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Inhibitory effects of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) on blood vessel contractions induced by various constrictor stimulants were investigated in the rat thoracic aorta. The inhibitory effects of DHA were also compared with those of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and linoleic acid (LA). DHA exhibited a strong inhibitory effect on the sustained contractions induced(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS To investigate the potential inhibitory effects of 18 clinically available antidepressants on acetylcholine (ACh)-induced contractions in guinea pig urinary bladder smooth muscle (UBSM) in order to predict whether they may induce voiding impairment. METHODS Concentration-response curves for ACh-induced contractions in guinea pig UBSM(More)
An integrated optical micro-displacement sensor was developed that uses the beam diverging from a vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL). The sensor consists of a VCSEL of 1.5 mmtimes1.5 mmtimes1 mm that is surrounded by three photodiodes. It can measure the linear distance traveled or the tilting angle for an external mirror. The resolution is 10(More)
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