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In pancreatic β-cells, closure of the ATP-sensitive K(+) (K(ATP)) channel is an initial process triggering glucose-stimulated insulin secretion. In addition, constitutive opening of background nonselective cation channels (NSCCs) is essentially required to effectively evoke depolarization as a consequence of K(ATP) channel closure. Thus, it is hypothesized(More)
BACKGROUND Rocuronium (Rb) is ideal for continuous infusion but has a widely variable duration of action. We investigated the distribution of Rb infusion in a steady state of optimal muscle relaxation and the relationship between the measured and predicted blood Rb concentrations in laparoscopic surgery. METHODS Seventeen patients were anesthetized with(More)
This paper presents our results of the acquisition of actual data of collapsing buildings, as part of our work on the Battleship Island monitoring project. Our Battleship Island monitoring system performs its task by acquiring data of images, sounds, and acceleration of collapsing buildings. The system is powered by solar energy. To enable the efficient use(More)
Full-duplex wireless information and power transfer allows the implementation of wireless sensor networks without batteries. In a full-duplex wireless network, an access point and sensor nodes transmit information and power signals simultaneously. However, this simultaneous transmission leads to a collision problem. To solve this collision problem, we(More)
The aim of this study was to determine whether dexmedetomidine (DEX) and medetomidine (MED), α2-adrenergic agonists clinically used as sedatives, influence insulin secretion from rat pancreatic islets. Islets were isolated from adult male Wistar rats after collagenase digestion. Static incubation was used to determine effects of DEX or MED on insulin(More)
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