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BACKGROUND Follistatin is an activin-binding protein produced by several tissues, including endometrium and endometriotic implants. We aimed to quantify follistatin in patients with ovarian endometriosis and investigate its value as a diagnostic marker. METHODS Women undergoing laparoscopic excision of ovarian endometrioma (n = 52) or other benign ovarian(More)
Global homogenization of biota is underway through worldwide introduction and establishment of non-indigenous (exotic) species. Organisms fouling ship hulls are continually in transit and can affect communities through biodiversity loss and serious damage to economy and public health. In the Azores, for the first time, underwater alien species prospection(More)
—For conventional cyclic-prefix (CP)-assisted block transmission systems, the CP length is selected on the basis of the expected maximum delay spread. With regard to single-carrier (SC)-based block transmission implementations, a full-length CP is recommendable, since it allows good performances through the use of simple frequency-domain equalization (FDE)(More)
—For conventional cyclic prefix (CP)-assisted single-carrier/frequency-domain equalization (SC/FDE) implementations , as well as for orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) implementations, the CP length is known to be selected on the basis of the expected maximum delay spread. Next, the data block size can be chosen to be large enough to minimize(More)
Urocortin (UCN) is a 40-amino acid neuropeptide sharing 45% sequence homology with corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF). The human endometrium expresses both UCN and CRF, and CRF/UCN receptors type-1 (CRF-R1) and -2 (CRF-R2). CRF-R1 activation inhibits cell growth and proliferation of a tumor cell line derived from the human endometrium, and the UCN(More)
— This paper deals with Single Carrier (SC)/Frequency Domain Equalization (FDE) within a MultiUser (MU)-Multi-Input Multi-Output (MIMO) system where a large number of Base Station (BS) antennas is adopted. In this context, either linear or reduced-complexity iterative Decision-Feedback (DF) detection techniques are considered. Regarding performance(More)
This paper is concerned with Single Carrier (SC)/Frequency Domain Equalization (FDE) for bandwidth-efficient uplink block transmission, with Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM) schemes, in a Multi-User (MU) Multi-Input Multi-Output (MIMO) system. The number of Base Station (BS) receiver antennas is assumed to be large, but not necessarily much larger than(More)