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Previous studies have implicated continuous or intermittent hyperglycemia in altered endothelium-derived nitric oxide (NO) synthesis. NO can regulate both the F-actin cytoskeleton and endothelial cell membrane stiffness. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) is a powerful tool that can be used to study plasma membrane deformability at the single cell level. As(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to compare the difference between insulin-producing cells (IPCs) and normal human pancreatic beta cells both in physiological function and morphological features in cellular level. METHODS The levels of insulin secretion were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The insulin gene expression was determined by(More)
We successfully differentiated human adipose tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells (haMSCs) into insulin-producing cells (IPCs) in vitro and did not use any insulin which might be absorbed by cells during in vitro culture. Expression of insulin gene was massively increased by 28,000-fold at day 12 compared with haMSCs (P < 0.05). IPCs could secrete insulin(More)
A 10-month-old female infant was referred to our hospital due to prolonged jaundice over 9 months and fever of 4 days. Physical examination revealed enlargement of the liver and spleen, as well as ascites. Liver ultrasound indicated multiple firm nodules. Laboratory tests showed hyperbilirubinemia, hypoglycemia, hypoalbuminemia and coagulopathy. Increased(More)
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