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BACKGROUND Unstable coronary syndromes are currently believed to be caused by rupture of an atherosclerotic plaque due to local events, which may be of general inflammatory etiology. There is increasing evidence that nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB) is a key transcription factor in controlling gene expression concerning inflammatory response, and that(More)
BACKGROUND Rapid lowering of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels as well as C-reactive protein (CRP) by administration of drugs may produce early benefit to the coronary endothelium in patients with coronary heart disease and reduce angina and coronary events after revascularization. Limited information has been available in evaluating a(More)
AIM To introduce the basic methods of gray relational analysis (GRA) and to illustrate its applications in gastroenterology. METHODS With the essential formulae of GRA and several typically practical examples, the procedure of GRA was introduced. Examples were drawn from the gastroenterological studies. Thus the trait of GRA could be demonstrated. (More)
AIM To investigate whether stimulation of beta-adrenoceptor (AR) and its subtypes augment alpha1-AR-evoked positive inotropic response and inositol phosphate (InsP) accumulation in isolated rat left atria. METHODS Inotropic response was determined by contractile function experiment in isolated electrically driven rat left atria. 3H-InsP accumulations were(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore the effect of benidipine, a calcium channel blocker on the plasma levels of calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) in patients with essential hypertension. METHODS 58 outpatients with essential hypertension were treated with benidipine 4-8 mg/day for 8 weeks. 38 matched healthy people were taken as controls. The plasma levels of CGRP(More)
This paper presents a classification of generic 6-revolute jointed (6R) manipulators using homotopy class of their critical point manifold. A part of classification is listed in this paper because of the complexity of homotopy class of 4-torus. The results of this classification will serve future research of the classification and topological properties of(More)
The current study was designed to investigate the features of a family with familial hypercholesterolemia (FH). Twenty members of 3 generations in a family with hypercholesterolemia were enrolled in the study. The data collected were from clinical observation and subjected to pedigree analysis. The proband was a 41-year-old male who suffered from angina(More)
The insulin complement with gene therapy has been used as an experimental treatment for insulin dependent diabetes (IDDM). In the present study, we constructed naked plasmid DNA vector encoding recombinant human preproinsulin gene (pCMV-IN), and injected the plasmids (100 microg/mouse) intramuscularly combined with electroporation, to achieve the in vivo(More)
AIM To study the functional alpha1-adrenergic receptor (alpha1-AR) subtypes in human right gastroepiploic artery (RGA). METHODS The effects of alpha2-AR, alpha1-AR, and alpha1-AR subtype selective antagonists on norepinephrine (NE)-induced vasoconstriction in isolated human RGA were observed by contractile function experiment. RESULTS Cumulative(More)