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Autism is a childhood-onset neurodevelopmental disorder with a strong genetic basis in its etiology. Conventional karyotype analysis has revealed that chromosomal structural aberrations such as translocation, inversion, deletion, and duplication play a role in causing autism spectrum disorders (ASD). In addition, recent array-based comparative genomic(More)
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection has been found to be strikingly associated with autoimmune phenomena. The aim of the present study was to investigate the presence of various autoantibodies in patients with HCV infection. Anti-neutrophil cytoplamic antibody (ANCA), anti-dihydrolipoamide dehydrogenase (anti-E3), rheumatoid factor (RF), anti-dihydrolipoamide(More)
Forty-five patients with diastolic blood pressure (DBP) greater than or equal to 105 mmHg were randomly assigned to receive Western (group 1, n = 21) or a classical Chinese herbal preparation (group 2, n = 24) to treat their hypertension (HBP). All remained hypertensive after 4 days in the hospital without treatment. Except for baseline Na+ excretion(More)
Signal peptide-CUB-EGF-like domain-containing protein 3 (SCUBE3) is a secreted glycoprotein that is overexpressed in lung cancer tumor tissues and is correlated with the invasive ability in a lung cancer cell line model. These observations suggest that SCUBE3 may have a role in lung cancer progression. By exogenous SCUBE3 treatment or knockdown of SCUBE3(More)
BACKGROUND Interferon (IFN)-based therapies could eradicate hepatitis C (HCV) and reduce the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, HCC could still happen after sustained virological response (SVR). We aimed to develop a simple scoring system to predict the risk of HCC development among HCV patients after antiviral therapies. METHODS From 1999(More)
Aerosol samples for PM2.5 (particulate matter with aerodynamic diameters less than 2.5 microns), PM2.5-10 (particulate matter with aerodynamic diameters between 2.5 and 10 microns) and TSP were collected from June to September 1998 at THU (suburban) and HKIT (rural) sites in central Taiwan. The ratios of PM2.5/PM10 averaged 0.70 for the daytime and 0.63 for(More)
Daily average concentrations of fine and coarse particulates, and TSP samples have been measured simultaneously at daytime and night-time periods by using Universal and PS-1 sampler in a suburban area of central Taiwan from June to August 1998. The samples were analyzed by atomic absorption spectrometry to determine the fine and coarse particulate(More)
Multiple exostosis, biparietal foramina, minor craniofacial abnormalities, and mental retardation are characteristic of the syndrome associated with a proximal deletion of 11p (MIM # 601224), which has been shown to be a true contiguous gene deletion syndrome. The presence of multiple exostosis is associated with deletion of the EXT2 gene. Similarly, the(More)
Two strains of epidemic hemorrhagic fever (EHF) virus were isolated from the lung tissues of Apodemus agrarius mice that were captured in an area where EHF is endemic. The strains were isolated by passages in A. agrarius mice from a nonendemic area. Identification of the isolates by usual procedures was confirmed by repeated blind tests with coded sera.(More)
AIMS Ansamycins are a family of macrolactams that are synthesized by type I polyketide synthase (PKS) using 3-amino-5-hydroxybenzoic acid (AHBA) as the starter unit. Most members of the family have strong antimicrobial, antifungal, anticancer and/or antiviral activities. We aimed to discover new ansamycins and/or other AHBA-containing natural products from(More)