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BACKGROUND Animal behavior is governed by the activity of interconnected brain circuits. Comprehensive brain wiring maps are thus needed in order to formulate hypotheses about information flow and also to guide genetic manipulations aimed at understanding how genes and circuits orchestrate complex behaviors. RESULTS To assemble this map, we deconstructed(More)
Obesity is frequently accompanied by peripheral hyperandrogenism, which may be associated with increased sebum production and the development of severe acne. Body mass index (BMI) is one of the most accurate ways to measure and determine obesity. The aim of the present study was to study the correlation between obesity and the point prevalence and patterns(More)
Androgenetic alopecia (AGA) and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) are both androgen-dependent disorders, displaying in situ high levels of dihydrotestosterone with a good therapeutic response to finasteride. Embryological development of both the hair follicle and the prostate depends on mesenchymal-epithelial interaction, which is influenced by the(More)
This paper proposes an omni-directional UWB antenna pattern in azimuth cut, low voltage standing wave ratio (VSWR), and easy to construct antenna for ultra wideband (UWB) systems. The designed antenna uses the multi circular blade configuration with a radiating element and on two different ground planes (square and circular ground shape). The multi-circular(More)
We consider the spectrum of birth and death chains on a n-path. An iterative scheme is proposed to compute any eigenvalue with exponential convergence rate independent of n. This allows one to determine the whole spectrum in order n 2 elementary operations. Using the same idea, we also provide a lower bound on the spectral gap, which is of the correct order(More)
Defects in apoptotic pathways confer resistance to tubulin-binding agents via downregulation of caspases or overexpression of antiapoptotic factors, urging the need for novel agents acting on an alternative pathway. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether induction of ROS can induce caspase-independent cell death in breast cancer cells and(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE Skin diseases are common in children. Epidemiologic studies of skin diseases in schoolchildren performed by direct inspection by dermatologists are limited in Taiwan. The current study surveyed the prevalence of selected childhood dermatoses in Magong City, Penghu, the largest offshore island of Taiwan. METHODS A cross-sectional study(More)
Narrow-band ultraviolet B (NBUVB) phototherapy has recently been reported to be an effective and safe treatment modality for vitiligo. In the present report, we evaluated the efficacy and safety of NBUVB therapy for vitiligo in Chinese patients. Seventy-two vitiligo patients treated from 2000 to 2003, were included retrospectively (male: female=33:39, mean(More)
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) hold promise for cell therapy, and implantation of MSCs engineered with a baculovirus transiently expressing the growth factor can augment the bone repair. To prolong the baculovirus-mediated transgene expression, we developed hybrid baculovirus vectors exploiting the FLP/Frt-mediated recombination for circular episome(More)