Yong-qiang Lai

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BACKGROUND Adults with congenital heart disease (CHD) and coronary artery disease (CAD) have unique clinical manifestation due to the coexistence of intracardiac anomalies and CAD. Case reports are rare in surgical management of CHD combined with CAD. Our goal is to study the outcome of surgical intervention of CHD and CAD concomitantly. METHODS From(More)
OBJECTIVE This study aims to evaluate the initial results of a hybrid procedure without sternotomy for treating descending thoracic aortic disease that involves distal aortic arch. It also intends to report our initial experience in performing this procedure. METHODS A total of 45 patients (35 males and 10 females) with descending thoracic aortic disease(More)
BACKGROUND Omentin-1, a novel adipocytokine mainly expressed in visceral adipose tissue, has been found to inhibit the inflammatory response and improve insulin resistance as well as other obesity-related disorders. This study investigated the association between omentin-1 expression in human epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) and coronary atherosclerosis. (More)
BACKGROUND Combretastatin A4 (CA4) is a potential therapeutic candidate for a variety of human cancer treatments. However, the inhibitive effects of CA4 on thyroid cancer cells are still not well-clarified. This study aimed to investigate the potential effect of CA4 on thyroid cancer cells, as well as underlying mechanism. MATERIAL AND METHODS Human thyroid(More)
BACKGROUND Growing evidence suggests that epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) may play a key role in the pathogenesis and development of coronary artery disease (CAD) by producing several inflammatory adipokines. Chemerin, a novel adipokine, has been reported to be involved in regulating immune responses and glucolipid metabolism. Given these properties,(More)
BACKGROUND Although adenosine (ADO) has been shown to have beneficial effects against tissue injury after myocardial ischaemia, the controversy still remains regarding the optimal timing, dose, temperature, method of ADO administration and duration of exposure to the drug. This study investigates the cardioprotective effect of exogenous ADO pretreatment as(More)
BACKGROUND The Hippo/MST1 signaling pathway plays an important role in the regulation of cell proliferation and apoptosis. As a major downstream target of the Hippo/MST1 pathway, YAP2 (Yes-associated protein 2) functions as a transcriptional cofactor that has been implicated in many biological processes, including organ size control and cancer development.(More)
In this study, magnetic single-walled carbon nanotubes (MSWCNTs) were prepared by impregnating magnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles onto the surfaces of carboxylic single-walled carbon nanotubes based on electrostatic interactions. The prepared MSWCNTs were used as the adsorbent for the dispersive solid-phase extraction (DSPE) of paraquat from human urine. After(More)
OBJECTIVE This study demonstrated left atrial endocardial dysfunction and platelet activation in patients with atrial fibrillation and mitral stenosis. METHODS Study included 80 patients with mitral stenosis and atrial fibrillation (40 each with and without left atrial thrombosis), 15 healthy volunteers, and 10 left atrial appendage (LAA) specimens from(More)