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This paper shows a method to extend 3D nonlinear elasticity model reduction to open-loop multi-level reduced deformable structures. Given a volumetric mesh, we decompose the mesh into several subdomains, build a reduced deformable model for each domain, and connect the domains using inertia coupling. This makes model reduction deformable simulations much(More)
The correlations between the serum levels of OPG, RANKL with age, menopause, bone markers, and bone mineral densities (BMDs) at the lumbar spine and proximal femur were studied in 504 pre- and postmenopausal Chinese women aged 20-75 years. We found that age was positively and negatively correlated with serum concentrations of OPG (r = 0.442, P < 0.001) and(More)
PH-responsive drug release system based on the conjugates of PAMAM dendrimers-doxorubicin (PAMAM-DOX) and superparamagnetic iron oxide (Fe(3)O(4)) nanoparticles (IONPs) has been constructed and characterized. The IONPs were stabilized by mPEG-G2.5 PAMAM dendrimers. The anticancer drug DOX was conjugated to the dendrimer segments of amino-stabilized IONPs(More)
We describe a process for transferring octadecylamine-stabilized CdSe/ZnS core-shell semiconductor nanocrystals (ODA-QDs) from chloroform into water through a ligand exchange process with a dendron ligand which has two primary amine anchoring groups at its focal point and hydroxyl groups as its terminal groups. In this dendron ligand, two primary amine(More)
We report the design and synthesis of folate-poly(ethylene glycol)-polyamidoamine (FPP)-functionalized CdSe/ZnS quantum dots (QDs), in which the QD plays a key role in imaging, whereas the folate-poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) conjugates of the polyamidoamine (PAMAM) dendrimer serve as a system targeted to folate receptors in tumor cells. Dendrimer ligands(More)
Endogenous nitric oxide (NO) may contribute to the maintenance of normal pulmonary vasomotor tone, and inhaled NO is used to treat patients with pulmonary hypertension. Because pulmonary vascular tone is regulated by intracellular free Ca2+ concentration and membrane potential, which are controlled by the K+ channel activity in pulmonary artery (PA) smooth(More)
The seven-transmembrane CCR5 was recently found to double as a coreceptor for a genetically diverse family of human and nonhuman primate lentiviruses. Paradoxically, the main region of the envelope protein believed to be involved in CCR5 utilization was mapped to hypervariable region 3, or V3, of the envelope glycoprotein gp120. In this study, we addressed(More)
We isolated a novel strain D5 from nodules of Acacia confusa. Under strict sterile conditions the strain could successfully nodulate Acacia confusa, A. crassicarpa and A. mangium, with nitrogenase activity ranging from 18.90 to 19.86 nmol·g(-1)·min(-1). In the phylogenetic tree based on a complete 16S rRNA gene sequence, the sequence of strain D5 shared 99%(More)
BACKGROUND Accelerated coronary arteriosclerosis is a major complication in long-term survivors of cardiac transplantation. Estrogen prevents transplant arteriosclerosis in experimental cardiac and aortic allografts and may act by an immune mechanism. METHODS AND RESULTS New Zealand White rabbits immunosuppressed with cyclosporine were recipients of(More)