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Plant traits – the morphological, anatomical, physiological, biochemical and phenological characteristics of plants and their organs – determine how primary producers respond to environmental factors, affect other trophic levels, influence ecosystem processes and services and provide a link from species richness to ecosystem functional diversity. Trait data(More)
Relaxin-3 (RLX3) is a newly identified member of the relaxin/insulin peptide family that is highly conserved across a range of species from fish to mammals and is highly expressed in rat, mouse and human brain. Extensive pharmacological studies have demonstrated that RLX3 is a high affinity, selective ligand for G-protein-coupled receptor-135 (GPCR135, now(More)
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) can be isolated from almost all tissues and effectively expanded in vitro. Although their true in situ properties and biological functions remain to be elucidated, these in vitro expanded cells have been shown to possess potential to differentiate into specific cell lineages. It is speculated that MSCs in situ have important(More)
In different weather conditions, constituents and concentrations of pollutants, personal exposure, and biologic responses to air pollution may vary. In this study we assessed the effects of four air pollutants on mortality in both cool and warm seasons in Hong Kong, a subtropical city. Daily counts of mortality, due to all nonaccidental causes, and(More)
Relaxin-3 is a neuropeptide that is abundantly expressed by discrete brainstem neuron populations that broadly innervate forebrain areas rich in the relaxin-3 G-protein-coupled-receptor, RXFP3. Acute and subchronic central administration of synthetic relaxin-3 or an RXFP3-selective agonist peptide, R3/I5, increase feeding and body weight in rats.(More)
This paper presents a rate control scheme for H.264 by introducing the concept of basic unit and a linear prediction model. The basic unit can be a macroblock (MB), a slice, or a frame. It can be used to obtain a trade-off between the overall coding efficiency and the bits fluctuation. The linear model is used to solve the chicken and egg dilemma existing(More)
A bone-inductive protein, osteogenin, has been isolated from long bones of humans and offers promise as a grafting material. Studies, however, suggest that osteogenin must be combined with a bone-derived matrix in order to initiate bone differentiation. The purpose of this study was to determine if osteogenin combined with demineralized freeze dried bone(More)
PURPOSE A chromosomal complement of 227 human oocytes was studied to provide information on the frequency and type of chromosomal abnormalities in oocytes failing in vitro fertilization. RESULTS Normal haploid chromosome complement was found in 54.6%; chromosomal abnormalities consisting of diploid sets were identified in 16.7% and aneuploidy was observed(More)
INTRODUCTION The Singapore Burden of Disease (SBoD) Study 2004 provides a comprehensive and detailed assessment of the size and distribution of health problems in Singapore. It is the first local study to use disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) to quantify the total disease burden. METHODS The SBoD study applied the methods developed for the original(More)
In light of the relative success of ICSI in the treatment of male infertility, much importance has been made to the selection of morphologically viable sperm. However, correlation between specific sperm morphology and chromosomal abnormalities is still relatively limited and less is known about the connection between sperm morphology and DNA integrity.(More)