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Objective: Phycocyanin is a pigment found in blue-green algae which contains open chain tetrapyrroles with possible scavenging properties. We have studied its antioxidant properties.¶Materials and methods: Phycocyanin was evaluated as a putative antioxidant in vitro by using: a) luminol-enhanced chemiluminescence (LCL) generated by three different radical(More)
Studies that evaluate the influence of gastric bypass (RYGP) on bone mass are limited to short-term follow-up. We analysed changes in bone mineral density (BMD) three years after surgery and evaluated the main determinants of the development of bone disease. Prospective study of 59 morbidly obese white women aged 46 ± 8 years. BMD scanning using DEXA and(More)
Erythroblastic synartesis is a rare form of acquired dyserythropoiesis, first described by Breton-Gorius et al in 1973. This syndrome is characterized by the presence of septate-like membrane junctions and "glove finger" invaginations between erythroblasts, which are very tightly linked together. This phenomenon, responsible for ineffective erythropoiesis,(More)
The degree of ATP depletion caused by glucose in a glucosephosphate isomerase-deficient strain ofSaccharomyces cerevisiae was determined. Even in the presence of a sugar normally fermentable by the mutant, the addition of glucose can decrease the intracellular ATP, depending on the competition of the sugars for transport and subsequent phosphorylation. For(More)
To analyse in a cohort of healthy subjects and in a group of morbidly obese patients, we studied the association amongst 25(OH) D and plasma concentrations of adipocytokines, inflammatory cytokines and insulin resistance. We also aimed to determine whether vitamin D-deficient patients showed a greater inflammatory profile. In the observational study that(More)
The relationships between porin deficiency, active efflux of fluoroquinolones, and extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) production were determined for 53 clinical isolates of Klebsiella pneumoniae. Thirty-two ESBL-positive strains (including 22 strains expressing porins and 10 strains lacking porins) and 21 ESBL-negative strains were evaluated. Active(More)
OBJECTIVES To study the role of Qnr-like pentapeptide repeat proteins (PRPs) from several gram-positive species with quinolone resistance in vitro. METHODS A PCR-based strategy was used to clone and express genes coding for Qnr-like PRPs in Enterococcus faecalis, Enterococcus faecium, Listeria monocytogenes, Clostridium perfringens, C. difficile, Bacillus(More)
The flora in the throat and the stools of 10 patients receiving chemotherapy for malignant diseases in a laminar air-flow room was studied during the prophylactic administration of ceftazidime. Ten percent of aerobic gram-negative bacilli, 41% of aerobic gram-positive organisms, 59% of anaerobes, and 70% of fungi persisted in stool specimens during(More)
The penetration by moxifloxacin of human neutrophils (polymorphonuclear leukocytes [PMN]) and tissue-cultured epithelial cells (McCoy cells) was evaluated by a fluorometric assay. At extracellular concentrations of 5 mg/liter, the cellular-to-extracellular concentration ratios (C/E) of moxifloxacin in PMN and McCoy cells were 10.9 +/- 1.0 and 8.7 +/- 1.0,(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the uptake of HMR 3647 into human neutrophils (PMNs), human peritoneal macrophages (PMOs) and tissue-cultured cells (epithelial cells and fibroblasts), and to assess the intracellular activity of this drug. METHOD Cell uptake of HMR 3647 was measured by radiometric assay, as described by Klemper and Styrt. Intracellular activity was(More)