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(+/-)-Aeroplysinin-1, an optically active 1,2-dihydroarene-1,2-diol, was isolated from the marine sponges Verongia aerophoba (+-isomer) and Ianthella ardis (- -isomer). For the experiments presented we used the +-isomer from Verongia aerophoba. Here we describe the hitherto unknown biological and pharmacological property of this compound to display(More)
Cardiac involvement of systemic sclerosis (SSc) is associated with a poor prognosis. Arrhythmias and conduction disturbances are a known feature of SSc. From histopathological examinations, it is known that the conducting system is secondarily involved as a result of focal fibrosis of the myocardium. Fibrotic changes are believed to be related to(More)
Fifty-one regular hemodialysis patients underwent clinicodermatologic examination. Twenty-three of them were on regular hemodialysis for 2-3 years (group I), 28 patients for more than 8 years (group II). Both groups were matched in regard to primary kidney disease, age, and sex. A characteristic feature found was a marked premature aging of the skin, mainly(More)
The present results indicate the presence of a seasonal rhythm of immunoreactive alpha-melanocyte stimulating hormone (alpha-MSH) in 20- to 40-year-old subjects of skin type I (light color of skin and eyes, red hair, no tanning after sun exposure) and skin type II (light color of skin, eyes, and hair, rare tanning) with raised levels of alpha-MSH in summer(More)
Eumelanogenesis of human skin melanocytes requires at least three enzymes: tyrosinase, TRP 1, and TRP 2. The regulation of these enzymes on transcriptional level was detected in a semiquantitative attempt. The total RNA of melanocytes was reverse-transcripted and followed by a PCR with degenerated primers for all three enzymes. The amplification products(More)
There are only few objective in vitro methods available for the testing of anti-inflammatory pharmaceutical products. One possibility is in the stimulation of cytokine production in cultivated human keratinocytes by UV light and the subsequent testing of suppressing activities. From the dermatological aspect the interleukins 6 and 8 are especially(More)
High impact events, political changes and new technologies are reflected in our language and lead to constant evolution of terms, expressions and names. Not knowing about names used in the past for referring to a named entity can severely decrease the performance of many computational linguistic algorithms. We propose NEER, an unsupervised method for named(More)
Eight dogs originating from different regions of Austria [all of them known as tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) areas] with severe neurological signs were either euthanatized or died spontaneously. Tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) antigen was detected in the brains of five of these dogs by immunohistology, but not in the others. All of the dogs, however,(More)
Nicotine is rapidly taken up by human keratinocytes (HaCaT cells) and after 3 h the uptake is approximately 50% of maximum. Cotinine, a metabolite of nicotine, was detected, thus demonstrating the metabolism of nicotine in HaCaT cells. Low nicotine concentrations (0.1-200 micrograms/ml) did not influence the incorporation rate of thymidine into DNA or amino(More)