Michael Levinson

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Transforming growth factor (TGF)-beta1 is a potential mediator of tubulointerstitial (TI) fibrosis in the rat unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO) model. Decorin is a protein composed of a core protein and a chondroitin sulfate side chain and is capable of inactivating TGF-beta. Since TGF-beta strongly induces the synthesis of decorin in experimental(More)
Unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO) is associated with an early and steadily increasing infiltration of macrophages into the renal cortical interstitium. As adhesion molecules may play an important role in macrophage recruitment following the mechanical disturbance after UUO, we delineated the time course of intercellular adhesion molecule (ICAM)-1 and(More)
The Computer Automated Structure Evaluation (CASE) program was used to study a series of quinolone antibacterial agents for which experimental data pertaining to DNA gyrase inhibition as well as MICs against several strains of gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria are available. The result of the analysis was the automatic generation of molecular(More)
Studies in the taste system of mammals indicate that monosodium glutamate (MSG) produces a unique taste sensation termed umami. As a derivative of glutamic acid, MSG is a naturally occurring nutrient in many foods; its commercial use to improve food palatability for humans is well documented. Behavioral studies with experimental animals have revealed that(More)
1. Typical adenylate cyclase (AC) responses to guanine nucleotides were found in membranes of pig circumvallate (CV) taste papillae. 2. Sucrose stimulated AC activity in the CV membranes and this stimulation was GTP dependent and tissue specific. 3. The stimulatory effect of sucrose in the CV membranes was dependent on the concentration of membranes used in(More)
PURPOSE A modification of radical nephrectomy for renal carcinoma and vena caval tumor thrombectomy for supradiaphragmatic tumor extension under hypothermic circulatory arrest is presented. MATERIALS AND METHODS Nephrectomy was performed during the circulatory arrest time in 16 consecutive patients during the last 4 years. RESULTS Average hypothermic(More)
Incubation of white adipose tissue (WAT) adipocytes from rats fed a high-energy diet (Exp group) with antilipolytic Gi-coupled adenylyl cyclase inhibitory agonists, nicotinic acid (Nic) and N8-(L-2-phenylisopropyl)adenosine (PIA), resulted in lower cellular adenosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate (cAMP) levels than in stimulated adipocytes from rats fed a(More)
Quinine and quinidine have been cited as drugs that may cause significant morbidity and mortality in toddlers who ingest one or two pills. The use of both of these drugs has declined in the United States since the 1980s. A review of the literature and Poison Control data reveals that large quinine and quinidine ingestions, although rare in this country, may(More)