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BACKGROUND Endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA) is a minimally invasive procedure that has enabled mediastinal and hilar lymph node assessment with a high sensitivity, but its role in the diagnosis of intrathoracic tuberculosis (TB) has not been established. METHODS We prospectively studied 59 patients suspected of(More)
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative joint disease that affects both cartilage and bone. A better understanding of the early molecular changes in subchondral bone may help elucidate the pathogenesis of OA. We used microarray technology to investigate the time course of molecular changes in the subchondral bone in the early stages of experimental(More)
Mitochondria are not only the main energy generators of the cell, but also mediate several critical biochemical processes such as apoptosis, proliferation and redox homeostasis. As such, mitochondrial dysfunctions can lead to a wide variety of human diseases, including cancer and osteoarthritis (OA). In OA,(More)
Osteoarthritis (OA) has long been a difficult to overcome joint disease for medical workers. However, there is still a lack of effective treatments for OA. In the present study, we aimed to evaluate the treatment effect of celecoxib (CLX) combined with diacerein (DC) on OA and delineate the underlying molecular mechanism. The OA model was established by(More)
Coal-fired thermal power plants, which represent the largest proportion of China’s electric power system, are very sluggish in responding to power system load demands. Thus, a reasonable and feasible scheme for the medium-term optimal commitment of thermal units (MOCTU) can ensure that the generation process runs smoothly and minimizes the start-up and(More)
BACKGROUND The major disadvantage of using a stem cell-based bone morphogenetic protein-4 (BMP4) gene therapy for skull defect is the overgrowth of generated bone tissue in situ. In the present study, to overcome bony overgrowth of stem cell based-gene therapy, a new strategy of two-stage bone tissue engineering by an adeno-associated virus containing BMP4(More)
Thyroid cancer is an endocrine malignancy with a high incidence rate, which is affected by female hormones, particularly estrogens, in its growth and progression. IQ-domain GTPase-activating protein 1 (IQGAP1) is overexpressed in a range of types of cancer and is reported to interact with estrogen receptor α (ERα) in breast cancer cells. However, the(More)
Robust design of feedback feed-forward iterative learning control based on 2D system theory for linear uncertain systems Zhifu Li, Yueming Hu & Di Li a Engineering Research Center for Precision Electronic Manufacturing Equipments of Ministry of Education, School of Automation Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China b(More)