Learn More
In this paper, we develop the nonsubsampled contourlet transform (NSCT) and study its applications. The construction proposed in this paper is based on a nonsubsampled pyramid structure and nonsubsampled directional filter banks. The result is a flexible multiscale, multidirection, and shift-invariant image decomposition that can be efficiently implemented(More)
CLCF-1 is a cytokine known for B-cell stimulation and for neurotrophic properties. We have identified CLCF-1 as a potential injurious factor in the human renal disease focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). We investigated its effects on renal cells and renal function in in vitro and in vivo studies. Methods include measurement of the effect of CLCF-1(More)
This study presents PKSolver, a freely available menu-driven add-in program for Microsoft Excel written in Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), for solving basic problems in pharmacokinetic (PK) and pharmacodynamic (PD) data analysis. The program provides a range of modules for PK and PD analysis including noncompartmental analysis (NCA), compartmental(More)
We present the nonsubsampled contourlet transform and its application in image enhancement. The nonsubsampled con-tourlet transform is built upon nonsubsampled pyramids and nonsubsampled directional filter banks and provides a shift-invariant directional multiresolution image representation. Existing methods for image enhancement cannot capture the(More)
The regulation of the phosphaturic factor fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23) is not well understood. It was found that administration of 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D(3) (1,25[OH](2)D(3)) to mice rapidly increased serum FGF23 concentrations from a basal level of 90.6 +/- 8.1 to 213.8 +/- 14.6 pg/ml at 8 h (mean +/- SEM; P < 0.01) and resulted in a four-fold(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the quality of life and related factors in HIV-positive spouses undergoing ART from discordant couples. METHODS A cross-sectional study was conducted among 1,009 HIV-positive spouses from serodiscordant couples in Zhumadian, Henan Province, between October 1, 2008 and March 31, 2009. HIV-positive spouses were interviewed by local(More)
In the present study, we report on a new triticale (×Triticosecale Wittm.) ZH-1, derived from the progeny of common wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) cv. MY15 × Chinese Weining rye (Secale cereale L.). ZH-1, exhibiting shorter plant height and higher tillering ability compared to MY15, is immune to both powdery mildew and stripe rust and has stable fertility.(More)
Herein, we describe the preparation of a targeted cellular delivery system for morin hydrate (MH), based on a low-molecular-weight hyaluronic acid-poly(butyl cyanoacrylate) (HA-PBCA) block copolymer. In order to enhance the therapeutic effect of MH, D-alpha-tocopheryl polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate (TPGS) was mixed with HA-PBCA during the preparation(More)
To investigate the role of astroglial water channel aquaporin-4 (AQP4) in maintaining blood-brain barrier integrity, structure and permeability of the brain microvessels were investigated in adult AQP4 knockout mice. Altered ultrastructure of brain microvessels, including open tight junctions and swollen perivascular astrocytic endfeet, were frequently(More)
Two classic animal behavior despair tests--the Forced Swimming Test (FST) and the Tail Suspension Test (TST) were used to evaluate the antidepressant activity of liquiritin and isoliquiritin from Glycyrrhiza uralensis in mice. It was observed that both liquiritin and isoliquiritin at doses of 10, 20 and 40 mg/kg significantly reduced the immobility time in(More)