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Table 1 The effect of needle puncture (NP) and electro-acupuncture (EA) on fucose and protein contents. The tracheal lavages from anaesthetized quails were collected 25 min after the human neutrophil elastase (HNE) or EA treatment. The fucose and protein contents are expressed as μg/10 mm of the tracheal segment (TS). Each value represents the mean value and S.E. for five animals. NP indicates NP to Zhongfu and Tiantu, EA1 indicates EA to Zhongfu and Tiantu, EA2 indicates EA to Liangmen. *: P < 0.05 vs. control group. #: P < 0.05 vs. the group of HNE (ANOVA).

From: Effect of needle puncture and electro-acupuncture on mucociliary clearance in anesthetized quails

Group Fucose (μg/TS) Protein (μg/TS)
Control 2.13 ± 0.43 18.25 ± 2.17
PBS(-) 2.25 ± 0.39 17.38 ± 3.57
NP 2.17 ± 0.31 16.07 ± 2.61
EA1 2.07 ± 0.28 9.18 ± 1.38*
EA2 2.21 ± 0.33 19.48 ± 3.78
HNE 8.63 ± 0.71* 55.42 ± 4.13*
HNE+NP 7.17 ± 0.36# 46.03 ± 3.04#
HNE+EA1 5.31 ± 0.45# 40.69 ± 1.58#
HNE+EA2 8.27 ± 0.50 52.67 ± 3.65
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