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Inflammatory processes may play a critical role in the pathogenesis of the degenerative changes associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD). In the present study, we used an animal model of brain inflammation in order to study a possible mechanism involved in AD. Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) was used to produce global microglial reactivity within the brain of(More)
The structure activity relationship of phosphoramidon analogues was studied for their ability to reduce the hypertensive effect of exogenous proET-1, probably via inhibition of an endothelin converting enzyme activity (ECE). Results concerning in vivo ECE and in vitro thermolysin inhibitions were compared. In contrast to the phosphoryl group of(More)
1. The influence of BQ-123 (a selective ETA-receptor antagonist) on the haemodynamic response elicited by endothelin-1 (ET-1) and [Ala1,3,11,15]ET-1 (a selective ETB-receptor agonist) was studied in anaesthetized rats instrumented with ultrasonic Doppler flow probes on the carotid, coeliac, mesenteric, renal and iliac arteries. 2. BQ-123 alone (1.6 mumol(More)
Both methoxamine and clonidine elicited similar maximal contractions of rat isolated aorta in the absence of endothelium. These contractions were not associated with changes in tissue levels of cGMP or cAMP. In the presence of endothelium maximal methoxamine-induced contractions were not less than those elicited in the absence of endothelium but maximal(More)
1. Palmitoyl carnitine (10-1000 microM) resembled Bay K 8644 (10-1000 nM) in that it directly contracted rat aortic rings which were partially depolarized with K+ (12 mM). However, the effects of Bay K 8644 were reduced in the presence of endothelium whereas the presence of the endothelium hardly affected the palmitoyl carnitine-induced contractions, which(More)
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