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There are conflicting reports as to the association between serum level of magnesium (Mg) and postmenopausal osteoporosis (OP). The purpose of the present study is to clarify the association between serum level of Mg and postmenopausal OP using a meta-analysis approach. We searched articles indexed in Pubmed and the Chinese Journal Full-text Database (CJFD)(More)
Zinc (Zn), copper (Cu), and iron (Fe) are essential trace elements for the growth, development, and maintenance of healthy bones. However, there are conflicting reports as to the relationship between serum level of Zn, Cu, or Fe and osteoporosis (OP). The purpose of the present study is to clarify the relationship between serum Zn, Cu, or Fe and OP using a(More)
Poly(L-lactide) (PLLA), a versatile biodegradable polymer, is one of the most commonly-used materials for tissue engineering applications. To improve cell affinity for PLLA, poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) was used to develop diblock copolymers. Human bone marrow stromal cells (hBMSCs) were cultured on MPEG-b-PLLA copolymer films to determine the effects of(More)
In the present study, we investigated the role of magnesium transporter subtype 1 (MagT1), a selective Mg transporter protein, in the osteogenic differentiation of rat bone marrow stem cells (rBMSCs). Osteogenic differentiation was monitored by the expressions of alkaline phosphatase (ALP), osteocalcin (OCN), collagen-1 (COL-1) and runt-related(More)
This paper introduces a new scanning system which collects structural information of tooth surface and enamel-dentine junction. A 3D motorized scanning stage is used to control the moving trajectories of an A-mode transducer so as to acquire the echoes from the surface of a tooth. The enamel in a 3D form will be reconstructed with this system. Despite some(More)
Exposure to antibiotics is considered to be the major driver in the selection of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and may induce diverse biological responses in bacteria. MTAD is a common intracanal irrigant, but its bactericidal activity remains to be improved. Previous studies have indicated that the antimicrobial peptide nisin can significantly improve the(More)
Periodontitis is an inflammatory disease that causes osteolysis and tooth loss. It is known that the nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) signalling pathway plays a key role in the progression of inflammation and osteoclastogenesis in periodontitis. Parthenolide (PTL), a sesquiterpene lactone extracted from the shoots of Tanacetum parthenium, has been shown to(More)
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