1. Initiation of GnRH agonist treatment on 3-5 days postoperatively in endometriosis patients: a randomized controlled trial.

    The Journal of clinical pharmacology and new drugs 55(8):848 (2015) PMID 25694383

    Seventy patients with stage III or IV endometriosis were randomly assigned to 2 groups after conservative surgery. Group O (n = 35) received 3 cycles of a 28-day gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist (GnRH-a) treatment (goserelin, 3.6 mg) starting 3-5 days postoperatively. Group M (n = 35) rece...
  2. The first anionic defensin from amphibians.

    Amino Acids 47(7):1301 (2015) PMID 25792112

    A variety of antimicrobial peptides against infection have been identified from the skin of amphibians. However, knowledge on amphibian defensins is very limited. A novel anionic defensin designated PopuDef was purified from the skin of tree frog Polypedates puerensis, and the cDNA encoding Popu...
  3. Genomic Signatures of Cooperation and Conflict in the Social Amoeba.

    Current Biology 25(12):1661 (2015) PMID 26051890

    Cooperative systems are susceptible to invasion by selfish individuals that profit from receiving the social benefits but fail to contribute. These so-called "cheaters" can have a fitness advantage in the laboratory, but it is unclear whether cheating provides an important selective advantage in...
  4. Interleukin-8 -251A/T gene polymorphism and lung cancer susceptibility: a meta-analysis.

    Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine 19(6):1218 (2015) PMID 25817779 PMCID PMC4459837

    Many studies have examined the association between the interleukin-8 -251T/A (rs4073) gene polymorphism and lung cancer risk in various populations, but the results have been inconsistent. In this meta-analysis, PubMed was searched for case-control studies published through 01 December 2013. The...
  5. A Novel Exfoliation Strategy to Significantly Boost the Energy Storage Capability of Commercial Carbon Cloth.

    Advanced Materials (FRG) 27(23):3572 (2015) PMID 25946548

    A facile and efficient electrochemical oxidation method to directly activated carbon cloth as an excellent electrode material for supercapacitors is reported. Flexible asymmetric supercapacitor devices based on activated carbon cloth anodes reach a remarkable energy density and excellent long-te...
  6. Holey tungsten oxynitride nanowires: novel anodes efficiently integrate microbial chemical energy conversion and electrochemical energy storage.

    Advanced Materials (FRG) 27(19):3085 (2015) PMID 25854325

    Holey tungsten oxynitride nanowires with superior conductivity, good biocompatibility, and good stability achieve excellent performance as anodes for both asymmetric supercapacitors and microbial fuel cells. Moreover, an innovative system is devised based on these as-prepared tungsten oxynitride...
  7. Interaction effects between Paraoxonase 1 variants and cigarette smoking on risk of coronary heart disease in a Singaporean Chinese population.

    Atherosclerosis 240(1):40 (2015) PMID 25746376 PMCID PMC4501379

    Paraoxonase 1 (PON1) plays an important role in reducing the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). Smoking is known to reduce PON1 activity. We aimed to investigate the effects of interactions between PON1 variants and smoking on CHD in the Singaporean Chinese population. In a case-control study...
  8. l-proline increases survival of tilapias infected by Streptococcus agalactiae in higher water temperature

    Fish & Shellfish Immunology 44(1):33 (2015)

    Streptococcosis causes massive tilapia kills, which results in heavy economic losses of tilapia farming industry. Out of the Streptococcosis, Streptococcus agalactiae is the major pathogen. The bacterium causes higher mortality of tilapias in higher than lower temperatures. However, ef...
  9. Interaction effects between Paraoxonase 1 variants and cigarette smoking on risk of coronary heart disease in a Singaporean Chinese population

    Atherosclerosis 240(1):40 (2015)

    Objective Paraoxonase 1 (PON1) plays an important role in reducing the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). Smoking is known to reduce PON1 activity. We aimed to investigate the effects of interactions between PON1 variants and smoking on CHD in the Singaporean Chinese popul...
  10. Interaction effects between Paraoxonase 1 variants and cigarette smoking on risk of coronary heart disease in a Singaporean Chinese population

    Atherosclerosis 240(1):40 (2015)

    Objective Paraoxonase 1 (PON1) plays an important role in reducing the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). Smoking is known to reduce PON1 activity. We aimed to investigate the effects of interactions between PON1 variants and smoking on CHD in the Singaporean Chinese popul...
  11. L-proline increases survival of tilapias infected by Streptococcus agalactiae in higher water temperature.

