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BACKGROUND AND AIMS Accumulation of asymmetrical dimethylarginine (ADMA) has been linked to endothelial dysfunction, and is an important risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Its elimination from the body is dependent on urinary excretion and degradation by the enzyme dimethylarginine dimethylaminohydrolase. This enzyme is highly expressed in the liver,(More)
BACKGROUND Mycograb (NeuTec Pharma) is a human recombinant monoclonal antibody against heat shock protein 90 that, in laboratory studies, was revealed to have synergy with amphotericin B against a broad spectrum of Candida species. METHODS A double-blind, randomized study was conducted to determine whether lipid-associated amphotericin B plus Mycograb was(More)
This study assessed the influence of continuous high volume hemofiltration on right ventricular function of pigs with endotoxin induced shock. Eighteen anesthetized and ventilated pigs were studied for 240 min after the start of infusion of 0.5 mg/kg endotoxin over 30 min. Right ventricular ejection fraction (RVEF) was measured by rapid response(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Placental dysfunction of the asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) degrading enzyme dimethylarginine dimethylaminohydrolase (DDAH) has been suggested as one of the initiating events in the development of preeclampsia (PE). Our primary aim was to investigate the role of the placenta in the metabolism of ADMA during normal pregnancy and PE. (More)
BACKGROUND A considerable number of patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) die following withdrawal of mechanical ventilation. After discontinuation of ventilation without proper preparation, excessive respiratory secretion is common, resulting in a 'death rattle'. Post-extubation stridor can give rise to the relatives' perception that the(More)
RATIONALE Delirium is often unrecognized in ICU patients and associated with poor outcome. Screening for ICU delirium is recommended by several medical organizations to improve early diagnosis and treatment. The Confusion Assessment Method for the ICU (CAM-ICU) has high sensitivity and specificity for delirium when administered by research nurses. However,(More)
BACKGROUND Asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) is an endogenous inhibitor of the arginine-nitric oxide pathway. It is conceivable that its concentration is tightly regulated by urinary excretion and degradation by the enzyme dimethylarginine dimethylaminohydrolase, which is highly expressed in the liver. In rats, we showed a high net hepatic uptake of ADMA.(More)
Asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) has been recognized as an endogenous inhibitor of the arginine-nitric oxide (NO) pathway. Its concentration is tightly regulated by urinary excretion and degradation by the enzyme dimethylarginine dimethylaminohydrolase (DDAH), which is highly expressed in the liver. Considering the liver as a crucial organ in the clearing(More)
Asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) plays a crucial role in the arginine-nitric oxide pathway. Critically ill patients have elevated levels of ADMA which proved to be a strong and independent risk factor for ICU mortality. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR)-gamma agonist rosiglitazone(More)
Twelve patients with retroperitoneal fibrosis (RPF) over a 10-yr period (1980-1990) are reviewed. The clinical manifestations, radiographic findings as well as treatment and follow-up are discussed and a review of the literature is presented. Nowadays the diagnosis can be established with near-certainty by means of computed tomographic scan (CT). In case of(More)