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Many patients who require allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) lack a human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-matched donor. Here, we report a protocol for haploidentical allo-HSCT that combines granulocyte-colony stimulating factor primed bone marrow (G-BM) and peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) without in vitro T-cell depletion (TCD). In(More)
We examined the variation in aboveground biomass accumulation and tissue concentrations of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), copper (Cu), zinc (Zn) and lead (Pb) in Phragmites australis (common reed), Spartina alterniflora (salt cordgrass), and Scirpus mariqueter throughout the growing season (April-October 2005), in order to determine the differences in net(More)
Interleukin-2 is an autocrine growth factor for T cells which also activates other cells including B cells and natural killer cells. The subunits of the interleukin-2 receptor (IL-2R) lack intrinsic enzymatic activity, but protein tyrosine phosphorylation is a critical event following ligand binding and src family kinases, such as Lck, are known to be(More)
BACKGROUND Data regarding the wide spectrum of comorbidity amongst patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) are still scanty, especially in Asian populations. Our goal was to analyze comorbidity prevalences and risks amongst Chinese patients with MS, compared to matched controls. METHODS In total, 898 patients with MS and 4490 randomly matched individuals(More)
In this review we have presented overwhelming evidence that platelets play an important enhancing role in tumor cell-vasculature interactions and cancer metastasis. Tumor cells employ a host of mechanisms to induce platelet aggregation; vice versa, platelets make use of a spectrum of mechanisms to modulate tumor cell-EC and tumor cell-ECM interactions.(More)
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a family of small non-coding RNA molecules of about 20-23 nucleotides in length, which negatively regulate protein-coding genes at post-transcriptional level. Using a stem-loop real-time-PCR method, we quantified the expression levels of 270 human miRNAs in 13 nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) samples and 9 adjacent normal tissues, and(More)
PURPOSE To compare the macular retinal thickness and macular volume between subjects with high myopia and non-myopia. METHODS This prospective nonrandomized, comparative study recruited healthy subjects with high myopia subjects, defined as a spherical equivalence (SE) over -6 dioptres (D) or AXL>or=26.5 mm and the best corrected visual acuity better than(More)
12(S)-Hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid [12(S)-HETE] is the 12-lipoxygenase metabolite of arachidonic acid. Previously, we have demonstrated that exogenous 12(S)-HETE can activate protein kinase C, increase cell surface expression of integrins, enhance adhesion, induce endothelial cell retraction, and increase experimental metastasis of tumor cells. Because of(More)
The absence of a direct route to the apical plasma membrane (PM) for single transmembrane domain (TMD) proteins in polarized hepatic cells has been inferred but never directly demonstrated. The genes encoding three pairs of apical PM proteins, whose extracellular domains are targeted exclusively to the apical milieu in Madin-Darby canine kidney cells, were(More)
PECAM-1 (CD31/EndoCAM) is an adhesion molecule in the immunoglobulin supergene family that is expressed on endothelial cells, platelets, and some hematopoietic lineage cells. In this paper, using several polyclonal and monoclonal antibodies against PECAM-1, we identified PECAM-1 molecules on human, rat, and murine solid tumor cell lines. Immunocytochemical(More)