Mei-Ling Lin

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Connexins (CXs), a large family of membrane proteins, are key components of gap junction channels. Among a cohort of patients with nonsyndromic hearing loss, we have recently identified three novel missense mutations in the GJA1 gene and GJA1 pseudogene (rhoGJA1) as likely being causally related to hearing loss. However, the functional alteration of CX43(More)
Iroquois homeobox-like 1 (irxl1) is a novel member of the TALE superfamily of homeobox genes that is most closely related to the Iroquois class. We have identified the zebrafish irxl1 gene and characterized its structure. The protein contains a homeodomain that shares 100% sequence identity with other vertebrate orthologs. During embryogenesis, irxl1 is(More)
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES This study aimed to explore patient perception of the meaning of family involvement in elective surgery decision making in Taiwan. BACKGROUND Informed consent is based on respecting patient autonomy. However in cultures where family plays a key role in medical decision making, a patient's perspective of family involvement has not been(More)
BACKGROUND Menstruation is a significant part of women's lives. It has been studied from many perspectives to draw various conclusions about biological and physiological development, gender differences, and sociocultural environments. PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to explore how male and female pubescent students perceive and interpret menarche(More)
This paper proposed a new visual secret sharing method. The property of visual secret sharing in reversible style is that it can be applied without depending on any computing If one stacks two transparencies together straightforwardly, a secret image will appear. Stacking two transparencies after reversing one of the transparencies, another secret image(More)
AIM To observe the effect of Fructus Psoraleae on motility of isolated gallbladder muscle strips of guinea pigs and its mechanism. METHODS Guinea pigs were hit to lose consciousness and the whole gallbladder was removed quickly. Two or three smooth muscle strips (8 mm x 3 mm) were cut along a longitudinal direction. The mucosa was gently removed. Every(More)
Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry coupled with ultrasonic slurry sampling electrothermal vaporisation (USS-ETV-ICP-MS) has been applied to determine As, Cd, Hg and Pb in 0.5% m/v slurries of several herb samples. 1% m/v 8-Hydroxyquinoline was used as the modifier to enhance the ion signals. The influences of instrument operating conditions,(More)
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES This study aimed to explore the menarche and menstruation experiences of young females aged 10-12 years in elementary education in Taiwan. BACKGROUND Menarche is a significant milestone in a woman's life and for female adolescents it is a sharply defined biological event that can be a traumatic and uncomfortable time. If used, school(More)