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Efficient and Secure Storage for Outsourced Data: A Survey

With the growing popularity of cloud computing, more and more enterprises and individuals tend to store their sensitive data on the cloud in order to reduce the cost of data management. However, new security and privacy challenges arise when the data stored in the cloud due to the loss of data control by the data owner. This paper focuses on the techniques of verifiable data ...

Effect of thermal annealing on scintillation properties of Ce:Gd2Y1Ga2.7Al2.3O12 under different atmosphere

Cerium-doped 1% Ce:Gd2Y1Ga2.7Al2.3O12(GYGAG) single crystal samples grown via Czochralski method were annealed under air, O2 and N2 atmospheres from 350 to 1400 °C. The X-ray excited luminescence spectra, energy spectra and UV as well as thermally stimulated luminescence (TSL) spectra were performed comparatively on “as-grown” and thermally annealed samples. It was found that the ...

TGF-β Neutralization Enhances AngII-Induced Aortic Rupture and Aneurysm in Both Thoracic and Abdominal Regions

AngII and TGF-β interact in development of thoracic and abdominal aortic diseases, although there are many facets of this interaction that have not been clearly defined. The aim of the present study was to determine the effects of TGF-β neutralization on AngII induced-aortic pathologies. Male C57BL/6J mice were administered with either a rabbit or mouse TGF-β neutralizing antibody ...

Canine retraction and anchorage loss self-ligating versus conventional brackets: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Background The purpose of this systematic review is to identify and review the orthodontic literature with regards to assessing possible differences in canine retraction rate and the amount of antero-posterior anchorage (AP) loss during maxillary canine retraction, using conventional brackets (CBs) and self-ligating brackets (SLBs). Methods An electronic search without time or ...

Healthcare Associated Infections of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus: A Case-Control-Control Study

Background Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is one of the most widespread and dangerous pathogens in healthcare settings. We carried out this case-control-control study at a tertiary care hospital in Guangzhou, China, to examine the antimicrobial susceptibility patterns, risk factors and clinical outcomes of MRSA infections. Methods A total of 57 MRSA patients, ...

High PHLPP expression is associated with better prognosis in patients with resected lung adenocarcinoma

Minhua Ye Xiaofeng Chen 0 Department of Radiation Oncology, Taizhou Hospital, Wenzhou Medical University , Zhejiang Province 317000 , China 1 Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Radiation Oncology

Functional relationship of furfural yields and the hemicellulose-derived sugars in the hydrolysates from corncob by microwave-assisted hydrothermal pretreatment

Background Corncob as one of the most suitable feedstock for the production of a variety of high-value-added chemicals is receiving increasing attention worldwide because of the characteristics of high carbohydrate (cellulose and hemicelluloses) contents and high energy densities. Furfural produced from hemicelluloses is a highly versatile and key feedstock used in the manufacture ...

Wire `missing�: a rare presentation of preoperative localization wire system dislocation

A full account is presented of a 53-year-old Chinese woman with a small subpleura nodule in the right upper lobe, which was successfully localized by a Dualok-wire system under computed tomography guidance preoperatively. However, during operation, the hook wire was `missing�, neither in the thorax, nor in the lung. With the help of bed-side chest film, the missing wire, which was ...

Metformin Induced AMPK Activation, G0/G1 Phase Cell Cycle Arrest and the Inhibition of Growth of Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinomas In Vitro and In Vivo

Esophageal squamous cell carcinomas (ESCC) have become a severe threat to health and the current treatments for ESCC are frequently not effective. Recent epidemiological studies suggest that the anti-hyperglycemic agent metformin may reduce the risk of developing cancer, including ESCC, among diabetic patients. However, the antitumor effects of metformin on ESCC and the mechanisms ...

Does ambroxol confer a protective effect on the lungs in patients undergoing cardiac surgery or having lung resection?

