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BACKGROUND/AIMS Autophagy is a dynamic catabolic process that maintains cellular homeostasis. Whether it plays a role in promoting cell survival or cell death in the process of renal ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) remains controversial, partly because renal autophagy is usually examined at a certain time point. Therefore, monitoring of the whole time course of(More)
Cerium (Ce), one of the lanthanides (Ln), displays a variety of biochemical and physiological effects. However, the potential effect and mechanism of Ce on bone metabolism are not well understood. In this study, we investigated the putative role of Ce in regulating the migration and osteogenic differentiation of bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) and the(More)
N-glycosylation of immunoglobulin G (IgG) at asparigine residue 297 plays a critical role in antibody stability and immune cell-mediated Fc effector function. Current understanding pertaining to Fc glycosylation is based on studies with IgGs that are either fully glycosylated [both heavy chain (HC) glycosylated] or aglycosylated (neither HC glycosylated).(More)
Graves' ophthalmopathy is an inflammatory autoimmune disease of the orbit, characterized by inflammation and proliferation of the orbital tissue caused by CD4+T cells and orbital fibroblasts. Despite recent substantial findings regarding its cellular and molecular foundations, the pathogenesis of Graves' ophthalmopathy remains unclear. Accumulating data(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe clinicoradiologic characteristics of orbital sparganosis. DESIGN Retrospective case series. PARTICIPANTS We studied 8 patients diagnosed with orbital sparganosis at Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center between 1999 and 2011. METHODS A thorough review of clinical and imaging manifestations. RESULTS The primary clinical manifestations(More)
OBJECTIVE To observe the effect of a new extracorporeal hepatic support-hemodialysis with albumin-based dialysate on patient with liver failure, and to compare the result with that of molecular absorbent recycling system (MARS). METHODS Eighteen patients with liver failure were enrolled and treated intermittently with artificial liver on the basis of(More)
The integration of regenerated cartilage with surrounding native cartilage is a major challenge for the success of cartilage tissue-engineering strategies. The purpose of this study is to investigate whether incorporation of the power of mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) sheet to MSCs-loaded bilayer poly-(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) scaffolds can improve the(More)
PURPOSE The present study was aimed to investigate whether combination treatment with progesterone and rehabilitation training would be more effective than monotherapy after cerebral ischemia. METHODS C57BL/6 mice were subjected to focal ischemia by photothrombosis and were treated with progesterone (2 mg/kg), rehabilitation training or their combination.(More)
To describe the clinical profile of unilateral optic neuritis (ON) in a Chinese population, we reviewed retrospectively the records of 100 patients (66% female; age 18-74 years) diagnosed with unilateral ON between 2003 and 2009 at three hospitals in Guangxi Province, China. Ocular pain was noted in 40% and disc swelling in 48%. Periventricular plaques were(More)
The major biochemical and thermodynamic features of nucelocapsid protein of SARS coronavirus (SARS_NP) were characterized by use of non-denatured gel electrophoresis, size-exclusion chromatographic and surface plasmon resonance (SPR) techniques. The results showed that SARS_NP existed in vitro as oligomer, more probably dimer, as the basic functional unit.(More)