Bivalve shell is a biomineralized tissue with various layers/microstructures and excellent mechanical properties. Shell matrix proteins (SMPs) pervade and envelop the mineral crystals and play essential roles in biomineralization. Despite that Mytilus is an economically important bivalve, only few proteomic studies have been performed for the shell, and… (More)
Three neurotoxins, Jingzhaotoxin-I, -III, and -V (JZTX-I, -III, and -V), isolated from the venom of the Chinese tarantula Chilobrachys Jingzhao, are 29-36-amino acid peptides. Electrophysiological recordings carried out in Xenopus laevis oocytes show that these toxins acted as gating modifier of voltage-dependent K+ channels. They slow the rate of Kv2.1… (More)
The aim of the study was to prospectively assess the diagnostic accuracy of 1.5 T diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) for 5 to 10 mm metastatic cervical lymph nodes of patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). All patients with histopathologically confirmed NPC underwent DWI with 2 b values of 0 and 800 s/mm were enrolled. The shortest axial diameter and… (More)
Superoxide dismutase (SOD) is an important antioxidant protein that protects organisms against various oxidative stresses by eliminating hydrogen peroxide. In the present study, a full-length cDNA sequence of manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD) from the Ulva prolifera (denoted as UpMnSOD) was cloned by a reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction… (More)
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BACKGROUND The aim of this review was to evaluate and summarize the available scientific information on penehyclidine hydrochloride (PHC) for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) as a result of its ability to attenuate Toll-like receptors. Penehyclidine hydrochloride is an anticholinergic drug manufactured in China, with both… (More)
Jingzhaotoxin-XII (JZTX-XII), a 29-residue polypeptide, was purified from the venom of the Chinese tarantula Chilobrachys jingzhao. Electrophysiological recordings carried out in Xenopus laevis oocytes showed that JZTX-XII is specific for Kv4.1 channels, with the IC50 value of 0.363 microM. It interacts with the channels by modifying the gating behavior.… (More)