A new application of the factorization method is reported for 3-D shape reconstruction from endoscope image sequences. The feasibility of the method is verified with some theoretical considerations and results of many kinds of extensive experiments.
Although green tea is considered to be a healthy beverage, hepatotoxicity associated with the consumption of green tea extract has been reported. In the present study, we characterized the hepatotoxicity of green tea extract in rats and explored the responsible mechanism. Six-week-old IGS rats received a single intraperitoneal (ip) injection of 200 mg/kg… (More)
The increasing prevalence of diabetes mellitus (DM) worldwide has underscored the urgency of developing an efficient therapeutic agent. Recently, Zn complexes have been attracting attention due to their antidiabetic activity. In this study, we designed and synthesized a new Zn complex, Zn-3,4-heptanedione-bis(N 4-methylthiosemicarbazonato) (Zn-HTSM),… (More)
Since many Zn complexes have been developed to enhance the insulin-like activity and increase the exposure and residence of Zn in the animal body, these complexes are recognized as one of the new candidates with action mechanism different from existing anti-diabetic drugs. However, the molecular mechanism by which Zn complexes exert an anti-DM effect is… (More)
In recent years, the number of patients suffering from diabetes mellitus has been increasing worldwide. In particular, type 2 diabetes mellitus, a lifestyle-related disease, is recognized as a serious disease with various complications. Many types of pharmaceutics or specific health foods have been used for the management of diabetes mellitus. At the same… (More)
Vanadium has potential for use in diabetes therapy. Many investigators have reported toxic effects of inorganic vanadium salts; however, there are few reports on toxic effects of oxovanadium(VO(2+)) complexes. Therefore, we studied VO(2+) toxicity by examining histological changes and measuring the vanadium concentration in the testis after repeated oral… (More)