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Vergence and Standing Balance in Subjects with Idiopathic Bilateral Loss of Vestibular Function

There is a natural symbiosis between vergence and vestibular responses. Deficits in vergence can lead to vertigo, disequilibrium, and postural instability. This study examines both vergence eye movements in patients with idiopathic bilateral vestibular loss, and their standing balance in relation to vergence. Eleven patients participated in the study and 16 controls. Bilateral...

Screening of feature genes of the ovarian cancer epithelia with DNA microarray

Objective We aimed to screen differentially expressed genes (DEGs) of ovarian surface epithelia in order to provide beneficial help for early diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer with DNA microarrays. Methods We extracted the microarray expression profile GSE14407 from Gene Expression Omnibus database which conducted gene expression profiling analysis of 12 ovarian surface...

Two Distinct Calmodulin Binding Sites in the Third Intracellular Loop and Carboxyl Tail of Angiotensin II (AT1A) Receptor

supported by the National Institutes of Health (DK63252 to Qing Yang, www2.niddk.nih.gov) and the Tang Aoqing professor award of Jilin University to Qing Yang. The funders had no role in study design, data

A novel gene, MdSSK1, as a component of the SCF complex rather than MdSBP1 can mediate the ubiquitination of S-RNase in apple

As a core factor in S-RNase-based gametophytic self-incompatibility (GSI), the SCF (SKP1–Cullin1–F-box-Rbx1) complex (including pollen determinant SLF, S-locus-F-box) functions as an E3 ubiquitin ligase on non-self S-RNase. The SCF complex is formed by SKP1 bridging between SLF, CUL1, and Rbx1; however, it is not known whether an SCF complex lacking SKP1 can mediate the...

Quantitative Evaluation of the Substantially Variable Morphology and Function of the Left Atrial Appendage and Its Relation with Adjacent Structures

Objective To investigate quantitatively the morphology, anatomy and function of the left atrial appendage (LAA) and its relation with adjacent structures. Materials and Methods A total of 860 patients (533 men, 62.0%, age 55.9±10.4 year) who had cardiac multidetector computed tomography angiography from May to October 2012 were enrolled for analysis. Results Seven types and 6...

Influence of the sea surface temperature anomaly over the Indian Ocean in March on the summer rainfall in Xinjiang

This study explores the relationship between the sea surface temperature over the Indian Ocean (IOSST) in March and the summer rainfall in Xinjiang. In the observations, the IOSST in March significantly correlates with the summer rainfall in Xinjiang with a correlation coefficient of about 0.49 during 1961–2007. This relationship is independent from the El Niño Southern...

Land use/land cover changes and regional climate over the Loess Plateau during 2001–2009. Part I: observational evidence

Adverse environmental impacts from deforestation are a growing area of concern in climate change discussions. The Chinese government has implemented a series of policies, such as the Grain for Green Project, in an attempt to mitigate the impacts. This study takes a regional perspective to report land use/land cover changes over the Loess Plateau region from 2001 to 2009. MODIS...

Nonrenewable Energy Cost and Greenhouse Gas Emissions of a “Pig-Biogas-Fish” System in China

2012 Academic Editors: B. Chen and Z.-M. Chen Copyright © 2012 Qing Yang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted

Regulation of DNA methyltransferase 1 transcription in BRCA1-mutated breast cancer: a novel crosstalk between E2F1 motif hypermethylation and loss of histone H3 lysine 9 acetylation

Background DNA methyltransferase 1 (DNMT1) plays a critical role in breast cancer progression. However, the epigenetic mechanism regulating DNMT1 expression remains largely unknown. Methods Epigenetic regulation of DNMT1 was assessed in 85 invasive ductal carcinomas from BRCA1 mutation carriers. Association between clinicopathological features and DNMT1 promoter methylation was...

