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BACKGROUND The levels of long-term elevated serum or intracellular free fatty acid (FFA) induce insulin resistance associated with central obesity. The insulin-mimetic protein visfatin is preferentially produced by visceral adipose tissues and has been implicated in obesity and insulin resistance. To identify that FFA is capable of inducing insulin(More)
BACKGROUND Obesity and related metabolic diseases are associated with a state of chronic low-grade inflammation,which is characterized by abnormal cytokine production and increased synthesis of proinflammatory proteins.Recent studies have indicated that visfatin is both an adipokine and an inflammatory cytokine. OBJECTIVE In this study, we assessed the(More)
OBJECTIVE Syncope is a common pediatric emergency. Based on an epidemiologic survey in the USA, around 15% of children experienced syncopal attack, which strongly influenced the life, study and hurt the children mentally and physiologically. Therefore, exploring the therapeutic regimen has become a hot topic in the field of pediatric cardiology. The aim of(More)
Perilipin and adipophilin, two significant lipid droplet (LD)-specific proteins, participate in storing fat or ectopic lipid deposition and fat mobilization in many types of mammalian cells. Acylation stimulating protein (ASP) is a novel adipocyte-derived hormone known for a major determinant for triglyceride synthesis (TGS) and lipid metabolism. The(More)
Acylation stimulating protein (ASP) stimulates triglyceride synthesis and glucose transport via its receptor C5L2. In human studies, ASP is increased in insulin resistant states such as obesity, diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome and late pregnancy (the latter two associated with altered sex hormones). The aims were (i) to evaluate ASP response and C5L2(More)
Many studies have reported that polymorphisms of the mannose-binding lectin (MBL) gene are associated with autoimmune disease. Here, we investigate the relationship between MBL gene polymorphisms and susceptibility to juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) in a Han-nationality population from the Hubei province of China. PCR-restriction fragment length(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the diagnostic value of head-up tilt test in children with unexplained syncope (UPS). METHODS A total of 379 children (171 males, 208 females) aged 3-18 years, mean age (12 +/- 3) years with unexplained syncope from Beijing, Hunan, Hubei and Shanghai and undergoing baseline head-up tilt tests (BHUTT) or head-up tilt tests potentiated(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of Taizhi'an (TZA) capsule combined with Simvastatin (Sim) in treating hyperlipidemia in diabetes mellitus (DM) patients. METHODS Eighty cases of type 2 DM patients with hyperlipidemia were randomized into two groups, 40 in each group. The patients in the treated group took orally TZA capsules at the dose(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the efficacy and safety of sodium copper chlorophyllin (trademarked as "Yebaike Tablet which is abbreviated as YBK in treating leukopenia. METHODS One hundred and five patients with leukopenia caused by various factors were randomized into 3 groups. The 60 patients in the YBK group took orally YBK Tablets at the dose of 40 mg, three(More)