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Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) have recently been identified to be involved in various diseases including cancer. NEAT1 is a recently identified lncRNA with its function largely unknown in human malignancy. In the present study, we investigated NEAT1 expression in 239 cases of clinical colorectal cancer specimens and matched normal tissues. Statistical(More)
OBJECTIVES This research aimed to (i) determine the prevalence of metabolic syndrome (MetS) and its components; (ii) assess factors associated with MetS, and (iii) define optimal ethnic-specific cutoffs of obesity- and atherogenic-based markers to predict MetS among postmenopausal women in rural Canton. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS The Rural Canton(More)
INTRODUCTION This article reports on the prevalence of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and their risk factors in the city of Guangzhou, China, and shows a trend toward epidemic proportions when municipal data are compared with provincial data. METHODS We conducted the Guangzhou Community Health Survey in the 12 administrative districts of Guangzhou to(More)
BACKGROUND Candida parapsilosis (R)-carbonyl reductase (RCR) and (S)-carbonyl reductase (SCR) are involved in the stereoconversion of racemic (R,S)-1-phenyl-1,2-ethanediol (PED) to its (S)-isomer. RCR catalyzes (R)-PED to 2-hydroxyacetophenone (2-HAP), and SCR catalyzes 2-HAP to (S)-PED. However, the stereoconversion efficiency of racemic mixture to (S)-PED(More)
The NADPH-dependent (S)-carbonyl reductaseII from Candida parapsilosis catalyzes acetophenone to chiral phenylethanol in a very low yield of 3.2%. Site-directed mutagenesis was used to design two mutants Ala220Asp and Glu228Ser, inside or adjacent to the substrate-binding pocket. Both mutations caused a significant enantioselectivity shift toward(More)
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