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Mimicry between streptococcal M protein and cardiac myosin is important in the pathogenesis of rheumatic heart disease. M protein-specific human T cell clones derived from rheumatic carditis were cross-reactive with human cardiac myosin, and laminin, a valve protein. Among the 11 CD4(+) and CD8(+) cross-reactive T cell clones, at least 6 different(More)
OBJECT This study was designed to investigate the effect of treatment with a novel composite material consisting of embryonic neurospheres and bone marrow-derived stromal cell spheres (NMSCSs) in a rat model of traumatic brain injury (TBI). METHODS The NMSCS composite was injected into the TBI contusion site 24 hours after injury, and all rats were killed(More)
Several studies have demonstrated that estrogen receptor alpha (ESR1) participates in the pathogenesis of persistent hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. To examine whether polymorphisms at the ESR1 gene locus are associated with persistent HBV infection, we resequenced ESR1 genomic region for single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in 27 unrelated Chinese.(More)
This study aims to review clinical features, treatments, and prognostic factors of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) associated with systemic lupus erythematosus patients (sTTP). The case reports of sTTP published in world literature from 1999 to 2011 were collected, and 105 cases were divided into death group and survival group. The epidemiologic(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies investigating the association between X-ray repair cross-complementation group 1(XRCC1) polymorphisms and cervical cancer (CC) risk has provided inconsistent results. The aim of our study was to assess the association between the XRCC1 gene Arg399Gln, Arg194Trp, Arg280His polymorphisms and risk of CC. METHODS Two investigators(More)
LIM domain proteins contain contiguous double-zinc finger domains and play important roles in cytoskeletal re-organisation and organ development in multi-cellular eukaryotes. Here, we report the characterization of four genes encoding LIM proteins in the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae. Targeted gene replacement of either the paxillin-encoding gene,(More)
Understanding nonverbal behaviors in human machine interaction is a complex and challenge task. One of the key aspects is to recognize human emotion states accurately. This paper presents our effort to the Audio/Visual Emotion Challenge (AVEC'14), whose goal is to predict the continuous values of the emotion dimensions arousal, valence and dominance at each(More)
—Recent successes in learning-based image classification , however, heavily rely on the large number of annotated training samples, which may require considerable human efforts. In this paper, we propose a novel active learning framework, which is capable of building a competitive classifier with optimal feature representation via a limited amount of(More)
A novel immunoassay protocol for simultaneous electrochemical determination of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), carcinoembryonic (CEA) and streptococcus suis serotype 2 (SS2) was designed. As standard sandwich-type immunoassay format, three primary antibodies (Ab1), anti-CEA and anti-AFP and anti-SS2, were immobilized via protein A (PA) adsorbed by Nafion modified(More)
In a search for naturally occurring antibacterial compounds in medicinal plants, six hitherto unknown thiophene acetylenes, named 10,11-threo-xanthopappin D, 10,11-erythro-xanthopappin D, 10,11-cis-xanthopappin B, 5-(but-4-chloro-3-hydroxy-1-ynyl)-2-(Z)-pent-3-ene-1-ynylthiophene, 5-(but-4-chloro-3-hydroxy-1-ynyl)-2-(E)-pent-3-ene-1-ynylthiophene,(More)