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Early detection of cardiovascular disease would allow timely institution of preventive measures. Arterial endothelium play a primary role in processes leading to the development of atherosclerotic plaque and cardiovascular disease in general. Determination of flow-mediated dilatation (FMD) of brachial arteries from B-mode ultrasound image sequences offers a(More)
Tubular epithelial-myofibroblast transition (TEMT) is an important process in renal tubulointerstitial fibrosis. Interleukin-1α (IL-1α) and transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) have been demonstrated to be key inducers of TEMT. In mouse embryonic fibroblast cells (NIH3T3), P311 protein induces phenotypic changes that are consistent to myofibroblast(More)
BACKGROUND CONTEXT Basilar invagination (BI) is a malformation of craniovertebral junction. However, surgical procedures on BI with atlantoaxial dislocation (AAD) remain controversial. PURPOSE This research aimed to investigate the selection of surgical procedures and its significance in the surgical treatment of patients with BI and AAD. STUDY DESIGN(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the indications and effect of surgical treatment of basilar invagination (BI) with atlantoaxial dislocation (AAD) on the basis of retrospective analysis of the clinical and imaging data of patients. METHODS Consecutive 21 patients with BI and AAD were surgically treated in Department of Spinal Surgery, The First Affiliated Hospital(More)
In recent years accumulating evidence has indicated that tocotrienol exhibits an oxidation resistance function, decreased cholesterol function, inhibits cancer function and has unique physiological functions, including anti-inflammatory, anti-apoptotic and anti-oxidative properties. The present study investigated the effect of tocotrienols on spinal cord(More)
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