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Recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) is defined as two or more consecutive pregnancy losses before the 20th week of gestation with the same partner. Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene polymorphisms were reported to have an effect on embryonic development and pregnancy success. To clarify the effects of MTHFR polymorphisms on the risk of RPL in the(More)
Signal-induced proliferation associated gene 1 (Sipa1) is a signal transducer to activate the Ras-related proteins and modulate cell progression, differentiation, adhesion and cancer metastasis. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in Sipa1 are associated with lung cancer risk and metastasis. Three common SNPs(More)
CD133 is a pivotal marker of cancer stem cells (CSCs), which is involved in tumorigenesis and cancer progression. Recent studies have identified CD133 to be a prognostic factor for cancer rested with its expression and genetic variants. Here, we hypothesized that the single nuclear polymorphisms (SNPs) in CD133 may be associated with lung cancer risk and(More)
The anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects of theacrine (1, 3, 7, 9-tetramethyluric acid), a purine alkaloid which is abundantly present in Camellia kucha, were investigated. Xylene-induced ear edema, acetic acid-induced vascular permeability and lambda-carrageenan-induced paw edema were used to investigate anti-inflammatory activity, and acetic(More)
Serum microRNA-21 (miR-21) expression has been shown to be significantly up-regulated in breast cancer, which implies that it could be a biomarker to discriminate breast cancer patients from healthy controls. We therefore performed this meta-analysis to assess the diagnostic value of miR-21 for breast cancer. Relevant articles were collected from PubMed,(More)
All viral RNA-dependent RNA polymerases (RdRps) have a conserved structural element termed motif D. Studies of the RdRp from poliovirus (PV) have shown that a conformational change of motif D leads to efficient and faithful nucleotide addition by bringing Lys-359 into the active site where it serves as a general acid. The RdRp of the Sabin I vaccine strain(More)
Necroptosis is a newly discovered type of cell death characterized with the combined biochemical and ultrastructural features of necrosis and apoptosis. Nec-1 has been reported to exhibit the selective inhibition for necroptosis, which has now been used as an operational definition of necroptosis. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether(More)
OBJECTIVES MicroRNA-21 in serum is a promising marker for the diagnosis of lung carcinoma. A meta-analysis was performed to assess the diagnostic accuracy and clinical value of serum microRNA-21 in patients with lung carcinoma. METHODS PubMed, EMBASE, Web of Knowledge (ISI), the Cochrane Library, Scopus, BioMed Central, Science Direct, China National(More)
The fidelity of the poliovirus RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (3D(pol)) plays a direct role in the genomic evolution and pathogenesis of the virus. A single site mutation (Gly64Ser) that is remote from the catalytic center results in a higher fidelity polymerase. NMR studies with [methyl-(13)C]methionine-labeled protein were used to compare the solution(More)
Fast, accurate nucleotide incorporation by polymerases facilitates expression and maintenance of genomes. Many polymerases use conformational dynamics of a conserved α helix to permit efficient nucleotide addition only when the correct nucleotide substrate is bound. This α helix is missing in structures of RNA-dependent RNA polymerases (RdRps) and RTs.(More)