Kristina Pinter

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BACKGROUND One small study suggests that gargling with licorice before induction of anesthesia reduces the risk of postoperative sore throat. Double-lumen tubes are large and thus especially likely to provoke sore throats. We therefore tested the hypothesis that preoperative gargling with licorice solution prevents postoperative sore throat and(More)
Myosins of histochemically distinguishable single fibers of rabbit masseter muscle--type 1, 2A, 2B, and slow fibers--have been characterized by gel electrophoresis under dissociating (sodium dodecyl sulfate) and nondissociating (inorganic pyrophosphate) conditions, and by analysis of peptide maps of the heavy chains following limited proteolytic(More)
Long-term intermittent stimulation (10 Hz, 8 h/day, 7 wk) of the fast-twitch tibialis anterior results in a complete transformation of type IIB fibers to type IIA fibers. This is shown by the histochemical ATPase reaction and by a decrease in Ca2+-uptake ability by the sarcoplasmic reticulum. Furthermore, as shown by studies on bulk myosin and on single(More)
Caldesmon was phosphorylated up to 1.2 molPi/mol using a partially purified endogenous kinase fraction. The phosphorylation site was within the C-terminal 99 amino acids. We were also able to phosphorylate caldesmon incorporated into native and synthetic smooth muscle thin filaments. Phosphorylation did not alter caldesmon binding to actin or inhibition of(More)
The aspartic residue (Asp-189) at the base of the substrate-binding pocket of trypsin was replaced by serine (present in a similar position in chymotrypsin) through site-directed mutagenesis. The wild-type (with Asp-189 in the mature trypsin sequence) and mutant (Ser-189) trypsinogens were expressed in Escherichia coli, purified to homogeneity, activated by(More)
WITH THE growing interest in the metabolism of cholesterol esters, procedures have been developed which frequently make desirable the use of chemically pure compounds. Some of the radioactive cholesterol esters are either commercially unavailable or expensive when made to order. The high cost of the starting materials (cholesterol-4-CI4, pure fatty acids)(More)
The packed cell volume (PCV) is an essential index in the evaluation of distressed newborn babies and often allows an early diagnosis of a hyperviscosity syndrome to be made. The PCV can be measured easily and very accurately by centrifuging a heelprick blood sample in a heparinized glass capillary (PCV-c). Commonly the red blood picture including PCV is(More)