Lili Wang
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Journal: Journal of anxiety disorders
September/27/2015
Abstract

By analyzing data yielded from a sample of Chinese adolescents surviving a high-intensity earthquake, this study investigated the underlying dimensionality of DSM-5 PTSD symptoms. The sample included 743 traumatized middle school students (396 females and 332 males) aged 11-17 years (mean=13.6, SD=1.0). Results of confirmatory factor analysis showed that an intercorrelated seven-factor model comprised of intrusion, avoidance, negative affect, anhedonia, externalizing behaviors, anxious arousal, and dysphoric arousal factors provided a significant better representation of DSM-5 PTSD symptoms than other alternative models. Further analyses indicated that external measures of major depression disorder and panic disorder symptoms displayed unique associations with four PTSD factors. The findings provide further support for the newly proposed seven-factor model of DSM-5 PTSD symptoms, add to very limited empirical knowledge on the latent structure of DSM-5 PTSD symptoms among adolescents, and carry implications for further refinement of the current classifications of PTSD symptoms and further clinical practice and research on posttraumatic stress symptomatology.

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Journal: Zhong yao cai = Zhongyaocai = Journal of Chinese medicinal materials
February/11/2004
Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To optimize the preparation procedure of Suppositoria Radix Bupleuri for Kids.

METHODS

The extraction process and preparation procedure were studied by orthogonal experimental design.

RESULTS

The extraction process was selected and suppositoria was prepared by hard fat.

CONCLUSIONS

This preparation procedure is suitable.

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Journal: Zhonghua gan zang bing za zhi = Zhonghua ganzangbing zazhi = Chinese journal of hepatology
February/17/2004
Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To evaluate the clinical value of breath-hold magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) combining with dynamic enhanced MRI in the diagnosis of cholangiocarcinoma.

METHODS

MRCP findings of 88 cholangiocarcinoma patients proved surgically and pathologically were analyzed retrospectively.

RESULTS

MRCP examination succeeded in all the 88 patients and the pancreaticobiliary ducts were shown satisfactorily. The accuracy of MRCP in the location of both hilar and extrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma was 100%, and the accuracy of detecting hilar and extrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma were 100% and 52.2%, respectively. Combining with dynamic enhanced MRI, the detecting accuracy of extrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma improved to 91.3%.

CONCLUSIONS

MRCP examination has a high successful rate and can accurately determine the location of hilar and extrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma, and the accuracy of qualitative diagnosis for the former two is high. Combining with dynamic enhanced MRI, the specificity of determining extrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma is also high.

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Journal: Journal of bone and mineral research : the official journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
March/24/2016
Abstract

Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is an autosomal dominant disorder caused by mutations in either TSC1 or TSC2. TSC has high frequency of osseous manifestations such as sclerotic lesions in the craniofacial region. However, an animal model that replicates TSC craniofacial bone lesions has not yet been described. The roles of Tsc1 and the sequelae of Tsc1 dysfunction in bone are unknown. In this study, we generated a mouse model of TSC with a deletion of Tsc1 in neural crest-derived (NCD) cells that recapitulated the sclerotic craniofacial bone lesions in TSC. Analysis of this mouse model demonstrated that TSC1 deletion led to enhanced mTORC1 signaling in NCD bones and the increase in bone formation is responsible for the aberrantly increased bone mass. Lineage mapping revealed that TSC1 deficient NCD cells overpopulated the NCD bones. Mechanistically, hyperproliferation of osteoprogenitors at an early postnatal stage accounts for the increased osteoblast pool. Intriguingly, early postnatal treatment with rapamycin, an mTORC1 inhibitor, can completely rescue the aberrant bone mass, but late treatment cannot. Our data suggest that enhanced mTOR signaling in NCD cells can increase bone mass through enlargement of the osteoprogenitor pool, which likely explains the sclerotic bone lesion observed in TSC patients.

