Rachel Marko

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The uptake of uranium, ingested as a soluble compound, was studied by monitoring the uranium level in urine by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry and through measurement of an isotopic tracer. The high sensitivity of this method allows measurement of uranium levels in urine samples from each voiding, therefore more detailed biokinetic studies are(More)
A simple method, based on inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, for determination of uranium in urine at levels that indicate occupational exposure, is presented. Sample preparation involves a fifty-fold dilution of the urine by nitric acid (2% HNO3) and no other chemical treatment or separation. The analysis itself is completed in under 3 min. The(More)
BACKGROUND Essential elements in serum are related to specific changes in food groups intake. OBJECTIVE To address the effect of 2-year food intake changes in an intervention study on serum concentrations of magnesium, zinc, copper, and selenium. METHOD Two hundred thirty-one participants, a subgroup of the Dietary Intervention Randomized Control Trial(More)
The activity of the catecholaminergic neurons in the rat brain is enhanced significantly 30 min after the subcutaneous injection of very small doses of (-)deprenyl (threshold doses: 0.01 mg/kg for noradrenergic neurons and 0.025 mg/kg for dopaminergic neurons). As a catecholaminergic activity enhancer (CAE) substance (-)deprenyl is about ten times more(More)
"Spot samples" of urine are routinely used to monitor occupational exposure to uranium and other toxic heavy metals, such as mercury, lead, and cadmium. In the present work, it was shown that diurnal variations in the uranium concentration in different urine samples from the same individual could be quite large. However, these variations were in correlation(More)
On the helical strip of a capacitance vessel, the pulmonary artery of the rabbit, phenylethylamine (PEA) and tyramine act solely via displacement of noradrenaline from their storage sites and this effect is inhibited by desmethylimipramine (DMI). In contrast, on a resistance vessel, the perfused central ear artery of the rabbit, PEA enhances stimulation(More)
Transmembrane action potentials were recorded from isolated electrically paced cat and guinea pig left auricles in Tyrode solution and in the presence of 25 mM K+ or tetrodotoxin (TTX). The overshoot (OS) was increased, and the plateau of the action potential (AP) was shortened by epinephrine (5 X 10(-6)M) and by celluline-A (an organic calcium complex(More)
The response of Chinese hamster cells and human lymphocytes to the combined action of photosensitization by chloroaluminium phthalocyanine tetrasulfonate and gamma-radiation was studied using colony-forming ability and [3H]thymidine incorporation following mitogenic stimulation respectively, as endpoints. The action of both treatments was usually additive(More)