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Relative quiescence is a defining characteristic of hematopoietic stem cells, while their progeny have dramatic proliferative ability and inexorably move toward terminal differentiation. The quiescence of stem cells has been conjectured to be of critical biologic importance in protecting the stem cell compartment, which we directly assessed using mice(More)
Sustained blood cell production requires preservation of a quiescent, multipotential stem cell pool that intermittently gives rise to progenitors with robust proliferative potential. The ability of cells to shift from a highly constrained to a vigorously active proliferative state is critical for maintaining stem cells while providing the responsiveness(More)
In earlier studies, we provided statistical evidence that individual differences in the angiotensinogen gene, the precursor of the vasoactive hormone angiotensin II, constitute inherited predispositions to essential hypertension in humans. We have now identified a common variant in the proximal promoter, the presence of an adenine, instead of a guanine, 6(More)
The transcription factor CCAAT/enhancer binding protein alpha (C/EBPalpha) regulates a number of myeloid cell-specific genes. To delineate the role of C/EBPalpha in human granulopoiesis, we studied its expression and function in human primary cells and bipotential (granulocytic/monocytic) myeloid cell lines. We show that the expression of C/EBPalpha(More)
We observed an induction of basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) mRNA in the rat retina after systemic administration of the alpha 2-adrenergic agonists xylazine and clonidine. A single injection of xylazine or clonidine transiently increased bFGF mRNA. Preinjection of yohimbine, an alpha 2-adrenergic antagonist, completely inhibited this increase. Higher(More)
Our research empirically analyzes consumer behavior at Internet shopbots— sites that allow consumers to make " one-click " price comparisons for product offerings from multiple retailers. By allowing researchers to observe exactly what information the consumer is shown and their search behavior in response to this information, shopbot data has unique(More)
BACKGROUND Whether or not, obesity negatively influencing the outcomes of primary total hip arthroplasty (THA) remains a controversial issue. Though observational studies focused on this topic, the reported conclusions remain inconsistent. Therefore, we performed a meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies to evaluate if obesity negatively affects: (1)(More)
Among 5,058 patients seen at the Mayo Clinic from 1976 through 1990 for face pain, we diagnosed trigeminal neuralgia in 2,972. Tumors were causing the face pain in 296 patients. Sex and pain distributions paralleled those in idiopathic trigeminal neuralgia; however, patients with tumors causing trigeminal neuralgia were younger than those with idiopathic(More)
The renin-angiotensin system is a major regulator of body sodium, predominantly through the actions of intrarenal angiotensin II of unclear origin. We show that polarized epithelium of the proximal tubule synthesizes and secretes angiotensinogen at its apical side and that the protein can be detected in urine as a function of dietary sodium. Furthermore, we(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this article is to compare the outcomes of lightweight mesh and heavyweight mesh in inguinal hernia repair. METHOD A comprehensive literature search was undertaken to identify studies comparing the influence of lightweight and heavyweight meshes on inguinal hernia. RESULTS The present meta-analysis pooled the effects of outcomes of a(More)