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A new fluorescent protein labelling agent, 7-amino-4-methyl coumarin-3-acetic acid (AMCA), emits in the blue region (440-460 nm) on activation with UV light (350 nm). The active reagent is the N-hydroxysuccinimide ester which reacts with lysine residues under mild conditions to form photostable amide links. The Stokes shift of 100 nm compared to 30 nm for… (More)
Charcoal meat grill workers are one of the many occupational groups that are subject to carbon monoxide exposure. This group have often been overlooked and not investigated. Carboxyhemoglobin (%COHb) levels in 100 male workers were assessed before work and after work the same day. Carboxyhemoglobin levels increased significantly after work in both smoking… (More)
The use of sedation for routine endoscopic procedures, including colonoscopy, varies widely across cultures. This variation in sedation practice is greater than any other culturally based variation in the technical performance of endoscopy. This article sequentially reviews the technical performance of colonoscopy in patients who undergo unsedated… (More)
Type 2 diabetes mellitus is prevalent especially in Gulf countries and poses serious long-term risks to patients. A multifaceted treatment approach can include nutritional supplements with antioxidant properties such as 5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA) with sodium ferrous citrate (SFC). This prospective, randomized, single-blind, placebo-controlled, dose… (More)
A method for the preparation of casein labelled with the 4-methylumbelliferyl fluorophore is described, and the product was used as a fluorigenic macromolecular substrate for a sensitive assay of the activity of proteinases. Nanogram quantities of trypsin, chymotrypsin, elastase and cathepsin D can be detected, but the substrate is unaffected by cathepsin B.