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This study examined the effect of intracerebroventricular leptin on insulin sensitivity in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic rats. Male Wistar rats were cannulated in the lateral ventricle and, after recovery, administered either intravenous STZ (50 mg/kg) to induce diabetes or citrate buffer. Chronic leptin (10 microg/10 microl icv) or vehicle(More)
Purpose – This paper derives a personalization framework for financial services by a literature review and examines the framework against the customer’s perspective via the Delphi method. Design/methodology/approach – The framework exhibits a product-process viewpoint, while the panelists express a cost-benefit viewpoint. Findings – Concludes that financial(More)
Suppression of activation or fibrogenesis and induction of apoptosis, in hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) have been proposed as therapeutic strategies against liver fibrosis. Curcumin, an active compound isolated from yellow curry pigment of turmeric (Curcuma longa Linn), has been demonstrated to be an effective anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compound. In(More)
We have constructed a tissue-specific in-house cDNA microarray to identify differentially expressed transcripts in shell glands from low (B) and high (L2) egg production strains of Taiwanese country chickens during their egg-laying period. The shell gland cDNA library was constructed from the high egg production strain. cDNA clones (7680) were randomly(More)
Resistin is an adipocyte-derived hormone whose role in the development of insulin resistance is controversial. Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is a 21 amino acid peptide demonstrated to possess vasoconstrictor, positive inotropic, mitogenic, and metabolic properties. In numerous disease states, including congestive heart failure, obesity, and diabetes, elevated levels(More)
Pluronics are triblock copolymers which are extensively applied excipients shown to interact with cell membranes. The aim of our study was to apply monolayer techniques and epifluorescence microscopy to investigate the interaction behavior between selected Pluronics and phospholipid monolayers which serve as a model of cell membranes. The results showed(More)
Postoperative complications of endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy may be troublesome in some patients. Between January 1998 and September 2002, a total of 16 patients with recurrent palmar hyperhidrosis underwent video-assisted thoracoscopic T2 and T3 sympathetic block. There were seven men and nine women, with a mean age of 21.1 years (range, 12-35 years).(More)
The oligopeptide permease (Opp) of group A streptococci (GAS) is a membrane-associated protein and belongs to the ATP-binding cassette transporter family. It is encoded by a polycistronic operon containing oppA, oppB, oppC, oppD, and oppF. The biological function of these genes in GAS is poorly understood. In order to understand more about the effects of(More)
A 6.3 kb DNA fragment containing genes responsible for azo-dye decolorization was cloned and expressed in Escherichia coli. The resulting recombinant strain E. coli CY1 decolorized 200 mg azo dye (C.I. Reactive Red 22) l−1 at 28 °C at 8.2 mg g cell−1 h−1, while the host (E. coli DH5α) had no color-removal activity. Addition of 0.5 mM(More)