Zhihong Wang

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Previous investigations of the neural code for complex object shape have focused on two-dimensional pattern representation. This may be the primary mode for object vision given its simplicity and direct relation to the retinal image. In contrast, three-dimensional shape representation requires higher-dimensional coding derived from extensive computation. We(More)
The aim of the prospective study reported here was to examine the effects of social and economic transformation on dietary patterns and nutritional status in China. The study began in 1989 and continued with follow-ups in 1991, 1993, 1997, 2000, and 2004. A total of 5000 subjects aged 18-45 years from 4280 households in nine provinces were included. Weighed(More)
BACKGROUND Avian influenza A virus H5N1 has caused widespread infections that have resulted in severe disease or death in poultry and wild birds as well as human beings. This virus has the potential to emerge as a pandemic threat and H5N1 vaccines are being developed in many countries. Our aim was to assess the safety and immunogenicity of an inactivated(More)
BACKGROUND MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are important diagnostic and prognostic markers in cancer. In the study reported here, we analyzed the potential relationship between miRNA expression and extrathyroidal invasion in papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC). METHODS Samples from 91 patients with PTC were collected from January 2008 to April 2012 at our hospital. To(More)
The catalytic mechanism of metallo-beta-lactamase from Bacteroides fragilis, a dinuclear Zn(II)-containing enzyme responsible for multiple antibiotic resistance, has been investigated by using nitrocefin as a substrate. Rapid-scanning and single-wavelength stopped-flow studies revealed the accumulation during turnover of an enzyme-bound intermediate with(More)
BACKGROUND An increase in the prevalence of thyroid disease has been found with increasing iodine intake, since universal salt iodization (USI) was instituted throughout China in 1996. The aim of this study was to analyze the incidence of thyroid carcinoma (TC) before and after USI in Shenyang, a city of northeastern China. MATERIAL/METHODS The pathology(More)
Aquaporin 0 (AQP0), also known as major intrinsic protein of lens, is the most abundant membrane protein in the lens and it undergoes a host of C-terminally directed posttranslational modifications. The C-terminal region containing the major phosphorylation sites is a putative calmodulin-binding site, and calmodulin has been shown to regulate AQP0 water(More)
The use of mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) for treatment of bacterial infections, including systemic processes like sepsis, is an evolving field of investigation. This study was designed to investigate the potential use of MSCs, harvested from compact bone, and their interactions with the innate immune system, during polymicrobial sepsis induced by cecal(More)
This past year has produced determinations of X-ray crystal structures for three metallo-beta-lactamases and the elucidation of the catalytic mechanisms for a monozinc and a dizinc enzyme. These advances shed light on how such a diverse group of enzymes are evolving to inactivate so efficiently a broad spectrum of beta-lactam antibiotics.
BACKGROUND Increasing evidences for the role of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) in the occurrence of ischemic stroke (IS) have shown that it belongs to pro-inflammatory cytokines and carries functional polymorphisms (TNF-alpha -238G/A and TNF-alpha -308G/A) in its promoter region, which affect their transcription rate and plasma cytokine level. We(More)