    Fish & Shellfish Immunology 44(1):33 (2015) PMID 25659229

    Streptococcosis causes massive tilapia kills, which results in heavy economic losses of tilapia farming industry. Out of the Streptococcosis, Streptococcus agalactiae is the major pathogen. The bacterium causes higher mortality of tilapias in higher than lower temperatures. However, effect of te...
  12. High-flux graphene oxide nanofiltration membrane intercalated by carbon nanotubes.

    ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 7(15):8147 (2015) PMID 25837883

    A sort of novel high-flux nanofiltration membrane was fabricated by synergistic assembling of graphene and multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs), in which graphene played the role of molecular sieving and MWNTs expanded the interlayer space between neighbored graphene sheets. The MWNT-intercalate...
  13. Fructose Restores Susceptibility of Multidrug-Resistant Edwardsiella tarda to Kanamycin.

    Journal of Proteome Research 14(3):1612 (2015) PMID 25675328

    Edwardsiella tarda, the causative agent of Edwardsiellosis, imposes medical challenges in both the clinic and aquaculture. The emergence of multidrug resistant strains makes antibiotic treatment impractical. The identification of molecules that facilitate or promote antibiotic efficacy is in hig...
  14. A Massive Expansion of Effector Genes Underlies Gall-Formation in the Wheat Pest Mayetiola destructor

    Current Biology 25(5):613 (2015) PMID 25660540

    Gall-forming arthropods are highly specialized herbivores that, in combination with their hosts, produce extended phenotypes with unique morphologies [1]. Many are economically important, and others have improved our understanding of ecology and adaptive radiation [2]. However, the mec...
  15. A Massive Expansion of Effector Genes Underlies Gall-Formation in the Wheat Pest Mayetiola destructor.

    Current Biology 25(5):613 (2015) PMID 25660540

    Gall-forming arthropods are highly specialized herbivores that, in combination with their hosts, produce extended phenotypes with unique morphologies [1]. Many are economically important, and others have improved our understanding of ecology and adaptive radiation [2]. However, the mechanisms th...
  16. Rhizobium capsici sp. nov., isolated from root tumor of a green bell pepper (Capsicum annuum var. grossum) plant.

    Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek 107(3):773 (2015) PMID 25555455

    A novel, Gram-staining-negative, rod-shaped, aerobic and motile bacterium, designated strain CC-SKC2(T), was isolated from the root tumor of a green bell pepper (Capsicum annuum var. grossum) plant in Taiwan. Cells were positive for oxidase and catalase activities and exhibited growth at 25-37 °...
  17. Oricola cellulosilytica gen. nov., sp. nov., a cellulose-degrading bacterium of the family Phyllobacteriaceae isolated from surface seashore water, and emended descriptions of Mesorhizobium loti and Phyllobacterium myrsinacearum.

    Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek 107(3):759 (2015) PMID 25566955

    A Gram-stain negative, strictly aerobic, rod-shaped, non-spore-forming, motile cellulolytic bacterium, designated strain CC-AMH-0(T), was isolated from surface seashore water of Hualien, Taiwan and subjected to polyphasic taxonomy. Strain CC-AMH-0(T) exhibited enzymatic saccharification of cellu...
  18. Exogenous Alanine and/or Glucose plus Kanamycin Kills Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.

    Cell Metabolism 21(2):249 (2015) PMID 25651179

    Multidrug-resistant bacteria are an increasingly serious threat to human and animal health. However, novel drugs that can manage infections by multidrug-resistant bacteria have proved elusive. Here we show that glucose and alanine abundances are greatly suppressed in kanamycin-resistant Edwardsi...
  19. Hanstruepera neustonica gen. nov., sp. nov., a zeaxanthin-producing member of the family Flavobacteriaceae isolated from estuarine water, and emendation of Sediminibacter furfurosus Khan et al. 2007 emend. Kwon et al. 2014, Mangrovimonas yunxiaonensis Li et al. 2013, Antarcticimonas flava Yang et al. 2009 and Hoppeia youngheungensis Kwon et al. 2014.

    International Journal of Systematic and Evoluti... 65(Pt 2):336 (2015) PMID 25351879

    A Gram-staining-negative, strictly aerobic, yellowish-orange, flexirubin-positive, rod-shaped, non-flagellated, non-spore-forming and non-gliding marine bacterium, designated strain CC-PY-50(T), was isolated from estuarine water off Pingtung, Taiwan. The strain produced zeaxanthin as a major car...
  20. Budesonide/formoterol maintenance and reliever therapy in asthma control: Acute, dose-related effects and real-life effectiveness.

    Respirology 20(2):264 (2015) PMID 25366969

    The efficacy of budesonide/formoterol maintenance and reliever therapy (BFMRT) in asthma control is well documented in large randomized controlled trials. However, the acute reliever effects and real-life effectiveness are seldom reported. This multicenter trial enrolled steroid-naïve, symptomat...