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AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) plays an important role in mediating energy metabolism and is controlled mainly by two upstream kinases, LKB1 or Ca(2+)/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase kinase-β (CaMKKβ). Previously, we found that baicalin, one of the major flavonoids in a traditional Chinese herb medicine, Scutellaria baicalensis, protects against(More)
The problem of delay-dependent robust stabilization for uncertain system with time-delay is considered. By means of the Lyapunov function and linear matrix inequalities (LMIs) technique, a delay-dependent sufficient condition is derived for the existence of a state feedback controller, which ensures asymptotic stability of the closed system for all(More)
BACKGROUND The objective of this study was to prepare, characterize, and evaluate a folate-modified self-microemulsifying drug delivery system (FSMEDDS) with the aim to improve the solubility of curcumin and its delivery to the colon, facilitating endocytosis of FSMEDDS mediated by folate receptors on colon cancer cells. METHODS Ternary phase diagrams(More)
The transport of water molecules through nanopores is not only crucial to biological activities but also useful for designing novel nanofluidic devices. Despite considerable effort and progress that has been made, a controllable and unidirectional water flow is still difficult to achieve and the underlying mechanism is far from being understood. In this(More)
A dissipative particle dynamics simulation method is used to probe the mechanism of protein-mediated membrane fusion. The coarse-grained models for proteins are designed based on the function of fusion proteins. Attractive forces have been introduced to produce a protein complex. The formation of protein complexes provides mechanical forces to bring(More)
Confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) was introduced and examined as a novel technique for imaging film-core interface and surface defects of film-coated tablets. Tablets of acetylsalicylic acid, microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) and lactose monohydrate were film-coated with aqueous hydroxypropyl methylcellulose using an instrumented side-vented pan(More)
From the perspectives of biological applications and material sciences, it is essential to understand the transport properties of water molecules through nanochannels. Although considerable effort and progress has been made in recent years, a systematic understanding of the effect of nanochannel dimension is still lacking. In this paper, we use molecular(More)
Three-dimensional porous crystalline polyimide covalent organic frameworks (termed PI-COFs) have been synthesized. These PI-COFs feature non- or interpenetrated structures that can be obtained by choosing tetrahedral building units of different sizes. Both PI-COFs show high thermal stability (>450 °C) and surface area (up to 2403 m(2) g(-1)). They also show(More)
The psychological impact of a mudslide on survivors of the Wenchuan earthquake in China and the risk factors for development of disaster-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) were investigated. The study design was cross-sectional and included 1321 survivors who had endured both an earthquake and a mudslide. Participants filled out a self-report(More)