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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 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)
Pancreatic fistula (PF) is a major source of morbidity following distal pancreatectomy (DP). Our aim was to identify risk factors related to PF following DP and to determine the impact of technique of transection and stump closure. We performed a retrospective review of 215 consecutive patients who underwent DP. Perioperative and postoperative data were(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)
The interactions of an imidazolium based ionic liquid (IL), namely 1-dodecyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride [C12 mim][Cl] with two sulfonated anionic dyes, azocarmine G and methyl orange, are studied spectrophotometrically in both acidic and basic media. ILs (with some surface active character) can interact with the above dyes and cause considerable shifts in(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)
Cloud point extraction has been used for the preconcentration and simultaneous spectrophotometric determination of nickel and cobalt after the formation of a complex with 2-amino-cyclopentene-1-dithiocarboxylic acid (ACDA), and latter analysis by spectrophotometer using Triton X-114 as surfactant. The parameters affecting the separation phase and detection(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)