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Defensins are small cationic cysteine rich peptides, which usually contain 18-45 amino acids and possess amphiphilic properties. The term "defensin" was coined as the sequences of rabbit and human leukin/phagocytin molecules were first reported in 1985. Since then, various defensins were isolated and characterized from insects, plants and vertebrates. Using(More)
BACKGROUND Stroke, 88% of which are ischemic, is a common cause of death and disability all over the world. Chuanxiong has been reported to be beneficial in treating stroke. However, the strength of evidence to support its use is unclear. OBJECTIVES To assess the safety and efficacy of chuanxiong for acute ischemic stroke. SEARCH STRATEGY We searched(More)
Idiopathic congenital clubfoot (CCF) is a type of congenital foot malformation, and previous studies using the extended transmission disequilibrium testing (ETDT) analysis have confirmed the HOXD13 gene as the susceptible gene of CCF. This study aimed to verify whether Hoxd13 directly regulates skeletal muscle LIM protein 1 (Fhl1) expression during limb(More)
OBJECTIVE The present study introduces the application of percutaneous epididymal sperm aspiration (PESA) for diagnosis of obstructive azoospermia and non-obstructive azoospermia. PATIENTS AND METHODS 96 cases diagnosed with azoospermia were selected, standard methods were used to measure testicular volume, chemiluminescence was used to test serum sexual(More)