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In order to assess the possible time-varying properties of renal autoregulation, time-frequency and time-scaling methods were applied to renal blood flow under broad-band forced arterial blood pressure fluctuations and single-nephron renal blood flow with spontaneous oscillations obtained from normotensive (Sprague-Dawley, Wistar, and Long-Evans) rats, and(More)
BACKGROUND Cyclosprin A (CsA) has been widely used clinically to treat the patients who have undergone organ transplantation or acquired autoimmune disease. The purpose of this study is to determine the effects of three different doses of CsA (1.5, 7.5, 15 mg/kg body weight) on the skeletal biomechanical proprieties at different anatomic sites in rats. (More)
Lake Yilong in Southwestern China has been under serious eutrophication threat during the past decades; however, the lake water remained clear until sudden sharp increase in Chlorophyll a (Chl a) and turbidity in 2009 without apparent change in external loading levels. To investigate the causes as well as examining the underlying mechanism, a(More)
T he clinical problem of hydrocephalus, and its many associated paradoxes, 5 has focused new attention on the nature of the pulsatile pressures and flows in the brain. The physiology of hydrocephalus may teach us about intracranial pressure and dynamics more generally, so it is difficult for any neurosurgeon to escape the implications of this sea-change,(More)
OBJECT The relationship between the waveform of intracranial pressure (ICP) and arterial blood pressure can be quantitatively characterized using a newly developed technique in systems analysis, the time-varying transfer function. This technique considers the arterial blood pressure as an input signal composed of multiple frequencies represented in the(More)
We extend a recently developed time invariant (TIV) model order search criterion named the optimal parameter search algorithm (OPS) for identification of time varying (TV) autoregressive (AR) and autoregressive moving average (ARMA) models. Using the TV algorithm is facilitated by the fact that expanding each TV coefficient onto a finite set of basis(More)
We extend a recently developed algorithm that expands the time-varying parameters onto a single set of basis functions, to multiple sets of basis functions. This feature allows the capability to capture many different dynamics that may be inherent in the system. A single set of basis functions that has its own unique characteristics can best capture(More)
We introduce a new method to estimate reliable time-varying coherence functions (TVCF). The technique is based on our previously developed method to estimate time-varying transfer functions (TVTF), known as the time-varying optimal parameter search algorithm (TVOPS) [1]. The TVCF is estimated by the multiplication of the two TVTFs. The two TVTFs are(More)
We introduce a new method to estimate reliable time-varying (TV) transfer functions (TFs) and TV impulse response functions. The method is based on TV autoregressive moving average models in which the TV parameters are accurately obtained using the optimal parameter search method which we have previously developed. The new method is more accurate than the(More)
According to previous research, integrin beta1 and ILK play an important role in the extracellular matrix (ECM)-integrin-cytoskeleton pathway for mechanotransduction. The aim of this study was to investigate strain induced integrin beta1 and ILK expression in three-dimensional (3D) and in two-dimensional (2D) cultured rat skeletal myoblasts. Sprague-Dawley(More)