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To address the high data bus bandwidth requirements, the principle of locality of reference is exploited in the vast majority of video processing algorithms. Especially, for appli-cation's kernels based on motion estimation, it is inevitable to fetch the pixel data from a local storage. However, the video application kernel requirements can vary(More)
Primary focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) is a disease with poor prognosis and high unmet therapeutic need. Here, we evaluated the safety and pharmacokinetics of single-dose infusions of fresolimumab, a human monoclonal antibody that inactivates all forms of transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β), in a phase I open-label, dose-ranging study. Patients(More)
Follicular growth is described as a continuum. It goes on at all times, at all ages, uninterrupted by pregnancy or other periods of non-ovulation. A distinction is made between the continuum at the beginning of follicular growth and events concerning the cyclicity at the end of follicular growth, i.e. ovulation. Follicles grow sequentially. Also large(More)
Treatment options in human mesangioproliferative glomerulonephritis/sclerosis, mostly IgA nephropathy, are limited. Progressive mesangioproliferative nephropathy represents a major cause of end-stage kidney disease. The present study explores the efficacy of low-dose mTOR inhibition by rapamycin in a chronic-progressive model of mesangioproliferative(More)
— The gap between application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and general-purpose programmable processors in terms of performance, power, cost and flexibility is well known. Application-specific instruction-set processors (ASIPs) bridge this gap. In this work, we demonstrate the key benefits of ASIPs for several video applications. One of the(More)
INTRODUCTION Mechanical ventilation (MV) is a life saving intervention in acute respiratory failure without alternative. However, particularly in pre-injured lungs, even protective ventilation strategies may evoke ventilator-induced lung injury (VILI), which is characterized by pulmonary inflammation and vascular leakage. Adjuvant pharmacologic strategies(More)
Experimental studies have shown both therapeutic and detrimental consequences of modifying dietary L-arginine intake in renal diseases which likely reflect the complexity of L-arginine metabolism. L-Arginine intake is semi-essential and provides substrate for a number of L-arginine metabolites involved in renal pathology. Dietary L-arginine restriction has(More)
Video encoders are an important IP block in mobile multimedia systems. In this paper, we describe a low-cost low-power multi-standard (MPEG4, JPEG, and H.263) video/image encoder. The low-cost and low-power aspects are achieved by the right choice of algorithms and architectures. In the algorithm front, an embedded compression technique for reducing the(More)
INTRODUCTION Regional citrate anticoagulation (RCA) for continuous renal replacement therapy is widely used in intensive care units (ICUs). However, concern exists about the safety of citrate in patients with liver failure (LF). The aim of this study was to evaluate safety and efficacy of RCA in ICU patients with varying degrees of impaired liver function.(More)
BACKGROUND Activin A, a member of the transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) superfamily of proteins, shares many biological features with the pro-fibrotic cytokine TGF-beta1, which is primarily responsible for the accumulation of extracellular matrix proteins in renal disease. This study was designed to identify regulators of activin A production in(More)