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OBJECTIVES To determine the genome sequence of Acinetobacter baumannii strain MDR-TJ and characterize the mechanisms of multidrug resistance in this strain. METHODS The whole-genome sequence was determined using Roche 454 GS FLX Titanium. Subsequently, the gaps were closed by sequencing PCR products. The genome of strain MDR-TJ was annotated using IMG ER,(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate which patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) obtained the greatest benefits from the detection of distant metastasis with [(18)F]fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography and computed tomography (PET/CT) combined with plasma Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) DNA levels. PATIENTS AND METHODS Consecutive patients with NPC were(More)
A multiplex real-time RT-PCR method for the simultaneous detection of influenza virus types A and B and identification of subtypes H5 and N1 in a single tube is described. The method was developed with four sets of primers and probes which were specific to influenza virus (sub)types A, B, H5, and N1, and evaluated by using a total of 40 influenza virus(More)
Type B influenza virus is one of the major epidemic strains and responsible for considerable mortality and morbidity. Rapidly and accurately identifying different influenza B virus lineages, i.e., B/Yamagata (B/Y) and B/Victoria (B/V), is desirable during the flu season. However, the available rapid techniques lack sensitivity, and the usual methods for(More)
PURPOSE Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory joint disorder, the progression of which leads to the destruction of cartilage and bone. Chemokines are involved in RA pathogenesis. In this study, we investigated the chemokine signaling pathway associated with CCL2 in peripheral blood (PB) and synovial tissues (ST) of RA patients based on our previous(More)
AIMS Diabetic nephropathy is the most common cause of end-stage renal disease in patients with diabetes. Advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) play a prominent role in the development of diabetic nephropathy. We herein evaluated the effects of loganin on diabetic nephropathy in vivo. MAIN METHODS We established a diabetic nephropathy model in C57BL/6J(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate left ventricular function in newborn infants of mothers with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). METHODS Forty newborn infants of mother with GDM (GDM group) and forty normal newborn infants (control group) were enrolled in this study. Two-dimensional speckle tracking imaging was used to measure interventricular septal thickness,(More)
Distant metastasis remains the major failure of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). In this study, the roles of chemokine C-C motif ligand 2 (CCL2), and its receptor chemokine C-C motif receptor type 2 (CCR2) on NPC metastasis were investigated. Serum CCL2 and CCL2/CCR2 expression level were remarkably increased in NPC patients compared to non-tumor patients by(More)
The purpose of this prospective study is to investigate the predictive and prognostic significance of the Raf kinase inhibitory protein (RKIP) in locoregionally advanced nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). Immunohistochemical assays were performed to detect the RKIP protein expression of samples from 212 patients with locoregionally advanced NPC. All patients(More)
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most prevalent and lethal cancer worldwide. However, the mechanism underlying the HCC development remains unclear. Ras-related associated with diabetes (RRAD) is a small Ras-related GTPase which has been implicated in metabolic disease and several types of cancer, yet its functions in HCC remain unknown. A tissue(More)