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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a poorly understood pain disorder with little information on the natural course of the disease. Changes in its diagnostic criteria have simplified the identification of this syndrome, but convincing epidemiological data regarding this disorder are still lacking. Here, we collected(More)
The Tol system is a five-protein assembly parasitized by colicins and bacteriophages that helps stabilize the Gram-negative outer membrane (OM). We show that allosteric signalling through the six-bladed beta-propeller protein TolB is central to Tol function in Escherichia coli and that this is subverted by colicins such as ColE9 to initiate their OM(More)
To identify novel potassium channel genes expressed in the retina, we screened a human retina cDNA library with an EST sequence showing partial homology to inwardly rectifying potassium (Kir) channel genes. The isolated cDNA yielded a 2,961-base pair sequence with the predicted open reading frame showing strong homology to the rat Kir2. 4 (rKir2.4).(More)
Exposure to 1-methyl 4-phenyl 1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) induces dopaminergic neurodegeneration in the nigrostriatal pathway and nicotine and caffeine ameliorate neurodegenerative changes in MPTP-lesioned mouse model of Parkinson's disease (PD). The present study was undertaken to investigate the effect of nicotine and caffeine on the expression(More)
Communication latencies constitute a significant factor in the performance of parallel applications. With techniques such as wormhole routing, the variation in no-load latencies became insignificant, i.e., the no-load latencies for faraway processors were not significantly higher (and too small to matter) than those for nearby processors. Contention in the(More)
PURPOSE To delineate the profile of genes expressed in the adult human retina and assign chromosomal location of cDNA clones. METHODS The end-sequence of random clones from an enriched human retinal cDNA library was analyzed by NCBI database search. Expression profile was established by northern blot analysis, database search, or both. Selected cDNA(More)
Recommender systems associated with social networks often use social explanations (e.g. "X, Y and 2 friends like this") to support the recommendations. We present a study of the effects of these social explanations in a music recommendation context. We start with an experiment with 237 users, in which we show explanations with varying levels of social(More)