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GPAA1 promotes gastric cancer progression via upregulation of GPI-anchored protein and enhancement of ERBB signalling pathway

Gastric cancer is one of the deadliest malignant tumours, with a high incidence in China, and is regulated by aberrantly overexpressed oncogenes. However, existing therapies are insufficient to meet patients’ needs; thus, the identification of additional therapeutic targets and exploration of the underlying mechanism are urgently needed. GPAA1 is the subunit of the GPI...

The value of oral contrast ultrasonography in the diagnosis of gastric cancer in elderly patients

This study aims to investigate the value of oral contrast ultrasonography (OCUS) in the diagnosis of gastric cancer in elderly patients. OCUS data obtained from patients ≥ 60 years old were retrospectively analyzed and compared with gastroscopy results. Among the 12,716 subjects examined by OCUS, 5021 subjects were ≥ 60 years old, which accounted for 39.48% (5021/12,716...

Identification of cucumber circular RNAs responsive to salt stress

Circular RNAs (circRNAs) are 3′-5′ head-to-tail covalently closed non-coding RNA that have been proved to play essential roles in many cellular and developmental processes. However, no information relate to cucumber circRNAs is available currently, especially under salt stress condition. In this study, we sequenced circRNAs in cucumber and a total of 2787 were identified, with...

Obesity and lipid-related parameters for predicting metabolic syndrome in Chinese elderly population

The present study evaluated the predictive ability of five known “best” obesity and lipid-related parameters, including body mass index (BMI), waist-to-height ratio (WHtR), triglyceride-to-high-density-lipoprotein-cholesterol (TG/HDL-C), lipid accumulation product (LAP) and visceral adiposity index (VAI), in identifying metabolic syndrome (MetS) in Chinese elderly population. A...

Immune-checkpoint inhibitor plus chemotherapy versus conventional chemotherapy for first-line treatment in advanced non-small cell lung carcinoma: a systematic review and meta-analysis

interests Li Zhang has received research support from AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly and company, and Roche. No other disclosures were reported. Publisher’s Note Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to

Immunization with a suicidal DNA vaccine expressing the E glycoprotein protects ducklings against duck Tembusu virus

Duck Tembusu virus (DTMUV), a pathogenic flavivirus, emerged in China since 2010 and causing huge economic loss in the Chinese poultry industry. Although several vaccines have been reported to control DTMUV disease, few effective vaccines are available and new outbreaks were continuously reported. Thus, it is urgently to develop a new effective vaccine for prevention of this...

Targeting chemotherapy-resistant leukemia by combining DNT cellular therapy with conventional chemotherapy

While conventional chemotherapy is effective at eliminating the bulk of leukemic cells, chemotherapy resistance in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a prevalent problem that hinders conventional therapies and contributes to disease relapse, and ultimately patient death. We have recently shown that allogeneic double negative T cells (DNTs) are able to target the majority of primary...

Cardiomyocyte differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells from bone marrow: new regulators and its implications

In the past years, cardiac mortality has decreased, but cardiac diseases are still responsible for millions of deaths every year worldwide. Bone-marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) transplantation may be a promising therapeutic strategy because of its capacity to differentiate into cardiac cells. Current research indicates that chemical substances, microRNAs, and cytokines have...

Elevated microRNA-129-5p level ameliorates neuroinflammation and blood-spinal cord barrier damage after ischemia-reperfusion by inhibiting HMGB1 and the TLR3-cytokine pathway

Ischemia-reperfusion (IR) affects microRNA (miR) expression and causes substantial inflammation. Multiple roles of the tumor suppressor miR-129-5p in cerebral IR have recently been reported, but its functions in the spinal cord are unclear. Here, we investigated the role of miR-129-5p after spinal cord IR, particularly in regulating high-mobility group box-1 (HMGB1) and the Toll...

Community health service center-based cardiac rehabilitation in patients with coronary heart disease: a prospective study

Background Despite considerable efforts to encourage participation, even in some developed countries, proportion of patients participating in institution-based cardiac rehabilitation (CR) programs remained sub-optimal. The present study was designed to investigate the acceptability of community health service center (CHSC)-based Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR), and examine its...

