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Multimedia stream processing is a rapidly evolving domain which requires much software development and expects high performance. Developing a streaming application often involves low-level programming , critical memory management, and finely tuned scheduling of processing steps. To address these problems, we present a domain-specific language (DSL) named(More)
Despite grids' popularity, virtual organizations (VOs) have yet to become a commodity technology in modern computing environments due to the complexity of managing them and difficulty of assuring user and VO isolation. Here, the authors describe the VO management approach taken by XtreemOS, a new grid operating system with native support for VOs that(More)
MicroRNAs are small, non-coding RNAs that regulate gene expression post-transcriptionally and have crucial roles in plant biological and metabolic processes. To date, there has been no report concerning miRNAs in Xanthoceras sorbifolia, one of the most important woody energy plants for biofuel production. To study the roles of miRNAs during floral organ(More)
Keloids are benign skin tumours occurring during wound healing in genetically predisposed patients. They are characterised by an abnormal deposition of extracellular matrix components, in particular collagen. There is evidence that transforming growth factor-beta (TGFbeta) is involved in keloid formation. SMAD proteins play a crucial role in TGFbeta(More)
Phosphoinositide-specific phospholipase C (PLC) is a key enzyme in phosphoinositide turnover and is involved in a variety of physiological functions. Here we report that PLCdelta(1)-deficient mice undergo progressive hair loss in the first postnatal hair cycle. Epidermal hyperplasia was observed, and many hairs in the skin of PLCdelta(1)-deficient mice(More)
Arsenic as a potential risk factor for type 2 diabetes has been received attention recently. However, the roles of arsenic on development of diabetes are unclear. In this study, we compared the influences of inorganic arsenic (iAs) on normal and diabetic mice by systems toxicology approaches. Although iAs exposure did not change glucose tolerance in normal(More)
Keloids are benign skin tumours occurring during wound healing in genetically predisposed patients. They are characterized by an abnormal deposition of extracellular matrix components, particularly collagen. There is uncertain evidence that transforming growth factor-beta (TGFss) is involved in keloid formation. Therefore we investigated the expression of(More)
BACKGROUND Preterm parturition is characterized by innate immune activation and increased proinflammatory cytokine levels. This well established association leads us to hypothesize that preterm delivery is also associated with neonatal T lymphocyte activation and maturation. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS Cord blood samples were obtained following term,(More)
We used Western blot analysis to examine the expression of connexin 43 and M2/M3 acetylcholine muscarinic receptors (mAChR) and their interaction in ventricular myocytes from control and the ischemic heart. We confirmed that the connexin 43 and M2/ M3-mAChR were expressed in ventricular myocytes. Moreover, we showed that M3-mAChR was expressed in(More)
VIS-NIR spectroscopy combined with multivariate analysis after the appropriate spectral data pre-treatment has been proved to be a very powerful tool for judgment of the relative pattern of the objects that have very similar properties. In this study, seventy transgenic tomatoes with antisense LeETR2 and 94 of their parents, non-transgenic ones were(More)