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Tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) is a cytokine that plays a central role in inflammation. Glomerular levels of TNF-alpha are elevated in human and experimental glomerulonephritis. Glomerular cells produce and respond to TNF-alpha. One of the mechanisms by which these cells respond to TNF-alpha is through generation of reactive oxygen species. In this(More)
Muc-1 is a major mucin glycoprotein expressed on the surface of mammary epithelial cells. It has attracted considerable attention as it is expressed in an aberrant form on many breast tumor cells. Here we describe studies using a recently obtained cDNA probe of Muc-1 expression during lactogenic development in the mouse. Northern blot analysis demonstrated(More)
It is well accepted that postischemic reperfusion promotes functional and morphological impairment which may be related to oxygen free-radical-mediated membrane damage. A new purified bioactive compound, calcitonin-gene-related peptide (CGRP), is known to be not only a potent vasodilator but also a cytoprotective agent. This study was designed to observe(More)
Spontaneous EEGs recorded with 12 channels (International 10-20 system) on the scalp were analyzed by statistical brain topographic mapping (t-test and correlation coefficient topographic mappings) to reveal changes of the electrical activity in the brain during Qi Gong state. The control subjects and two groups of masters and beginners in accordance with(More)
We have curated a reference set of cancer- related genes and reanalyzed their sequences in the light of molecular information and resources that have become available since they were first cloned. Homology studies were carried out for human oncogenes and tumor suppressors, compared with the complete proteome of the nematode, Caenorhabditis elegans, and(More)
OBJECTIVE To confirm the renal protective action of Astragalus Angelica mixture (AAM). METHODS Effect of AAM was observed in puromycin amino-nucleoside induced nephrotic syndrome model of rat, and pravachol, an effective lipid lowering medicine, was used as positive control. RESULTS AAM could not only reduce the serum levels of total cholesterol and(More)
Acute glomerulonephritis is characterized by the presence of neutrophils within glomeruli and the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) by activated polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMNs). Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and other ROS including hypothalous acids have been implicated in PMN mediated injury. To determine the role of specific ROS in PMN mediated(More)
Platelet-activating factor (PAF) is an important mediator of injury in acute renal failure and glomerulonephritis. Intrarenal infusion of PAF reduces glomerular filtration rate and renal plasma flow and increases glomerular permselectivity via its renal hemodynamic and/or immunologic effects. Direct effects of PAF on glomerular capillary permeability are(More)
BACKGROUND Tripterygium wilfordii Hook F is a medicinal plant used for the treatment of glomerulonephritis in China. We studied the effect of Tripterygium wilfordii multiglycoside (TWG) on glomerular albumin permeability (Palbumin) in vitro. METHODS Isolated rat glomeruli were incubated with protamine (600 micrograms/ml) for 30 min, or with human(More)