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Immersive virtual reality (IVR) is a technology already developed to assist cognitive psychologists and therapists in their clinical work with brain-damaged patients. The rationale, the software and the hardware of the first application (ARCANA 1) based on affordable technology are discussed here, in order to provide a concrete example of what the authors(More)
Exhaled breath condensate (EBC) is a noninvasive method for the study of airway lining fluid. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy can provide biochemical profiles of metabolites in biological samples. The aim of the present study was to validate the NMR metabonomic analysis of EBC in adults, assessing the role of pre-analytical variables (saliva(More)
Silk fibroin membranes recently have been suggested as matrices for biomedical applications, such as guided tissue regeneration and burn wound dressings. The aim of this study was to evaluate the inflammatory potential of fibroin films and to compare the fibroin films with two model materials with completely different physico-chemical properties:(More)
In 1986 in the Kuthar Valley in the Anantnag District of south Kashmir (northwestern India), we studied the population to ascertain the prevalence and pattern of various neurological diseases. A house-to-house survey was done in a rural population of 63,645 (according to a World Health Organization protocol, 1981). 616 cases of major neurological disorders(More)
The topology of the Ca2+-calmodulin-melittin ternary complex has been investigated by a combined strategy which integrates limited proteolysis and cross-linking experiments with mass spectrometric methodologies. The rationale behind the methods is that the interface regions of two interacting proteins are accessible to the solvent in the isolated molecules,(More)
BACKGROUND Metabolomics could provide new insights into the pathophysiology of cystic fibrosis (CF) by identifying profiles of endogenous metabolites. OBJECTIVES To investigate whether metabolomics of exhaled breath condensate could discriminate between patients with unstable CF, stable CF and healthy subjects, and whether selected metabolites were(More)
Signal transduction by G-proteins, rho-kinase and protein phosphatase to smooth muscle and non-muscle myosin II. et al. Long-term treatment with a Rho-kinase inhibitor improves monocrotaline-induced fatal pulmonary hypertension in rats. de Boer MA, et al. Fasudil reduces monocrotaline-induced pulmonary arterial hypertension: comparison with bosentan and(More)
The giant muscle proteins of the titin family, which are specific for the striated muscles of vertebrates and invertebrates, contain as a common feature a catalytic protein kinase domain of so far unclear function and regulation. In myosin light chain kinase, a family evolutionarily related to titin, kinase regulation is achieved by calmodulin binding to a(More)
Soluble spin labels, which "bleach" the surface proton resonances of a protein to n.m.r. measurements, can provide useful information about protein conformation and dynamics. The use of the soluble nitroxide, TEMPOL, has been explored to show the correlation of the paramagnetic perturbations of protein two-dimensional n.m.r. data with proton exposure to the(More)
The cytosolic tail of the major histocompatibility complex-associated invariant chain protein contains two Leu-based motifs that both mediate efficient sorting to the endocytic pathway. Nuclear magnetic resonance data on a peptide of 27 residues corresponding to the cytosolic tail of human invariant chain indicate that in water at pH 7.4 the membrane distal(More)