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Lime Disease

Baoxin Liu, Yong Li, Jiachen Luo, Liming Dai, Jinlong Zhao, Hongqiang Li, Qiqiang Jie, Dongzhi Wang, Xin Huang, Yidong Wei
OBJECTIVES: To examine plasma protein Z (PZ) levels in acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and chronic coronary atherosclerosis disease (CCAD) patients without history of AMI and explore its potential clinical significance. METHODS: Plasma PZ concentrations were measured in 90 AMI patients (Group A), 87 CCAD patients without AMI history who remained free of major clinical events at least one year (Group B), and 88 clinically healthy controls (Group C). RESULTS: PZ was found to be significantly lower (P<0...
October 13, 2016: Thrombosis Research
Shaikha Y Al-Abadi, Abdullah M Al-Sadi, Matthew Dickinson, Mohammed S Al-Hammadi, Rashid Al-Shariqi, Rashid A Al-Yahyai, Elham A Kazerooni, Assunta Bertaccini
Witches' broom disease of lime (WBDL) is a serious phytoplasma disease of acid lime in Oman, the UAE and Iran. Despite efforts to study it, no systemic study attempted to characterize the relationship among the associated phytoplasma, 'Candidatus Phytoplasma aurantifolia', from the three countries. This study utilized sequences of the 16S rRNA, imp and secA genes to characterize 57 strains collected from Oman (38), the UAE (9) and Iran (10). Phylogenetic analysis based on the 16S rRNA gene showed that the 57 strains shared 98...
2016: SpringerPlus
Liming Yu, Chongxi Fan, Zhi Li, Jian Zhang, Xiaodong Xue, Yinli Xu, Guolong Zhao, Yang Yang, Huishan Wang
Stress hyperglycemia is commonly observed in patients suffering from ischemic heart disease. It not only worsens cardiovascular prognosis but also attenuates the efficacies of various cardioprotective agents. This study aimed to investigate the protective effect of melatonin against myocardial ischemia-reperfusion (MI/R) injury in acute hyperglycemic state with a focus on Notch1/Hes1/Akt signaling and intracellular thioredoxin (Trx) system. Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to MI/R surgery and high glucose (HG, 500 g/L) infusion (4 ml/kg/h) to induce temporary hyperglycemia...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Pineal Research
Yong Yu, Jason C H Tsang, Cui Wang, Simon Clare, Juexuan Wang, Xi Chen, Cordelia Brandt, Leanne Kane, Lia S Campos, Liming Lu, Gabrielle T Belz, Andrew N J McKenzie, Sarah A Teichmann, Gordon Dougan, Pentao Liu
Innate lymphoid cells (ILCs) functionally resemble T lymphocytes in cytotoxicity and cytokine production but lack antigen-specific receptors, and are important regulators in immune response and tissue homeostasis(1, 2). ILCs are generated from common lymphoid progenitors (CLPs), which are subsequently committed to innate lymphoid lineages in the α lymphoid progenitor (αLP), early innate lymphoid progenitor (EILP), common helper innate lymphoid progenitor (CHILP) and innate lymphoid cell progenitor (ILCP) compartments(3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)...
September 29, 2016: Nature
Tao Peng, Liming Dong, Zhihua Zhu, Jing Cui, Qian Li, Xin Li, Heshui Wu, Chunyou Wang, Zhiyong Yang
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: Some deep pelvic abscesses are not accessible through anterior or lateral approaches because of the presence of organs and structures. The objective of this study was to assess the feasibility, safety, tolerability, and efficacy of a percutaneous presacral space approach by reviewing our clinical experience and the literature. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The outcomes of 12 patients, who have undergone computed tomography (CT)-guided percutaneous presacral space drainage, were retrospectively reviewed, including demographic, clinical, and morphological data in the medical records...
October 12, 2016: Academic Radiology
Pingnan Shan, Zhiyong Lu, Lihong Ye, Yaqin Fang, Suhong Tan, Guohong Xuan, Jincheng Ru, Liming Mao
BACKGROUND Prostatitis is a common and refractory urological disease with complicated etiology. Ureaplasma urealyticum (UU) has a close relationship with human urinary tract infection that can induce nonbacterial prostatitis. Tripterygium wilfordii polyglycoside (TWP) is a non-steroidal immune inhibitor that causes significant immune suppression and anti-inflammatory effects. Its role in prostatitis caused by UU has not yet been established. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of TWP on UU-infected prostatitis in a rat model...
