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Angiogenesis is a critical component of the proliferative endometrial phase of the menstrual cycle. Thus, we hypothesized that a stem cell-like population exist and can be isolated from menstrual blood. Mononuclear cells collected from the menstrual blood contained a subpopulation of adherent cells which could be maintained in tissue culture for >68(More)
Proxy bidding has proved useful in a variety of real auction formats , such as eBay, and has been proposed for combinatorial auctions. Previous work on proxy bidding in combinatorial auctions requires the auctioneer essentially run the auction with myopic bidders to determine the outcome. In this paper we present a radically different approach that computes(More)
OBJECTIVES Double-balloon enteroscopy (DBE) is a novel endoscopic technique developed to investigate small bowel disease. There are limited available data on its impact in the diagnosis and management of obscure gastrointestinal bleeding (OGIB). The aim of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic yield and therapeutic impact of DBE in the management of(More)
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) disease is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in neonates and immunocompromised populations, such as transplant recipients and HIV-infected patients. The development of a vaccine to prevent HCMV infection or disease has been assigned the highest priority by the US Institute of Medicine. Although, after 30 years of(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the efficacy of laparoscopically assisted and open resections in treatment of small bowel stromal tumors (SBST). METHODS A retrospective study of 85 patients who underwent curative resections for SBST (38 by laparoscopically assisted procedures and 47 by open procedures) was performed. RESULTS There were no differences between open(More)
Four novel double-stranded RNA molecules, named dsRNA 1 (5124 bp), dsRNA 2(1711 bp), dsRNA 3 (1423 bp) and dsRNA 4 (855 bp), were detected in strain HNHS-1 of Ustilaginoidea virens, the causal agent of rice false smut disease. Sequence analysis showed that the dsRNA1 contains two overlapping open reading frames (ORF) potentially encoding proteins with(More)
AIM To investigate the association of three polymorphisms in the receptor for advanced glycation end product (RAGE) gene with Crohn's disease (CD) risk in a Chinese population. METHODS A hospital-based case-control association study involving 312 CD patients and 479 healthy controls was conducted. Peripheral blood samples were collected from 791 study(More)
In this study, three dsRNA segments from the rice false smut fungus Ustilaginoidea virens, the causal agent of a serious disease in rice, with molecular size ranging from 1.3 to 5 Kb, were isolated and named as dsRNA-L, dsRNA-M, and dsRNA-S. The complete nucleotide sequences of dsRNA-M and dsRNA-S were determined and analyzed. The dsRNA-M putatively encodes(More)
Amorphous nanoparticles of cefuroxime axetil (CFA), a poorly water-soluble drug, were produced by the controlled nanoprecipitation method without any surfactants at room temperature. The influence of the operation parameters, such as the types of solvent and anti-solvent, the stirring speed, the solvent/anti-solvent (S/AS) volume ratio, the drug(More)
This brief presents an analytical study of synchronization in an array of coupled deterministic Boolean networks (BNs) with time delay. Two kinds of models are considered. In one model, the outputs contain time delay, while in another one, the outputs do not. One restriction in this brief is that the state delay and output delay are restricted to be equal.(More)