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Chronic stress occurs in everyday life and induces impaired spatial cognition, neuroendocrine and plasticity abnormalities. A potential therapeutic for these stress related disturbances is curcumin, derived from the curry spice turmeric. Previously we demonstrated that curcumin reversed the chronic stress-induced behavioral deficits in escape from an(More)
A sensitive and selective liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method for the determination of piracetam in rat plasma was developed and validated over the concentration range of 0.1-20 µg/mL. After addition of oxiracetam as internal standard, a simplified protein precipitation with trichloroacetic acid (5%) was employed for the sample(More)
Single and repeated sports-related mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), also referred to as concussion, can result in chronic post-concussive syndrome (PCS), neuropsychological and cognitive deficits, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). However PCS is often difficult to diagnose using routine clinical, neuroimaging or laboratory evaluations, while CTE(More)
Ferulic acid is a polyphenol that has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties. The present study analyzed the antidepressant-like potential of ferulic acid using two well-validated mouse models of despair test, tail suspension and forced swim tests. The results suggested that ferulic acid treatment at doses of 10, 20, 40 and 80 mg/kg (p.o.)(More)
The present study examined invented spelling of pinyin (a phonological coding system for teaching and learning Chinese words) in relation to subsequent Chinese reading development. Among 296 Chinese kindergartners in Beijing, independent invented pinyin spelling was found to be uniquely predictive of Chinese word reading 12 months later, even with Time 1(More)
To achieve automatic recommendation of privacy settings for image sharing, a new tool called <italic>iPrivacy</italic> (image privacy) is developed for releasing the burden from users on setting the privacy preferences when they share their images for special moments. Specifically, this paper consists of the following contributions: 1) massive social images(More)
Sox genes, a family of genes related to the mammalian sex-determining region Y (SRY) gene, are found throughout the animal kingdom, and involved in diverse developmental processes including sex determination and neurogenesis. Previously, we have identified one sox11 homologue, sox11b, from the ovary of the orange-spotted grouper. In the present study,(More)
BACKGROUND Schistosoma japonicum is a major public health concern in the Peoples' Republic of China (PRC), with about 800,000 people infected and another 50 million living in areas at risk of infection. Based on ecological, environmental, population genetic and molecular factors, schistosomiasis transmission in PRC can be categorised into four discrete(More)
OBJECTIVES Men who have sex with men (MSM) are an at-risk population for HIV/AIDS. Accurately estimating the size of MSM is important to monitor the HIV/AIDS epidemic and to implement HIV/AIDS prevention in the MSM population. None of the current methods for MSM population size estimation is satisfactory, especially for internet samples. We try to use the(More)
There has been significant progress in understanding the process of protein translation in recent years. One of the best examples is the discovery of usage bias in successive synonymous codons and its role in eukaryotic translation efficiency. We observed here a similar type of bias in the other two life domains, bacteria and archaea, although the bias(More)