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BACKGROUND Sinus tenderness has not been quantitatively assessed. OBJECTIVE We sought to compare sinus and systemic tenderness in rhinosinusitis, allergic rhinitis, and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), and healthy (non-CFS) groups. METHODS Cutaneous pressures (kg/cm(2)) causing pain at 5 sinus and 18 systemic sites were measured in acute and chronic(More)
The effect of recombinant interleukin 6 (rIL-6) on the transcript levels of rat glutathione S-transferase (GST) genes rGSTA2, rGSTP1, rGSTM1 and rGSTM2 was examined in primary cultures of rat hepatocytes. rIL-6 had little effect on the increase in expression of rGSTP1 that occurs in cultured hepatocytes. Dexamethasone (DEX), in contrast, prevented the(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) has an uncertain pathogenesis. Allergies have been suggested as one cause. OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to compare serum immunoglobulin (Ig)E in CFS and control subjects to determine whether IgE levels were elevated in CFS. This would be suggestive of increased atopy in CFS. METHODS IgE was measured by(More)
The development of DNA markers that can closely discriminate between Liriope and Ophiopogon species is vital for efficient and accurate identification of these species, and to ensure the quality, safety, and efficacy of medicines made from these plants. We developed species-specific molecular markers for these two genera. Forty RAPD primers were tested(More)
BACKGROUND The constituents of nasal mucus may be contaminated by plasma if there is epistaxis. Gross epistaxis is apparent as a red lavage fluid, while microepistaxis may yield a clear fluid. If gross or microepistaxis are present, it will be difficult to decide whether plasma protein concentrations are elevated because of plasma exudation or bleeding. In(More)
After complete sequencing of its genome and annotation of the majority of its ~32,000 genes, rice genome has become the model genome among the cereal genomes, and the focus has shifted from structural to functional genomics and application of genomic-derived information in rice breeding. During the past 2 decades, intensive worldwide efforts have led to(More)
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