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Surface soils from the outskirts of Beijing were analyzed for 16 priority polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) using gas chromatography and mass spectrometry (GC-MS). The distribution map of total PAHs content was obtained as a contour plot. The concentration range of 16 PAHs varied by over two orders of magnitude from 0.016 microg g-1 in rural to 3.884(More)
BACKGROUND Cyclic shedding of the endometrium is unique to menstruating species, and mouse menstruation models by physiologic progesterone withdrawal have been previously reported. Since progesterone action ablated pharmacologically may provide more insight into the mechanism of action, a mouse menstruation model using mifepristone was established. (More)
Touch sensation is mediated by specific subtypes of sensory neurons which develop in a hierarchical process from common early progenitor neurons, but the molecular mechanism that underlies diversification of touch-sensitive mechanoreceptive neurons is not fully known. Here, we use genetically manipulated mice to examine whether the transcription factor(More)
The haemophagocytic syndrome (HPS) is a rare but frequently fatal disorder of immune regulation caused by hypercytokinemia. Using cytometric bead array technique, the serum T-helper cell type 1 (Th1) and 2 (Th2) cytokines including interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma), tumour necrosis factor (TNF), interleukin (IL)-10, IL-6, IL-4 and IL-2 were determined in 24(More)
OBJECTIVE The study goal was to determine the diagnostic accuracy of a specific cytokine pattern including interferon-gamma (IFN-γ), interleukin (IL)-10, and IL-6 for hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) in febrile children. STUDY DESIGN In this prospective study, 756 patients with fever admitted to a hematology-oncology unit were enrolled. The causes(More)
Support Vector Machine (SVM), which is one kind of learning machines, was applied to predict the subcellular location of proteins from their amino acid composition. In this research, the proteins are classified into the following 12 groups: (1) chloroplast, (2) cytoplasm, (3) cytoskeleton, (4) endoplasmic reticulum, (5) extracall, (6) Golgi apparatus, (7)(More)
Transduction of pain following noxious stimuli is mediated by the activation of specialized ion channels and receptors expressed by nociceptive sensory neurons. A common early nociceptive sublineage expressing the nerve growth factor receptor TrkA diversifies into peptidergic and non-peptidergic nociceptors around birth. In this process, peptidergic neurons(More)
BACKGROUND In recent years, neuroimaging has been increasingly used as an objective method for the diagnosis of Parkinson's disease (PD). Most previous studies were based on invasive imaging modalities or on a single modality which was not an ideal diagnostic tool. In this study, we developed a non-invasive technology intended for use in the diagnosis of(More)
Depression is a common occurrence in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). Thus, there may be a common neural mechanism underlying the two diseases. Lewy body accumulation in specific brain areas of PD patients may damage emotion-related functions, leading to depression. Among these areas, the amygdala may present with the earliest to be damaged in PD.(More)
BACKGROUND Few studies have been conducted to investigate the impact of extreme cold events on mortality in subtropical regions. OBJECTIVE In the present study we aimed to investigate the effects of the 2008 cold spell on mortality and the possibility of mortality displacement in three subtropical cities in China. METHODS Daily mortality, air pollution,(More)