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With the techniques of computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) being applied in the field of prosthodontics, a concept of intraoral digital impressions was put forward in the early 1980s. It has drawn comprehensive attention from dentists and has been used for dental prosthesis fabrication in a number of cases. This new digital(More)
Our previous studies have shown that Ginkgo biloba extract increased endothelial progenitor-cell (EPC) numbers and functional activity. However, the mechanisms remain to be determined. Recent studies have demonstrated that increased EPC numbers and activity were associated with the inhibition of EPC senescence, which involved activation of telomerase.(More)
Simulation of traffic flow is an effective tool for traffic system management, control and optimization, particularly in congested urban areas. TESS is an object oriented traffic simulation model with detailed representation of vehicles and their interactions. This paper presents the TESS simulator including the car-following model and new lane-changing(More)
BACKGROUND Total glucosides of paeony (TGP) is a biologically active compound extracted from Paeony root. TGP has been used in rheumatoid arthritis therapy for many years. However, the mechanism by which TGP prevents bone loss has been less explored. METHODS TGP was orally administered for 3 months to New Zealand rabbits with antigen-induced arthritis(More)
BACKGROUND The pre-eclampsia is characterized by placental defective angiogenesis and maternal vascular/endothelial dysfunction. Recently, the decrease and senescence of endothelial progenitor cells (EPC) has been observed in maternal circulation with pre-eclampsia. Given the essential involvement of EPC in neovascularization and reendothelialization, we(More)
Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) occurs frequently in southern China. The circadian rhythm of DNA synthesis of a poorly differentiated NPC human cell line (CNE2) was investigated as an experimental prerequisite for designing chrono-chemotherapy schedules for patients with this disease. Twenty-two nude mice with BALB/c background were synchronized(More)
X-ray coronary angiography (CAG) is one of widely used imaging modalities for diagnosis and interventional treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Dynamic CAG sequences acquired from several viewpoints record coronary arterial morphological information as well as dynamic performances. The aim of this work is to propose a semi-automatic method for sequentially(More)
This paper presents how an optimal optimization method, Genetic Algorithm (GA), is applied for finding a suitable combination of VISSIM parameters. The North-South (N-S) Expressway is investigated and simulated in VISSIM platform using field data obtained from Traffic Information Collecting System (TICS) in Shanghai. Numerous simulation tests indicate that(More)
Proteolipid protein 2 (PLP2) has been shown to be upregulated in several cancers, including breast cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma, osteosarcoma, and melanoma. PLP2 specifically binds to phosphatidylinositol 3 kinase to activate the protein kinase B pathway to enhance cell proliferation, adhesion, and invasion in melanoma cells. Therefore, we speculated(More)
An approach for detecting and tracking dynamic objects with complex topology from image sequences based on intensive restraint topology adaptive snake mode is presented. Firstly, the image and snake are decomposed by orthogonal grid lines. The snake nodes are constrained to move only from one grid vertex to another along grid lines. Then, topological(More)