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The purpose of this study is to provide evidence that empty follicle syndrome (EFS) is a result of an abnormality in the in-vivo biological activity of some batches of commercially available human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG). This is a comparative study between six consecutive in-vitro fertilization (IVF) cases with EFS (study group) and 10 IVF pregnancy(More)
This prospective study analyses the value of the beta-subunit of human chorionic gonadotrophin (beta-HCG) in 120 pregnancies obtained after in-vitro fertilization (IVF)--embryo transfer. Spontaneous conception cycles (n = 16) were also analysed allowing a comparison between these two forms of conception. Of the 120 clinical pregnancies, 48 started as single(More)
The venoms of Latrodectus sp. have been reported to induce contraction probably mediated by adrenergic and cholinergic transmitters. We have demonstrated that the venom of Chilean Latrodectus mactans contains neurotoxins that induce a contraction partially independent of transmitters release. Transmembrane mobility of Na+ and Ca2+ ions and more(More)
The expression of the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) in untreated or in steroid-dependent asthmatic patients is poorly understood. We therefore studied GR mRNA and protein levels in bronchial biopsies obtained from seven untreated asthmatic patients, seven control volunteers, and seven patients with chronic bronchitis. We also studied in bronchial epithelial(More)
Leukocyte subsets in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid and peripheral blood of patients with paraccoccidioidomycosis, sarcoidosis and silicosis were characterized using monoclonal antibodies and an immunoperoxidase technique. In paraccocidioidomycosis, the number of T-helper/inducer CD4-positive lymphocytes was lower in peripheral blood than in BAL fluid.(More)
A group of 24 couples with unexplained infertility was scheduled for in-vitro fertilization and tubal embryo transfer between May 1989 and September 1990. In the same period, in-vitro fertilization and intrauterine transfer of embryos was planned in a control group of 44 women with tubal infertility. The mean age and duration of infertility were similar in(More)