I-Hsin Liu

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BACKGROUND Contrast-induced nephropathy is a major cause of hospital-acquired acute renal failure, and its risk is significantly increased in patients with diabetes mellitus. This study aimed to examine both the role of apoptosis in low-osmolar contrast media-induced kidney injury in normal and diabetic rats and the difference in the induced kidney injury(More)
OBJECTIVES The amount of fat tissue is associated with an increasing incidence of cardiac arrhythmias. The purpose of this study was to investigate effects of adipocytokines from different body fat on delayed rectifier K(+) outward currents (IK). METHODS H9c2 cells were treated with adipocytokine-free medium (the Adipo-free group) and with adipocytokines(More)
BACKGROUND Old age and dyslipidemia increase the occurrence of atrial tachyarrhythmias (ATR). This study investigated the effect of age and hypercholesterolemia on the atrial substrates for ATR. METHODS Five 3-year-old rabbits fed standard chow were categorized into an old-age group, five 3-month-old rabbits fed high cholesterol chow were used as a(More)
A 3D plotting system was used to make chitosan-based tissue scaffolds with interconnected pores using pure chitosan (C) and chitosan cross-linked with pectin (CP) and genipin (CG). A freeze-dried chitosan scaffold (CF/D) was made to compare with C, to observe the effects of structural differences. The fiber size, pore size, porosity, compression strength,(More)
BACKGROUND The best pharmaceutical prevention of contrast-medium-induced nephropathy for emergency procedures remains unknown. The aim of this study was to examine the impact of short-duration antioxidant pretreatment on contrast-medium-induced cytotoxicity. METHODS Human embryonic kidney cells were treated with three different contrast media: ionic(More)
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