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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)
The functional diversity of large conductance Ca(2+)- and voltage-dependent K(+) (BK) channels arises mainly from co-assembly of the pore-forming mSlo alpha subunits with four tissue-enriched auxiliary beta subunits. The structural basis of the interaction between alpha subunits with beta subunits is not well understood. Using computational and experimental(More)
Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis appears to play a key role in the pathogenesis of major depressive disorders (MDD). Treatment of certain selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) has been shown to reduce the activity of corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) neurons and may contribute to their therapeutic action. It has been proposed that the(More)
Representing a basal branch of arachnids, scorpions are known as 'living fossils' that maintain an ancient anatomy and are adapted to have survived extreme climate changes. Here we report the genome sequence of Mesobuthus martensii, containing 32,016 protein-coding genes, the most among sequenced arthropods. Although M. martensii appears to evolve(More)
BACKGROUND The family Euscorpiidae, which covers Europe, Asia, Africa, and America, is one of the most widely distributed scorpion groups. However, no studies have been conducted on the venom of a Euscorpiidae species yet. In this work, we performed a transcriptomic approach for characterizing the venom components from a Euscorpiidae scorpion, Scorpiops(More)