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MicroRNAs (miRNAs) function as gene regulator and they participate in diverse biological pathways. Common single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in pre-microRNAs may change their property through altering miRNAs expression and/or maturation. We conducted a pilot study to test whether SNPs in pre-microRNAs were associated with cervical squamous cell(More)
Interleukin-17 (IL-17) is a proinflammatory cytokine that is associated with inflammation, autoimmune disorders, and even tumors. Previous studies revealed that a large group of human malignant tumors have abnormally high IL-17 expression. In the present study, we analyzed two single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the IL17A (rs2275913) and IL17F(More)
Objective The purpose was to investigate single nucleotide polymorphism of the vitamin D recepter gene and its possible relationship with colorectal cancer (CRC) in a Chinese population. Methods The vitamin D receptor (VDR) genotypes were determined by polymerase chain reaction restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) using endonuclease BsmI and(More)
Glutathione S-transferases are important detoxification enzymes involved in insecticide resistance. Sequencing the Tribolium castaneum genome provides an opportunity to investigate the structure, function, and evolution of GSTs on a genome-wide scale. Thirty-six putative cytosolic GSTs and 5 microsomal GSTs have been identified in T. castaneum. Furthermore,(More)
Interleukin-17 (IL-17) has been shown to play an important role in the pathogenesis of inflammation and autoimmune disorders, and to be elevated in several types of cancer. The present study analyzed polymorphisms in IL-17 gene and their impact on the pathogenesis of bladder cancer. The TaqMan® SNP Genotyping Assay was used to genotype the SNP rs2275913 of(More)
Thymidylate synthase (TS) is a key enzyme responsible for DNA synthesis and repair. Altered expression of TS protein or TS gene polymorphisms has been associated with cancer progression and treatment response. This study investigated the expressions of TS and its gene SNPs in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), and then its association with sensitivity to(More)
X-chromosomal short tandem repeats (ChrX STRs) loci are used for forensic practice in recent years. Considering the unique heredity characteristics of ChrX, recombination and linkage disequilibrium (LD) among ChrX STR loci vary between male and female and different populations as well. However, there is a lack of data for analysis of recombination and(More)
Growing studies revealed the association between polymorphisms in Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) and susceptibility to cancer, however, the results remained inconsistent. To assess the effect of six selected SNPs (rs1927914, rs4986790, rs4986791, rs11536889, rs1927911 and rs2149356) in TLR4 on cancer, we conducted a meta-analysis, up to February 2012, 22(More)
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may be related to chronic inflammation and immune-mediated conditions, and its pathogenesis involves T-cell activation and proliferation. Cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated protein 4 (CTLA-4) and costimulatory molecules (CD80/CD86) genes are important mediators of T-cell activation in the immune response. The aim(More)
Signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT) plays an important role in regulating cell proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis. Previous studies revealed that abnormal expression/activation of STAT family members were present in a large group of human malignant tumors. In the present study, using polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-restriction(More)