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The role of nitric oxide (NO) and oxygen free radicals in cyclosporine (CsA) nephrotoxicity was investigated using L-arginine, an NO substrate, and allopurinol, a xanthine oxidase inhibitor (involved in the formation of oxygen radicals) in an experimental model with Wistar rats. CsA, administered at 15 mg/kg/body weight (BW) subcutaneously for 10 days,(More)
The present study was carried out to examine the effect of potassium depletion in rat kidneys subjected to a temporary ischemic event produced by clamping of left renal artery. The postischemic kidneys of rats on a normal diet with adequate potassium intake showed an increase in H2O, Na and K excretion, with no change in inulin clearance whereas significant(More)
The clinical usefulness of amphotericin B (AMP-B) is limited by its nephrotoxicity, as characterized by decreased RPF, decreased GFR, impaired urinary acidification, and potassium excretion defects. Defects of renal concentrating ability have been noted, but the mechanisms responsible for them have not been investigated. The chief objective of this research(More)
This study was designed to evaluate the role of the kidney on sodium retention in congestive heart failure by clearance and hemodynamic studies. Twenty seven dogs were studied during hydropenia and aqueous diuresis 96 hours after the construction of a bilateral femoral A-V fistula, in 3 periods: 1) with open fistulae; 2) with closed fistulae and 3) with(More)
The identification of conditional dependences in longitudinal data is provided through structure learning of dynamic Bayesian networks (DBN). Several methods for DBN learning are concerned with identifying inter-slice dependences, but often disregard the intra-slice connectivity. We propose an algorithm that jointly finds the optimal inter and intra(More)
Amphotericin-B is the drug of choice for the treatment of serious systemic fungal infections. The major limitation for the use of this drug is its potential nephrotoxicity. The chronic and acute administration causes both a reduction of renal blood flow and glomerular filtration rate, determining a fall of renal concentrating ability. Our study was designed(More)
The Timorese River Buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) plays a major role in the East Timor economy, as it is an important source of animal protein in human nutrition. They are widely spread throughout the country and are in direct contact with the populations. In spite of this proximity, information on their microbiota is scarce. This work aimed at characterizing(More)