Pengpeng Zhang

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Mutations of the skeletal muscle sodium (Na) channel have been reported in families with paramyotonia congenita (PC), an autosomal dominant disorder with cold and/or exercise induced stiffness and myotonia. Functional consequences of specific Na channel mutations responsible for PC have not been described. Patch clamp recording of single Na channels were(More)
The widely used 'silicon-on-insulator' (SOI) system consists of a layer of single-crystalline silicon supported on a silicon dioxide substrate. When this silicon layer (the template layer) is very thin, the assumption that an effectively infinite number of atoms contributes to its physical properties no longer applies, and new electronic, mechanical and(More)
Skin injury is a common side effect of breast- cancer radiation therapy. Although physicians often observe skin toxicity, quantifying its severity remains a challenge. We present a novel quantitative ultrasonic technique to evaluate skin changes associated with radiotherapy. An in vivo study with twelve breast- cancer patients was conducted. All patients(More)
Studies suggest that clinical outcomes are improved in repeat trigeminal neuralgia (TN) Gamma Knife radiosurgery if a different part of the nerve from the previous radiosurgery is treated. The MR images taken in the first and repeat radiosurgery need to be coregistered to map the first radiosurgery volume onto the second treatment planning image. We propose(More)
Brown adipose tissue (BAT) dissipates energy through Ucp1-mediated uncoupled respiration and its activation may represent a therapeutic strategy to combat obesity. Here we show that Lkb1 controls BAT expansion and UCP1 expression in mice. We generate adipocyte-specific Lkb1 knockout mice and show that, compared with wild-type littermates, these mice exhibit(More)
PURPOSE To perform kilovoltage (kV) cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) imaging concomitant with the delivery of megavoltage (MV) RapidArc treatment, and demonstrate the feasibility of obtaining MV-scatter-free kV CBCT images. METHODS AND MATERIALS RapidArc/CBCT treatment and imaging plans are designed, and delivered on the Varian TrueBeam, using its(More)
Hypofractionated treatments generally increase the complexity of a treatment plan due to the more stringent constraints of normal tissues and target coverage. As a result, treatment plans contain more modulated MLC motions that may require extra efforts for accurate dose calculation. This study explores methods to minimize the differences between in-house(More)
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the accuracy and clinical feasibility of a motion monitoring method employing simultaneously acquired MV and kV images during volumetric-modulated arc therapy (VMAT). Short-arc digital tomosynthesis (SA-DTS) is used to improve the quality of the MV images that are then combined with orthogonally acquired kV images(More)