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Tumour necrosis factor (TNF) alpha, interleukin (IL) 1 beta, IL-6 and IL-8 are thought to play a central role in the pathophysiology of sepsis but their role in acute pancreatitis is unknown. In the present study, monocytes were isolated from the peripheral blood of 26 patients with moderate or severe acute pancreatitis without biliary sepsis. Secretion of(More)
Sphingosine 1-phosphate lyase (S1PL) has been characterized as a novel target for the treatment of autoimmune disorders using genetic and pharmacological methods. Medicinal chemistry efforts targeting S1PL by direct in vivo evaluation of synthetic analogues of 2-acetyl-4(5)-(1(R),2(S),3(R),4-tetrahydroxybutyl)-imidazole (THI, 1) led to the discovery of 2(More)
OBJECTIVES: To determine the autonomic cardiovascular control among residents of Hawaii who are exposed to varying levels of volcanic air pollution (vog), which consists largely of sulfur dioxide (SO(2)) and acid aerosols. METHODS: In a cross-sectional study between April 2006 and June 2008, the authors measured cardiovagal autonomic function by heart-rate(More)
Hippocampal activation was investigated, comparing allocentric and egocentric spatial memory. Healthy participants were immersed in a virtual reality circular arena, with pattern-rendered walls. In a viewpoint-independent task, they moved toward a pole, which was then removed. They were relocated to another position and had to move to the prior location of(More)
Mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the lung is a rare tumour, and is not usually considered in the differential diagnosis of a peripheral lung mass. The cytological and histological features of an intimate admixture of polygonal intermediate cells, well differentiated mucinous and squamous cells, as illustrated in this case report, serve to differentiate a well(More)
Obligatory urinary and fecal nitrogen losses and urinary urea nitrogen and creatinine excretion levels were determined in 11 young women (four of whom used oral contraceptives), eight older men, and five young men. Values for obligatory nitrogen losses in the young women who did not use oral contraceptives were similar to those observed previously in young(More)