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An ESR dating study on teeth collected from layers 3, 6/7 and 10 at Locality 1, Zhoukoudian provides results that are in general agreement with an earlier multi-dating study and confirm an age range of 300-550 ka for the Homo erectus remains in the Peking Man Cave. Uncertainties due to U-uptake and the external gamma dose rates do not allow very precise age(More)
ADP-ribosylation factors (ARFs) are highly conserved approximately 20-kDa guanine nucleotide-binding proteins that participate in both exocytic and endocytic vesicular transport pathways via mechanisms that are only partially understood. Although several ARF-like proteins (ARLs) are known, their biological functions remain unclear. To characterize its(More)
ESR and U-series analyses of teeth from the palaeoanthropological site of Hexian which contained Homo erectus remains, illustrate the limited effectiveness of stand-alone ESR and U-series age estimates on faunal materials. The problem lies in the unknown U-uptake history causing very large uncertainties in the age results of both techniques. This study(More)
During September-November, 1985, four employees of a factory were seen at the occupational clinic complaining of cough, shortness of breath, and wheezing. All four worked in the same area of the factory where an adhesive containing toluene diisocyanate (TDI) was applied to velcro-like tape during manufacturing. To confirm the diagnosis of TDI-induced asthma(More)
Although sterile pericardial effusion occurs in about half of the patients with massive iron overload, hemorrhagic pericardial effusion is rarely seen in beta-thalassemia major patients. A 10-year-old girl with beta-thalassemia major who was diagnosed in her early infancy developed a massive hemorrhagic pericardial effusion. She was receiving blood(More)
The field-size dependence of the photon output of linear accelerators in air has been attributed in part to changes in the amount of radiation backscattered from the collimator jaws into the dose monitor chamber. This possible effect was investigated for a variety of accelerators with energies from 4 to 15 MV by measuring the monitor unit rate (MU/min) for(More)
Sulphuric acid vapour has been suspected of being an industrial carcinogen. In this study, a cluster is presented of three patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) who worked in the same building of a telecommunications conveyance station in southern Taiwan with long term exposure to sulphuric acid vapour concentrations as high as 0.18 mg/m3. All three(More)
Clinicians often have difficulty in the diagnosis and treatment of the combined endodontal and periodontal (endo-perio) lesion. A case of an endo-perio true-combined lesion on a maxillary premolar was first treated with conventional endodontic therapy. Periodontal surgery was then completed, which included scaling and root planing and apical curettage on(More)
Previously, we have identified the association of G protein beta subunit (Gbeta) with mitotic spindles in various mammalian cells. Since microtubules are the main component of mitotic spindles, here we have isolated bovine brain microtubules and purified Gbeta subunit to identify the close association of Gbeta subunit with purified brain microtubules and(More)
Transmission data for 4-MV bremsstrahlung beams have been measured with a combination of lead and aluminum attenuators. From these data, the original energy spectra have been reconstructed using an iterative least-squares technique, previously evaluated by simulation studies. The spectra on the central axis for three similar 4-MV linear accelerators(More)