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As a family of post-transcriptional regulator of gene expression, the microRNAs (miRNAs) control a wide array of biological processes including cell differentiation, proliferation and apoptosis, and the dysregulation of miRNAs is a hallmark of cancer. Here, we found that the microRNA-191 (miR-191) was at a high-expression level in human gastric(More)
Based on the analysis of the round transformation and key expansion, the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) algorithm is optimized through the Look-up Table. And then the optimized Rijndael algorithm based on SOPC (System on a programmable Chip) is designed and implemented through software and hardware. According to the software design flow chart of the(More)
PURPOSE Our pilot studies showed that there was a significant relationship between blood lead levels of women at the first trimester and scores of neonatal behavioral neurological assessment (NBNA). This study went further (1) to determine particular neurotoxicity during a specific trimester, (2) to analyze "safe" levels of Pb in neonates, and (3) to(More)
Airway inflammation and mucus hypersecretion/overproduction/obstruction are pathophysiological characteristics of cystic fibrosis, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Up-regulation of airway mucin genes by inflammatory/immune response mediators is one of the major contributors to mucin overproduction. IL-8, a potent proinflammatory mediator(More)
Glucocorticoids regulate gene expression via binding of the ligand-activated glucocorticoid receptor (GR) to glucocorticoid-responsive elements (GRE) in target gene promoters. The MUC5AC gene, which encodes the protein backbone of an abundant secreted airway mucin, has several putative GRE cis-elements in its 5' sequence. Mechanism(s) whereby(More)
The aim of this study was to measure changes in myotube reactive oxygen species (ROS) and the production of interleukin (IL)-6 in electrically stimulated mouse C2C12 skeletal muscle cells. After five days of differentiation, myotubes were stimulated using an electrical stimulator set at 45 V at a frequency of 5 Hz, with a pulse width of 20 ms. Acute(More)
This study aimed to assess altruistic sharing behavior in children aged 3 to 5, 6 to 8, and 9 to 11 years and to explore the involvement of potential cognitive mechanisms, namely theory of mind (ToM) and inhibitory control. A total of 158 children completed a dictator game with stickers as incentives. ToM was evaluated using a false belief task in(More)
Drought stress encumbers the growth of turfgrass principally by disrupting the plant-water relations and physiological functions. The present study was carried out to appraise the role of silicon (Si) in improving the drought tolerance in Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis L.). Drought stress and four levels (0, 200, 400, and 800 mg L(-1)) of Si(More)
PURPOSE Our pilot studies showed that there was a significant relationship between low cord blood levels and scores of neonatal behavioral neurological assessment. The study was further to probe the adverse cognitive effects induced by low-level lead exposure during prenatal and postnatal period. METHOD Totally 362 mothers with their infants located the(More)
In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), correct syndrome differentiation is the most important principle guiding the prescription of Chinese herbal formulae for the treatment of gastric cancer (GC). We aimed to reveal the genetic mechanisms underlying GC syndrome differentiation (ZHENG) in a population of 387 GC patients. Twenty-nine single nucleotide(More)