Michel Constantin

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Incorporating activated charcoal (AC) in culture media has been shown to affect growth and development of various organisms. Since AC stimulates the development of tobacco haploid plantlets from cultured anthers, research was conducted to determine the effect of activated charcoal on pith-derived callus growth and shoot development inNicotiana tabacum cv.(More)
Bepridil, a calcium antagonist with anti-anginal, anti-ischemic, and anti-arrhythmic properties was assessed for its ability to scavenge free radicals. Bepridil reduced the stable free radical 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazil (DPPH) in the molar ratio 2:1 and, in this respect, was as active as the reference anti-oxidants hydroquinone and alpha-tocopherol.(More)
The development of fully differentiated plants from individual pollen grains through a series of developmental phases that resemble embryogenesis beginning with the zygote was demonstrated during the mid-1960's. This technology opened the door to the use of haploid plants (sporophytes with the gametic number of chromosomes) for plant breeding and genetic(More)
The lymphatic absorption of nonvolatile oxidation products (NVOP) formed during heating of fats was studied. Heated colza or soybean oils or synthetic triglycerides containing a definite aromatic or alicyclic fatty acid were fed to thoracic duct-cannulated rats. Tritium-labeled triolein was added to each dietary fat, as an internal standard, in order to(More)
Plants possess biological and operational attributes that have encouraged geneticists to use them extensively in the development of fundamental genetic concepts. Attributes such as regenerative plasticity, high fecundity, cultural adaptability, range of ploidy, economics of culture and maintenance of specific populations, and versatility make plant genetic(More)
The haemodynamic and metabolic effects on the heart due to high doses of isoproterenol were compared in spontaneously hypertensive (SHR) and normotensive Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) rats. In baseline conditions, the hypertrophied SHR heart displayed perfectly constant haemodynamics but had fewer energy reserves than the WKY heart. Isoproterenol (2 X 25 mg/kg, s.c.)(More)
INTRODUCTION Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disorder of the central nervous system where inflammation and neurodegeneration play key roles. Mounting evidence implicates oxidative stress in the development of irreversible neuronal and glial injury in this condition. N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is a sulfhydryl amino acid derivative with antioxidant and(More)