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BACKGROUND Aromatic rice is popular worldwide because of its characteristic fragrance. Genetic studies and physical fine mapping reveal that a candidate gene (fgr/OsBADH2) homologous to betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase is responsible for aroma metabolism in fragrant rice varieties, but the direct evidence demonstrating the functions of OsBADH2 is lacking. To(More)
Glycine betaine (GB) is a compatible quaternary amine that enables plants to tolerate abiotic stresses, including salt, drought and cold. In plants, GB is synthesized through two-step of successive oxidations from choline, catalyzed by choline monooxygenase (CMO) and betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase (BADH), respectively. Rice is considered as a typical non-GB(More)
OBJECTIVES The objective of the study is to develop a novel tool-the Burnout Battery-for briefly screening burnout among oncology professionals in China and assessing its validity. METHODS A multicenter study was conducted in doctors and nurses of the oncology departments in China from November 2014 to May 2015. The Burnout Battery was administered with(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate risk factors for neurological complications after off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (OPCABG). METHODS We reviewed the cases of 813 patients who underwent OPCABG between August 2010 and September 2013.Data from preoperative 320 dynamic volume computed tomography (CT), CT angiography (CTA), CTA perfusion, and cerebrovascular(More)
iii ACKNOWLEDGMENTS My sincere gratitude goes first to my advisor, Professor Noah Sobe, for his guidance and assistance through my graduate study. I would also like to thank Professor Kate Phillippo, for agreeing to join my thesis approval committee, also for her wonderful teaching in the Sociology of Education. I would also like to express my deep(More)
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