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BACKGROUND/PURPOSE Insufficient microcirculation of skin leads to acute and chronic tissue ischemia in cases of trauma, reconstructive surgery, diabetes mellitus and peripheral arterial occlusive disease. The autonomic nervous system and nitric oxide (NO) play important roles in maintaining blood perfusion of the skin. Far-infrared (FIR) therapy provides(More)
Dengue virus (DENV) is a mosquito-borne human pathogen that causes a serious public-health threat in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. Neither a vaccine to prevent nor an effective therapeutic agent to treat DENV infection is currently available. We established a stable cell line harboring a luciferase-reporting DENV subgenomic replicon to(More)
PURPOSE Molecular, cellular, and animal studies have established that overexpressed proline-directed protein kinase F(A) (PDPK F(A)) is essential for the development of tumorigenesis, invasion, and metastasis of human cancer cells. However, the prognostic role of PDPK F(A) in cancer patients remains largely unknown. In this study, association of PDPK F(A)(More)
UNLABELLED The liver architecture plays an important role in maintaining hemodynamic balance, but the mechanisms that underlie this role are not fully understood. Hepsin, a type II transmembrane serine protease, is predominantly expressed in the liver, but has no known physiological functions. Here, we report that hemodynamic balance in the liver is(More)
UNLABELLED Alteration of cell surface proteolysis has been proposed to play a role in liver fibrosis, a grave complication of biliary atresia (BA). In this study we investigated the roles of hepatocyte growth factor activator inhibitor (HAI)-1 and -2 in the progression of BA. The expression levels of HAI-1 and -2 were significantly increased in BA livers(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate the predictors of anti-malaria preventive measures (AMPMs) among Taiwan immigrants returning to their country of origin using the Health Belief Model (HBM). Between March and May 2011, all permanent immigrants originating from malaria-endemic countries, attended by either the Taipei or Tainan Immigrant Service(More)
Hemophilia B (HB) is an inherited deficiency in coagulation factor IX (FIX) that leads to prolonged bleeding after injury. Although hepatocyte transplantation has been demonstrated to be an effective therapeutic strategy for HB, the quality and sources of hepatocytes still limit their application. Recently, stem cells were proposed as an alternative source(More)
BACKGROUND In humans, the presence of antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) is frequently found in immune thrombocytopenia. The present study investigated whether aPL and any aPL subtypes are associated with canine thrombocytopenia, in particular, immune-mediated thrombocytopenia (immune thrombocytopenia) that usually manifests with severe thrombocytopenia. (More)