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Patients with peripheral neuropathy have symptoms involving small-diameter nociceptive nerves and elevated thermal thresholds. Nociceptive nerves terminate in the epidermis of the skin and are readily demonstrated with the neuronal marker, protein gene product 9.5 (PGP 9.5). To investigate the pathological characteristics of elevated thermal thresholds, we(More)
14C-salicylic acid (SA) was used to monitor SA metabolism and its regulation in tobacco cell suspension culture. Two SA concentrations (20 microM and 200 microM) were used for comparison. SA was quickly taken up in both treatments, and the 200 microM-treated cells absorbed approximately 15 times that of 20 microM-treated cells within 5 min. More than 85%(More)
Biochar, as a soil amendment, can increase concentrations of soil organic matter, especially water-extractable organic carbon (WEOC). This can affect the adsorption-desorption equilibrium between the dissolved solid phases in soil organic matter. Dissolved organic carbon (DOC) represents a small proportion of soil organic matter, but is of significant(More)
Lipolytic activity was absent in the crude cotyledon extract of ungerminated rapeseed (Brassica napus L. var. Dwarf Essex), and increased to a peak at day 4 in seedling growth, concomitant with the decrease in total lipids. About 50% of the lipase activity was recovered in the lipid bodies isolated from the cotyledon extract by flotation centrifugation.(More)
Lipases from several seed species were shown to be relatively specific on triacylglycerols containing the major fatty acid components of the storage triacylglycerols in the same species. In a direct comparison using individual triacylglycerol as well as mixed triacylglycerol preparations, highest activities were observed in corn lipase on trilinolein and(More)
mcl-1, a bcl-2 family member, was originally identified as an early gene induced during differentiation of ML-1 myeloid leukemia cells. In the present study, we demonstrate that Mcl-1 is tightly regulated by the granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) signaling pathway. Upon deprivation of survival factor from TF-1 myeloid progenitor(More)
The Arabidopsis Shrunken Seed 1 (SSE1) gene encodes a homolog of the peroxisome biogenesis factor Pex16p, and a loss-of-function mutation in this gene alters seed storage composition. Two lines of evidence support a function for SSE1 in peroxisome biogenesis: the peroxisomal localization of a green fluorescent protein-SSE1 fusion protein and the lack of(More)
Gastrodia elata Bl. (GE) is a traditional Chinese herb that is commonly used in Chinese communities to treat convulsive disorders such as epilepsy. The purpose of the present study was to determine the anticonvulsive and free radical activities of GE in rats. In vitro studies were conducted by using brain tissue from 6 male Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats treated(More)
Ascorbate peroxidase (APX) exists as several isoforms that are found in various compartments in plant cells. The cytosolic and chloroplast APXs appear to play important roles in antioxidation metabolism in plant cells, yet the function of peroxisomal APX is not well studied. In this study, the localization of a putative peroxisomal membrane-bound ascorbate(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to assess survival rates and to evaluate histologic type and age as prognostic factors for cervical carcinoma in an ethnically homogenous population in Taiwan. METHODS A retrospective analysis was conducted of 3678 cases of squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma that were diagnosed and treated for invasive cervical(More)