A best evidence topic in perioperative care was written according to a structured protocol. The question addressed was ‘Does ambroxol confer a protective effect on the lung in patients undergoing cardiac surgery or having lung resection?’ A total of 247 papers were found using the reported search, of which 7 represented the best evidence to answer the clinical question. The ...

Rules of parotid gland dose variations and shift during intensity modulated radiation therapy for nasopharyngeal carcinoma

Background To determine the position and dose delivery changes rules of parotid gland (PG) during the course of intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) in nasopharyngeal carcinoma patients (NPC). Materials and methods One hundred and forty one competed tomography (CT) images from 47 NPC patients (three images for each patient were acquired before treatment, at the 15th and ...

The roles of mitoferrin-2 in the process of arsenic trioxide-induced cell damage in human gliomas

to Shiguang Zhao; 81101616 to Yunbo Zhen, and 81201974 to Lei Teng) and Foundation of the First Affiliated Hospital of Harbin Medical University (2013B05 to Xiaofeng Chen). 1. Song X , Chen Z , Wu C

Preparation and evaluation of biomimetric nano-hydroxyapatite-based composite scaffolds for bone-tissue engineering

In the present study, novel biomimetic composite scaffolds with a composition similar to that of natural bone were prepared, using nano-hydroxyapatite, collagen, and phosphatidylserine. The scaffolds possess an interconnected porous structure with a porosity of 84%. The pore size ranges from several micrometers up to about 400 μm. In-vitro studies in simulated body fluids showed ...

Mineralization regulation and biological influence of bioactive glass-collagen-phosphatidylserine composite scaffolds

Biomimetic scaffolds are appealing products for the repair of bone defects using tissue engineering strategies. In the present study, novel biomimetic composite scaffolds, with similar properties to natural bone, were prepared, blended and cross-linked with bioactive glass, type I collagen and phosphatidylserine. When exposed to cell culture solution in the absence of a cellular ...

Teicoplanin as an Effective Alternative to Vancomycin for Treatment of MRSA Infection in Chinese Population: A Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials

Objective To evaluate whether teicoplanin could be an alternative to vancomycin for treatment of MRSA infection in Chinese population using a meta-analysis in randomized controlled trials. Methods The following databases were searched: Chinese Biomedical Literature database (CBM), Chinese Journal Full-text database (CNKI), Wanfang database, Medline database, Ovid database and ...

MDM2 Promotes Invasion and Metastasis in Invasive Ductal Breast Carcinoma by Inducing Matrix Metalloproteinase-9

The molecular mechanisms that underpin invasive ductal breast cancer (IDC) invasion and metastasis are incompletely understood. The oncogene, mouse double minute 2 (MDM2), has been implicated in the pathogenesis of numerous cancers, where it stimulates the expression of matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP9), an important enzyme in the breakdown of the extracellular matrix. However, its ...

Identification and validation of the methylation biomarkers of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)

Background DNA methylation was suggested as the promising biomarker for lung cancer diagnosis. However, it is a great challenge to search for the optimal combination of methylation biomarkers to obtain maximum diagnostic performance. Results In this study, we developed a panel of DNA methylation biomarkers and validated their diagnostic efficiency for non-small cell lung cancer ...

miRNA-29c Suppresses Lung Cancer Cell Adhesion to Extracellular Matrix and Metastasis by Targeting Integrin β1 and Matrix Metalloproteinase2 (MMP2)

Our pilot study using miRNA arrays found that miRNA-29c (miR-29c) is differentially expressed in the paired low-metastatic lung cancer cell line 95C compared to the high-metastatic lung cancer cell line 95D. Bioinformatics analysis shows that integrin β1 and matrix metalloproteinase 2 (MMP2) could be important target genes of miR-29c. Therefore, we hypothesized that miR-29c ...

Gefitinib or Erlotinib as Maintenance Therapy in Patients with Advanced Stage Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: A Systematic Review

Background Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI), gefitinib and erlotinib have been tested as maintenance therapy in patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The studies are quite heterogenous regarding study size and populations, and a synopsis of these data could give some more insight in the role of maintenance therapy with ...