Mohamed Y. Ahmed Ismail

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The pathophysiology of the scorpion envenoming syndrome is reviewed with emphasis on the body systems commonly affected. Concepts of the mechanisms underlying venom action, as can be explained by the recently discovered effects on ionic channels, are discussed. The results of clinical analysis of cases of scorpion sting victims and animal experiments with(More)
Nine fatal cases from the sting of the scorpion Leiurus quinquestriatus are presented. All victims showed association of CNS and cardiovascular manifestations. Either the CNS or the cardiovascular effects could occur first in the early phases of the scorpion envenoming syndrome; the CNS manifestations, however, always preceded the terminal hypotension and(More)
Combining structure-specific recognition of nucleic acids with limited sequence reading is a promising method to reduce the size of the recognition unit required to achieve the necessary selectivity and binding affinity to control function. It has been demonstrated recently that G-quadruplex DNA structures can be targeted by organic cations in a(More)
A new aza-analogue of furamidine, 6-[5-(4-amidinophenyl)-furan-2-yl]nicotinamidine (DB820), has potent in vitro antitrypanosomal activity; however, it suffers from poor oral activity because of its positively charged amidine groups. The dimethoxyamidine prodrug of DB820, N-methoxy-6-{5-[4-(N-methoxyamidino)phenyl]-furan-2-yl}-nicotinamidine (DB844), has(More)
OBJECTIVE To report the short- to intermediate-term experience of using salvage targeted cryoablation of the prostate (TCAP) for the recurrence of localized prostate cancer after radiotherapy. PATIENTS AND METHODS Between May 2000 and November 2005, 100 patients had salvage TCAP for recurrent prostate cancer after radiotherapy; the mean follow-up was 33.5(More)
Interactions between Z-disc proteins regulate muscle functions and disruption of these interactions results in muscle disorders. Mutations in Z-disc components myotilin, ZASP/Cypher, and FATZ-2 (calsarcin-1/myozenin-2) are associated with myopathies. We report here that the myotilin and the FATZ (calsarcin/myozenin) families share high homology at their(More)
African sleeping sickness is a fatal parasitic disease, and all drugs currently in use for treatment have strong liabilities. It is essential to find new, effective, and less toxic drugs, ideally with oral application, to control the disease. In this study, the aromatic diamidine DB75 (furamidine) and two aza analogs, DB820 and DB829 (CPD-0801), as well as(More)
The aromatic diamidine pentamidine has long been used to treat early-stage human African trypanosomiasis (HAT). Two analogs of pentamidine, DB75 and DB820, have been shown to be more potent and less toxic than pentamidine in murine models of trypanosomiasis. The diphenyl furan diamidine, DB75, is the active metabolite of the prodrug DB289, which is(More)
Nucleotide polymorphisms in two North American balsam poplars (Populus trichocarpa Torr. & Gray and P. balsamifera L.; section Tacamahaca), and one Eurasian aspen (P. tremula L.; section Populus) were compared using nine loci involved in defense, stress response, photoperiodism, freezing tolerance, and housekeeping. Nucleotide diversity varied among species(More)
6-[5-(4-Amidinophenyl)furan-2-yl]nicotinamidine (8a) was synthesized from 6-[5-(4-cyanophenyl)furan-2-yl]nicotinonitrile (4a), through the bis-O-acetoxyamidoxime followed by hydrogenation. Compound 4a was prepared via selective bromination of 6-(furan-2-yl)nicotinonitrile (2a) with N-bromosuccinimide, followed by Suzuki coupling with 4-cyanophenylboronic(More)