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Deficiency of laminin alpha2 is the cause of one of the most severe muscular dystrophies in humans and other species. It is not yet clear how particular mutations in the laminin alpha2 chain gene affect protein expression, and how abnormal levels or structure of the protein affect disease. Animal models may be valuable for such genotype-phenotype analysis(More)
BACKGROUND The impact of combining plasma fibrinogen levels with Epstein-Barr Virus DNA (EBV DNA) levels on the prognosis for patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) was evaluated. METHODS In this observational study, 2563 patients with non-metastatic NPC were evaluated for the effects of circulating plasma fibrinogen and EBV DNA levels on(More)
The effects of corticosterone, a natural glucocorticoid of rat, on the acetylcholine (ACh)-induced current (I(ACh)) were studied in pheochromocytoma (PC12) cells by using whole-cell clamp technique. The I(ACh) proved to be generated through neuronal nicotinic receptor. ACh (30 microM) induced an inward current at a holding potential of -80 mV. When cells(More)
We report laminin alpha 2 (merosin) deficiency associated with muscular dystrophy and demyelinating neuropathy in two cats. The cats developed progressive muscle weakness, and atrophy. Either hypotonia or contractures resulted in recumbency, necessitating euthanasia. Muscle biopsies showed dystrophic changes including marked endomysial fibrosis, myofiber(More)
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