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The use of the artificial sweetener, aspartame, has long been contemplated and studied by various researchers, and people are concerned about its negative effects. Aspartame is composed of phenylalanine (50%), aspartic acid (40%) and methanol (10%). Phenylalanine plays an important role in neurotransmitter regulation, whereas aspartic acid is also thought(More)
Antibodies to the mitochondrial autoantigen M2, characteristic of the autoimmune liver disease primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC), react with the E2 subunit of the pyruvate dehydrogenase enzyme (PDH-E2). We examined the effect of disease sera on the enzyme activation catalysed by the PDH complex. Inhibition of enzyme activity was observed in 19 of 24 sera of(More)
Platelets and fibrin play an important role in the coagulation process, where they are involved in the maintenance of hemostasis. Fibrin dysfunction is associated with the development of vascular complications, while proneness to the formation of tight and rigid fibrin networks is independently associated with thrombotic disease. Here we investigate the(More)
The coagulation process, including thrombin, fibrin, as well as platelets, plays an important role in hemostasis, contributing to the general well-being of humans. Fibrin formation and platelet activation are delicate processes that are under the control of many small physiological events. Any one of these many processes may be influenced or changed by(More)
Platelets and fibrin play an important role in the coagulation process where they are involved in the maintenance of haemostasis. Fibrin dysfunction is associated with the development of vascular complications, while proneness to the formation of tight and rigid fibrin networks is independently associated with thrombotic disease. Rabbits have long been used(More)
Adolescent cancers are treated with a host of chemotherapy agents, radiotherapy and stem cell transplantation. The complications of these treatments may contribute significantly to the morbidity and mortality in this age group, with imaging playing a role in identifying some of these complications. This second article reviews the imaging of acute and early(More)
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