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Patients with dyskeratosis congenita (DC), a disorder of telomere maintenance, suffer degeneration of multiple tissues. Patient-specific induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells represent invaluable in vitro models for human degenerative disorders like DC. A cardinal feature of iPS cells is acquisition of indefinite self-renewal capacity, which is accompanied(More)
A lattice Boltzmann equation (LBE) method for incompressible binary fluids is proposed to model the contact line dynamics on partially wetting surfaces. Intermolecular interactions between a wall and fluids are represented by the inclusion of the cubic wall energy in the expression of the total free energy. The proposed boundary conditions eliminate the(More)
Synergetic neural network (SNN) associates synergetics with artificial neural network, it can rigorously deal with the behavior of network in the mathematical theory, and have the advantage of fast learning, short pattern recalling time and so on. In this paper, a pattern recognition method based on the self-adaptive attention parameters presented on the(More)
beta-Asarone has significant pharmacological effects on the central nervous system. As a potential therapeutic agent to manage brain diseases, analysis of the pharmacokinetics of beta-asarone in brain is necessary. We used cardio-perfusion method to exclude the beta-asarone in the brain blood. The brain was divided into five regions: hippocampus, cortex,(More)
The Ca(2+) release-activated Ca(2+) (CRAC) channel pore is formed by Orai1 and gated by STIM1 after intracellular Ca(2+) store depletion. To resolve how many STIM1 molecules are required to open a CRAC channel, we fused different numbers of Orai1 subunits with functional two-tandem cytoplasmic domains of STIM1 (residues 336-485, designated as S domain).(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Stroke recovery critically depends on timely reperfusion. In July 2003, we set a benchmark onset-to-treatment time of < or =2 hours and instituted an expedited code stroke protocol to accomplish this. We aim to show that the protocol is feasible and safe. METHODS The expedited protocol includes: Benchmark onset-to-treatment within 2(More)
OBJECTIVES To quantify the degree of unconsciousness with EEG nonlinear analysis and investigate the change of EEG nonlinear properties under different conditions. METHODS Twenty-one subjects in persistent vegetative state (PVS), 16 in minimally conscious state (MCS) and 30 normal conscious subjects (control group) with brain trauma or stroke were(More)
As the population ages, the need to develop methods to understand and intercept the processes responsible for protein aggregation diseases is becoming more urgent. The aggregation of the protein beta-amyloid (Abeta) has been implicated in Alzheimer's Disease (AD); however, whether the toxic species is a large, insoluble aggregate or some lower order form is(More)
Bacterial biofilms are particularly problematic since they become resistant to most available antibiotics. Hence, novel potential antagonists to inhibit biofilm formation are urgent. Here the influences of two natural products, ursolic acid and resveratrol, on biofilm of the clinical methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) isolate were(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this research was to investigate the relationship between epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations and the response to first-line chemotherapy in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). METHODS A total of 266 patients with stage IIIB or IV NSCLC who received platinum-based doublet therapies as(More)