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Advancing our understanding of mechanisms of immune regulation in allergy, asthma, autoimmune diseases, tumor development, organ transplantation, and chronic infections could lead to effective and targeted therapies. Subsets of immune and inflammatory cells interact via ILs and IFNs; reciprocal regulation and counter balance among T(h) and regulatory T(More)
— The self-assembling of three-dimensional (3-D) MEMS from polysilicon surface micromachined part is very attractive. To avoid risky external manipulation, the practical use of integrated actuator to perform the assembling task is required. To that goal, this paper presents detailed characteristics of the electrostatic surface micromachined scratch drive(More)
A combined system consisting of a passive filter and a small-rated active filter that are connected in series is discussed as a method of overcoming power system harmonic interferences caused by harmonic-producing loads such as diode or thyristor converters and cycloconverters. The system features filtering characteristics independent of the source(More)
This paper discusses the potential of a transformerless STATic synchronous COMpensator (STATCOM) intended for installation on the 6.6-kV industrial and utility distribution systems. The STATCOM consists of a five-level diode-clamped pulsewidth-modulation converter rated at 1 MVA and a voltage-balancing circuit rated at 6 kVA. Moreover, this paper designs,(More)
This paper presents an innovative high-frequency- based biosensor, which combines both microwave detection and microfluidic network for time-efficient and accurate biological analysis. It is composed of a coplanar waveguide with a microfluidic channel placed on top. With the help of an appropriate de-embedding technique and modeling of the measurements, the(More)
In vitro culture of small neuronal networks with pre-defined topological features is particularly desirable when the electrical activity of such assemblies can be monitored for long periods of time. Indeed, it is hoped that such networks, with pre-determined connectivity, will provide unique insights into the structure/function relationship of biological(More)
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a chronic inflammatory disease of the skin for which there are no reliable biomarkers to assess clinical severity. Serum interleukin-18 (IL-18) levels may be associated with AD severity. To identify putative biomarkers associated with clinical severity in adult AD patients, we enrolled 121 adult AD patients (mean age 35.7 years)(More)
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS Most genetic variants identified for type 2 diabetes have been discovered in European populations. We performed genome-wide association studies (GWAS) in a Chinese population with the aim of identifying novel variants for type 2 diabetes in Asians. METHODS We performed a meta-analysis of three GWAS comprising 684 patients with type 2(More)
This paper proposes the cooperative control of multiple active filters based on voltage detection for harmonic damping throughout a power distribution system. The arrangement of a real distribution system would be changed according to system operation, and/or fault conditions. In addition, shunt capacitors and loads are individually connected to, or(More)
Human herpesvirus-6 (HHV-6) encephalitis is recognized as a relatively rare, but sometimes lethal, complication of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Although the development of new diagnostic techniques and antiviral therapy has improved, the prognosis of encephalitis is still unclear. We surveyed 197 patients who underwent(More)