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BACKGROUND Troponin-T is one of the contractile proteins of the myocardium. Its release into the circulation indicates various degrees of myocardial cell damage. Troponin-T may be measured in serum with a recently developed enzyme immunoassay. This immunoassay was used to evaluate the preoperative myocardial cell damage in patients with stable and unstable(More)
The use of stem cells in the treatment of various diseases and injuries has received increasing interest during the past decade. Injected stem cells, such as mesenchymal stem cells, stimulate tissue repair largely through the secretion of soluble factors that regulate various processes of tissue regeneration, including inflammatory responses, apoptosis,(More)
Capsaicin-sensitive afferent neurons control blood flow via release of peptide transmitters and formation of nitric oxide (NO). The present study examined whether capsaicin-sensitive afferent neurons and NO interact in the control of hemostasis. Afferent nerve ablation by pretreating rats with a neurotoxic dose of capsaicin (125 mg/kg) led to a 26%(More)
Unstable angina in patients undergoing CABG surgery is associated with a higher morbidity and mortality compared to patients with stable angina. Mortality ranges between 2 and 10% (20, 21). The importance of the preoperative status is only clear and well documented for patients with unstable angina who are unresponsive to medical treatment, patients who(More)
Tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) has been found to be elevated in patients during hemodialysis and is thought to mediate some of the immune and metabolic dysfunctions in these patients. It has been speculated that infusions of soluble TNF receptor (sTNF-R) may prevent some of the cytotoxic effects of TNF. However, little is still known about preexisting(More)
BACKGROUND Troponin T is used as a marker for myocardial cell damage (e.g., in aiding diagnosis and follow-up of myocardial infarction). Elevated troponin T levels are also observed after heart transplantation, although until now no explanation could be found for this phenomenon. METHODS AND RESULTS Serum samples of 15 patients who underwent orthotopic(More)
Salamanders, such as the Mexican axolotl, are some of the few vertebrates fortunate in their ability to regenerate diverse structures after injury. Unlike mammals they are able to regenerate a fully functional spinal cord after injury. However, the molecular circuitry required to initiate a pro-regenerative response after spinal cord injury is not well(More)
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