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Evaluation of Early Prognostic Factors of Mortality in Patients with Acute Pancreatitis: A Retrospective Study

@513gnaijuh and Lu Liang; moc.liamg@360gnailul Received 12 July 2017; Revised 4 October 2017; Accepted 18 October 2017; Published 25 December 2017 Academic Editor: Riccardo Casadei Copyright © 2017 Wenzheng

Evaluation of Early Prognostic Factors of Mortality in Patients with Acute Pancreatitis: A Retrospective Study

@513gnaijuh and Lu Liang; moc.liamg@360gnailul Received 12 July 2017; Revised 4 October 2017; Accepted 18 October 2017; Published 25 December 2017 Academic Editor: Riccardo Casadei Copyright © 2017 Wenzheng

Comparison of Teratoma Formation between Embryonic Stem Cells and Parthenogenetic Embryonic Stem Cells by Molecular Imaging

,7 Lu Liang,7 Qinjun Zhao,7 Zhibo Han,7 Zhongchao Han,7 Xiaojing Wang,8 and Zongjin Li1,2,4 1Nankai University School of Medicine, Tianjin 300071, China 2The Key Lab of Bioactive Materials, Ministry

The Effect of Social Support on Glycemic Control in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: The Mediating Roles of Self-Efficacy and Adherence

Shao, Lu Liang, and Linjing Shi were involved in drafting and revising the paper. All authors approved the final version to be published. Acknowledgments The authors would like to thank Dr. Huazhang

The Effect of Social Support on Glycemic Control in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: The Mediating Roles of Self-Efficacy and Adherence

Shouyi Yu interpreted the findings. Yechang Shao, Lu Liang, and Linjing Shi were involved in drafting and revising the paper. All authors approved the final version to be published. Acknowledgments The

Intravenous injection of allogeneic umbilical cord-derived multipotent mesenchymal stromal cells reduces the infarct area and ameliorates cardiac function in a porcine model of acute myocardial infarction

BackgroundMultipotent mesenchymal stromal cell (MSC) therapy has been widely recognized as a feasible strategy for regenerating injured myocardial tissue. However, little is known about the efficacy of intravenous injection of allogeneic umbilical cord (UC) MSCs in preclinical models of porcine myocardial infarction.MethodsDifferent dosages of allogeneic UC-MSCs or the vehicle...

Improving chemical similarity ensemble approach in target prediction

Background In silico target prediction of compounds plays an important role in drug discovery. The chemical similarity ensemble approach (SEA) is a promising method, which has been successfully applied in many drug-related studies. There are various models available analogous to SEA, because this approach is based on different types of molecular fingerprints. To investigate the...

How welcome do Iranian-Americans feel in their homeland? Perceptions of social distance among Muslim, Jewish, and Non-Religious Iranian-American adults

Elaine Hatfield 0 Lu Liang 0 0 University of Hawaii at Manoa , 4 Midlothian, Dove Canyon, CA 92679 , USA Recent political events in the United States have created a political climate that promotes

Clinical comparative investigation of efficacy and toxicity of cisplatin plus gemcitabine or plus Abraxane as first-line chemotherapy for stage III/IV non-small-cell lung cancer

chemotherapy for stage III/IV non-small-cell lung cancer Dan Ai,1,2 Yan Guan,2 Xiu-Ju Liu,2 Chu-Feng Zhang,1,2 Peng Wang,1,2 Hong-Lu Liang,1,2 Qi-Sen Guo2 1School of Medicine and Life Sciences, University of

A Role of hIPI3 in DNA Replication Licensing in Human Cells

The yeast Ipi3p is required for DNA replication and cell viability in Sacharomyces cerevisiae. It is an essential component of the Rix1 complex (Rix1p/Ipi2p-Ipi1p-Ipi3p) that is required for the processing of 35S pre-rRNA in pre-60S ribosomal particles and for the initiation of DNA replication. The human IPI3 homolog is WDR18 (WD repeat domain 18), which shares significant...

