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BACKGROUND In dynamic cardiomyoplasty electro-stimulation achieves full transformation of the latissimus dorsi (LD); therefore, its slowness limits the systolic support. Daily activity-rest could maintain partial transformation of the LD. METHODS Sheep LD were burst-stimulated either 10 or 24 hours/day. Before and 2, 4, 6, and 12 months after stimulation,(More)
Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) results from mutations in the low density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR) gene. We applied denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) to screen for sequence variations in the coding and splice site consensus sequences of the LDLR gene. For amplification of each exon by the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), optimal pairs of(More)
BACKGROUND Although doxorubicin remains one of the most effective agents for the treatment of solid tumors, there is an intensive effort to synthesize doxorubicin analogues (compounds with similar chemical structures) that may have improved antitumor properties. We have synthesized a novel doxorubicin disaccharide analogue (MEN 10755) and have characterized(More)
OBJECTIVES Near-infrared spectroscopy monitors cerebral oxygen saturation. This parameter parallels jugular venous oxygen saturation and reflects the balance between cerebral oxygen supply and demand. Experience with near-infrared spectroscopy in univentricular physiology is limited. This study explores the relationship between cerebral oxygen saturation,(More)
Alkylating distamycin derivative FCE-24517 (l) is the prototype of a novel class of alkylating agents. In the present study we have investigated the effect of further chemical modifications introduced in the alkylating distamycin-derived molecule with the aim of improving their ability to bind DNA. The new compound, MEN 10710 (II), has a four(More)
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