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REASON FOR PERFORMING STUDY In horses, morpho-functional studies related to the enteric nervous system (ENS) controlling the sphincters are lacking. OBJECTIVES To investigate immunohistochemically the morphology, distribution, density, phenotypes and projections of neurons controlling the ileocaecal junction (ICJ). METHODS Two young horses were(More)
This paper describes the morphology and distribution of the enteric nervous system (ENS) cells and fibres immunoreactive for choline acetyltransferase (ChAT), neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS), substance P (SP), calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), NF200kDa (NF200), and S100 protein. The percentages of subclasses of enteric neurons in the total(More)
Cycle control and tolerability of two monophasic oral contraceptive pills containing 30 microg ethinyl estradiol (EE) with either 150 microg desogestrel (DSG) or 75 microg gestodene (GSD) were compared in women starting oral contraception. A minimum of 200 healthy women at risk for pregnancy were to be treated for a total of 6 cycles per patient in a(More)
It is known that cysteamine ulcerogenic effect depends, among others, on a depletion of somatostatin in the gastro-intestinal tract. Since growth hormone (GH) causes the release of hypothalamic somatostatin (SRIH) and potentiates the ulcerogenic action of cysteamine we have studied the influence of GH on gastro-duodenal mucosa levels of SRIH, and its(More)
Since the sexual dimorphism of gastroduodenal ulcers is well known and might possibly relate to the actions of sex hormones, we studied the role of the female sex steroids, progesterone and 17beta-estradiol in cysteamine-induced mucosal ulcers in female Wistar rats (200-220 g). Administration of cysteamine (400 mg/kg, s.c.) provoked macroscopic(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the expression of alpha6 and beta4 integrin subunits on surface and glandular endometrium throughout the menstrual cycle and during early pregnancy. SETTING Second Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Catania, Catania, Italy. PATIENT(S) Thirty-two women. Nineteen of the women regularly menstruated in different(More)
After mating with a sexually active male, groups of female Sprague-Dawley rats were injected with cysteamine (400 mg/kg, subcutaneously) at day 0 (controls), day 5 (early-stage pregnancy), and day 18 (late-stage pregnancy) of pregnancy. In contrast to late-stage pregnancy rats, early-stage pregnancy animals showed a decrease of cysteamine-induced(More)
Acid soluble biopolymeric substances (SBP) were isolated from different urban biowastes comprised of a range of materials available from metropolitan areas. These biowastes provided products with a chemical nature and solubility properties changing over a wide range and, thus, allowed to assess the effect of the variability of the chemical nature on(More)
The efficacy and tolerability of nimesulide in a new pharmaceutical suppository form were assessed in a double blind study versus flurbiprofen in pain-inflammatory pathologies of obstetrico-gynecological nature. One hundred patients with pelvic inflammatory disease were randomly assigned to treatment with nimesulide or flurbiprofen. Both drugs, administered(More)