Platelet releasates promote the proliferation of hepatocellular carcinoma cells by suppressing the expression of KLF6

Platelets in the primary tumor microenvironment play crucial roles in the regulation of tumor progression, but the mechanisms underlying are poorly understood. Here, we report that platelet releasates exerted a proliferative effect on hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells both in vitro and in vivo. This effect depended on a reduction of KLF6 expression in HCC cells. After...

Bone Marrow Is a Reservoir for Cardiac Resident Stem Cells

Resident cardiac stem cells (CSCs) represent a responsive stem cell reservoir within the adult myocardium and have a significant function in myocardial homeostasis and injury. However, the distribution, origin, homing and possible therapeutic benefits of CSCs are still under discussion. Here we investigated whether bone marrow (BM) stem cells could contribute to repopulating the...

Implantable Collamer Lens Versus Iris-Fixed Phakic Intraocular Lens Implantation to Correct Myopia: A Meta-Analysis

This study is a meta-analysis comparing the efficacy, predictability, and safety of correcting myopia via implantation of two types of phakic intraocular lens (PIOLs): the implantable collamer lens (ICL) and iris-fixed PIOL. The Cochrane library, Pubmed, and EMBASE were searched. Study selection, data exclusion, and quality assessment were performed by two independent observers...

Bird watching in China reveals bird distribution changes

Using China Bird Report (2003–2007) as data source in combination with descriptions about bird habitats, we built up the China Bird Watching Database. We also developed spherical GIS software “Global Analyst” to create the point-based database which contains accurate spatial-temporal information. The China Bird Watching Database can reflect the achievement of Chinese bird...

VCAM-1+ placenta chorionic villi-derived mesenchymal stem cells display potent pro-angiogenic activity

IntroductionMesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) represent a heterogeneous cell population that is promising for regenerative medicine. The present study was designed to assess whether VCAM-1 can be used as a marker of MSC subpopulation with superior angiogenic potential.MethodsMSCs were isolated from placenta chorionic villi (CV). The VCAM-1+/− CV-MSCs population were separated by Flow...

Extracellular Matrix can Recover the Downregulation of Adhesion Molecules after Cell Detachment and Enhance Endothelial Cell Engraftment

The low cell engraftment after transplantation limits the successful application of stem cell therapy and the exact pathway leading to acute donor cell death following transplantation is still unknown. Here we investigated if processes involved in cell preparation could initiate downregulation of adhesion-related survival signals, and further affect cell engraftment after...

Parallel Evolution of Auditory Genes for Echolocation in Bats and Toothed Whales

The ability of bats and toothed whales to echolocate is a remarkable case of convergent evolution. Previous genetic studies have documented parallel evolution of nucleotide sequences in Prestin and KCNQ4, both of which are associated with voltage motility during the cochlear amplification of signals. Echolocation involves complex mechanisms. The most important factors include...

Adaptive Evolution of the Hox Gene Family for Development in Bats and Dolphins

Bats and cetaceans (i.e., whales, dolphins, porpoises) are two kinds of mammals with unique locomotive styles and occupy novel niches. Bats are the only mammals capable of sustained flight in the sky, while cetaceans have returned to the aquatic environment and are specialized for swimming. Associated with these novel adaptations to their environment, various development changes...

China’s urban expansion from 1990 to 2010 determined with satellite remote sensing

Based on the same data source of Landsat TM/ETM+ in 1990s, 2000s and 2010s, all urban built-up areas in China are mapped mainly by human interpretation. Mapping results were checked and refined by the same analyst with the same set of criteria. The results show during the last 20 years urban areas in China have increased exponentially more than 2 times. The greatest area of...

On the phylogeny of Mustelidae subfamilies: analysis of seventeen nuclear non-coding loci and mitochondrial complete genomes

Background Mustelidae, as the largest and most-diverse family of order Carnivora, comprises eight subfamilies. Phylogenetic relationships among these Mustelidae subfamilies remain argumentative subjects in recent years. One of the main reasons is that the mustelids represent a typical example of rapid evolutionary radiation and recent speciation event. Prior investigation has...