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In this work, we propose a Web-based monitoring system using wireless sensor networks (WSNs) to measure plant parameters and environmental factors in greenhouses. To detect and send these variables, e.g. leaf temperature, air humidity, a ZigBee-based WSN collects data, which is transmitted by GPRS modules and the Internet to a central computer, and all(More)
BACKGROUND The pathogenesis of severe acute respiratory disease syndrome (SARS) is not fully understood. One case-control study has reported an association between susceptibility to SARS and mannan-binding lectin (MBL) in China. As the downstream protein of MBL, variants of the MBL-associated serine protease-2 (MASP2) gene may be associated with SARS(More)
Hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) is a zoonotic disease, which threatens public health and its incidence has increased sharply up to the present time in southern China. A survey of HFRS including in both the natural hosts and humans conducted in Qingyuan, southern China, during 2011-2013 revealed that one, two and seven confirmed cases of HFRS(More)
Narrow-band UVB (NB-UVB) therapy is widely used in the treatment of psoriasis; however, its precise mechanism is still unclear. To investigate the circulating CD4+ T-lymphocyte subpopulations in psoriasis patients before and after NB-UVB, thus providing new insights into the mechanism of NB-UVB in the treatment of psoriasis. We performed NB-UVB treatments(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Autosomal-dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is a heterogeneous genetic disorder caused by mutations in the PKD1 and PKD2 genes. Currently, long-range PCR followed by nested PCR and sequencing (LRNS) is the gold standard approach for PKD1 testing. However, LRNS is complicated by the high structural and sequence complexity of PKD1,(More)
The external application of 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) in photodynamic therapy (PDT) results in a shallow penetration depth in thick or extensive condylomata acuminata (CA) lesions, thus demonstrating a poor therapeutic effect for those patients. To compare the efficacy of needle-free injection with external application of ALA in PDT for the treatment of(More)
Genetic background may play an important role in the process of SARS-CoV infection and SARS development. We found several proteins that could interact with the nucleocapsid protein of the SARS coronavirus (SARS-CoV). α-2-Heremans-Schmid Glycoprotein (AHSG), which is required for macrophage deactivation by endogenous cations, is associated with inflammatory(More)
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