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Journal: Pakistan journal of pharmaceutical sciences
September/7/2015
Abstract

The pathophysiological role of influenza infection is poorly understood. In this study, one non-neurovirulent virus (IAV/Aichi/2/68/H3N2) strain was used to infect intra-nasally mice at different age to investigate the mechanism of cerebral edema formation and lower activities of mitochondria enzymes after influenza A virus (IAV) infection. Mice suffered 46.4% mortality in newborn compared with 96.0% in weanling, 100% in adult on day 7, respectively. IAV-RNA was easily detected in the brain of newborn mice. Significant production of endothelin-1 and inducible nitric oxide syntheses were increased on the 3rd and 5th day after IAV infection, associated with increasing blood-brain barrier permeability, brain edema formation and the higher mortality of animals. Production of tumor necrosis factor-α was related to inhibition of mitochondrial enzyme activities, suggesting that over expression of inflammatory cytokines and lower enzyme activities in mitochondria after IAV infection.

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Journal: American journal of health-system pharmacy : AJHP : official journal of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
November/29/2010
Abstract

OBJECTIVE

The impact of postoperative venous thromboembolism (VTE) during initial hospitalization for total hip replacement (THR) or total knee replacement (TKR) surgery was assessed.

METHODS

Using Medicare Provider Analysis and Review files, patients who underwent THR, TKR, or hip fracture surgery from 2005 to 2007 were identified using appropriate procedure codes from the International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification. Medicare managed care patients were excluded from the study. Eligible patients were classified as having had deep venous thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism (PE), DVT and PE, or no VTE during their initial hospitalization. Risk adjustment was performed using propensity score matching. Medicare cost, cost to beneficiaries, and cost to primary payers were analyzed to determine risk-adjusted differences in outcome measures, including mortality, rehospitalization, bleeding, length of stay, and total health care expenditures related to VTE events.

RESULTS

A total of 170,047 patients were identified. Postoperative VTE events occurred in 3,014 patients (1.77%) during their initial hospitalization. Risk-adjusted mortality rates were three to four times higher for patients with VTE compared with those without VTE. Patients with VTE were more likely to be rehospitalized and experience bleeding within 30 days. Risk-adjusted differences in annual mean cost, including Medicare cost and costs to beneficiaries and primary payers, were significantly greater for patients with VTE.

CONCLUSIONS

Patients who developed VTE after THR or TKR had a higher likelihood of mortality, bleeding, and rehospitalization; were hospitalized longer; and incurred higher costs to Medicare, Medicare beneficiaries, and private payers compared with patients without VTE.

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Journal: Journal of environmental monitoring : JEM
July/21/2011
Abstract

Estrogenic activity risks in the Pearl River system (Liuxi River, Zhujiang River and Shijing River) in South China were assessed by combined chemical analysis and recombinant yeast estrogen screen (YES) bioassay for surface waters and sediments collected in both dry and wet seasons. The xenoestrogens 4-tert-octylphenol, 4-nonylphenol and bisphenol A were detected at almost every sampling site at concentrations of several ng L(-1) (ng g(-1)) to tens of μg L(-1) (μg g(-1)) in surface waters (and sediments). The estrogens estrone and 17β-estradiol were also detected in most of the samples with concentrations from several ng L(-1) (ng g(-1)) to tens of ng L(-1) (ng g(-1)) in surface waters (and sediments). However, synthetic estrogens diethylstilbestrol and 17α-ethinylestradiol were only detected at a few sites. The 17β-estradiol equivalents (EEQ) screened by the YES bioassay were in the range of 0.23-324 ng L(-1) in surface waters and from not detected to 101 ng g(-1) in sediments. Shijing River displayed one to two orders of magnitude higher levels for both measured chemical concentrations and estrogenic activities than the Zhujiang River and the Liuxi River. A risk assessment for the surface waters showed high risks for the downstream reaches of the Liuxi River and the upstream to midstream reaches of the Zhujiang River and the Shijing River. Higher estrogenic risks were observed in the wet season than in the dry season for surface waters, probably due to the input of runoff and direct overflow of small urban streams during heavy rain events. Only small variations in estrogenic risk were found for the sediments between the two seasons, suggesting that sediments are a sink for these estrogenic compounds in the rivers.

