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AIMS The sinus venous myocardium, comprising the sinoatrial node (SAN) and sinus horns (SH), is a region subject to congenital malformations and cardiac arrhythmias. It differentiates from symmetric bilateral mesenchymal precursors, but morphological, molecular, and functional left/right differences are progressively established through development. The(More)
PURPOSE Exposure of the cornea to UV radiation from sunlight evokes intraocular inflammation, photokeratitis. Photokeratitis is caused by UVB radiation. It is accompanied by changes of corneal hydration and light absorption. The aim of this study was to examine the effect of two UVB doses on corneal optics in rabbits and to compare these UVB doses with the(More)
A case of disseminated infection with Nocardia asteroides in a 55-year-old immunocompetent woman after mild trauma to the arm is reported. Secondary dissemination was identified in the skin, right kidney, liver, peritoneal cavity, lungs and thigh. The patient was successfully treated with surgical drainage and a 9-week course of antibiotics including(More)
Invasive meningococcal disease continues to be a life-threatening condition and rapid diagnosis is important for the administration of appropriate treatment. This study focused on the use of PCR for the diagnosis of meningococcal aetiology and the dynamics of PCR-based diagnosis over time in various biological samples. Sixty cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and(More)
Selective incircuit blood cooling could be an effective anticoagulation strategy during hemodialysis. However, it is currently unknown what blood temperature would ensure sufficient anticoagulation. Similarly, no information exists about potential interindividual variability in response to graded hypothermia. Therefore, the aim of this study was to analyze(More)
OBJECTIVE This study aimed (1) to determine whether scanner arm rotation causes significant movement of the head restraint and (2) to measure patient movement and its variation during the scan. STUDY DESIGN The iCAT scanner and a high-speed camera were used. The 40 patients were divided into 2 groups: the open-eyed group and the blindfolded group. (More)
Two preparations of dimeric BS RNase-native and recombinant proteins caused identical immunosuppressive effects on MLC-stimulated human lymphocytes. The monomers of RNase A and BS RNase were ten times less active. The inhibitory effect on MLC-stimmulation was followed by 90% inhibition of cell-mediated lympholysis (CML) caused by BS RNase (10(More)
Metabolic interactions between adipose tissue and the heart may play an active role in progression of heart failure (HF). The aim of the study was to examine changes in myocardial and adipose tissue metabolism and gene expression in a rat HF model induced by chronic volume overload. HF was induced by volume overload from aorto-caval fistula (ACF) in(More)