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 Biometric identification is an emerging technology that can solve security problems in our networked society. A few years ago, a new branch of biometric technology, palmprint authentication, was proposed [1] whereby lines and points are extracted from palms for personal identification. In this paper, we consider the palmprint as a piece of texture and(More)
In the finger-vein authentication, there are two problems in practice. One is that the quality of the vein image will be reduced under bad environment conditions; the other is the irregular distortion of the image caused by the variance of the finger poses. Both problems raise the error ratios. In this paper, we introduced a wide line detector for feature(More)
The pathological lesions induced by multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) in bronchi and alveoli of mice were studied by intratracheal instillation and inhalation. In instillation groups, the dose was 0.05 mg MWCNTs/mouse. Similar size clumps of MWCNTs were distributed in bronchi and alveoli. The clumps led to inflammation to the lining wall of bronchi and(More)
This work reported the systematic influence of titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs) with a diameter of 3 nm on mice. Mice were repeated intratracheally instilled with TiO2 NPs, once per-week for 4 consecutive weeks, at total dose of 13.2 mg/kg. At 28 days post-instillation, the biochemical parameters in broncboalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) and brain(More)
Bicaudal-C (Bic-C) is required during Drosophila melanogaster oogenesis for several processes, including anterior-posterior patterning. The gene encodes a protein with five copies of the KH domain, a motif found in a number of RNA-binding proteins. Using antibodies raised against the BIC-C protein, we show that multiple isoforms of the protein exist in(More)
The potassium channel Kv1.3 is an attractive pharmacological target for immunomodulation of T cell-mediated autoimmune diseases. Potent and selective blockers of Kv1.3 are potential therapeutics for treating these diseases. Here we describe the design of a new peptide inhibitor that is potent and selective for Kv1.3. Three residues (Gly(11), Ile(28), and(More)
The interaction of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) with living unicellular protozoan Stylonychia mytilus was studied. The results indicated that MWNTs were ingested largely by Stylonychia mytilus. Distribution of MWNTs in the cells, redistribution during dividing process of the cells, and excretion from the cells were observed successfully with(More)
BmKn2 is an antimicrobial peptide (AMP) characterized from the venom of scorpion Mesobuthus martensii Karsch by our group. In this study, Kn2-7 was derived from BmKn2 to improve the antibacterial activity and decrease hemolytic activity. Kn2-7 showed increased inhibitory activity against both gram-positive bacteria and gram-negative bacteria. Moreover,(More)
Lung cancer is one of the most malignant tumors and poses a significant threat to human health. Osteopontin (OPN) is a variably expressed, secreted glycophosphoprotein that mediates the growth and metastases of several carcinoma types. In this study, we aimed to understand the role of OPN in lung cancer cell proliferation and invasiveness. Expression of OPN(More)
A novel dual-pH sensitive charge-reversal strategy is designed to deliver antitumor drugs targeting to tumor cells and to further promote the nuclei internalization by a stepwise response to the mildly acidic extracellular pH (≈6.5) of a tumor and endo/lysosome pH (≈5.0). Poly(L-lysine)-block-poly(L-leucine) diblock copolymer is synthesized and the lysine(More)