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Journal: Journal of cataract and refractive surgery
April/25/2016
Abstract

To evaluate the accuracy of toric intraocular lens (IOL) alignment in femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery using the Truevision 3-dimensional (3-D) computer-guided visualization system compared with a manual marking method.

Cullen Eye Institute, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA.

Retrospective comparative case series.

Preoperatively, all patients had corneal topography measurements with a color light-emitting diode topographer. The 3-D system used the anterior keratometry values to create an optimized plan for the toric IOL alignment. Intrastromal marks were created by the femtosecond laser at the intended toric meridian, guided by manual ink marks placed at the 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock limbus with the patient sitting upright. Intraoperatively, the 3-D system was used to align the IOL and measure the angular position of the femtosecond marks relative to the IOL meridian. Three weeks postoperatively, the manifest refraction, corrected distance visual acuity, and toric IOL alignment were recorded.

The mean 3-D imaging error was -0.58 degrees ± 3.90 (SD) (range -9 to 5 degrees), and the mean manual ink error was -0.27 ± 3.65 degrees (range -8 to 5 degrees); neither was statistically significantly different from zero (P = .28 and P = .76, respectively). The mean absolute errors were 2.96 ± 2.54 degrees and 2.88 ± 2.18 degrees, respectively.

The 3-D computer-guided system and manual marking combined with femtosecond laser marks were similar in accuracy for toric alignment.

Dr. Wang received research support from Ziemer USA, Inc. Dr. Weikert is a consultant to Ziemer USA, Inc. Dr. Koch is a consultant to Alcon Laboratories, Inc., and Abbott Medical Optics, Inc., and received research support from Ziemer USA, Inc., i-Optics Corp, and Truevision Systems. None of the other authors has a financial or proprietary interest in any material or method mentioned.

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Journal: Scientific reports
October/3/2018
Abstract

This corrects the article DOI: 10.1038/srep22241.

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Journal: Epilepsia
August/21/2018
Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To identify the causative gene of autosomal dominant paroxysmal kinesigenic dyskinesia and benign familial infantile seizures (PKD/BFIS) in a large Chinese family and explore the potential pathogenic mechanism of a PRRT2 (proline-rich transmembrane protein 2) variant.

METHODS

Genetic testing was performed via whole exome sequencing. Western blotting and immunofluorescence were used to analyze the protein expression level and subcellular localization of the PRRT2 mutant in HeLa cells and N2A cells. Coimmunoprecipitation was conducted to investigate the interaction of the PRRT2 mutant with syntaxin 1B (STX1B).

RESULTS

In a large Chinese family with autosomal dominant PKD/BFIS showing wide phenotypic heterogeneity, including patients suffering from PKD, BFIS, or epilepsy and asymptomatic variant carriers, a c.621dupA variant in PRRT2 was identified in the proband and was shown to cosegregate with the phenotype in this family. This variant results in premature termination at codon 224, producing a truncated protein (p.Ser208Ilefs*17) in which the two conserved hydrophobic segments and the cytoplasmic loop are missing. Both the expression and subcellular localization of PRRT2 are strongly affected by the c.621dupA variant. In addition, we found that PRRT2 directly interacts with STX1B, a SNARE protein critical for neurotransmitter release, whereas the truncated variant p.Ser208Ilefs*17 lacking the helix-loop-helix domain fails to bind to STX1B.

CONCLUSIONS

Our findings identified a PRRT2 variant in a family with PKD/BFIS and confirmed STX1B as a new binding partner of PRRT2, which suggested that the loss of the interaction between PRRT2 and STX1B may contribute to the pathogenesis of PKD/BFIS.

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