Norman Ertel

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A radioimmunoassay for the measurement of colchicine (in quantities as small as 0.05 nanogram) in plasma and urine was developed with the use of an antibody from immunized rabbits. After the intravenous injection of 2 milligrams of colchicine in seven subjects, the calculated zero-time concentration in the plasma was 2.9 +/- 1.5 micrograms per deciliter,(More)
AIMS Cognitive decline disproportionately affects older adult type 2 diabetes. We tested whether randomized intensive (INT) glucose-lowering reduces the rate(s) of cognitive decline in adults with advanced type 2 diabetes (mean: age, 60 years; diabetes duration, 11 years) from the Veterans Affairs Diabetes Trial. METHODS A battery of neuropsychological(More)
A rapid and easily performed procedure for the synthesis of 5 beta-cholestane-3 alpha, 7 beta, 12 alpha, 25-tetrol by means of an efficient homologation sequence of the intermediate, 3 alpha, 7 beta, 12 alpha-triformyloxy-24-oxo-25-diazo-25-homo-5 beta-cholane is described. The reaction sequence involved treating the intermediate, alpha-diazoketone in(More)
This paper describes an operationally simple, rapid hydrogenation of unsaturated sterols and bile alcohols in a domestic microwave oven. This has been achieved by the addition of catalytic amounts of Pd/C in methylene chloride/propylene glycol solvents in the presence of ammonium formate followed by microwave irradiation. It is suggested that this(More)
An intraperitoneal injection of leucine-enkephalin into rats stimulates gonadotropin and prolactin release. To elucidate the mechanism of this releasing property of leucine-enkephalin, rat hemipituitaries were incubated with either enkephalin alone or enkephalin in combination with OHRH. Enkephalin alone had no effect on LH or prolactin release in vitro but(More)
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