October 15, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Christina Loley, Maris Alver, Themistocles L Assimes, Andrew Bjonnes, Anuj Goel, Stefan Gustafsson, Jussi Hernesniemi, Jemma C Hopewell, Stavroula Kanoni, Marcus E Kleber, King Wai Lau, Yingchang Lu, Leo-Pekka Lyytikäinen, Christopher P Nelson, Majid Nikpay, Liming Qu, Elias Salfati, Markus Scholz, Taru Tukiainen, Christina Willenborg, Hong-Hee Won, Lingyao Zeng, Weihua Zhang, Sonia S Anand, Frank Beutner, Erwin P Bottinger, Robert Clarke, George Dedoussis, Ron Do, Tõnu Esko, Markku Eskola, Martin Farrall, Dominique Gauguier, Vilmantas Giedraitis, Christopher B Granger, Alistair S Hall, Anders Hamsten, Stanley L Hazen, Jie Huang, Mika Kähönen, Theodosios Kyriakou, Reijo Laaksonen, Lars Lind, Cecilia Lindgren, Patrik K E Magnusson, Eirini Marouli, Evelin Mihailov, Andrew P Morris, Kjell Nikus, Nancy Pedersen, Loukianos Rallidis, Veikko Salomaa, Svati H Shah, Alexandre F R Stewart, John R Thompson, Pierre A Zalloua, John C Chambers, Rory Collins, Erik Ingelsson, Carlos Iribarren, Pekka J Karhunen, Jaspal S Kooner, Terho Lehtimäki, Ruth J F Loos, Winfried März, Ruth McPherson, Andres Metspalu, Muredach P Reilly, Samuli Ripatti, Dharambir K Sanghera, Joachim Thiery, Hugh Watkins, Panos Deloukas, Sekar Kathiresan, Nilesh J Samani, Heribert Schunkert, Jeanette Erdmann, Inke R König
In recent years, genome-wide association studies have identified 58 independent risk loci for coronary artery disease (CAD) on the autosome. However, due to the sex-specific data structure of the X chromosome, it has been excluded from most of these analyses. While females have 2 copies of chromosome X, males have only one. Also, one of the female X chromosomes may be inactivated. Therefore, special test statistics and quality control procedures are required. Thus, little is known about the role of X-chromosomal variants in CAD...
October 12, 2016: Scientific Reports
Xianhui Qin, Jianping Li, J David Spence, Yan Zhang, Youbao Li, Xiaobin Wang, Binyan Wang, Ningling Sun, Fang Chen, Jingxuan Guo, Delu Yin, Liming Sun, Genfu Tang, Mingli He, Jia Fu, Yefeng Cai, Xiuli Shi, Ping Ye, Hong Chen, Shuiping Zhao, Mao Chen, Chuanyu Gao, Xiangqing Kong, Fan Fan Hou, Yining Huang, Yong Huo
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: We sought to determine whether folic acid supplementation can independently reduce the risk of first stroke associated with elevated total cholesterol levels in a subanalysis using data from the CSPPT (China Stroke Primary Prevention Trial), a double-blind, randomized controlled trial. METHODS: A total of 20 702 hypertensive adults without a history of major cardiovascular disease were randomly assigned to a double-blind daily treatment of an enalapril 10-mg and a folic acid 0...
October 11, 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Xinhua Chen, Xueqin Meng, Yuning Xu, Haiyang Xie, Shengyong Yin, Hongchun Li, Liming Wu, Shusen Zheng
BACKGROUND: Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) after liver and kidney transplantation has high mortality and causes diagnostic challenges. This study aims to describe the cytokine and human leukocyte antigen (HLA) profile in the GVHD after liver and kidney transplantation. METHODS: A high-throughput detection kit was applied and altogether 18 different cytokines were tested simultaneously. GVHD patients included 23 post-liver transplantation patients; 22 post-renal transplantation patients; The control patients include 22 hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients without transplantation and 20 healthy controls...
October 12, 2016: European Journal of Medical Research
Michelle Gurvitz, Raluca Ionescu-Ittu, Liming Guo, Mark J Eisenberg, Michal Abrahamowicz, Louise Pilote, Ariane J Marelli
The prevalence rate of cancer among adult patients with congenital heart disease (CHD) in North America has not been previously described. The Quebec adult CHD database was used to determine the prevalence rate of cancer among adult patients with CHD measured as the number of adults with CHD and cancer alive in 2005 per 1,000 adults with CHD. This prevalence rate was compared with the prevalence rate of cancer in the general population of adults in Canada. Types of cancer among the CHD group were described by gender and age...
