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OBJECTIVE To determine whether 25OH-D levels in the follicular fluid (FF) of infertile women undergoing IVF demonstrate a relationship with IVF cycle parameters and outcome, hypothesizing that levels of 25OH-D in body fluids are reflective of vitamin repletion status. DESIGN Prospective cohort study. SETTING Academic tertiary care center. PATIENT(S)(More)
We propose a game theoretic pricing mechanism for statistically guaranteed service in packet-switched networks. The mechanism provides congestion control, differentiated qualities of service, and efficient resource allocation. For users, the mechanism offers better quality and lower price. Service providers can base new service and revenue models within the(More)
(1) Neurogenesis driven by neural stem cells (NSCs) is regulated by physiological and pathological factors. Melatonin (MT) has profound neurotrophic and neuroprotective effects. Hence, we studied the role of MT in regulating the viability and differentiation of NSCs derived from rat ventral midbrain. (2) NSCs were isolated from the rat ventral midbrain. The(More)
The mechanism(s) by which vitamin D(3) regulates female reproduction is minimally understood. We tested the hypothesis that peripubertal vitamin D(3) deficiency disrupts hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian physiology. To test this hypothesis, we used wild-type mice and Cyp27b1 (the rate-limiting enzyme in the synthesis of 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D(3)) null mice to(More)
Perlecan (Pln) is a major heparan sulfate proteoglycan (HSPG) of extracellular matrices and bone marrow stroma. Pln, via glycosaminoglycans in domains I and V, acts as a co-receptor for delivery of heparin binding growth factors (HBGFs) that support cancer growth and vascularization. Specifically, glycosaminoglycans bind HBGFs and activate HBGF receptors,(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate whether a diagnosis of diminished ovarian reserve (DOR) in premenopausal years has adverse implications for skeletal health and quality of life. DESIGN This was a cross-sectional study of infertile, albeit healthy, mid-reproductive-age women (younger than 42 y) attending an academic infertility practice. RESULTS Eighty-nine(More)
To determine the survival and differentiation of cultured Human amniotic cells (HACs) upon transplantation into the brain of 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine(MPTP)-induced Parkinson disease (PD) mice. Mouse model of PD was established with injections of MPTP (15 mg/kg, fourth, 2 h interval). After being labeled with PKH26, HACs isolated from(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate the association between inflammatory mediators, matrix degrading enzymes and acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and the impact of early reperfusion therapy on circulating biomarkers. DESIGN Peripheral serum levels of interleukin-6 (IL-6), high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) and matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) were(More)
Reproductive success depends on a robust and appropriately timed preovulatory LH surge. The LH surge, in turn, requires ovarian steroid modulation of GnRH neuron activation by the neuropeptide kisspeptin and glutamate and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) neurotransmission in the medial preoptic area (mPOA). Middle-aged females exhibit reduced excitation of(More)
In this paper, we address the problem of extracting gene regulation information from microarray data for cancer classification. From the biological viewpoint, a model of gene regulation probability is established where three types of gene regulation states in a tissue sample are assumed and then two regulation events correlated with the class distinction(More)