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It has earlier been claimed that clinical improvement of patients with Parkinson's disease is obtained by treatment with NADH. This has to be verified by double-blind, clinical studies and measurement of biochemical effects of the treatment. In a double blind study five patients with clinically moderate Parkinson's disease were treated with NADH, 25 mg,(More)
Prostaglandin E(2) (PGE(2)) has been shown to play important roles in several aspects of tumor development and progression. PGE(2) is synthesized from arachidonic acid by cyclooxygenases (COX) and prostaglandin E synthases (PGES) and mediates its biological activity through binding to the four prostanoid receptors EP(1) through EP(4). In this study, we show(More)
BACKGROUND Sensitive monitoring of minimal residual disease may improve the treatment of neuroblastoma in children. To detect and monitor neuroblastoma cells in blood and bone marrow, we developed a quantitative method for the analysis of tyrosine hydroxylase mRNA. METHODS We used real-time reverse transcription-PCR. The calibrator was constructed from a(More)
BACKGROUND To identify new molecular markers of bone marrow dissemination in human neuroblastoma (NB), we studied the transcriptome profiles of malignant neuroblasts established from the human MYCN-amplified IGR-N-91 model. METHODS This experimental model includes human neuroblastoma cells derived from a subcutaneous stage 4 disease, myocardium (Myoc) and(More)
The possible hypersecretion involvement of corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) in the pathophysiology of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical axis disturbances in patients with major depressive episode and with an abnormal dexamethasone suppression test (DST) was investigated. The corticotropin (ACTH) and cortisol response to the injection of 45(More)
Electrodermal activity (EDA), basal morning plasma cortisol, outcome of the dexamethasone suppression test (DST), and nocturnal urinary cortisol excretion were studied in a somewhat confined number of originally 59 depressive patients and 59 matched healthy subjects. The patients showed nocturnal hypercortisolism. According to the DST, EDA and cortisol(More)
BACKGROUND Tyrosinase is an enzyme unique to pigment-forming cells. Methods using this transcript for detection of melanoma cells in blood have given divergent results. Quantitative analytical procedures are therefore needed to study the analytical performance of the methods. METHODS Mononucleated cells were isolated by Percoll centrifugation. RNA was(More)
Troponin T (TnT) is a useful biomarker for studying drug-induced toxicity effects on cardiac cells. We describe how a surface plasmon resonance (SPR) biosensor was applied to monitor the release of TnT from active HL-1 cardiomyocytes in vitro when exposed to cardiotoxic substances. Two monoclonal human TnT antibodies were compared in the SPR immunosensor to(More)
AIM It is generally agreed that traditional alcohol biomarkers lack in sensitivity to detect hazardous alcohol consumption. The present study was undertaken to evaluate the ability of phosphatidylethanol (PEth) and traditional alcohol markers to detect moderate alcohol consumption and to distinguish between moderate alcohol consumption and abstinence. (More)
In 96 patients with uveal malignant melanomas the tumours were investigated by DNA flow cytometry. Thirty-eight per cent of the melanomas were aneuploid. By univariate analysis significant correlations with survival were found for histological type, tumour size, DNA ploidy, evidence of 'blind eye' and S-phase fraction. By multivariate analysis, significant(More)