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Persistent organic pollutants (POPs), xenobiotics that accumulate in fat tissue, may impair bone metabolism. We studied (1) the association of bone mineral density (BMD) with POPs and (2) whether associations of fat mass (FM) or lean mass (LM), two components of body composition, with BMD differed depending on levels of POPs. Participants aged ≥ 20 in the(More)
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are progenitors that are capable of differentiating into mesenchymal tissues. They are known to support allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation by facilitating engraftment without increasing the risk of graft-versus-host disease. We optimized culture conditions for human fetal liver-derived MSCs (hFL-MSCs) to(More)
OBJECTIVES To test whether parathyroid hormone (PTH) might be related to the development of atherosclerosis in postmenopausal women, we measured serum levels of PTH, the carotid intima-media thickness (IMT), and other clinical and biochemical parameters. METHODS One hundred and seven postmenopausal women were recruited for this study. The serum level of(More)
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