SUMMARY The expanding role of intravenous nitroglycerin (GTN) in the management of critically ill hospitalized patients demands a clear knowledge of its pharmacodynamics and kinetics in both normal and diseased states. Accordingly, we studied 16 patients with congestive cardiac failure to establish the relationship between blood levels of GTN and its… (More)
Heme oxygenase (HO) catalyzes the oxidation of heme to produce carbon monoxide (CO), biliverdin and iron. CO is considered to function as a novel neuronal messenger in the brain analogous to nitric oxide. The ontogeny of microsomal HO activity in the hippocampus, frontal cerebral cortex, and cerebellum of the immature fetal, mature fetal and adult guinea… (More)
The 5alphaH (A : B trans) and 5betaH (A : B cis) steroids are equipotent in inducing delta-aminolevulinic acid synthetase and porphyrin accumulation in chick embryo liver cells maintained in serum-free culture medium. Thus there is no specific steric requirement for porphyrin-inducing activity in steroids.
Acute renal failure (ARF) is an extremely important public health issue in need of novel therapies. The present study aimed to evaluate the capacity of mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) therapy to promote the improvement and recovery of renal function in a preclinical model. Wistar rats were used as the experimental model, and our results show that cisplatin… (More)
Carbon monoxide (CO) is considered to be a novel neuronal messenger in the brain, similar to nitric oxide. The ontogeny of CO formation in transverse hippocampal slices of the guinea pig was elucidated at selected prenatal and postnatal ages, and the effect of in vitro ethanol exposure on hippocampal CO formation was determined. There was a higher rate of… (More)
Heme oxygenase (HO) catalyzes the oxidation of heme to produce carbon monoxide, which is considered to be a novel neuronal messenger in the brain and may play a role in neuronal development. The objective of this study was to determine the effects of in vitro, acute in vivo, and chronic in vivo ethanol exposure on HO activity in the hippocampus, frontal… (More)