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This study was undertaken to assay the effect of lovastatin on the glycogen synthase kinase-3 beta (GSK-3β) and collapsin responsive mediator protein-2 (CRMP-2) signaling pathway and mossy fiber sprouting (MFS) in epileptic rats. MFS in the dentate gyrus (DG) is an important feature of temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) and is highly related to the severity and(More)
Antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE) of virus infections can be induced by subneutralizing concentrations of specific antibodies. We recently demonstrated ADE in human monocytes infected with enterovirus 71 (EV71). The current study was designed to extend these observations by determining the effect of ADE on the pathogenesis of EV71 infection in newborn(More)
BACKGROUND Brainstem encephalitis (BE) and pulmonary edema (PE) are notable complications of enterovirus 71 (EV71) infection. OBJECTIVE This study investigated the immunoregulatory characterizations of EV71 neurological complications by disease severity and milrinone treatment. STUDY DESIGN Patients <18 years with virologically confirmed EV71 infections(More)
BACKGROUND The conserved Notch signaling pathway regulates cell fate decisions and maintains stem cells in multicellular organisms. Up-regulation of Notch signaling is observed in several types of cancer and is causally involved in proliferation and survival of cancer cells. Thus, it is of great interest to look for anti-Notch reagents for therapeutic(More)
BACKGROUND Developmental delay (DD) in infants and children is one of the chief complaints of parents. It has been established that the concerns of parents are as accurate as quality screening tests. Some kinds of concerns are particularly useful in the early detection of associated developmental problems. The purpose of this study was to investigate the(More)
The new media artwork Digital Buddha combines 3D Printing and camera mapping. The creative plan for Digital Buddha applies industrial design concepts and methods that utilize multiple complex digital tools in order to achieve effects of precision sculpting computations. In this work, a pre-constructed abstract sculpture is decoded and transformed into a(More)
Projection Mapping, the superimposing of virtual images upon actual objects, is already extensively used in performance arts. Applications of it are already quite mature, therefore, here we wish to achieve the opposite, or specifically speaking, the superimposing of actual objects into virtual images. This method of reverse superimposition is called "camera(More)
BACKGROUND A rapid surge of female breast cancer has been observed in young women in several East Asian countries. The BIM deletion polymorphism, which confers cell resistance to apoptosis, was recently found exclusively in East Asian people with prevalence rate of 12%. We aimed to evaluate the possible role of this genetic alteration in carcinogenesis of(More)
BACKGROUND Long-term care residents are susceptible to constipation and one-half to three quarter of older nursing home residents receive laxatives regularly. OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to evaluate the factors related to abnormal bowel function and explore the effectiveness of laxative treatment among the elderly residents of a nursing home.(More)
In Chinese calligraphy, the concept of promoting the circulation of qi enables Chinese characters to express the essence, qi, and spirit of the calligrapher through the proper use of force and speed. As a result, the emotions and soul of the calligrapher are recorded in a work of Chinese calligraphy. In Cursive, a performance by internationally renowned(More)