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Deposition of uric acid crystals in joints causes the acute and chronic inflammatory disease known as gout and prolonged airway exposure to silica crystals leads to the development of silicosis, an irreversible fibrotic pulmonary disease. Aluminum salt (Alum) crystals are frequently used as vaccine adjuvant. The mechanisms by which crystals activate innate(More)
Whereas benzodiazepines are routinely coadministered with tricyclic antidepressants, in patients undergoing treatment for depressive disorders, little information is known about the combination of benzodiazepines with other antidepressants such as specific serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI's), and combination with other anxiolytic drugs. On the other(More)
The NLR pyrin domain containing 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome is a major component of the innate immune system, but its mechanism of activation by a wide range of molecules remains largely unknown. Widely used nano-sized inorganic metal oxides such as silica dioxide (nano-SiO2) and titanium dioxide (nano-TiO2) activate the NLRP3 inflammasome in macrophages(More)
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