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DNA damage has recently been shown to inhibit or delay germinal vesicle breakdown (GVBD) in mouse oocytes, but once meiosis resumes, DNA-damaged oocytes are able to extrude the first polar body. In this study, using porcine oocytes, we showed that DNA damage did not affect GVBD, but inhibited the final stages of maturation, as indicated by failure of polar(More)
Previous investigations observed that when soil was fumigated with ethanol-free CHCl3 for 24 h and then incubated under appropriate conditions, after the initial flush of CO2 was over, soil organic carbon (SOC) mineralization continued at the same rate as in the non-fumigated soil. This indicates that, following fumigation, the much diminished microbial(More)
We discuss the work of the QCDSP collaboration to build an inexpensive Teraflop scale massively parallel computer suitable for computations in Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD). The computer is a collection of nodes connected in a four dimensional toroidial grid with nearest neighbor bit serial communications. A node is composed of a Texas Instruments Digital(More)
In this study, we synthesized dendrimer-functionalized laponite ® (LAP) nanodisks for loading and delivery of anticancer drug doxorubicin (DOX). Firstly, LAP was modified with silane coupling agents and succinic anhydride to render abundant carboxyl groups on the surface of LAP. Then, poly(amidoamine) (PAMAM) dendrimer of generation 2 (G2) were conjugated(More)
We herein report the development of multifunctional folic acid (FA)-targeted Fe3O4 @ Au nanostars (NSs) for targeted multi-mode magnetic resonance (MR)/computed tomography (CT)/photoacoustic (PA) imaging and photothermal therapy (PTT) of tumors. In this present work, citric acid-stabilized Fe3O4/Ag composite nanoparticles prepared by a mild reduction route(More)
1 relaxivity, which are advantageous properties for targeted CT/MR dual-mode imaging. This approach was used to image HCC cells in vitro and orthotopically transplanted HCC tumors in a unique in vivo model through the CD44 receptor-mediated endocytosis pathway. This work introduces a novel strategy for preparing multifunctional NPs via dendrimer(More)
In this study, proteome and activities of glutathione (GSH)-related enzymes were investigated in detached leaves of Arabidopsis thaliana treated with ochratoxin A (OTA) alone or supplemented with buthionine sulfoximine (BSO, a specific inhibitor of the first step in GSH biosynthesis). A comparative proteomic study using two-dimensional electrophoresis(More)
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS The aim of the study was to investigate the effects of genetic deficiency of aldose reductase in mice on the development of key endpoints of diabetic nephropathy. METHODS A line of Ar (also known as Akr1b3)-knockout (KO) mice, a line of Ar-bitransgenic mice and control C57BL/6 mice were used in the study. The KO and bitransgenic mice were(More)
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