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Hypokalemic periodic paralysis (HypoPP) is an autosomal dominant disorder which is characterized by periodic attacks of muscle weakness associated with a decrease in the serum potassium level. The skeletal muscle calcium channel alpha-subunit gene CACNA1S is a major disease-causing gene for HypoPP, however, only three specific HypoPP-causing mutations,(More)
Many motifs along the 1.2 kb myostatin promoter (MSTNpro) in sheep have been found by the MatInspecter program in our recent study. To further verify the role of the motifs and better understand the transcriptional regulation mechanism of the myostatin gene in sheep, the reporter gene EGFP (enhanced green fluorescent protein) was selected and the wild-type(More)
In this study, we investigated the hypothesis that regulatory T cells (T(reg)) are involved in the immunomodulatory effects of statins on rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. The 12-week study cohort consisted of 55 RA patients and 42 control subjects allocated to either a group treated with atorvastatin (AT) (20 mg/day) or a non-AT group. T(reg) numbers,(More)
A major step is required to integrate critical legal requirements into e-tendering system design. The current systems using ad-hoc security mechanisms do not meet the legal requirements for forming a complex electronic contract. This paper analyses the e-tendering process and its legal obligations. The mapping of these obligations to security policies has(More)
INTRODUCTION Reactive oxygen species are a group of metabolic intermediates produced during oxidative metabolism in eukaryotic cells. They include superoxide anion (O2(-)), hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), hydroxyl radical (·OH), and (1)O2. Of these intermediates, H2O2 is the most stable. Dental pulp cells can be invaded by tooth bleaching, laser radiation, and(More)
AIMS Atherosclerosis is the main cause of cardiovascular disease and is widely treated with statins. However, there are a few cases of intolerable adverse reactions by statins; thus, there is still a need for new drugs to prevent atherosclerosis. The inflammation associated with the activation of Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) and nuclear factor κB (NFκB) has(More)