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The objective of this study was to assess the cost-utility of renal transplantation compared with dialysis. To accomplish this, a prospective cohort of pre-transplant patients were followed for up to two years after renal transplantation at three University-based Canadian hospitals. A total of 168 patients were followed for an average of 19.5 months after(More)
AIM This study investigated the effects of St John's wort extract (SJW) on the pharmacokinetics and metabolism of the immunosuppressant cyclosporin A (CSA). METHODS In an open-label study, 11 renal transplant patients received 600 mg SJW extract daily for 14 days in addition to their regular regimen of CSA. Blood concentrations of CSA and its metabolites(More)
This report describes a method for subtyping haptoglobin by means of isoelectric focusing in 0.2-mm ultrathin-layer polyacrylamide gels. Haptoglobin (Hp) is purified by ion-exchange chromatography and reduced. The well-known advantages of ultrathin-layer gels combine high isoelectrophoretic resolution of the Hp subtypes with less demands for time and(More)
BACKGROUND Neramexane is a new substance that exhibits antagonistic properties at α9α10 cholinergic nicotinic receptors and N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors, suggesting potential efficacy in the treatment of tinnitus. METHODS A total of 431 outpatients with moderate to severe subjective tinnitus (onset 3-18 months before screening) were assigned randomly to(More)
BACKGROUND This study investigated the effect of St John's wort (SJW) extract on the pharmacokinetics of the immunosuppressants tacrolimus (TAC) and mycophenolic acid (MPA). METHODS Ten stable renal transplant patients received 600 mg SJW extract for 14 days in addition to their regular regimen of TAC and mycophenolate mofetil. RESULTS Dose-corrected(More)
This retrospective study investigated the impact of MDR1 haplotypes derived from the single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) 2677G>T (exon 21) and 3435C>T (exon 26) on the pharmacokinetics of cyclosporine in 98 renal transplant patients. Based on SNPs 2677 and 3435, four different haplotypes and nine different genotypes were identified in the study sample.(More)
The kinetics of depopulation and repopulation of the solid transplantable rhabdomyosarcoma R1H of the rat following local irradiation with single subcurative X-ray doses of 7.5, 15 and 30 Gy was studied. Several parameters were sequentially measured over a time interval of 4 weeks after irradiation: the ratio of the number of tumour to host cells, and the(More)
A retrospective case controlled study was performed to determine the cost impact of cytomegalovirus disease in the first year following renal transplantation as a basis for the analysis of cost effectiveness of prophylactic and therapeutic regimens directed at CMV infection. Eleven sequential cases of organ-specific CMV disease were matched with 22 controls(More)
A purification procedure for the periplasmic hydrogenase from Desulfovibrio vulgaris ( Hildenborough , National Collection of Industrial Bacteria 8303) is reported. The purified hydrogenase has a specific activity of 4800 units per mg of protein. Plasma emission studies reveal that this highly active hydrogenase is free of nickel and contains 11 (+/- 1)(More)
BACKGROUND Basiliximab is a chimeric monoclonal directed against the alpha-chain of the interleukin-2 receptor. International studies have shown that it is highly effective in preventing acute rejection in patients receiving Neoral, and causes no measurable incremental toxicity, but its economic value remains unknown. METHODS This study employed an(More)