August 31, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Yujie Deng, Xiaohui Chen, Yuhong Ye, Xi Shi, Kunshou Zhu, Liming Huang, Sheng Zhang, Mingang Ying, Xuede Lin
AIM OF THE STUDY: To determine the significance of expression of synaptophysin, chromogranin A, and Ki-67 and their association with clinicopathological parameters, and to find out the possible prognostic factors in gastric neuroendocrine carcinoma (G-NEC). MATERIAL AND METHODS: We investigated the immunohistochemical features and prognosis of 62 G-NECs, and evaluated the association among expressions of synaptophysin, chromogranin A, and Ki-67, clinicopathological variables, and outcome...
2016: Contemporary Oncology Współczesna Onkologia
Jianguo Feng, Huaying Sheng, Chihong Zhu, Xiaoqian Qian, Danying Wan, Dan Su, Xufeng Chen, Liming Zhu
The improvement in histological diagnostic tools, including neuroendocrine markers by immunohistochemistry (IHC), has led to increased recognition of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with neuroendocrine (NE) feature. However, little is known regarding the prevalence and clinical implications of NE feature in patients with NSCLC. In this study, we performed IHC in a tissue microarray containing 451 Chinese NSCLC cases, and analyzed correlation of the expression of neuroendocrine marker with pathological and clinical features of NSCLC...
September 28, 2016: Oncotarget
Hongxi Sun, Yu Li, Bei Sun, Ningning Hou, Juhong Yang, Miaoyan Zheng, Jie Xu, Jingyu Wang, Yi Zhang, Xianwei Zeng, Chunyan Shan, Bai Chang, Liming Chen, Baocheng Chang
BACKROUND: Type 2 diabetes has become a global epidemic disease. Atorvastatin has become a cornerstone in the prevention and treatment of atherosclerosis. However, increasing evidence showed that statins can dose-dependently increase the risk of diabetes mellitus. The mechanism is not clear. OBJECTIVE: The Ras complex pathway (Ras/Raf/extracellular signal-regulated kinase [ERK]/cAMP response element-binding protein [CREB]) is the major pathway that regulates the gene transcription...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Shih-Chieh Chang, Wen-Ling Deng, Hsiou-Chen Huang, Kuang-Ren Chung, Kuo-Ching Tzeng
Bacterial canker, caused by Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri (Xcc), is one of the most destructive diseases of citrus. The pectolytic enzymes produced by phytobacteria are important virulence factors involved in tissue maceration, electrolyte loss and cell death of host plants. In this study, the promoter activity of the pectolytic enzyme genes pel1, pel2, pel3, pglA, and peh-1 were investigated in Xcc XW19 strain using the β-glucuronidase (GUS) gene as a reporter. GUS activity expressed under the control of the pel1, pel3, pglA, and peh-1 gene promoters positively correlated with bacterial growth...
November 2016: Microbiological Research
Roby Joehanes, Allan C Just, Riccardo E Marioni, Luke C Pilling, Lindsay M Reynolds, Pooja R Mandaviya, Weihua Guan, Tao Xu, Cathy E Elks, Stella Aslibekyan, Hortensia Moreno-Macias, Jennifer A Smith, Jennifer A Brody, Radhika Dhingra, Paul Yousefi, James S Pankow, Sonja Kunze, Sonia Shah, Allan F McRae, Kurt Lohman, Jin Sha, Devin M Absher, Luigi Ferrucci, Wei Zhao, Ellen W Demerath, Jan Bressler, Megan L Grove, Tianxiao Huan, Chunyu Liu, Michael M Mendelson, Chen Yao, Douglas P Kiel, Annette Peters, Rui Wang-Sattler, Peter M Visscher, Naomi R Wray, John M Starr, Jingzhong Ding, Carlos J Rodriguez, Nicholas J Wareham, Marguerite R Irvin, Degui Zhi, Myrto Barrdahl, Paolo Vineis, Srikant Ambatipudi, André G Uitterlinden, Albert Hofman, Joel Schwartz, Elena Colicino, Lifang Hou, Pantel S Vokonas, Dena G Hernandez, Andrew B Singleton, Stefania Bandinelli, Stephen T Turner, Erin B Ware, Alicia K Smith, Torsten Klengel, Elisabeth B Binder, Bruce M Psaty, Kent D Taylor, Sina A Gharib, Brenton R Swenson, Liming Liang, Dawn L DeMeo, George T O'Connor, Zdenko Herceg, Kerry J Ressler, Karen N Conneely, Nona Sotoodehnia, Sharon L R Kardia, David Melzer, Andrea A Baccarelli, Joyce B J van Meurs, Isabelle Romieu, Donna K Arnett, Ken K Ong, Yongmei Liu, Melanie Waldenberger, Ian J Deary, Myriam Fornage, Daniel Levy, Stephanie J London
BACKGROUND: -DNA methylation leaves a long-term signature of smoking exposure and is one potential mechanism by which tobacco exposure predisposes to adverse health outcomes, such as cancers, osteoporosis, lung, and cardiovascular disorders. METHODS AND RESULTS: -To comprehensively determine the association between cigarette smoking and DNA methylation, we conducted a meta-analysis of genome-wide DNA methylation assessed using the Illumina BeadChip 450K array on 15,907 blood derived DNA samples from participants in 16 cohorts (including 2,433 current, 6,518 former, and 6,956 never smokers)...
