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Phytase was produced from a fungus Aspergillus niger through 10-day fermentation in a maize starch-based medium. Activity of the enzyme was found to be 1.075 phytase units per minute per ml of the crude culture ®ltrate, at pH 5.5 and 408C. A 4-week feeding trial was conducted on 90-day-old broiler chickens, fed on diets based on maize and soyabean meal, to(More)
OBJECTIVES We treated the hypothesis that heatstroke is associated with endothelial cell activation/injury and examined the possibility that the markers of endothelial cell activation/injury may be associated with its severity and complications such as disseminated intravascular coagulation, lung injury, and renal dysfunction. DESIGN Prospective analyses.(More)
Whole Nigella sativa (N. sativa) proteins were purified on a DEAE Sephadex A50 ion exchange column. Complete fractionation was achieved in four peaks. Analysis of the purified peaks was carried out by sodium dodecyl sulphate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. Whole N. sativa showed a number of protein bands ranging from 94-10 kDa molecular mass. In mixed(More)
The effects of Nigella sativa (N. sativa) seeds and their soluble fractions were studied in vitro on lymphocyte response to different mitogens and on polymorphonuclear leukocyte phagocytic activity. No stimulatory effect of N. sativa was detected on lymphocyte response to phytohemagglutinin, concanavalin-A or pokeweed mitogen. A stimulatory effect of N.(More)
OBJECTIVE The newly discovered vasoactive peptides, endothelin 1, 2 and 3, and their receptors are widely distributed in various non-vascular tissues. Recent studies have suggested the presence, as well as possible regulatory roles, of endothelins at several levels of the pituitary-gonadal axis. We determined the level of endothelin-like immunoreactivity in(More)
To determine the endothelin-1 (ET-1) concentrations in synovial fluid and serum of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, this study was designed to examine if serum ET-1 concentration of control subjects has any correlation either with the ET-1 concentration of synovial fluid or ET-1 concentration of serum from RA patients. Twenty-eight patients were studied(More)
Endothelin-like immunoreactivity specific for endothelin-1 (ET-1), endothelin-2 (ET-2) or big endothelin-1 (big ET-1) was measured, using commercially available radioimmunoassay kits, in follicular fluid collected at the time of oocyte aspiration from 36 women undergoing ovulation induction by human menopausal gonadotrophin (HMG). The relationship of ET(More)
The percentage of peripheral blood mononuclear leukocytes that reacted with monoclonal antibodies specific for T-lymphocytes (CD3 cells), the helper/inducer subsets (CD4 cells), and cytotoxic/suppressor subsets (CD8 cells) of T-lymphocytes, and cells with NK activity (CD16 cells) were enumerated by fluorescence-activated flow cytometry for samples obtained(More)
Early pregnancy factor (EPF) is a pregnancy protein, which is secreted into the maternal serum 12-16 hours after fertilization. It is thought to be an immunosuppressive molecule. EPF is detected in pregnant woman's serum by the rosette inhibition assay (RIA). In this study, EPF was purified from the pregnant woman's sera by using ion exchange chromatography(More)