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Prostanoids play important physiological roles in the cardiovascular and immune systems and in pain sensation in peripheral systems through their interactions with eight G-protein coupled receptors. These receptors are important drug targets, but development of subtype specific agonists and antagonists has been hampered by the lack of 3D structures for(More)
BACKGROUND The groin lymph node flap transfer has been used for treatment of extremity lymphedema. The design of this flap is based on the superficial circumflex iliac artery/vein (SCIA/V), or superficial inferior epigastric artery/vein (SIEA/V). The purpose of this study is to delineate the distribution of lymph nodes in the groin area and their(More)
BACKGROUND This study was designed to introduce the key points about the transplantation of lower abdominal flap with vascularized lymph node and to evaluate the effect of breast restoration, breast reconstruction, and lymphatic transplantation to treat upper limb lymphedema after breast cancer surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS The study was based on the(More)
Similar to the larger members of the cucurbituril family, such as cucurbit[8]uril (Q[8]), the smallest member, cucurbit[5]uril (Q[5]), can also induce room-temperature phosphorescence (RTP) of α-naphthol (1) and β-naphthol (2). The relationship between the RTP intensity of 1 and 2 and the concentration of Q[5] or Q[8] suggests that the mechanism underlying(More)
Similar geographic areas often have great variations in population size. In health data management and analysis, it is desirable to obtain regions of comparable population by decomposing areas of large population (to gain more spatial variability) and merging areas of small population (to mask privacy of data). Based on the Peano curve algorithm and(More)
A new type of thiacalix[4]arene-based chemosensor 2a and 2b containing amino groups as a binding site and 7-nitrobenzo-2-oxa-1,3-diazole (NBD) as a chromophore have been synthesized and characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction and by NMR spectroscopic methods. Each receptor acted as a strong colorimetric and fluorometric sensor for silver ions and(More)
AIM This study was to determine whether combination of the angiotensin II AT1 receptor blocker (ARB), candesartan cilexetil, and exercise training can prevent the development of high-fat diet-induced insulin resistance. MAIN METHODS F344/NSlc rats were fed normal chow diet or high-fat (HF) diet for 7 weeks. The HF-fed rats were either administered(More)
OBJECTIVE Scutellarin from Erigeron breviscapus is a flavonoid with remarkable pharmacological activity, whose route of biosynthesis is still fully clear. Chalcone synthase (CHS) is the key enzyme regulating flavonoids biosynthesis, and the aim of this study is to explain the relationship between patterns of the gene expression and scutellarin content(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the feasibility of transaxillary dual-plane breast augmentation with endoscope assistant. METHODS The submuscular pockets were separated through a 4 cm transverse incision in the axilla. The pectoralis major muscle were split from the costal margin with the help of a 10 mm, 30 degree endoscope and endoscopic diathermy scissors.(More)
A surveillance system for human sitting posture is presented. The goal of the proposed system is to prevent myopia and backbone/neck diseases caused by using computers. First, the profile of sitting posture is extracted; Second, the profile features, the face's location and size, is further extracted through pattern matching based on Hausdorff distance;(More)