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The inflammatory response is modulated through interactions among the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems. Intercommunication between immune cells and the autonomic nervous system is a growing area of interest. Spatial and temporal information about inflammatory processes is relayed to the central nervous system (CNS) where neuroimmune modulation serves(More)
BACKGROUND Human pancreatic islet transplantation is a prospective curative treatment for diabetes. However, the lack of donor pancreases greatly limits this approach. One approach to overcome the limited supply of donor pancreases is to generate functional islets from human embryonic stem cells (hESCs), a cell line with unlimited proliferative capacity,(More)
In this paper, a novel image fusion algorithm based on orientation information measure and lifting stationary wavelet transform (LSWT) is proposed, aiming at solving the fusion problem of multifocus images. In order to select the coefficients of the fused image properly, the selection principles for different subbands are discussed, respectively. For(More)
Multislice CT angiography represents one of the most exciting technological revolutions in cardiac imaging and it has been increasingly used in the diagnosis of coronary artery disease. Rapid improvements in multislice CT scanners over the last decade have allowed this technique to become a potentially effective alternative to invasive coronary angiography(More)
In this paper, a new multifocus image fusion scheme based on the technique of focused pixels detection is proposed. First, a new improved multiscale Top-Hat (MTH) transform, which is more effective than the traditional Top-Hat transform in extracting focus information, is introduced and utilized to detect the pixels of the focused regions. Second, the(More)
OBJECTIVE To observe the expression pattern of bone morphogenetic protein receptor IA (BMPR IA) in rats after contusive spinal cord injury. METHODS The expressions of BMPR IA, IB, and II were detected by immunochemistry in the spinal cord of normal adult rats, and the expression of BMPR IA was detected in the infinite horizons impactor model at 1, 3, 7,(More)
Sepsis with brain dysfunction has contributed to an increase risk of morbidity and mortality. In its pathophysiology, both autophagy and nuclear factor κB (NF-κB) have been suggested to play important roles. Based on the fact that crosstalk between autophagy and NF-κB, two stress-response signaling pathways, has been detected in other pathophysiological(More)