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The in vivo studies of myocardial infarct using c-ki⁺/Lin⁻ cardiac stem cells (CSCs) are still in the early stage with margin or no beneficial effects for cardiac function. One of the potential reasons may be related to the absence of fully understanding the properties of these cells both in vitro and in vivo. In the present study, we aimed to(More)
Currently, hemodialysis is not adequate as a renal replacement therapy because it provides intermittent treatment and does not provide the metabolic function of renal tubules. The next generation of artificial kidney should replace intermittent hemodialysis with continuous hemofiltration and provide the full metabolic function of renal tubules. The current(More)
Intracoronary delivery of c-kit-positive human cardiac stem cells (hCSCs) is a promising approach to repair the infarcted heart, but it is severely limited by the poor survival of donor cells. Cobalt protoporphyrin (CoPP), a well known heme oxygenase 1 inducer, has been used to promote endogenous CO generation and protect against ischemia/reperfusion(More)
Unique innate immunity-linked γδT cells have been seen in early human artery lesions, but their role in lesion development has received little attention. Here we investigated whether γδT cells modulate atherogenesis in apolipoprotein E-deficient (ApoE KO) mice. We found that γδT cell numbers were markedly increased in the proximal aorta of ApoE-deficient(More)
BACKGROUND Psychostimulants have a high abuse potential and are appealing to college students for enhancing their examination performance. AIM This study was designed to examine the prevalence of psychostimulant drug abuse among medical students and to test the hypothesis that medical students who use psychostimulant drugs for non-medical reasons are(More)
We first present a new service network design model for freight consolidation carriers, one that both routes commodities and the resources needed to transport them while explicitly recognizing that there are limits on how many resources are available at each terminal. We next present a solution approach that combines column generation, meta-heuristic, and(More)
For the development of an antithrombogenic bioartificial hemofilter, in which the inner surface of hollow fibers is lined by endothelial cells, it is essential to increase the permeability of the cells in order to achieve a sufficient ultrafiltrate. We tried to increase it by using an actin microfilament polymerization inhibitor, cytochalasin B (CyB). Fifty(More)
Development of a bioartificial glomerulus, a hemofilter in which the inner surface of hollow fibers is endothelialized, requires expandable, nonimmunogenic, antithrombogenic, and highly permeable endothelial cells. We used human umbilical cord blood CD133(+) endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) to evaluate the feasibility of application of EPCs for(More)