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Eight antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs), 7 heavy metals, and 6 antibiotics were quantified in manures and soils collected from multiple feedlots in Shanghai. The samples were analyzed to determine if ARG abundances were associated with heavy metal concentration and independent of antibiotics. The results revealed the presence of chloramphenicol,(More)
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play important regulatory roles in development and stress responses in plants. Lead (Pb) is a non-essential element that is highly toxic to living organisms. Platanus acerifolia is grown as a street tree in cities throughout temperate regions for its importance in improving the urban ecological environment. MiRNAs that respond to abiotic(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a risk factor for atrial fibrillation (AF). The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of COPD on outcomes of catheter ablation in patients with AF in terms of recurrence and quality of life (QoL). METHODS In this prospective study, 550 consecutive patients with symptomatic,(More)
Paulownia witches' broom (PaWB) caused by a phytoplasma, has caused extensive losses in the yields of paulownia timber and resulted in significant economic losses. However, the molecular mechanisms in Paulownia that underlie the phytoplasma stress are poorly characterized. In this study, we use an Illumina platform to sequence four small RNA libraries and(More)
AIMS Pioglitazone, one of the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma activators, possesses anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. In the present study, we sought to identify the impact of pioglitazone on the outcome of catheter ablation for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF). METHODS AND RESULTS We conducted a prospective observational(More)
For most practical quantum control systems, it is important and difficult to attain robustness and reliability due to unavoidable uncertainties in the system dynamics or models. Three kinds of typical approaches (e.g., closed-loop learning control, feedback control, and robust control) have been proved to be effective to solve these problems. This work(More)
OBJECTIVE Whether early rhythm suppression with extensive antiarrhythmic drugs (AADs) in persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) after catheter ablation decreases arrhythmia recurrence is unknown. We now report the 12-month follow-up data in this prospective and randomized study. METHODS AND RESULTS 123 consecutive patients with persistent AF undergoing(More)
As the application of embedded wireless communication system spreads fast in many fields, it is becoming a significant problem to obtain both high speed and reliability during the transmission of large amounts of data. This paper extends the traditional UDP protocol by adding the mechanism of package sequencing and accumulative retransmission, so as to(More)