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The retinal receptor rhodopsin undergoes a conformational change upon light excitation to form metarhodopsin II (Meta II), which allows interaction and activation of its cognate G protein, transducin (G(t)). A C-terminal 11-amino acid peptide from transducin, G(talpha)-(340-350), has been shown to both bind and stabilize the Meta II conformation, mimicking(More)
BACKGROUND The restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a movement disorder characterized by an imperative urge to move the legs, associated with paraesthesias, motor restlessness and worsening of symptoms at night with at least partial relief by activity. Its prevalence ranges between 2-15% of general adult population and 20-30% of uremic patients. AIM To(More)
Ing1 belongs to the family of evolutionary conserved genes encoding nuclear PHD finger-containing proteins implicated in a variety of processes, including tumorigenesis, replicative senescence, excision repair and response to genotoxic stress. We have generated mice deficient in all the isoforms of Ing1 by targeted disruption of the exon that is common for(More)
BACKGROUND Calcitriol is used to treat secondary hyperparathyroidism in dialysis patients. For similarly elevated parathyroid hormone (PTH) levels, the PTH response to calcitriol treatment is believed to be better in hypocalcaemic dialysis patients than in dialysis patients with higher serum calcium values. Furthermore, few studies have evaluated the(More)
Having previously demonstrated that patients with cri du chat, 5p- syndrome, have a highly significant excess of the plasmatic and urinary relative amount of asparagine and aspartate, the authors tested the hypothesis according to which this excess could be in relation with a defect of purine metabolism. Using a previously reported in vitro assay, they(More)
Thirty recipients of living related donor kidneys treated either with cyclosporin or azathioprine were evaluated clinically and functionally in a 1-year prospective study. Only the azathioprine group showed either accelerated or chronic rejection (one patient each). The azathioprine patients had higher rate of infectious episodes (P = 0.05), leukopenia (P =(More)
BACKGROUND Porphyrias are either hepatic or erythroid, depending on the principal site of the specific enzymatic defect. Homozygous uroporphyrinogen decarboxylase deficiency, known as hepato-erythropoietic porphyria (HEP), can involve several mutations. CASE REPORT A young man, aged 20 years, had gradually developed photosensitivity since the age of 1(More)