Mei-Chun Chen

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This study examined the hypothesis that different inorganic carbon (IC) conditions enrich different ammonia-oxidizing bacteria (AOB) and nitrite-oxidizing bacteria (NOB) populations by operating two laboratory-scale continuous-flow bioreactors fed with 15 and 100 mg IC/L, respectively. During this study, both bioreactors maintained satisfactory(More)
In Chinese physiognomy, lower-lid pretarsal fullness is considered a sign of beauty in women. However, there are no data regarding the normal measurements of pretarsal fullness. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the average appearance of lower-lid pretarsal fullness in oriental women of specific age groups with the intention of obtaining data that(More)
The aim of this study is to understand if human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) and neuropeptide pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide (PACAP) have synergistic protective effect that promotes functional recovery in rats with severe spinal cord injury (SCI). To evaluate the effect of delayed combinatorial therapy of PACAP and hMSCs on spinal cord(More)
Rhamnus nakaharai Hayata (Rhamnaceae), has been used as a folk medicine in Taiwan for treating constipation, inflammation, tumors and asthma. 3-O-methylquercetin (3-MQ), a main constituent of the plant, has been reported to inhibit total cAMP- and cGMP-phosphodiesterase (PDE) of guinea pig trachealis. Therefore we were interested in investigating the(More)
Clinical manifestations of severe dengue diseases include thrombocytopenia, vascular leakage, and liver damage. Evidence shows that hepatic injury is involved in the pathogenesis of dengue infection; however, the mechanisms are not fully resolved. Our previous in vitro studies suggested a mechanism of molecular mimicry in which antibodies directed against(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a public health problem worldwide with an increasing incidence and prevalence and high cost. The role of illness perceptions in understanding health-related behavior has received little attention in patients with early-stage CKD. PURPOSE This qualitative study aimed to describe the illness representation and(More)
Rhamnus nakaharai Hayata (Rhamnaceae) has been used as a folk medicine in Taiwan for treating constipation, inflammation, tumors, and asthma. 3-O-Methylquercetin (3-MQ), a main constituent of the plant, has been reported to inhibit total cAMP- and cGMP-phosphodiesterase (PDE) of guinea pig trachealis at low concentrations. 3-MQ has been also reported to(More)
Immunopathogenetic mechanisms of dengue virus (DENV) infection are involved in hemorrhagic syndrome resulting from thrombocytopenia, coagulopathy, and vasculopathy. We have proposed a mechanism of molecular mimicry in which Abs against DENV nonstructural protein 1 (NS1) cross-react with human endothelial cells and cause NF-κB-regulated immune activation and(More)
A Gram-stain-positive, short rod-shaped and motile, mildly halotolerant, endospore-forming bacterium, FJAT-13985(T), was isolated from the internal tissues of Mesona chinensis root. Strain FJAT-13985(T) grew at 20-45 °C (optimum 30 °C) and pH 5.7-9.0 (optimum pH 7.0) and in the presence of 0-2% (w/v) NaCl [optimum 1% (w/v)]. The strain was catalase-positive(More)
Vinorelbine and gemcitabine are two active single agents with mild toxicity profiles that are used in the treatment of non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Whether or not very old NSCLC patients, such as those aged 80 years or older, should still be considered for chemotherapy is unknown, since their response to the treatment is also unknown. A phase II(More)