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Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) accounts for one of the first cytokine activities to have been described, and it has emerged recently to be an important regulator of innate and adaptive immunity. MIF is an upstream activator of monocytes/macrophages, and it is centrally involved in the pathogenesis of septic shock, arthritis, and other(More)
Umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells were isolated by a double enzyme digestion method. The third passage of umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells was induced with heparin and/or basic fibroblast growth factor. Results confirmed that cell morphology did not change after induction with basic fibroblast growth factor alone. However, neuronal morphology was(More)
Diabetic nephropathy is the leading cause of end-stage renal disease. The aim of this study was to investigate the renoprotective effects of autologous transplantation of adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (ADMSCs) and to delineate its underlying mechanisms of action in diabetic nephropathy. Diabetes was induced(More)
Ambient temperature plays a large role in insect growth, development and even their distribution. The elucidation of the associated molecular mechanism that underlies the effect of constant high temperature will enables us to further understand the stress responses. We constructed four digital gene expression libraries from the fat body of female and male(More)
Software frameworks which support integration and scaling of text analysis algorithms make it possible to build complex, high performance information systems for information extraction, information retrieval, and question answering; IBM's Watson is a prominent example. As the complexity and scaling of information systems become ever greater, it is much more(More)
This is a forthcoming chapter of the Trade and Poverty Flagship and not for citation. The findings, interpretations, and conclusions expressed in this study are entirely those of the authors and should not be attributed in any manner to the World Bank, to its affiliated organizations, or to members of its Board of Executive Directors or the countries they(More)
The productivity of lucerne (Medicago sativa L.) is limited by phosphorus (P) deficiency and drought on alkaline soils in northwest China. The aim of this study was to identify the morphological and physiological responses of roots to P- and moisture-limited conditions in an alkaline soil. A pot experiment compared the growth and root characteristics of an(More)
Fractal image compression algorithm has some problems, such as high computational complexity and long time consumption. In this paper the parallel implementation of fractal image compression algorithm in Web service environment is discussed. The experiments show this algorithm can greatly reduce the compression time and achieve a high speedup at the same(More)
A new genus and new species of Saucrosmylinae (Insecta, Neuroptera) is described as Huiyingosmylus bellus gen. et sp. nov., based on a well-preserved forewing from the Middle Jurassic of Daohugou, Inner Mongolia, China. Huiyingosmylus gen. nov. is characterized by the large size of forewing, relatively wide R1 space with several rows of cells, anteriorly(More)
Amplification of 3q26 is one of the most frequent chromosomal alterations in many solid tumors, including ovarian, lung, esophageal, prostate, breast, and nasopharyngeal cancers. A candidate oncogene to eukaryotic initiation factor 5A2 (eIF-5A2), a member of eukaryotic initiation factor 5A subfamily, has been isolated from a frequently amplified region at(More)