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This paper presents a novel approach to consider optimal multi-degree reduction of Bézier curve with G 1-continuity. By minimizing the distances between corresponding control points of the two curves through degree raising, optimal approximation is achieved. In contrast to traditional methods, which typically consider the components of the curve separately,(More)
BACKGROUND Recently, high proportions (15.6%-98.7%) of intravenous drug users (IDUs) in China were found to be positive for hepatitis C virus (HCV). Yunnan Province is located in southwestern China and borders one of the world's most important opium-producing regions, thus it is an important drug trafficking route to other regions of China. (More)
OBJECTIVE Acinetobacter baumannii is considered the prototypical example of a multi- or pan- drug-resistant bacterium. It has been increasingly implicated as a major cause of nosocomial and community-associated infections. This study proposed to evaluate the efficacy of immunological approaches to prevent and treat A. baumannii infections. METHODS Mice(More)
In the fractional ownership model, the partial owner of an aircraft is entitled to certain flight hours per year, and the management company is responsible for all the operational considerations of the aircraft and for making an aircraft available to the owner at the requested time and place. In the recent years although the industry as a whole has(More)
Recently, many studies have reported that the SNP+45(T>G) and SNP+276(G>T) polymorphisms in the adiponectin gene are associated with type 2 diabetes (T2DM) in the Chinese Han population. However, the previous studies yielded many conflicting results. Thus, a meta-analysis of the association of the adiponectin gene with T2DM in the Chinese Han population is(More)
Virulence mechanisms of the leading nosocomial pathogen Staphylococcus epidermidis are poorly understood. We used microarray-based genome-wide comparison of clinical and commensal S. epidermidis strains to identify putative virulence determinants. Our study revealed high genetic variability of the S. epidermidis genome, new markers for invasiveness of S.(More)
PURPOSE Intracellular reactive oxygen species have been reported to associate with growth factor and integrin signalings in promoting cell adhesion in many cell types. This study is to explore if exogenous H(2)O(2) at low levels can be beneficial to cell adhesion, migration, and wound healing. METHODS Primary rabbit corneal epithelial cells treated with(More)
BACKGROUND Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a common disease accounting for about 12% of the adult population, and causes significant morbidity and mortality. Therapeutic angiogenesis using angiogenic factors has been considered to be a potential treatment option for PAD patients. In this study, we assessed the potential of a new angiogenic factor AGGF1(More)