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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) is widely recognised as a pattern recognition receptor (PRR) in the triggering of innate immunity. Lung inflammation and systemic innate immune responses are dependent on TLR4 activation undergoing pulmonary contusion. Therefore, the author investigated the effects of penehyclidine hydrochloride (PHC) on(More)
AIM The mitotic kinesin Eg5 plays a critical role in bipolar spindle assembly, and its inhibitors have shown impressive anticancer activity in preclinical studies. This study was undertaken to investigate the effect of dimethylenastron, a specific inhibitor of Eg5, on the migration and invasion of pancreatic cancer cells. METHODS Human pancreatic cancer(More)
Spatial heterogeneity in two co-variable resources such as light and water availability is common and can affect the growth of clonal plants. Several studies have tested effects of spatial heterogeneity in the supply of a single resource on competitive interactions of plants, but none has examined those of heterogeneous distribution of two co-variable(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the relationship between aging and the number and function of bone marrow-derived endothelial progenitor cells (EPC) in rats. METHODS The number and function of bone marrow-derived EPC were measured in 4, 10 and 18 months old rats (n = 10 in each group). Mononuclear cells (MNC) were isolated from rat bone marrow by Ficoll density(More)
OBJECTIVE Acupuncture at ST36 can produce anti-inflammatory effects, which might be associated with vagus nerve activity. This study explored the effects of electroacupuncture (EA) at ST36 on severe thermal injury-induced remote acute lung injury in rats. INTERVENTIONS Forty male Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were randomly divided into five groups: (1) the(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the effect of COX1 and COX2 on angiogenesis and endothelial progenitor cell mobilization in rats with experimental myocardial infarction (MI). METHODS The rats were randomly divided into 3 groups: MI group, MI plus rofecoxib group and MI plus valeryl salicylate group. At the 7th day after operation, circulating EPCs, plasma VEGF(More)
Endothelial injury, smooth muscle cells (SMCs) proliferation and migration are the same common pathophysiological processes of many cardiovascular diseases, such as atherosclerosis, hypertension, diabetes and restenosis. It is important to determine the functional interactions between endothelial cells (ECs) and SMCs under pathologic conditions. This work(More)
CD22 is a type I transmembrane protein expressed on most mature B lymphocyte, and plays a significant role in signal transduction pathways. CD22 acts as a co-receptor of the B-cell receptor (BCR) that inhibits the BCR signaling by antigen-receptor interaction. The phosphorylation of CD22 can be triggered by cross-linking of CD22 with the BCR through(More)
BACKGROUND Uridine diphosphoglucuronate-glucuronosyltransferase 1A1 (UGT1A1) gene mutation was shown to be responsible for neonatal hyperbilirubinemia. This study aimed to investigate whether UGT1A1 gene mutation is associated with neonatal hyperbilirubinemia in Guangxi Heiyi Zhuang and Han populations. METHODS Two hundred and eighteen infants with(More)