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BACKGROUND The liver is frequently subject to insult because of viral infection, alcohol abuse, or toxic chemical exposure. Extensive research has been conducted to identify blood markers that can better discern liver damage, but little progress has been achieved in clinical practice. Recently, circulating microRNAs (miRNAs) have been reported as potential(More)
Using a cDNA microarray representing 6794 distinct human genes, we identified candidate genes whose expression is altered in cerebral cortex of cases of early Alzheimer's disease (AD); among these was the synaptic vesicle protein synapsin II, which plays an important role in neurotransmitter release. While other candidate genes are presently under(More)
A novel annexin gene was isolated from the Taenia solium cDNA library by degenerate PCR. The purified protein was generated by hydrolysis with thrombin in glutathione S-transferase (GST) affinity chromatography following expression in GST tagged pGEX-5T vector. It shares the common structural features of the annexin family and specially possesses two unique(More)
The present study aims at establishing a novel vaccine procedure based on HBc-VLP-pulsed DCs. Immature mice BMDCs could capture HBc-VLP or HBc-VLP packaging CpG efficiently and present the antigen to syngeneic mice spleen T cells in vitro. Immunization with DCs showed that compared to VLP-pulsed DCs, VLP packaging CpG-pulsed DCs elicit stronger T-cell(More)
The biological mechanism of a recent discovered association of type 2 diabetes with the ACAA-insertion/deletion polymorphism at the 3'UTR of the IGF2R gene has remained unclear. A very recently emerging novel polymorphic control layer by microRNAs (miRNAs) makes it possible to elucidate this issue. In this study, a prediction by web tools MicroInspector and(More)
The present study detected 9 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) at the PLA2G4C and PLA2G6 loci among 240 Chinese parent-offspring trios of Han descent. Of these 9 SNPs, 5 showed highly polymorphic in the Chinese population. They were then applied as genetic markers to test the genetic association of these two calcium-independent cytosolic PLA2 genes(More)
The present study detected three single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), BanISNP at the PLA2G4A locus, rs1648833 at the PLA2G4B locus, and rs1549637 at the PLA2G4C locus, to investigate a genetic association between the cytosolic PLA2 (cPLA2) genes and schizophrenia. A total of 240 Chinese parent-offspring trios of Han descent were recruited for the genetic(More)
The S2 domain of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) spike (S) protein is responsible for fusion between virus and target cell membranes, and is expected to be immungenic. In this study, we investigated the immune responses against the S2 subunit in BALB/c mice, which were vaccinated either with plasmid DNA encoding the S2 domain(More)
The interest in understanding interaction between the toll-like receptor and the viral infection has increased because of its importance in disease control. Here we have cloned the porcine TLR7 (pTLR7) cDNA encoding for 1050 amino acids. The pTLR7 Exhibits 90, 87, 87, 86, 84 and 78% similarity to TLR7 from cattle, dog, horse, cat, human and mouse,(More)