Itai Ophir

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Activation of the Ca2+/Mg2+ ATPase associated with highly purified Torpedo synaptic vesicles results in 45Ca2+ uptake. The accumulated 45Ca2+ is released by hypoosmotic buffer and by the Ca2+ ionophore A23187. Density-gradient centrifugation and permeation chromatography reveal that vesicular acetylcholine and the membrane-bound 45Ca2+ co-migrate, thus(More)
I 2 Abstract Two methods are discussed to increase the dynamic range and enhance the signal-to-noise ratio in elastography (SNR,). One method uses variable applied strains to expand the elastographic dynamic range by selecting the strain estimates with the highest SNR, out of a multitude of strain estimates. The second one is a completely new estimator that(More)
BACKGROUND Tubal pregnancy (TP) is twice as common following IVF when compared with natural conception. This is surprising, since embryo transfer is aimed for an accurate area in the uterine cavity. We thus hypothesized that either the embryo or the Fallopian tube actively participates in a pathological process leading to implantation outside the uterine(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence of hearing loss and vestibular symptoms among Israeli vitiligo patients as compared with healthy controls. METHODS 16 vitiligo patients and 16 healthy controls were enrolled in this prospective study. Vitiligo patients had undergone dermatologic evaluation and complete ENT evaluation. (More)
In the human colon adenocarcinoma cell line HT29, tight junctions can be induced by treatment with appropriate proteases or salt solutions. The temperature dependence of induced tight junction formation is characterized by a marked sigmoidal behavior. The different methods of induction used in this study were characterized by threshold temperatures ranging(More)
The effect of sodium hyaluronate (NaHa) 1% and 0.1% was studied on 14-day chick embryo corneal epithelium by scanning electron microscopy. It was found that NaHa 1% or 0.1% had no toxic effects on the chick corneal epithelium and the normal architecture of the cells and the morphology of the microvilli was well preserved. A combination of NaHa 0.1% and(More)
In primary monolayer cultures of dispersed neural retina cells from 13-day chick embryo, gliocytes (Müller glia cells) multiply and rapidly change into a lentoidal (lens-like) phenotype. They express lens proteins, including MP26 (a lens plasma-membrane antigen) and ultra-structurally appear to resemble lens cells. A significant aspect of this modification(More)