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OBJECT This study was designed to investigate the effect of treatment with a novel composite material consisting of embryonic neurospheres and bone marrow-derived stromal cell spheres (NMSCSs) in a rat model of traumatic brain injury (TBI). METHODS The NMSCS composite was injected into the TBI contusion site 24 hours after injury, and all rats were killed(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies investigating the association between X-ray repair cross-complementation group 1(XRCC1) polymorphisms and cervical cancer (CC) risk has provided inconsistent results. The aim of our study was to assess the association between the XRCC1 gene Arg399Gln, Arg194Trp, Arg280His polymorphisms and risk of CC. METHODS Two investigators(More)
Understanding nonverbal behaviors in human machine interaction is a complex and challenge task. One of the key aspects is to recognize human emotion states accurately. This paper presents our effort to the Audio/Visual Emotion Challenge (AVEC'14), whose goal is to predict the continuous values of the emotion dimensions arousal, valence and dominance at each(More)
—Recent successes in learning-based image classification , however, heavily rely on the large number of annotated training samples, which may require considerable human efforts. In this paper, we propose a novel active learning framework, which is capable of building a competitive classifier with optimal feature representation via a limited amount of(More)
Peroxisome proliferator activated receptor alpha (PPARα) ameliorates ethanol induced hepatic steatohepatitis. However, its role in alcoholic liver fibrosis has not been fully clarified. The aim of this study was to elucidate the effect and the molecular basis of PPARα in ethanol induced liver fibrosis in mice. C57BL/6J mice were fed with 4%(More)
The authors investigated the effects of bilateral intrahippocampal co-injection of Abeta1-40 (4 microg for each side) with ibotenic acid (Ibo, 2 microg for each side) on rats' performance in the open field behavior, Y-maze, and passive avoidance task, and also examined some neurochemical changes in hippocampus two weeks after the co-injection. The results(More)
The present study was designed to investigate the effects of the intrahippocampal co-injection of beta-amyloid protein1-40 (Abeta(1-40)) with ibotenic acid (Ibo) on learning and memory in normal and aging model rats, and to explore the mechanism underlying the effects of the co-injection. The normal and aging rats were bilaterally injected Abeta(1-40) (4(More)
Keywords: Artificial Bee Colony algorithm (ABC) AB off-lattice model Protein secondary structure optimization Convergence of algorithm a b s t r a c t Predicting the secondary structure of protein has been the focus of scientific research for decades, but it remains to be a challenge in bioinformatics due to the increasing computation complexity. In this(More)
—Expressive speech synthesis has recently received much attention. Stress is one key issue which may improve the expressiveness of the synthetic speech. However, rare work was done in Mandarin stress prediction and expression. This paper presents a HMM-based expressive speech synthesis system which supports Mandarin stress synthesis. Mandarin stress was(More)