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Glucagon, the counter-regulatory hormone to insulin, is secreted from pancreatic alpha cells in response to low blood glucose. To examine the role of glucagon in glucose homeostasis, mice were generated with a null mutation of the glucagon receptor (Gcgr(-/-)). These mice display lower blood glucose levels throughout the day and improved glucose tolerance(More)
We derive analytic expressions for infinite products of random 2 x 2 matrices. The determinant of the target matrix is log-normally distributed, whereas the remainder is a surprisingly complicated function of a parameter characterizing the norm of the matrix and a parameter characterizing its skewness. The distribution may have importance as an uncommitted(More)
The objective of the present study was to analyze the role of the mesothelial markers desmin and N-cadherin in the diagnostic panel of serous effusions. A total of 181 pleural and peritoneal effusions consisted of 101 cases cytologically diagnosed as malignant (89 carcinomas, 12 mesotheliomas), 78 benign, and 2 inconclusive specimens. All specimens were(More)
PURPOSE In order to assess whether focal epileptic seizures can be detected and distinguished from exercise we evaluated four different heart rate variability (HRV) methods with short term moving window analysis of 30, 50 or 100 R-R intervals or seconds per analyzed window. METHODS The four methods consisted of: (1) reciprocal high frequency power based(More)
A collaborative exercise on mRNA profiling for the identification of blood was organized by the European DNA Profiling Group (EDNAP). Seven blood samples and one blood dilution series were analyzed by the participating laboratories for the reportedly blood-specific markers HBB, SPTB and PBGD, using different kits, chemistries and instrumentation. The(More)
PURPOSE Near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) has proved useful in measuring significant hemodynamic changes in the brain during epileptic seizures. The advance of NIRS-technology into wireless and portable devices raises the possibility of using the NIRS-technology for portable seizure detection. METHODS This study used NIRS to measure changes in oxygenated(More)
OBJECTIVE The initiation of treatment for women with threatening preterm labor requires effective distinction between true and false labor. The electrohysterogram (EHG) has shown great promise in estimating and classifying uterine activity. However, key issues remain unresolved and no clinically usable method has yet been presented using EHG. Recent studies(More)
Non-rigid registration requires a smoothness or regularization term for making the warp field regular. Standard models in use here include b-splines and thin plate splines. In this paper, we suggest a regularizer which is based on first principles, is symmetric with respect to source and destination, and fulfills a natural semi-group property for warps. We(More)
OBJECTIVE Electrohysterographic assessment of the propagation velocity of uterine depolarization has been introduced as a promising predictor of preterm labor. Therefore, the objectives of this study were to characterize the uterine electrohysterographic signals during labor and to determine the propagation velocity and propagation direction of(More)
The pharmacokinetics of doxorubicin in nude mice have been investigated following intravenous and intraperitoneal administration of single doses of 12 mg/kg. The areas under the concentration curves of doxorubicin in kidney, heart, and striated muscle following intraperitoneal administration were approximately half the areas following intravenous injection,(More)