September 20, 2016: Circulation. Cardiovascular Genetics
Sanne Ae Peters, Ling Yang, Yu Guo, Yiping Chen, Zheng Bian, Iona Y Millwood, Shaojie Wang, Liqiu Yang, Yihe Hu, Jiaqiu Liu, Tao Wang, Junshi Chen, Richard Peto, Liming Li, Mark Woodward, Zhengming Chen
BACKGROUND: Women's parity has been associated with risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). It is unclear, however, whether it reflects biological effects of childbearing or uncontrolled socio-economic and lifestyle factors associated with childrearing. We assessed the association between number of children and incident CVD outcomes separately in women and men. METHODS: In 2004-08, the nationwide China Kadoorie Biobank recruited 0.5 million individuals aged 30-79 years from 10 diverse regions...
September 20, 2016: International Journal of Epidemiology
Qiao Zhao, Jing Lu, Zitong Yao, Shubo Wang, Liming Zhu, Ju Wang, Baian Chen
The cerebral accumulation of amyloid beta (Aβ) is one of the key pathological hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Aβ is also found in bodily fluids such as the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and plasma. However, the significance of Aβ accumulation in the brain and different bodily pools, as well as its correlation with aging and cerebral amyloid pathology, is not completely understood. To better understand this question, we selected the rhesus monkey, which is phylogenetically and physiologically highly similar to the human, as a model to study...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
Yan Zheng, Frank B Hu, Miguel Ruiz-Canela, Clary B Clish, Courtney Dennis, Jordi Salas-Salvado, Adela Hruby, Liming Liang, Estefania Toledo, Dolores Corella, Emilio Ros, Montserrat Fitó, Enrique Gómez-Gracia, Fernando Arós, Miquel Fiol, José Lapetra, Lluis Serra-Majem, Ramón Estruch, Miguel A Martínez-González
BACKGROUND: Glutamate metabolism may play a role in the pathophysiology of cardiometabolic disorders. However, there is limited evidence of an association between glutamate-related metabolites and, moreover, changes in these metabolites, and risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). METHODS AND RESULTS: Plasma levels of glutamate and glutamine were measured at baseline and 1-year follow-up in a case-cohort study including 980 participants (mean age 68 years; 46% male) from the PREvención con DIeta MEDiterránea (PREDIMED) randomized trial, which assessed a Mediterranean diet intervention in the primary prevention of CVD...
September 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
Feng Zhou, Liming Chen, Qingzhu An, Liang Chen, Ying Wen, Fang Fang, Wei Zhu, Tao Yi
We report a novel graphene-oxide (GO) enhanced polymer hydrogel (GPH) as a promising embolic agent capable of treating cerebrovascular diseases and malignant tumors, using the trans-catheter arterial embolization (TAE) technique. Simply composed of GO and generation five poly(amidoamine) dendrimers (PAMAM-5), our rheology experiments reveal that GPH exhibits satisfactory mechanical strength, which resist the high pressures of blood flow. Subcutaneous experiments on Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats demonstrate the qualified biocompatibility of GPH...
2016: Scientific Reports
Pan Xu, Kezhu Wang, Cong Lu, Liming Dong, Li Gao, Ming Yan, Silafu Aibai, Xinmin Liu
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Lavender essential oil (LO), an aromatic liquid extracted from Lavandula angustifolia Mill., has been traditionally used in the treatments of many nervous system diseases, and recently LO also reported to be effective for the Alzheimer's disease (AD). AIM OF THE STUDY: The improvement effect of lavender oil (LO) on the scopolamine-induced cognitive deficits in mice and H2O2 induced cytotoxicity in PC12 cells have been evaluated. The relevant mechanism was also researched from the perspective of antioxidant effect and cholinergic system modulation...
August 21, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
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