Biochar has been suggested to improve acidic soils and to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. However, little has been done on the role of biochar in ameliorating acidified soils induced by overuse of nitrogen fertilizers. In this study, we designed a pot trial with an acidic soil (pH 4.48) in a greenhouse to study the interconnections between microbial(More)
The antioxidant response elements (ARE) are a cis-acting enhancer sequence located in regulatory regions of antioxidant and detoxifying genes. Nuclear factor (erythroid-derived 2)-like 2 (Nrf2) is a member of the Cap 'n' Collar family of transcription factors that binds to the ARE and regulates the transcription of specific ARE-containing genes. Under(More)
Poloxamer 407 has excellent thermo-sensitive gelling properties. Nevertheless, these gels possess inadequate poor bioadhesiveness and high permeability to water, which limited its' application as a thermoresponsive matrix. The main aim of the present investigation was to develop thermosensitive and mucoadhesive rectal in situ gel of nimesulide (NM) by using(More)
We investigated the communities of ammonia-oxidizing bacteria (AOB) in activated sludge collected from eight wastewater treatment systems using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) followed by terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism (T-RFLP), cloning, and sequencing of the alpha-subunit of the ammonia monooxygenase gene (amoA). The T-RFLP fingerprint(More)
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES The authors developed a computerized method for the quantitative assessment of breast tissue composition on digitized mammograms. MATERIALS AND METHODS Three radiologists were asked to review 200 digitized mammograms and independently provide a Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System-like rating for breast tissue composition on a(More)