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Neutral endopeptidase (NEP) may regulate peptide-induced inflammation in the respiratory tract. It is of interest to determine which respiratory resident cells express NEP. Trachea and bronchi from seven nonsmoking, nonasthmatic subjects were examined. NEP messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) was characterized by Northern blot hybridization of cultured human(More)
Although asthma is considered to be an inflammatory disease of the airways, neural mechanisms remain very important. Neural control of airways is far more complex than has been previously recognized. In addition to the classic neural pathways, the nonadrenergic, noncholinergic pathway has been described in the airways of animals and humans. Neuropeptides(More)
Several treatment regimens have been recommended for the treatment of isoniazid-resistant tuberculosis (TB). However, an optimal regimen and duration for this treatment remains a matter of some controversy. Here, we would like to share our experience in a case of pulmonary TB with acquired multidrug resistance, during a 12-month treatment of(More)
It is important to reduce poststroke depression (PSD) to improve the stroke outcomes and quality of life in stroke patients, but the underlying mechanisms of PSD are not completely understood. As many studies implicate dysregulation of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis in the etiology of major depression and stroke, we compared the cortisol awakening(More)
Sibjotang (Shizaotang), traditional herbal medicine formula, which was first documented in the Shanghanlun, has long been prescribed for the treatment of impairment of the body fluid homeostasis. The purpose of the present study was to identify the effects of Sibjotang on the secretion of a cardiac hormone, atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP), one of the main(More)
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