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For further morphological and physiological research, it is vital to establish precise three-dimensional models of the whole inner ear including the details of the membranous components. With the system of a projector and a high-resolution digital camera, 2 complete serial unstained celloidin sections of fresh human temporal bones were digitized as(More)
—Real-time embedded systems usually integrate multiple functionalities of different criticality levels on a shared hardware platform. For these mixed-criticality real-time systems it is a challenging problem to efficiently utilize system resource to satisfy all the timing constraints on different criticality levels. A simple yet efficient algorithm EDF-VD(More)
Preclinical efforts to discover and develop new drugs and vaccines for tuberculosis are hampered by the reliance on colony-forming unit (CFU) counts as primary outcomes for in vivo efficacy studies and the slow growth of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The utility of bioluminescent M. tuberculosis reporter strains for real-time in vitro and ex vivo assessment(More)
BACKGROUND Buruli ulcer (BU) caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans is the world's third most common mycobacterial infection. There is no vaccine against BU and surgery is needed for patients with large ulcers. Although recent experience indicates combination chemotherapy with streptomycin and rifampin improves cure rates, the utility of this regimen is limited(More)
Extracellular matrix metalloproteinase inducer (EMMPRIN), a plasma membrane protein of the immunoglobulin (Ig) superfamily, has been reported to promote cancer cell invasion and metastasis in several human malignancies. However, the roles of the different EMMPRIN isoforms and their associated mechanisms in head and neck cancer progression remain unknown.(More)
A theory for analysis and prediction of spatial and temporal patterns of gene and protein expression within microbial biofilms is derived. The theory integrates phenomena of solute reaction and diffusion, microbial growth, mRNA or protein synthesis, biomass advection, and gene transcript or protein turnover. Case studies illustrate the capacity of the(More)
The purpose of this study was to determine the quantitative relationships between the positions of the sigmoid sinus (SS) and jugular bulb (JB) and the influence of mastoid pneumatization upon these structures. The investigations were carried out on 116 healthy adult ears based on the axial images of computed tomography (CT). The reference system locating(More)
Four Stachybotrys strains were isolated from soil in China. One was identified as a novel species by morphological characters of phialides and conidia. It produced cylindrical conidia with irregular striations and smooth, hyaline conidiophores. Phylogenetic analysis of three DNA markers, the internal transcribed spacer region of rDNA (ITS1–5.8S–ITS2), the(More)