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There is still controversy in the literature whether a single episode of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) results in short-term functional and/or structural deficits as well as any induced long-term residual effects. With the inability of traditional structural brain imaging techniques to accurately diagnosis MTBI, there is hope that more advanced(More)
The domestic pig is of enormous agricultural significance and valuable models for many human diseases. Information concerning the pig microRNAome (miRNAome) has been long overdue and elucidation of this information will permit an atlas of microRNA (miRNA) regulation functions and networks to be constructed. Here we performed a comprehensive search for(More)
Calcium-dependent protein kinases (CDPKs) play vital roles in plant growth and development, biotic and abiotic stress responses, and hormone signaling. Little is known about the CDPK gene family in grapevine. In this study, we performed a genome-wide analysis of the 12X grape genome (Vitis vinifera) and identified nineteen CDPK genes. Comparison of the(More)
Yellow-seed (i.e., yellow seed coat) is one of the most important agronomic traits of Brassica plants, which is correlated with seed oil and meal qualities. Previous studies on the Brassicaceae, including Arabidopsis and Brassica species, proposed that the seed-color trait is correlative to flavonoid and lignin biosynthesis, at the molecular level. In(More)
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a major neurodegenerative brain disorder affecting about 14 million people worldwide. Aβ-induced cell injury is a crucial cause of neuronal loss in AD, thus the suppression of which might be useful for the treatment of this disease. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the effect of paeoniflorin (PF), a monoterpene glycoside(More)
PURPOSE To characterize the disease-causing mutations in four generations of a Chinese family affected with bilateral congenital nuclear and zonular pulverulent cataract. METHODS Detailed family history and clinical data were recorded. The phenotype was documented using slit-lamp photography. Candidate genes were amplified using PCR and screened for(More)
The elastic as well as time-dependent mechanical response of the vocal fold cover (epithelium and superficial layer of the lamina propria) under tension is one key variable in regulating the fundamental frequency. This study examines the hyperelastic and time-dependent tensile deformation behavior of a group of human vocal fold cover specimens (six male and(More)
Leptin is a multifunctional hormone produced by the ob gene and is secreted by adipocytes that regulate food intake and energy metabolism. Numerous studies demonstrated that leptin is a novel neuroprotective effector, however, the mechanisms are largely unknown. Herein, we demonstrate the protective activities of leptin after ischemic stroke and provide the(More)
After clinical resolution of signs and symptoms of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) it is still not clear if there are residual abnormalities of structural or functional brain networks. We have previously documented disrupted interhemispheric functional connectivity in 'asymptomatic' concussed individuals during the sub-acute phase of injury. Testing of(More)
Recently a new framework has been proposed to explore the dynamics of pseudope-riodic time series by constructing a complex network [Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 238701 (2006)]. Essentially, this is a transformation from the time domain to the network domain, which allows for the dynamics of the time series to be studied via the organization of the network. In this(More)