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Polymorphisms in the ADAM33 gene have been associated with asthma, but the data are controversial. Therefore, we reviewed the related studies and quantitatively summarized the associations between ADAM33 polymorphisms and asthma risk using meta-analysis. A dominant model (AA+Aa vs. aa), recessive model (AA vs. Aa+aa), additive model (AA vs. aa) and allelic(More)
The maximum dispatch benefit of an interline power flow controller (IPFC) often occurs when it operates at its rated capacity and line flow setpoint regulation is no longer possible. This paper uses injected voltage sources to directly model an IPFC and impose the rating limits in a Newton-Raphson load flow algorithm. A dispatch strategy is proposed for an(More)
Polymorphisms in GSTM1 and GSTT1 may be associated with asthma risk, yet several studies and meta-analyses have reported inconclusive results. Therefore, an updated meta-analysis was conducted. Literature searches were performed using the Pubmed, Embase and Web of Science databases until October 2012. Variant 'null' genotype was compared with wild-type(More)
Overabundance of hydrogen peroxide originating from environmental stress and/or genetic mutation can lead to pathological conditions. Thus, the highly sensitive detection of H2 O2 is important. Herein, supramolecular fluorescent nanoparticles self-assembled from fluorescein isothiocyanate modified β-cyclodextrin (FITC-β-CD)/rhodamine B modified ferrocene(More)
To investigate whether postoperative GnRH agonist (GnRH-a) treatment can prevent endometriosis recurrence. This meta-analysis searched PubMed, Embase and Cochrane Library for relevant studies published online before June 2015. Seven randomized controlled trials including 328 patients with postoperative GnRH-a treatment and 394 patients in control group were(More)
Phosphorus (P) is an essential element involved in numerous biochemical reactions. In plants, stress responses, such as the expression of microRNAs (miRNAs), are induced to help them adapt to low phosphate (Pi) concentrations. In this study, deep sequencing was performed using the roots and leaves of maize seedlings grown under low Pi concentrations to(More)
A multifunctional pH-sensitive superparamagnetic iron-oxide (SPIO) nanocomposite system was developed for simultaneous tumor magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and therapy. Small-size SPIO nanoparticles were chemically bonded with antitumor drug doxorubicin (DOX) and biocompatible poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) through pH-sensitive acylhydrazone linkages,(More)
BACKGROUND Transient preceding brief ischemia provides potent cardioprotection against subsequent long ischemia, termed ischemic preconditioning. Here, we hypothesized that transient short-term hypertrophic stimulation would induce the expression of hypertrophy regression genes and render the heart resistant to subsequent hypertrophic stress, and slow the(More)
The Ankrd1 (ankyrin repeat domain 1) gene is known to be up-regulated in heart failure and acts as a co-activator of p53, modulating its transcriptional activity, but it remains inconclusive whether this gene promotes or inhibits cell apoptosis. In the present study, we attempted to investigate the role of Ankrd1 on AngII (angiotensin II)- or(More)
Because of their flexible performance, converter-based transmission controllers such as unified power flow controller (UPFC) can be very effective in improving power transfer capability over congested transmission paths. In most published literature, a shunt converter is set to control the bus voltage and a series converter is to control the line power(More)