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We reported previously using a murine model that the kidney is the organ involved in catabolism of exogenous human recombinant interleukin 2 (IL-2) and that cathepsin D, a major renal acid protease, is responsible for the degradation of IL-2. In the present report also using BALB/c mice we have investigated the effect of in vivo pepstatin, an acid protease(More)
This work explores the relationships of muscle strength and areal bone mineral density (aBMD) in ambulatory children with cerebral palsy (CP). The knee extensor strength, but not motor function, was related to aBMD. Thus, muscle strength, especially antigravity muscle strength, was more associated with aBMD in these children than motor function. Muscle(More)
Betel nut chewing is associated with oral cavity cancer in Taiwan. OC3 is an oral carcinoma cell line that was established from cells collected from a long-term betel nut chewer who does not smoke. After we found that microRNA-17-5p (miR-17-5p) is induced in OC3 cells, we used this cell line to examine the biological role(s) of this microRNA in response to(More)
The potential importance of CO2 derived from host tree respiration at night as a substrate for night time CO2 uptake during CAM was investigated in the subtropical and tropical epiphytic vine Hoya carnosa in a subtropical rainforest in north-eastern Taiwan. Individuals were examined within the canopies of host trees in open, exposed situations, as well as(More)
Change of microenvironment pH by biodegradable implants may ameliorate unbalanced osteoporotic bone remodeling. The present work demonstrated that a weak alkaline condition stimulated osteoblasts differentiation while suppressed osteoclast generation. In vivo, implants with an alkaline microenvironment pH (monitored by a pH microelectrode) exhibited a(More)
In 1986, we reported that abnormal 5'-nucleotide phosphodiesterase (5'-NP) (oligonucleate: 5'-nucleotidohydrolase, EC 3.1.4.1) isoenzymes (5'-NP I and 5'-NP V + VI) were observed in the serum of patients with liver cancer. The results of the present study show that the 5'-NP I positivity rate is 99.2% (234/236), specificity 74.9%; and the 5'-NP V + VI(More)
Slight amounts of carbon (0:015{0:1mass%) were added into the Fe-30Mn-6Si-5Cr shape memory alloy. The microstructure, precipitation behaviour and shape memory performance of these Fe59Mn30Si6Cr5CX alloys with various thermo-mechanical treatments were investigated. Experimental results show that two particles, the -phase and M23C6 carbide, are observed(More)