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The genetic diversity and relationships among 47 pear cultivars and genotypes (Pyrus spp.), including 4 Japanese pears (Pyrus pyrifolia), 40 European pears (Pyrus communis), 1 Chinese pear (Pyrus bretschneideri) as well as 2 wild relatives (Pyrus salicifolia and Pyrus mazandaranica) were studied using 28 microsatellite primer pairs. A total of 174 alleles(More)
The major aim of this study was to model the effect of two causal factors, i.e. coating weight gain and amount of pectin-chitosan in the coating solution on the in vitro release profile of theophylline for bimodal drug delivery. Artificial neural network (ANN) as a multilayer perceptron feedforward network was incorporated for developing a predictive model(More)
BACKGROUND Herein we evaluate the potential of adipose-derived stem cells (ASC) to differentiate into smooth muscle cells (SMC) and their potential for use in a tissue-engineered vascular graft. MATERIALS AND METHODS We isolated ASC (CD13+29+90+) from the peri-umbilical adipose tissue of patients undergoing vascular surgery, and cultured them in media(More)
An Iranian National Quince collection containing 40 quince genotypes, originating from six distinct geographic areas, was screened using 15 SSR markers developed originally for apple and pear genomes. Overall, 13 markers exhibited polymorphism, with an average of 5.36 putative alleles per locus and a mean PIC value of 0.76. An UPGMA analysis divided the(More)
BACKGROUND Most research evaluating adipose-derived stem cells (ASC) uses tissue obtained from young, healthy patients undergoing plastic surgical procedures. Given the propensity of other adult stem cell lines to diminish with increasing patient age and co-morbidities, we assess the availability of ASC in elderly patients undergoing vascular surgical(More)
Stem cells differentiate into a variety of cell lines, making them attractive for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Specific microenvironmental cues regulate self-renewal and differentiation capabilities. Oxygen is an important component of the cellular microenvironment, serving as both metabolic substrate and signaling molecule. Oxygen has been(More)
The H-point standard addition method (HPSAM) was applied to kinetic data for simultaneous determination of Fe(III) and Fe(II) or selective determination of Fe(III) in the presence of Fe(II). The method is based on the difference in the rate of two processes; reduction of Fe(III) with Co(II) and subsequent complex formation of resulted Fe(II) with(More)
A spectrophotometric method for simultaneous analysis of glycine and lysine is proposed by application of neural networks on the spectral kinetic data. The method is based on the reaction of glycine and lysine with 1,2-naphthoquinone-4-sulfonate (NQS) in slightly basic medium. On the basis of the difference in the rate between the two reactions, these two(More)
The H-point standard addition method (HPSAM) for simultaneous determination of Fe(II) and Fe(III) is described. The method is based on the difference in the rate of complex formation of iron in two different oxidation states with Gallic acid (GA) at pH 5. Fe(II) and Fe(III) can be determined in the range of 0.02-4.50 mug ml(-1) and 0.05-5.00 mug ml(-1),(More)
The population of the United States is aging. Studies within the last several years have demonstrated that major abdominal operations in elderly patients can be done safely, but with increased rates of complications. We set out to determine the rates of morbidity and mortality in elderly patients undergoing gastric resection at a tertiary care university(More)