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The wheat fungal pathogen Stagonospora nodorum produces an extracellular trypsin-like protease, SNP1, during early stages of hyphal growth on the surface of host leaves and during penetration. Variation of SNP1 mRNA levels and enzyme activity during infection, were correlated with levels of aggressiveness of three wild-type isolates. SNP1 was deleted in two(More)
AIMS In patients with acute myocardial infarction and ST-segment elevation (STEMI), primary angioplasty is frequently not available or performed beyond the recommended time limit. We designed a non-inferiority, randomized, controlled study to evaluate whether lytic-based early routine angioplasty represents a reasonable reperfusion option for victims of(More)
Gna1, a gene encoding a Galpha subunit, a key component of signal transduction pathways, has been cloned and characterized in the wheat pathogen Stagonospora nodorum. Analysis of Gna1 expression during infection revealed a slight decrease in transcript levels shortly after germination, after which levels steadily increased until sporulation. Inactivation of(More)
AIM Experimental animal studies suggest that the use of skeletal myoblast in patients with myocardial infarction may result in improved cardiac function. The aim of the study was to assess the feasibility and safety of this therapy in patients with myocardial infarction. METHODS AND RESULTS Twelve patients with old myocardial infarction and ischaemic(More)
AIMS Adipose-derived regenerative cells (ADRCs) can be isolated from liposuction aspirates and prepared as fresh cells for immediate administration in cell therapy. We performed the first randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind trial to examine the safety and feasibility of the transendocardial injections of ADRCs in no-option patients with ischemic(More)
OBJECTIVE In this study, we assessed factors associated with cardiovascular risk in patients with sleep apnea-hypopnea syndrome (SAHS) through analysis of plasma concentrations of N-terminal prohormone brain natriuretic peptide (NTproBNP) and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP). In addition, we analyzed the effect of nasal continuous positive airway(More)
BACKGROUND Percutaneous transcatheter closure of patent foramen ovale (PFO) is used as an alternative to surgery or long-term anticoagulation for the treatment of patients with paradoxical embolism and PFO. METHODS AND RESULTS We report the immediate and long-term clinical and echocardiographic outcome of 110 consecutive patients (58 males, mean age(More)
This editorial refers to 'Both cultured and freshly isolated adipose tissue-derived stem cells enhance cardiac function after acute myocardial infarction' † , by X. Bai et al. on page 489 As understanding has grown about what happens when heart muscle cells die en masse after a heart attack, so has the development of treatments aimed at avoiding the loss or(More)
OBJECTIVE Evaluation of renal function (RF) is important for management of patients with non-ST elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTE-ACS). Cystatin C, a sensitive marker of RF, appears to be also a marker of cardiovascular risk. Little is known regarding its predictive role in NSTE-ACS patients. METHODS We assessed 525 patients taking part in the(More)
Urticaria and angioedema are easily recognized disorders, but in at least 70 percent of individuals, chronic episodes of urticaria are of unknown causes. We present 10 cases of chronic urticaria associated parasitation by blastocystis hominis. This parasite has not been previously related with urticaria. Both intestinal parasitation as well as urticaria(More)