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Assisted hatching (AH), which is known to improve the hatching potential of mammalian embryos, has been used to increase the pregnancy rate in in vitro fertilization cycles. However, the effect of AH on a trypsin-like protease, which is known to be associated with the hatching process, has not been studied. In this study, we evaluate whether the intactness(More)
Asiatic acid (AA), a triterpene, is known to be cytotoxic to several tumor cell lines. AA induces dose- and time-dependent cell death in U-87 MG human glioblastoma. This cell death occurs via both apoptosis and necrosis. The effect of AA may be cell type-specific as AA-induced cell death was mainly apoptotic in colon cancer RKO cells. AA-induced(More)
Primary hyperparathyroidism is a rare disease in children and is characterized by conspicuous skeletal and renal changes. A 12 year old male patient presented with symptoms of polydipsia, polyuria, general weakness, nausea, and vomiting which had begun 3 months earlier, and showed typical laboratory findings of primary hyperparathyroidism. Confirmatory(More)
To elucidate the changes in bone turnover during pregnancy and puerperium, we measured serially the levels of serum osteocalcin and urine deoxypyridinoline (Dpy) as markers of bone formation and bone resorption, respectively, in 22 healthy women with normal pregnancy. Nineteen non-pregnant women served as control. The Dpy levels increased significantly at(More)
In this paper, an optimum design of optical flying head (OFH) for magneto-optical recording is presented. To obtain both the enhanced static and dynamic characteristics of the OFH, the objective function is determined to minimize the variation of the flying height at the center of the lens from the target height, 50 nm, over the entire recording band. In(More)
This work presents the magnetic properties of M-type hexagonal barium ferrite (BaM) thin films deposited on Pt(111) substrate by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). This study also investigates the crystalline structure and c-axis orientation of magnetization of the BaM thin films by controlling various oxygen pressures.
To elucidate the endocrine mechanism of human parturition, the expression of c-Jun and c-Fos mRNA were examined in relation to estrogen receptor (ER) and progesterone receptor (PR) in human myometrium. c-Jun mRNA was detected in all myometrial tissues (n=5) during labor but not before labor (n=5) and in oxytocin-resistant postterm pregnancy (n=3). c-Fos(More)
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