Yingfen Qin

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OBJECTIVE Vitamin D deficiency is prevalent in critically ill patients and may contribute to suboptimal clinical outcomes, but little is known about alterations of the calcium-parathyroid hormone (PTH)-vitamin D axis and prognosis in these individuals. METHODS A prospective observational study was conducted on 216 patients admitted to a(More)
The present study was undertaken to develop a new method for enriching cancer stem cells (CSCs) from the human adrenal cortical carcinoma (ACC) cell line SW-13. Given that the existence of CSCs in ACC causes resistance to conventional chemotherapies, treatment with cyclophosphamide was used for in vivo selection of CSCs in a BALB/c nude mouse tumor(More)
BACKGROUND Ectonucleotide pyrophosphatase/phosphodiesterase 1 (ENPP1) encodes the human plasma-cell membrane differentiation antigen-1, and ENPP1 variants have been shown to be associated with type 2 diabetes (T2D) and insulin resistance. In this study, we investigated the involvement of ENPP1 polymorphisms in T2D. METHODS The association of the two(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to determine whether vitamin D levels correlate with procalcitonin (PCT) levels and mortality in septic patients. METHODS The following data were collected from 236 patients upon admission to intensive care units (ICUs): demographics; Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation (APACHE) II score; Sequential Organ(More)
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