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Tongue diagnosis is crucial to the inspection diagnosis in Chinese Medicine. Clinically, doctors mostly rely on their own knowledge and experience when determining major lesions of a patient by observing the coloration, overall modalities, and volume of sputum of different parts of the tongue. The subjective determination is likely to be affected by the(More)
BACKGROUND All-trans retinoic acid (RA), the oxidative metabolite of vitamin A, is essential for normal development. In addition, high levels of RA are teratogenic in many species. We have previously shown that excess RA results in immediate effects on the preimplantation embryo and on blastocyst development. This study was conducted to clarify the(More)
BACKGROUND There are several causes of ST-segment elevation (STE) besides acute myocardial infarction (MI). OBJECTIVES We design this study to determine the prevalence, etiology, clinical manifestation, electrocardiographic characteristics, and outcome in patients with false-positive STEMI. METHODS This is a retrospective case-control study design. At(More)
We developed six new microsatellite markers containing tetranucleotide repeat motifs (GATA/CTAT) for Lanyu scops owl (Otus elegans botelensis) from an enriched partial library. All these loci are polymorphic and conform to Hardy–Weinberg equilibrium. We cross-species tested these and 12 other microsatellite primer pairs previously developed from O. elegans(More)
We isolated 23 polymorphic microsatellite loci of tetranucleotide, dinucleotide or compound repeat motif in the black-faced spoonbill (Platalea minor). In a panel of up to 20 individuals, number of alleles per locus ranged from two to 19 (mean = 8) and heterozygosity from 0.278 to 0.950 (mean = 0.606). Allele frequencies of five loci deviated from that(More)
We isolated and characterized nine polymorphic microsatellite loci from a partial genomic library enriched for tetranucleotide repeats in the hoopoe (Upupa epops). A panel of up to 34 adult individuals with unknown relationship was used to characterize polymorphism of these loci. The number of alleles per locus ranged from 5 to 11 and the observed(More)
OBJECTIVE We aimed to assess the usefulness of multislice computed tomographic (CT) angiography to detect coronary artery disease (CAD), including myocardial bridging (MB) and left ventricular morphology (LVG), in patients with apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (AHCM) who presented with angina and apical asynergy. MATERIALS AND METHODS Sixty-four-slice(More)
Although all-trans retinoic acid (RA), the oxidative metabolite of vitamin A, is essential for normal development, high levels are teratogenic in many species. RA results in immediate effects on the preimplantation embryo and on blastocyst development in vitro and in vivo. To further elucidate the cellular mechanisms of early postimplantation embryo(More)
Adaptive divergence driven by environmental heterogeneity has long been a fascinating topic in ecology and evolutionary biology. The study of the genetic basis of adaptive divergence has, however, been greatly hampered by a lack of genomic information. The recent development of transcriptome sequencing provides an unprecedented opportunity to generate large(More)