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This study used a multislice peripheral quantitative computed tomography (pQCT) to measure volumetric BMD (vBMD) and cortical thickness for investigating regional adaptation in lower tibial shaft in 72 healthy postmenopausal women aged 47-60. Tomographic slices were analysed on four distinct cortical regions: the anterior, posterior, medial and lateral(More)
Some protein pharmaceuticals from Chinese medicine have been developed to treat cardiovascular diseases, genetic diseases, and cancer. Bioactive proteins with various pharmacological properties have been successfully isolated from animals such as Hirudo medicinalis (medicinal leech), Eisenia fetida (earthworm), and Mesobuthus martensii (Chinese scorpion),(More)
Targeting of protein kinases and phosphatases provides additional specificity to substrate selectivity in cellular signaling. In the case of the Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein phosphatase calcineurin, AKAP79 has been shown to bind calcineurin and inhibit its activity in vitro (Coghlan, V., Perrino, B. A., Howard, M., Langeberg, L. K., Hicks, J. B.,(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Post-synaptic density protein 95 (PSD95) contains three PSD95/Dosophilia disc large/ZO-1 homology domains and links neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) with the N-methyl-D-aspartic acid (NMDA) receptor. This report assesses the effects of disruption of the protein-protein interaction between nNOS and PSD95 on pain sensitivity in(More)
OBJECTIVE This study was designed to investigate bone properties using heel quantitative ultrasound (QUS) in young adults participating in various sports. METHODS A cross sectional study was performed on Chinese male students (n = 55), aged 18-22 years. Subjects with previous fractures or suffering from any diseases known to affect bone metabolism or(More)
This study is a part of the Study On Air Pollution and Health In Taiwan (SOAP&HIT), an ongoing research project involving cooperation of several universities in Taiwan. In this study, the objective was to evaluate the effects of ambient air pollution on respiratory symptoms and diseases of school children, in addition to considering indoor air pollution.(More)
The objective of this study was to evaluate the short-term effect of ambient air pollution on the pulmonary function of schoolchildren. We sampled 941 children in primary school in three communities in Taiwan (Sanchun, Taihsi, and Linyuan). The nearby stations of the Taiwan air quality monitoring network provided the hourly ambient concentrations of sulfur(More)
Aim of the study: The anti-osteoporotic activity of Erxian Decoction, a Chinese medicinal formula, in a rat model of menopausal osteoporosis was evaluated by microcomputed tomography (microCT). Materials and methods: Menopause causes a decline in both endocrine function and bone mineral density in human. In this study, 20-month-old female(More)
Osthole has been found to restore bone mass in preclinical osteoporotic models. In the present study, we investigated the effects of osthole on bone fracture repair in mice. Adult C57BL/6 mice were subjected to transverse femoral fractures and administrated orally with 20 mg/kg osthole and vehicle solvent daily from week 1 post-operation. Fracture callus(More)
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