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Most recent efforts in texture synthesis have focused on using local statistics - that is, selecting and stitching the textures from an input texture sample on the basis of a local color match to enforce textural features either pixel by pixel or patch by patch. A novel texture synthesis method produces high-quality results by introducing a multiscaled(More)
Blind motion deblurring estimates a sharp image from a motion blurred image without the knowledge of the blur kernel. Although significant progress has been made on tackling this problem, existing methods, when applied to highly diverse natural images, are still far from stable. This paper focuses on the robustness of blind motion deblurring methods toward(More)
RATIONALE Exogenous stem cell delivery is under investigation to prevent and treat cardiac dysfunction. It is less studied as to the extent endogenous bone marrow derived stem cells contribute to cardiac homeostais in response to stress and the affects of aging on this stress response. OBJECTIVE To determine the role of bone marrow (BM) derived stem cells(More)
BACKGROUND Overexpression of stromal cell-derived factor-1 in injured tissue leads to improved end-organ function. In this study, we quantify the local trophic effects of mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) stromal cell-derived factor-1 release on the effects of MSC engraftment in the myocardium after acute myocardial infarction. METHODS AND RESULTS Conditional(More)
RATIONALE Stromal cell-derived factor (SDF)-1/CXCR4 axis has an instrumental role during cardiac development and has been shown to be a potential therapeutic target for optimizing ventricular remodeling after acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and in ischemic cardiomyopathy. Although a therapeutic target, the specific role of cardiac myocyte CXCR4 (CM-CXCR4)(More)
We have developed a guinea pig model for cough related to allergic airway inflammation. Unanesthetized animals were exposed to capsaicin aerosols for 10 min, and cough frequency was counted during this period. The cough evaluation was performed by the following three methods: visual observation, acoustic analysis, and monitoring of pressure changes in the(More)