Microsatellite markers from tea green leafhopper Empoasca (Matsumurasca) onukii: a powerful tool for studying genetic structure in tea plantations

Background Tea green leafhopper is one of the most dominant pests in Chinese tea plantations. Recent evidence, including morphological and molecular data, revealed that tea green leafhopper in China is the same species as in Japan, Empoasca (Matsumurasca) onukii Matsuda. Previous morphological study that revealed variation in the structure of the male genitalia within and among...

Identification of recurrent focal copy number variations and their putative targeted driver genes in ovarian cancer

Li Zhang 0 0 Department of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center , 1400 Pressler St, Unit 1410, Houston, TX 77401 , USA 1 Department of Gynecologic

Accuracy of glomerular filtration rate equations for chronic kidney disease patients at the G3a stage: a single-center cross-sectional study

Background Kidney disease improving global outcomes provided a new classification for chronic kidney disease (CKD) by subdividing the G3 stage into G3a and G3b stages based on glomerular filtration rate (GFR) in 2012. Currently, a few methods are used to evaluate GFR, including measured GFR (mGFR) and estimated GFR (eGFR). One of the mGFR was 99mTc-DTPA scintigraphy method and...

Prevalence and risk factors for asthma among children aged 0–14 years in Hangzhou: a cross-sectional survey

Background Asthma is a global problem. Prevalence varies among different countries and cities. We aimed to obtain the prevalence, describe the characteristics, and discover factors that may relate to asthma in Hangzhou. Methods This cross-sectional study was conducted in Hangzhou. The subjects were children aged 14 years and younger. A control group of non-asthma children that...

Relationship between body mass index and depressive symptoms: the “fat and jolly” hypothesis for the middle-aged and elderly in China

Li Zhuo Chen Li-li Zhang Lei-lei Guo 0 0 Department of Surgical Nursing, School of Nursing, Jinzhou Medical University , No.40, Section 3, Songpo Road, Linghe District, Jinzhou City, Liaoning Province ... authors are grateful to Kun Liu, Hong Li, Dan Li, Zhuo Chen, Li-li Zhang, and Lei-lei Guo. We thank the members of the CHARLS. Funding Collection of the CHARLS datasets used in the current study was

Non-invasive treatment for severe complex pressure ulcers complicated by necrotizing fasciitis: a case report

Introduction Pressure ulceration is a common problem for long-term bedridden patients and individuals with traumatic paraplegia. Necrotizing fasciitis can be a life-threatening complication caused by pressure ulcers, especially for debilitated elderly patients. In this report, we describe the successful use of negative pressure wound therapy with instillation to treat severe...

Cyclopamine tartrate, an inhibitor of Hedgehog signaling, strongly interferes with mitochondrial function and suppresses aerobic respiration in lung cancer cells

Background Aberrant Hedgehog (Hh) signaling is associated with the development of many cancers including prostate cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, ovarian cancer, and basal cell carcinoma. The Hh signaling pathway has been one of the most intensely investigated targets for cancer therapy, and a number of compounds inhibiting Hh signaling are being...

Improving RNA-Seq expression estimation by modeling isoform- and exon-specific read sequencing rate

Background The high-throughput sequencing technology, RNA-Seq, has been widely used to quantify gene and isoform expression in the study of transcriptome in recent years. Accurate expression measurement from the millions or billions of short generated reads is obstructed by difficulties. One is ambiguous mapping of reads to reference transcriptome caused by alternative splicing...

Integrative analysis of metabolome and gut microbiota in diet-induced hyperlipidemic rats treated with berberine compounds

Background Hyperlipidemia is a major component of metabolic syndrome, and often predicts cardiovascular diseases. We developed a new therapeutic agent berberine compounds (BC), consisting of berberine, oryzanol and vitamin B 6 , and determined their anti-hyperlipidemia activity and underlying mechanisms. Methods Male Wistar rats were fed a high fat diet (HFD) to induce...