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Although the mechanism of mammalian apoptosis has not been elucidated, a protease of the CED-3/ICE family is anticipated to be a component of the death machinery. Several lines of evidence predict that this protease cleaves the death substrate poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) to a specific 85 kDa form observed during apoptosis, is inhibitable by the CrmA(More)
This paper addresses exact learning of Bayesian network structure from data and expert's knowledge based on score functions that are decomposable. First, it describes useful properties that strongly reduce the time and memory costs of many known methods such as hill-climbing, dynamic programming and sampling variable orderings. Secondly, a branch and bound(More)
A novel approach based on the probabilistic latent semantic analysis model (pLSA) for automatic musical genre classification is proposed in this paper. Unlike traditional usage, the pLSA is used to model musical genre instead of single music signal in the proposed approach. First, an unsupervised clustering algorithm is utilized to group temporal segments(More)
The activation of nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) and the subsequent overexpression of its downstream targets transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) and fibronectin (FN) are among the hallmarks for the progressive diabetic nephropathy. Our previous studies demonstrated that emodin ameliorated renal injury and inhibited extracellular matrix accumulation in kidney(More)
Studies have shown that the expression of CD133, leucine-rich-repeat-containing G-protein-coupled receptor 5 (Lgr5), and ATP binding cassette (ABC)G2 proteins is associated with malignancy and poor prognosis in colon cancer. However, molecular regulation mechanism of the three proteins has not been elucidated. Here, we report that microRNA-142-3p(More)
BACKGROUND Spine fractures are common. The treatment of traumatic fractures of the thoracic and lumbar spine remains controversial but surgery involving pedicle screw fixation has become a popular option. OBJECTIVES To assess the effects (benefits and harms) of pedicle screw fixation for traumatic fractures of the thoracic and lumbar spine. SEARCH(More)
The liver plays a central role in ethanol (EtOH) metabolism, and oxidative stress is implicated in alcohol-mediated liver injury. The present study aimed to investigate the role of emodin in EtOH-induced fatty liver injury. Liver histology, biochemistry and gene-expression studies were performed. Mice fed with an EtOH-containing diet exhibited severe(More)
A higher prevalence of coronary heart disease (CHD) in people with diabetes. We investigated the high-density lipoprotein (HDL) subclass profiles and alterations of particle size in CHD patients with diabetes or without diabetes. Plasma HDL subclasses were quantified in CHD by 1-dimensional gel electrophoresis coupled with immunodetection. Although the(More)
OX40 and OX40L, members of the tumor necrosis factor receptor superfamily, are costimulatory molecules involved in the activation and proliferation of T lymphocytes. OX40L plays an important role in the process of atherosclerosis, and variants of OX40/OX40L are associated with myocardial infarction in European populations. Our study examined 235 patients(More)