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A guidewire is a medical device inserted into vessels during image guided interventions for balloon inflation. During interventions, the guidewire undergoes non-rigid deformation due to patients' breathing and cardiac motions, and such 3D motions are complicated when being projected onto the 2D fluoroscopy. Furthermore, in fluoroscopy there exist severe(More)
A recent study by our group demonstrates pharmacologically that the transient receptor potential vanilloid-1 (TRPV(1)) is activated by intradermal injection of capsaicin to initiate neurogenic inflammation by the release of neuropeptides in the periphery. In this study, expression of TRPV(1), phosphorylated protein kinase C (p-PKC), and calcitonin(More)
In the present work we genotyped three single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) (rs7301328, rs1805247, and rs1805502) of the GRIN2B gene in a set of 480 unrelated bipolar disorder patients and 480 unrelated genetically matched normal controls in Chinese Han population by either allelic-specific multiplex ligation-detection reaction (AMLR) technology or direct(More)
The G72/G30 (D-amino-acid oxidase activator) complex was the first gene to be associated with bipolar disorder (BPD) in European populations, but until now no such association has been identified in Asian populations. To investigate possible association in the Chinese Han population, we carried out a study involving 475 BPD patients and 588 healthy(More)
It would be very useful to be able to classify brain tumor stem cells (BTSCs) by certain criteria to afford the design of specific or individualized treatment. Here, we studied two BTSC lines with differing biological and molecular features and whose respective features were well preserved after cryopreservation as single cells in SFM or 90% serum with 10%(More)
The vanilloid receptor TRPV(1) is a key nociceptive molecule located in primary afferent nociceptive neurons in dorsal root ganglia (DRG) for initiating neurogenic inflammation and pain. Our recent study demonstrates that up-regulation of TRPV(1) receptors by intradermal injection of capsaicin is modulated by activation of the protein kinase C (PKC)(More)
FRAT1 was originally characterized as a protein frequently rearranged in advanced T cell lymphoma, which inhibits GSK-3-mediated phosphorylation of beta-catenin and positively regulates the Wnt signaling pathway. FRAT1 has been identified as a proto-oncogene involved in tumorigenesis. Previous studies have shown that FRAT1 is strikingly overexpressed in(More)
Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is the most widely distributed neurotrophin in the central nervous system (CNS), and services many biological functions such as neural survival, differentiation, and plasticity. Previous studies have suggested that the Val66Met (also known as rs6265 or G196A) variant of BDNF is associated with bipolar disorder (BPD),(More)
Catheter tracking has become more and more important in recent interventional applications. It provides real time guidance for the physicians and can be used as motion compensated reference for other guidance, e.g. a 3D anatomical model. Tracking the coronary sinus (CS) catheter is effective to compensate respiratory and cardiac motion for 3D overlay to(More)
This abstract concerns a brief association study between RGS4 and bipolar disorder, by an association study of five single nucleotide polymorphisms, rs951436, rs951439, rs2842030, rs2661319, and rs2344671, in 484 patients and 288 controls from the Chinese Han population. In our case-control study, the T allele of the single nucleotide polymorphism rs951436(More)