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Taylor's University is a private university in Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. It was founded in 1969 as a college, was awarded university college status in 2006, and university status in 2010 Wikipedia.

Yap W.H.,Taylors University | Lim Y.M.,University Tunku Abdul Rahman
Biochemistry Research International | Year: 2015

Chronic inflammation drives the development of various pathological diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis, multiple sclerosis, and cancer. The arachidonic acid pathway represents one of the major mechanisms for inflammation. Prostaglandins (PGs) are lipid products generated from arachidonic acid by the action of cyclooxygenase (COX) enzymes and their activity is blocked by nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). The use of natural compounds in regulation of COX activity/prostaglandins production is receiving increasing attention. In Mediterranean diet, olive oil and table olives contain significant dietary sources of maslinic acid. Maslinic acid is arising as a safe and novel natural pentacyclic triterpene which has protective effects against chronic inflammatory diseases in various in vivo and in vitro experimental models. Understanding the anti-inflammatory mechanism of maslinic acid is crucial for its development as a potential dietary nutraceutical. This review focuses on the mechanistic action of maslinic acid in regulating the inflammation pathways through modulation of the arachidonic acid metabolism including the nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-B)/COX-2 expression, upstream protein kinase signaling, and phospholipase A2 enzyme activity. Further investigations may provide insight into the mechanism of maslinic acid in regulating the molecular targets and their associated pathways in response to specific inflammatory stimuli. © 2015 Wei Hsum Yap and Yang Mooi Lim. Source

Wong R.S.Y.,International Medical University | Wong R.S.Y.,Taylors University | Radhakrishnan A.K.,International Medical University
Nutrition Reviews | Year: 2012

The vitamin E family consists of eight isomers known as alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and delta-tocopherols and alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and delta-tocotrienols. Numerous studies focused on the health benefits of these isomers have been performed since the discovery of vitamin E in 1922. Recent discoveries on the potential therapeutic applications of tocotrienols have revolutionized vitamin E research. Nevertheless, despite the abundance of literature, only 1% of vitamin E research has been conducted on tocotrienols. Many new advances suggest that the use of tocotrienols for health improvement or therapeutic purposes is promising. Although the mechanisms of action of tocotrienols in certain disease conditions have been explored, more detailed investigations into the fundamentals of the health-promoting effects of these molecules must be elucidated before they can be recommended for health improvement or for the treatment or prevention of disease. Furthermore, many of the studies on the effects of tocotrienols have been carried out using cell lines and animal models. The effects in humans must be well established before tocotrienols are used as therapeutic agents in various disease conditions, hence the need for more evidence-based human clinical trials. © 2012 International Life Sciences Institute. Source

Al-Atabi M.,Taylors University | Deboer J.,Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Technovation | Year: 2014

Entrepreneurship as a skill and process is increasingly being taught as a part of various university educational programmes. The literature is divided on the effectiveness of traditional methods to teach entrepreneurship. We consider the achievement of students learning outcomes in entrepreneurship course that is offered as a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). The results suggest that the MOOC is a suitable platform to teach entrepreneurship as it provide tools to enable students collaborative learning as well as improve individuals affective key entrepreneurial aspects such as such opportunity recognition and resource acquisition. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. Source

Hosseini Fouladi M.,Taylors University | Ayub M.,National University of Malaysia | Jailani Mohd Nor M.,National University of Malaysia
Applied Acoustics | Year: 2011

Coir fiber from coconut husk is an important agricultural waste in Malaysia. Acoustic absorption coefficient of the fiber as a porous material is studied in this paper. Two types of fiber are investigated, fresh from wet market and industrial prepared mixed with binder. Moreover two analytical models, namely; Delany-Bazley and Biot-Allard are used for analysis. Experimental measurements in impedance tube are conducted to validate the analytical outcomes. Results show that fresh coir fiber has an average absorption coefficient of 0.8 at f > 1360 Hz and 20 mm thickness. Increasing the thickness is improved the sound absorption in lower frequencies, having the same average at f > 578 Hz and 45 mm thickness. Delany-Bazley technique can be used for both types of fiber while Biot-Allard method is compensated for the industrial prepared fiber considering the binder additive. This form generally shows poor acoustical absorption in low frequencies. Inevitably, fiber has to be mixed with additives in commercial use to enhance its characteristics such as stiffness, unti-fungus and flammability. Hence other approaches such as adding air gap or perforated plate should be used to improve the acoustical properties of industrial treated coir fiber. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Source

Al-Atabi M.,Taylors University
Journal of Fluids Engineering, Transactions of the ASME | Year: 2011

Mixing is an important process in various industries. Different designs have been suggested in order to reduce the local shear rates in mechanically stirred mixing vessels, also known as continuously stirred tank reactors, in order to account for the mixing requirements for sensitive materials such as biological materials and biofluids where the high shear rate may damage the sensitive materials. This paper reports on the development of a continuously stirred tank reactor that can be used to achieve a variety of mixing assignments. This mixing is achieved using synthetic jets. The mixing performance was assessed using flow visualization techniques. The effects of fluid viscosity on mixing time were investigated. The results are very encouraging and are suggestive that the use of synthetic jets in mixing is a viable alternative to the conventional methods of mixing in vessels. © 2011 American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Source

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