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Osteoporosis and other diseases of bone loss are a major public health problem. Here it is shown that the statins, drugs widely used for lowering serum cholesterol, also enhance new bone formation in vitro and in rodents. This effect was associated with increased expression of the bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2) gene in bone cells. Lovastatin and(More)
The lipocalins are a family of extracellular proteins that bind and transport small hydrophobic molecules. They are found in eubacteria and a great variety of eukaryotic cells, in which they play diverse physiological roles. We report here the detection of two new eukaryotic lipocalins and a phylogenetic analysis of 113 lipocalin family members performed(More)
This article presents to the results of the National Seroepidemiology Survey with regard to the prevalence of toxoplasmosis in Mexico. Some theoretical aspects of the disease are discussed, and the prevalences found in earlier reports are presented. The study measured 29,279 blood samples from persons in all 32 states of Mexico, for both sexes, all ages,(More)
Matrix extracellular phosphoglycoprotein (MEPE) is expressed exclusively in osteoblasts, osteocytes and odontoblasts with markedly elevated expression found in X-linked hypophosphatemic rickets (Hyp) osteoblasts and in oncogenic hypophosphatemic osteomalacia (OHO) tumors. Because these syndromes are associated with abnormalities in mineralization and renal(More)
The lipocalins constitute a family of proteins that have been found in eubacteria and a variety of eukaryotic cells, where they play diverse physiological roles. It is the primary goal of this review to examine the patterns of change followed by lipocalins through their complex history, in order to stimulate scientists in the field to experimentally(More)
Reported are the results of an analysis of mortality trends from diarrhoeal diseases among under-5-year-olds in Mexico between 1978 and 1993 in relation to the impact of education, basic sanitation, and selected medical care practices. The study period was divided into three stages; the first pre-dated the widespread application of oral rehydration therapy(More)
The study investigated the effects on diarrhoeal deaths among under-5-year-old Mexican children of the following variables: season (summer or winter), region (north versus south), age group, and place of death. Examination of death certificates indicated that the distribution of deaths in 1989-90 was bimodal, with one peak during the winter and a more(More)
In this study, we have evaluated the relationship between the acrosome reaction-inducing activity of individual human follicular fluid samples and their steroid content. Eighteen samples of follicular fluid were obtained during egg retrieval in six patients undergoing assisted fertilization. Motile spermatozoa were incubated in modified Tyrode's medium (26(More)
A prospective cohort study was conducted to analyze factors associated with antibiotic noncompliance and waste among patients suffering acute respiratory infection (ARI) and acute diarrhea (AD). The study took place in four primary health care clinics in Mexico City, two belonging to the Ministry of Health (MoH) and two to the Mexican Social Security(More)