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The three currently available male contraceptive approaches are 1) the barrier method such as the condom, 2) hormonal methods by disrupting the pituitary-testicular axis so as to impair spermatogenesis, and 3) immunological methods by preparing vaccines against male-specific antigens. We hereby describe an alternative approach in which attachments of(More)
Lipocalin type prostaglandin-D-synthase (L-PGDS), also called beta-trace, is an extracellular protein very abundant in compartments beyond blood-tissue barriers, such as the cerebrospinal fluid, the aqueous humor, the amniotic fluid and the seminal fluid. In the latter fluid the major function of L-PGDS does not seem to be the synthesis of prostaglandin(More)
The changes in glutathione-independent prostaglandin D2 synthetase (PGD-S) during maturation in the rat were determined in selected organs by an RIA using PGD-S purified from rat cerebrospinal fluid and a monospecific anti-rat PGD-S polyclonal antibody. In a survey of its tissue distribution in various organ extracts and biological fluids, it was found that(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to describe the clinical characteristics of hepatitis C virus (HCV)-infected patients with primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) by comparison to patients with both antimitochondrial (AMA) positive and AMA negative PBC. METHODS All patients consecutively diagnosed as having PBC between 1973 and 1999 who had a regular(More)
Ethyl acetate extracts of equine serum, containing 0-5 microg/ml of hydrocortisone (HYD), dexamethasone (DEX), oxyphenbutazone (OPB), indomethacin (IND), phenylbutazone (PB) and probenecid as internal standard, were evaporated with nitrogen, resuspended in methanol and analyzed by HPLC, using a C-18 column equilibrated with 51:49 acetonitrile-water, 0.1%(More)
PURPOSE To compare the corneal toxicity of xylazine (XYL)/ketamine (KET) with that of clonidine (CLO)/KET in the rat, in the presence or not of the alpha(2)-adrenergic antagonist yohimbine (YOH). METHODS XYL (10 mg/kg) and CLO (0.15 mg/kg) were administered subcutaneously in the rat in combination with KET (50 mg/kg), in the presence or not of YOH (2(More)
Prostaglandin D synthetase [PGD-S, prostaglandin-H2 D-isomerase, (5Z, 13E)-(15S)-9alpha, 11 alpha-epidioxy-15-hyrdroxyprosta-5,13-dienoate D-isomerase, EC 5,3,99,2], an enzyme that catalyzes the formation of prostaglandin D2, was originally isolated from homogenates of rat brain and spleen and is known to be a membrane-bound enzyme. Subsequent(More)
Soluble crystallins are normally present in the aqueous humor, originating from the lens, and their concentration may increase in certain conditions such as cataract, possibly contributing to aqueous outflow pathway obstruction, leading to glaucoma. Whether the stability and the tendency of aqueous crystallins to aggregate are different in patients with(More)
Prostaglandin D synthetase (PGD-S; prostaglandin-H2 D-isomerase, EC 5,3,99,2), a 30 kDa glycoprotein also known as beta-trace protein that catalyzes the formation of prostaglandin D2 (PGD2) from PGH2, was purified to apparent homogeneity from human cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) using a two-step procedure involving HPLC on a Vydac C8 reversed-phase column and(More)