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OBJECTIVE To explore the therapeutic effects of aspirin on postmenopausal osteoporosis and understand its action mechanism. METHODS Forty three-month-old female SD rats were randomly divided into 5 groups (n = 8 each): sham group, OVX group and aspirin groups (A1, A2 & A3). The OVX and aspirin groups were ovariectomized (OVX). All rats underwent BMD (bone(More)
A quick and accurate method was devised to determine Se, As, Ba, Ca, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mg, Mn, Ni, Pb, Sr and Zn in Se-rich rice samples by microwave digestion and inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Spectral interferences on Se were eliminated using methane as a reaction gas in the dynamic reaction cell (DRC). Rhodium was used as an(More)
The voltage-dependent, anion-selective mitochondrial channel, VDAC, undergoes two different conformational changes from the open to a closed state under positive and negative applied electric fields. Micromolar quantities of aluminum hydroxide and other metal trihydroxides have recently been shown to be able to inhibit this voltage-dependent closure (Dill(More)
BACKGROUND Withholding calcineurin inhibitors (CNIs) can be considered when graft function is inadequate following kidney transplantation (KT). Thymoglobulin (rATG) can be used to prevent acute rejection while CNIs are being withheld. Here, we report our results of a novel CNI-sparing induction protocol, which utilizes a CD3+ cell count-based rATG treatment(More)
IgG4-related disease is a newly recognized fibroinflammatory disorder that has the ability to affect nearly every organ system. It is characterized by tumefactive lesions and fibrosis and closely mimics neoplasms. Only one case of IgG4-related bladder mass has been reported in the literature, but there are no reports of IgG4-related disease in a urachal(More)
We present a quantum mechanical approach to study protein-ligand binding structure with application to a Adipocyte lipid-binding protein complexed with Propanoic Acid. The present approach employs a recently develop molecular fractionation with a conjugate caps (MFCC) method to compute protein-ligand interaction energy and performs energy optimization using(More)
Histiocytic/dendritic cell sarcomas arising from follicular lymphoma are very rare and poorly understood lesions. We describe a case, which is unique in that it presented with a hipbone lesion simultaneously with axillary lymphadenopathy. Biopsy of the axillary lymph node showed a low-grade follicular lymphoma. The hipbone lesion was comprised two cell(More)
The disparate response of leukemia cells to chemotherapy in vivo, compared to in vitro, is partly related to the interaction of leukemic cells and the three-dimensional bone marrow stromal microenvironment. We investigated the effects of chemotherapy agents on leukemic cell lines co-cultured with human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (hu-BM-MSCs) in a(More)
BACKGROUND Melanoma is a deadly skin cancer with rapidly rising incidence. While localized melanoma can be treated with excision, there are at present no similarly effective treatments for regional and distant disease, so survival rates are low. One problem is that melanoma is chemo-resistant, and most chemotherapy doses are limited by systemic toxicity. A(More)