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The central nervous system (CNS) loses the ability to regenerate early during development, but it is not known why. The retina has long served as a simple model system for study of CNS regeneration. Here we show that amacrine cells signal neonatal rat retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) to undergo a profound and apparently irreversible loss of intrinsic axon(More)
Caspase-3 expression was determined in the hippocampus of electrically kindled rats with and without topiramate treatment. Bipolar electrotrodes were implanted for chronic stimulation of the basolateral amygdala (BLA) to achieve a kindled state. Seizure and behavioral responses were observed, and video-electroencephalograms were recorded during and after(More)
OBJECTIVE To observe the biological role and underlying mechanism of microRNA-132 (miR-132) in liver cancer cell proliferation and apoptosis. METHODS The expressions of miR-132 in the cancer tissue and their adjacent tissues from 45 liver cancer patients were detected by real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR). The biological effects of(More)
Differentiation of cardiac fibroblasts into myofibroblasts is a critical event in the progression of cardiac fibrosis that leads to pathological cardiac remodeling. Metformin, an antidiabetic agent, exhibits a number of cardioprotective properties. However, much less is known regarding the effect of metformin on cardiac fibroblast differentiation. Thus, in(More)
Outcome of a pregnancy is dependent on high-quality ovulation, successful fertilization, normal embryonic and fetal development, and homeostasis of amniotic fluid. Throughout pregnancy, aquaporins are expressed in the placenta, uterus, adnexa, brain, urinary system, and the lacrimal gland. The regional and temporal regulation of aquaporins play important(More)
Bacillus sp. nov. SK006 producing four extracellular fibrinolytic enzymes was isolated from fermented shrimp paste, a traditional and popular Asian seasoning. One fibrinolytic enzyme was purified to homogeneity with a molecular mass of 43-46 kDa by SDS-PAGE and gel filtration chromatography. The specific activity was determined to be 11.2 units/mg using(More)
Studies investigating factors contributing to improved quality of care have found that effective team member communication is among the most critical and influential aspects in the delivery of quality care. Relatively little research has examined the role of the physical design of nursing units on communication patterns among care providers. Although the(More)
G-quadruplexes, whose building blocks are guanine tetrads, encounter increasing interest with respect to their potential applications in the field of molecular electronics. Here we study how the size of these nanostructures affects their fluorescence. We compare the properties of thymine capped G-quadruplexes, formed by association of four single DNA(More)
OBJECTIVE To conduct a meta-analysis of the studies assessing the effects of mifepristone on the uterus, uterine leiomyoma, and leiomyoma-related symptoms in premenopausal women. DESIGN Meta-analysis. SETTING Centers for reproductive care. PATIENT(S) Premenopausal women who suffered from leiomyoma. INTERVENTION(S) We identified all of the studies(More)