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BACKGROUND Activation of p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) plays an important role in apoptotic cell death. The role of p38 MAPK in myocardial injury caused by ischemia/reperfusion, an extreme stress to the heart, is unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS Studies were performed with isolated, Langendorff-perfused rabbit hearts. Ischemia alone caused a(More)
Laparoscopic adrenalectomy has become the gold-standard for the surgical treatment of most adrenal lesions. This study evaluated the operative outcome of laparoendoscopic single-site (LESS) retroperitoneoscopic adrenalectomy (LESS-ARA) in comparison with the current standard operation procedure. Between June and December 2009, 19 patients underwent(More)
5-methylcytosine is a major epigenetic modification that is sometimes called "the fifth nucleotide." However, our knowledge of how offspring inherit the DNA methylome from parents is limited. We generated nine single-base resolution DNA methylomes, including zebrafish gametes and early embryos. The oocyte methylome is significantly hypomethylated compared(More)
Accurate estimates of mutation rates provide critical information to analyze genome evolution and organism fitness. We used whole-genome DNA sequencing, pulse-field gel electrophoresis, and comparative genome hybridization to determine mutation rates in diploid vegetative and meiotic mutation accumulation lines of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The vegetative(More)
Falls are one of the major causes leading to injury of elderly people. Using wearable devices for fall detection has a high cost and may cause inconvenience to the daily lives of the elderly. In this paper, we present an automated fall detection approach that requires only a low-cost depth camera. Our approach combines two computer vision(More)
  • Xin Ma, Wei Luo
  • 2008
IPv6 over IEEE802.15.4 (a.k.a. 6LowPAN), has become the standard for low-rate wireless personal area networks (LR-WPAN). IPv6 is taken as an interconnection scheme for IEEE802.15.4 equipments at network layer, 6LowPAN technology has attracted extensive attention. This paper introduced IEEE802.15.4 standard and 6LowPAN technology, discussed 6LowPAN's(More)
Objective: To study the effects of glucose-insulin-potassium (GIK) cocktail on cardiac myocyte apoptosis and cardiac functional recovery following myocardial ischemia/reperfusion (MI/R), and to further determine the role of insulin in the GIK-induced cardioprotective effect in vivo. Methods: Forty eight male rabbits were subjected to 40 min MI followed by R(More)
Alexithymia is found in up to 10% of the general population and is associated with lower quality of life. Alexithymia is a major risk factor for a range of medical and psychiatric problems. Although a deficit involving the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) deficit is thought to offer the most promising neurobiological model of alexithymia, current studies(More)
Three major mammalian mitogen-activated protein kinases, extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK), p38, and c-Jun NH(2)-terminal protein kinase (JNK), have been identified in the cardiomyocyte, but their respective roles in the heart are not well understood. The present study explored their functions and cross talk in ischemia/reoxygenation (I/R)-induced(More)
Extensive studies have demonstrated that the Akt/AKT1 pathway is essential for cell survival and inhibition of apoptosis; however, alterations of Akt/AKT1 in human primary tumors have not been well documented. In this report, significantly increased AKT1 kinase activity was detected in primary carcinomas of prostate (16 of 30), breast (19 of 50), and ovary(More)