CSH guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of drug-induced liver injury

-xia Liu, Lun-gen Lu, Shi-wu Ma, Xiong Ma, Yue-min Nan, Hong Ren, Tao Shen, Hao Wang, Ji-yao Wang, Tai-ling Wang, Xiao-jin Wang, Lai Wei, Qing Xie, Wen Xie, Chang-qing Yang, Dong-liang Yang, Yan-yan Yu

Biological Values of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine: Impact on the Life Science

Grove, QLD 4059, Australia Received 19 November 2013; Accepted 19 November 2013; Published 12 January 2014 Copyright © 2014 Yong-Qing Yang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the ... and Dr. Yu-Dong Xu for their excellent secretary assistance for the special issue. Yong-Qing Yang Chen Yan Chris J. Branford-White Xiang-Yu Hou References F. Cheung, “TCM: made in China,” Nature

Association of Serum Uric Acid and Coronary Artery Disease in Premenopausal Women

Objective To date, no study in the published literature has investigated the role of various serum uric acid (SUA) concentrations in the development of angiographically-proven coronary artery disease (CAD) in premenopausal women. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate the role SUA levels may play in the prevalence, severity, and prognosis of CAD in premenopausal...

EKPD: a hierarchical database of eukaryotic protein kinases and protein phosphatases

We present here EKPD (http://ekpd.biocuckoo.org), a hierarchical database of eukaryotic protein kinases (PKs) and protein phosphatases (PPs), the key molecules responsible for the reversible phosphorylation of proteins that are involved in almost all aspects of biological processes. As extensive experimental and computational efforts have been carried out to identify PKs and PPs...

PITX2 Loss-of-Function Mutation Contributes to Congenital Endocardial Cushion Defect and Axenfeld-Rieger Syndrome

Congenital heart disease (CHD), the most common type of birth defect, is still the leading non-infectious cause of infant morbidity and mortality in humans. Aggregating evidence demonstrates that genetic defects are involved in the pathogenesis of CHD. However, CHD is genetically heterogeneous and the genetic components underpinning CHD in an overwhelming majority of patients...

Positive Association of Coronary Calcium Detected by Computed Tomography Coronary Angiography with Periprocedural Myocardial Infarction

Background Periprocedural myocardial infarction (PMI) may occur in approximately 5% to 30% of patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention. Whether the morphology of coronary plaque calcium affects the occurrence of PMI is unknown. Materials and Methods A total of 616 subjects with stable angina and normal baseline cardiac troponin I levels who had undergone computed...

Regulation of angiotensin II type 1 receptor expression in ovarian cancer: a potential role for BRCA1

Background Both BRCA1 and angiotensin II type 1 receptor (AGTR1) play a critical role in ovarian cancer progression. However, the crosstalk between BRCA1 and AGTR1 signaling pathways remains largely unknown. Methods BRCA1 promoter methylation was analyzed by bisulfite sequence using primers focused on the core promoter region. Expression levels of BRCA1 and AGTR1 were assessed by...

Effect of BRCA1 on epidermal growth factor receptor in ovarian cancer

Background Both BRCA1 and epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) play a critical role in ovarian cancer progression. However, the crosstalk between BRCA1 and EGFR signaling pathways in ovarian cancer remains largely unknown. Methods The effect of BRCA1 on EGFR was assessed in 146 serous ovarian cancer patients (28 pairs of BRCA1-mutated or not, 23 pairs of BRCA2-mutated or not...

Mathematical Model and Analysis of Negative Skin Friction of Pile Group in Consolidating Soil

In order to calculate negative skin friction (NSF) of pile group embedded in a consolidating soil, the dragload calculating formulas of single pile were established by considering Davis one-dimensional nonlinear consolidation soils settlement and hyperbolic load-transfer of pile-soil interface. Based on effective influence area theory, a simple semiempirical mathematical model of...

Resveratrol Inhibits the Growth of Gastric Cancer by Inducing G1 Phase Arrest and Senescence in a Sirt1-Dependent Manner

Resveratrol, a naturally occurring polyphenolic compound, has been reported to exert anticancer activity by affecting diverse molecular targets. In this study, we examined the effects and the underlying mechanisms of resveratrol on gastric cancer. We found that resveratrol inhibited the proliferation of gastric cancer cells in a dose-dependent manner. At the concentration of 25...

Microarray Expression Analysis of the Main Inflorescence in Brassica napus

The effect of the number of pods on the main inflorescence (NPMI) on seed yield in Brassica napus plants grown at high density is a topic of great economic and scientific interest. Here, we sought to identify patterns of gene expression that determine the NPMI during inflorescence differentiation. We monitored gene expression profiles in the main inflorescence of two B. napus F6...