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Genetic factors are important in the development of glioma. Interleukin-12 (IL-12) is a multifunctional cytokine that induces Interferon (IFN)-gamma secretion and plays an important role in antitumor immunity. Interleukin-27 (IL-27) is a novel IL-12 family member, and the present studies demonstrate that IL-27 mediates a potent antitumor activity. The aim(More)
MSWI fly ashes sampled from 15 large-scale commercial municipal solid waste incineration plants in China were analyzed for seventeen polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDD/PCDFs) as well as twelve dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls (dl-PCBs). The concentration of PCDD/PCDFs and dl-PCBs in fly ash samples ranged from 2.8(More)
Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most prevalent type of birth defect in humans and is the leading non-infectious cause of infant death worldwide. There is a growing body of evidence demonstrating that genetic defects play an important role in the pathogenesis of CHD. However, CHD is a genetically heterogeneous disease and the genetic basis underpinning(More)
BACKGROUND The let-7 family plays a vital role in the normal cellular activity of liver cells and the carcinogenesis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). In the previous study, we have detected the association between single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the promoter region of let-7 and susceptibility to HCC. However, it is still unknown whether these(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the expression of glucocorticoid-induced tumor necrosis factor receptor (GITR) and apoptosis of CD4(+)CD25(+)CD127(dim/-) T cells of the patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE),and to analyze its clinical value. METHODS A total of 28 patients with a diagnosis of SLE according to the American College of Rheumatology (ACR)(More)
BACKGROUND MiR-106b-25 cluster, hosted in intron 13 of MCM7, may play integral roles in diverse processes including immune response, tumorigenesis and progression. A single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP), rs999885, is located in the promoter region of MCM7. Our previous study showed that the A to G base change of rs999885 may provide an increased risk for(More)
BACKGROUND Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, and ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation-induced DNA damage is the major environmental factor underlying skin cancer development. p21, a p53-inducible protein, plays a key role in the cellular response to UVB-induced DNA damage. MATERIAL AND METHODS Through p21 silencing and overexpression,(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate the appearance, location and morphology of mandibular lingual foramina (MLF) in the Chinese Han population using cone beam computed tomography (CBCT). METHODS CBCT images of the mandibular body in 200 patients (103 female patients and 97 male patients, age range 10-70 years) were retrospectively analysed to identify MLF. The(More)
Congenital heart disease (CHD), the most prevalent birth defect in humans worldwide, is still a leading non‑infectious cause of infant morbidity and mortality. Increasing evidence demonstrates that genetic risk factors play a key role in the pathogenesis of CHD, and more than 50 genes have been linked to various types of CHD. Nevertheless, CHD is a(More)
T follicular helper (Tfh) cells play critical roles for germinal center responses and effective humoral immunity. We report here that mTOR in CD4 T cells is essential for Tfh differentiation. In Mtorf/f-Cd4Cre mice, both constitutive and inducible Tfh differentiation is severely impaired, leading to defective germinal center B cell formation and antibody(More)