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There are multiple sources of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the cell. As a major site of ROS production, mitochondria have drawn considerable interest because it was recently discovered that mitochondrial ROS (mtROS) directly stimulate the production of proinflammatory cytokines and pathological conditions as diverse as malignancies, autoimmune diseases,(More)
Although several site-specific nucleases (SSNs), such as zinc-finger nucleases (ZFNs), transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs), and the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR)/Cas, have emerged as powerful tools for targeted gene editing in many organisms, to date, gene targeting (GT) in plants remains a formidable(More)
It remains unknown whether newly identified anti-inflammatory/immunosuppressive cytokine interleukin-35 (IL-35) is different from other anti-inflammatory cytokines such as IL-10 and transforming growth factor (TGF)-β in terms of inhibition of inflammation initiation and suppression of full-blown inflammation. Using experimental database mining and(More)
PURPOSE To summarize our experience and lessons of microvascular decompression surgery for trigeminal neuralgia caused solely by venous compression. METHODS Fifteen patients with idiopathic trigeminal neuralgia caused by venous compression only underwent microvascular decompression. The entire course of the trigeminal root was explored thoroughly; and(More)
Endothelial dysfunction is a pathological status of the vascular system, which can be broadly defined as an imbalance between endothelium-dependent vasoconstriction and vasodilation. Endothelial dysfunction is a key event in the progression of many pathological processes including atherosclerosis, type II diabetes and hypertension. Previous reports have(More)
Advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) are complex and heterogeneous compounds implicated in diabetes. Sodium reabsorption through the epithelial sodium channel (ENaC) at the distal nephron plays an important role in diabetic hypertension. Here, we report that H2S antagonizes AGEs-induced ENaC activation in A6 cells. ENaC open probability (P O ) in A6 cells(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Microvascular decompression (MVD) is the only solution that can effectively control hemifacial spasm (HFS). Regarding treatment of the patients who failed the first operation, it is still controversial. We tried to evaluate the safety and efficiency of the early re-exploration for such kinds of patients. METHODS Thirteen patients(More)
Uric Acid (UA), historically considered as a waste of cellular metabolism, has now received increasing attention because it was found to directly participate in the pathogenesis of many human diseases including neurological disorders. On one hand, low levels of UA are detrimental to the neurons because of its induction it impairs antioxidant capacity in the(More)
BACKGROUND It is well established that caspase-1 exerts its biological activities through its downstream targets such as IL-1β, IL-18, and Sirt-1. The microarray datasets derived from various caspase-1 knockout tissues indicated that caspase-1 can significantly impact the transcriptome. However, it is not known whether all the effects exerted by caspase-1(More)