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Solid-state disks (SSDs) are becoming widely used in personal computers and are expected to replace a great portion of magnetic disks in servers and supercomputers. Although many high-speed SSDs are present in the market, both the design of hardware architecture and the details of the flash translation layer (FTL) are not well known. Meanwhile, in the(More)
As one of the fundamental infrastructures for cloud computing, data center networks (DCN) have recently been studied extensively. We currently use pure software-based systems, FPGA based platforms, e.g., NetFPGA, or OpenFlow switches, to implement and evaluate various DCN designs including topology design , control plane and routing, and congestion control.(More)
Distributionally robust stochastic optimization (DRSO) is a robust approach to stochastic optimization problems in which the underlying distribution is not known exactly. It seeks a decision which hedges against the worst-case distribution in an ambiguity set, containing a family of distributions relevant to the considered problem. Unfortunately, the(More)
Cadmium (Cd) is an ubiquitous environmental pollutant that has been associated with male reproductive toxicity in animal models. However, little is known about the reproductive toxicity of Cd in birds. To investigate the toxicity of Cd on male reproduction in birds and the protective effects of selenium (Se) against subchronic exposure to dietary Cd,(More)
Trinucleotide repeat expansions are dynamic mutations causing many neurological disorders, and their instability is influenced by multiple factors. Repeat configuration seems particularly important, and pure repeats are thought to be more unstable than interrupted repeats. But direct evidence is still lacking. Here, we presented strong support for this(More)
P-glycoprotein, a product of the ATP-binding cassette B1 (ABCB1) gene, plays an important role in absorption and distribution of drugs. The brain entry of risperidone and 9-OH-risperidone is greatly limited by P-glycoprotein, which implies that the functional polymorphisms of ABCB1 in humans may be a factor contributing to the variability in response to(More)
Risperidone is a widely used atypical antipsychotic agent that produces considerable interindividual differences in patient response. We investigated the pharmacogenetic relationship between the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) gene and response to risperidone in 127 Han Chinese schizophrenic patients. Three functional polymorphisms, (GT)(n)(More)
Ethanol consumption has well-known deleterious effects on memory. However, the mechanism by which ethanol exerts its effects on memory has received little attention, which has retarded the identification and development of effective therapeutic strategies against ethanol toxicity. The aim of this study was to explore the neuronal mechanisms underlying the(More)
The repair of reactive oxygen species-induced base lesions and single strand breaks (SSBs) in the nuclear genome via the base excision (BER) and SSB repair (SSBR) pathways, respectively, is well characterize, and important for maintaining genomic integrity. However, the role of mitochondrial (mt) BER and SSBR proteins in mt genome maintenance is not(More)
Clinical researches have shown that there is a genetic contribution to the pathogenesis of schizophrenia. Recent studies have suggested that three genes neuropeptide Y (NPY), phosphoinositide-3-kinase class 3 (PIK3C3) and 14-3-3 eta chain gene (YWHAH) are probably associated with schizophrenia. To replicate these findings, we carried out a family-based(More)