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— The conventional pilot-aided orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) systems use the fixed number of pilots to estimate the channel. In this paper, we propose a new channel estimation scheme that exploits reliable decision-feedback symbols in the OFDM systems. The reliable symbols having low symbol error rate can be used to refine the channel(More)
The peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma(PPARc) agonists thiazolidinediones (TZDs) are prescribed for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Furthermore, it has been reported that TZDs have a beneficial effect on neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying this effect are not fully(More)
The deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) methyltransferase (DNMT) inhibitor 5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine (5-aza-dC) has been used as a drug in a part of cancer therapy. However, because of its incorporation into DNA during DNA synthesis, 5-aza-dC can cause DNA damage, mutagenesis, and cytotoxicity. In view of the adverse effects of 5-aza-dC, DNMT-targeted inhibition may(More)
Coxsackievirus B3 (CVB3), an enterovirus in the Picornavirus family, is the most common human pathogen associated with myocarditis and idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy. We found upregulation of the cysteine-rich protein gene (cyr61) after CVB3 infection in HeLa cells with a cDNA microarray approach, which is confirmed by Northern blot analysis. It is also(More)
This study was performed to determine whether spinal GABAergic systems mediate the relieving effects of low frequency electroacupuncture (EA) on cold allodynia in a rat tail model of neuropathic pain. For neuropathic surgery, the right superior caudal trunk was resected at the level between the S1 and S2 spinal nerves innervating the tail. Two weeks after(More)
The performance of piezoelectric vibration energy harvesters was studied as a function of environment temperature. The devices fabricated by soft or hard PZTs were used to investigate the effect of material parameters on the thermal degradation of the devices. PZT MEMS device was also prepared and compared with the bulk devices to investigate scaling effect(More)
The function of inspiratory muscles is crucial for effective cough as well as expiratory muscles in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). However, there is no report on the correlation between cough and inspiratory muscle strength. To investigate the relationships of voluntary cough capacity, assisted cough techniques, and inspiratory muscle(More)
Nitric oxide (NO) production in endothelial cells (EC) is regulated by multisite phosphorylation of specific serine and threonine residues in endothelial NO synthase (eNOS). Among these, eNOS-Ser116 is phosphorylated in the basal state, and its phosphorylation contributes to basal NO production. Here, we investigated the mechanism by which eNOS-Ser116 is(More)
BACKGROUND Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) have attracted much interest and have been used for antibacterial, antifungal, anticancer, and antiangiogenic applications because of their unique properties. The increased usage of AgNPs leads to a potential hazard to human health. However, the potential effects of AgNPs on animal models are not clear. This study was(More)
The usefulness of 64-multidetector row computed tomography (MDCT) for the evaluation of aortic atherosclerotic disease (AAD), a potential source of cerebral emboli, has recently been suggested. We aimed to assess the significance of AAD by using MDCT in patients who are suspected to have had embolic stroke clinically or radiologically but without evident(More)