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Recent work with young pigs shows that reducing dietary protein intake can improve gut function after weaning but results in inadequate provision of essential amino acids for muscle growth. Because acute administration of l-leucine stimulates protein synthesis in piglet muscle, the present study tested the hypothesis that supplementing l-leucine to a(More)
This study determined effects of dietary supplementation with l-arginine (Arg) or N-carbamylglutamate (NCG) on intestinal health and growth in early-weaned pigs. Eighty-four Landrace × Yorkshire pigs (average body weight of 5.56 ± 0.07 kg; weaned at 21 days of age) were fed for 7 days one of the three isonitrogenous diets: (1) a corn- and soybean meal-based(More)
BACKGROUND This study reports the value of accurate pulmonary contusion (PC) volume measurement with 3-dimensional computed tomography (CT) in predicting acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) development. METHODS The study enrolled all patients who were diagnosed with PC on admission by CT and had a chest Abbreviated Injury Score (AIS) exceeding 2(More)
This study was conducted to test the hypothesis that dietary L-arginine supplementation enhances immunity in early weaned piglets. Seventy piglets weaned at 7 days of age were assigned to five groups (14 pigs/group), representing supplementation of 0.0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, and 0.8% l-arginine to a milk-based formula. On Day 7 after initiation of treatment,(More)
The zebrafish kidney marrow is considered to be the organ of definitive hematopoiesis, analogous to the mammalian bone marrow. We have sequenced 26,143 ESTs and isolated 304 cDNAs with putative full-length ORF from a zebrafish kidney marrow cDNA library. The ESTs formed 7,742 assemblies, representing both previously identified zebrafish ESTs (56%) and(More)
Sixty healthy growing pigs (Duroc×Landrace×Yorkshire with an average BW of 21.4 kg) were used to determine the true digestible phosphorus (TDP) requirement of growing pigs on the basis of growth performance and serum biochemical indices. Pigs were assigned randomly to one of five dietary treatments (12 pigs/diet), representing five levels of TDP (0.16%,(More)
Heat shock proteins (HSPs) are remarkably conserved in all living organisms. The upregulation of expression of HSPs is triggered by a variety of physiological and environmental insults. HSPs play an important role in protecting against protein denaturation and subsequent celluar stress, which damages the intestinal mucosa and reduces the protective function(More)
The mutations of ESR, PRLR and FSHR genes were investigated by SNP; 103 F2 sows were slaughtered and their reproductive organs were determined; the litter size of sow was recorded. The linkage between mutations of genes and size of reproductive organ, litter size was analyzed. The results revealed: these sows that could provide more piglets with bigger(More)
Mutational analysis has established that the cytoplasmic tail of the integrin beta 3 subunit binds c-Src (termed as Src in this study) and is critical for bidirectional integrin signaling. Here we show in washed human platelets that a cell-permeable, myristoylated RGT peptide (myr-RGT) corresponding to the integrin beta 3 C-terminal sequence(More)