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This study examined the hypothesis that curcumin supplementation decreases blood levels of IL-6, MCP-1, TNF-alpha, hyperglycemia, and oxidative stress by using a cell-culture model and a diabetic rat model. U937 monocytes were cultured with control (7 mM) and high glucose (35 mM) in the absence or presence of curcumin (0.01-1 microM) at 37 degrees C for 24(More)
The lymphatic system, composed of lymphatic vessels, lymph, lymph nodes, and lymphocytes, is a distinctive vasculature (discontinuous basement membrane, open endothelial junctions, anchoring filaments, valves, and intrinsic contractility), different yet similar to the blood vasculature; an integral component of the plasma-tissue fluid-lymph circulation (the(More)
Nocardia species is rarely encountered in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. Its isolation usually implies colonization. Of all other Nocardia species, Nocardia transvalensis is very unusual and is clinically distinguishable because of its resistance to aminoglycosides, a standard antinocardial therapy. We report a case of N. transvalensis pulmonary infection(More)
Curcumin (diferuloylmethane) is the most active component of turmeric. It is believed that curcumin is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. Experimental studies with diabetic animals demonstrate that curcumin supplementation can suppress cataract development and collagen cross-linking, promote wound healing, and lower blood lipids and glucose(More)
Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs), like almost all nanoparticles, are potentially toxic beyond a certain concentration because the survival of the organism is compromised due to scores of pathophysiological abnormalities past that concentration. However, the mechanism of AgNP toxicity remains undetermined. Instead of applying a toxic dose, we attempted to(More)
Sickle cell disease is a common hemolytic disorder with a broad range of complications, including vaso-occlusive episodes, acute chest syndrome (ACS), pain, and stroke. Heme oxygenase-1 (gene HMOX1; protein HO-1) is the inducible, rate-limiting enzyme in the catabolism of heme and might attenuate the severity of outcomes from vaso-occlusive and hemolytic(More)
Muscleblind-like 1 (MBNL1) is an alternative splicing factor containing four CCCH Zinc fingers (ZnFs). The sequestration of MBNL1 by expanded CUG and CCUG repeats is a major component in causing myotonic dystrophy. In addition to binding the structured expanded CUG and CCUG repeats; previous results suggested that MBNL1 binds single-stranded RNAs containing(More)
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A new approach is presented to the problems associated with designing and implementing virtual environment applications which supports robust methods of describing and building virtual worlds and interaction techniques. Despite the functional similarities between virtual world and graphical user interface (GUI) designers, virtual world designers are(More)
Remodeling of bone occurs in response to physical stress. Habitual squatting in humans is associated with modifications of the ankle, specifically, the neck of the talus (squatting facets) and its trochlear surface (trochlear extensions). Individual populations exhibit different incidences of these modifications that reflect their lifestyle and behavior.(More)