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BACKGROUND Developmental, physiological and tissue engineering studies critical to the development of successful myocardial regeneration therapies require new ways to effectively visualize and isolate large numbers of fluorescently labeled, functional cardiomyocytes. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS Here we describe methods for the clonal expansion of(More)
The maturation of cardiac myocytes during the immediate prenatal period coincides with changes in the mechanical properties of the extracellular matrix. We investigated the effects of extracellular stiffness on cardiomyocyte maturation in neonatal rat ventricular myocytes grown on collagen-coated gels. Cells on 10-kPa substrates developed aligned(More)
Endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) is responsible for the production of nitric oxide (NO) in blood vessels. NO has been shown to be involved in the inhibition of vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) proliferation. In the present study, the eNOS gene was transferred into rat aortic smooth muscle cells by using an adenoviral vector, and the effect of(More)
—In this paper, we propose a new method to fuse sensing data of the most current observation into a 3-D visual tracker using pseudolikelihood functions with particle filtering techniques. With the proposed approach, the importance density function in particle filter can be modified to represent posterior states by particle crowds in a better way. Thus, it(More)
In this paper, we propose a new approach to dynamically manage the viewpoint of a vision system for optimal 3-D tracking using particle techniques. We adopt the effective sample size in the proposed particle filter as a criterion for evaluating tracking performance and employ it to guide the view-planning process for finding the best viewpoint(More)
Two new types of stable ternary complexes were formed by mixing chitosan with DOTAP/pDNA lipoplex and DOTAP with chitosan/pDNA polyplex via non-covalent conjugation for the efficient delivery of plasmid DNA. They were characterized by atomic force microscopy, gel retarding, and dynamic light scattering. The DOTAP/CTS/pDNA complexes were in compacted(More)
We have introduced a convenient synthesis method for carbamate-linked cationic lipids. Two cationic lipids N-[1-(2,3-didodecylcarbamoyloxy)propyl]-N,N,N-trimethylammonium iodide (DDCTMA) and N-[1-(2,3-didodecyl carbamoyloxy)propyl]-N-ethyl-N,N-dimethylammonium iodide (DDCEDMA), with identical length of hydrocarbon chains, alternative quaternary ammonium(More)
BACKGROUND Aedes albopictus is distributed widely in China, as a primary vector of Dengue fever and Chikungunya fever in south of China. Chemical insecticide control is one of the integrated programmes to prevent mosquito-borne diseases. Long-term applications of pyrethroids have resulted in the development of resistance in Ae. albopictus populations in(More)
Several novel tri-peptide cationic lipids were designed and synthesized for delivering DNA and siRNA. They have tri-lysine and tri-ornithine as head groups, carbamate group as linker and 12 and 14 carbon atom alkyl groups as tails. These tri-peptide cationic lipids were prepared into cationic liposomes for the study of the physicochemical properties and(More)