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Fruits from several species of the Rosaceae family are reported to cause allergic reactions in certain populations. The allergens identified belong to mainly four protein families: pathogenesis related 10 proteins, thaumatin-like proteins, lipid transfer proteins and profilins. These families of putative allergen genes in apple (Mal d 1 to 4) have been(More)
Hydroxysafflor yellow A (HSYA) is an active ingredient obtained from the flower of Carthamus tinctorius L. The present study investigated the effects of HSYA on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced inflammatory signal transduction in human alveolar epithelial A549 cells. A549 cells stimulated with LPS were incubated with three doses of HSYA (1, 4 and 16μmol/L).(More)
OBJECTIVE This study was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of a "mini" version of the frameless intrauterine system (IUS; GyneFix), which has a copper surface area of approximately 200 mm(2). The small GyneFix version consists of four copper cylinders instead of six and is only 2 cm long. MATERIALS AND METHODS A total of 392 insertions were performed in(More)
A fast, simple and cost-effective one-pot labeling strategy coupled with capillary zone electrophoresis was developed for the complete separation of amino acid mixture. The strategy includes two steps of reactions: Cyanuric chloride was made to react first with 7-amino-1,3-naphthalenedisulfonic acid monopotassium salt at 0 °C for 10 min, and then with amino(More)
Relatively little is known about the molecular mechanisms underlying spatial pathfinding in the descending serotonergic raphespinal tract (RST) in the developing spinal cord, one of the most important nerve pathways for pain, sensory and motor functions. We provide evidence that ventral floor plate-secreted Sonic hedgehog (Shh) is responsible for the(More)
We observed biologically mediated emission of Po from culture solution inoculated sea sediment extract and incubated under natural light/dark cycle condition or dark condition the emitted Po compound would be lipophilic because of effective collection in organic solvent. Sterilization of the culture medium with antibiotics or CuSO4 completely suppressed(More)
CONTEXT Quality of life (QOL) is the main outcome measure for patients with advanced cancer at the end of life. The McGill Quality of Life Questionnaire (MQOL) is designed specifically for palliative care patients and has been translated and validated in Hong Kong and Taiwan. OBJECTIVES This study aimed to investigate the QOL of patients with advanced(More)
Obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS) is a serious respiratory disorder. Snoring is the most intuitively characteristic symptom of OSAHS. Recently, many studies have attempted to develop snore analysis technology for diagnosing OSAHS. The preliminary and essential step in such diagnosis is to automatically segment snoring sounds from original(More)
A Cu-mediated preparation of 2-substitiuted pyrazolo[1,5-a]pyridines from N-benzoylpyridinium imides and terminal alkynes is described using stoichiometric Cu(OAc)2 as both the mediator and the oxidant. Extensive DFT calculations suggest a Cu(III) intermediate via disproportionation of Cu(II).
Behavior of Po in fresh waters was examined in laboratory culture experiments using fresh water collected from a small pool, Xi river and Xiqing lake, showing formation of volatile Po compounds followed by emission to air. Addition of tryptone to the fresh water cultures increased the emission of Po considerably along with a growth of microorganisms,(More)