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We studied the effect of oral administration of resveratrol, a natural constituent of grapes, on tumorigenesis in Min mice. Min mice are congenic mice genetically predisposed to develop intestinal tumors as a result of a mutation of the Apc gene. Resveratrol (0.01% in the drinking water containing 0.4% ethanol) was administered for seven weeks to Min mice(More)
The effects of CGP 48664 and DFMO, selective inhibitors of the key enzymes of polyamine biosynthesis, namely, of S-adenosylmethionine decarboxylase (AdoMetDC) and ornithine decarboxylase (ODC), were investigated on growth, polyamine metabolism, and DNA methylation in the Caco-2 cell line. Both inhibitors caused growth inhibition and affected similarly the(More)
Young (5 week old) spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) were fed diets modified with respect to their calcium content. Control rats were given a normal calcium diet (0.3 per cent). During the experiment the systolic blood pressure (SBP), heart rate and serum level of total and ionized calcium were measured. Three diets were studied :calcium-free diet (0(More)
We investigated the relationships between vascular endothelium and parathyroid function. Blood pressure (BP), circulating endothelins (ETs) and atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP), and BP responses to parathyroid hormone (PTH) and NG-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME) were measured in parathyroidectomized (PTx), PTx and fed a Ca2+ enriched diet (PTx-HCa)(More)
Recent research provides evidence that parathyroid hormone is implicated in the pathogenesis of genetic hypertension. Abnormalities in calcium metabolism in genetic hypertension have been reported. These include hypercalciuria, depressed serum ionized calcium associated with enhanced serum parathyroid hormone levels. Calcium supplement resulted in(More)
The effect of the synthetic amino-terminal fragment of bovine parathyroid hormone, bPTH-(1-34), on the adenylate cyclase of microvessels and glomeruli isolated from rabbit kidney cortex was studied in the presence and absence of guanosine triphosphate (GTP). bPTH-(1-34) stimulated the vascular and glomerular adenylate cyclase in a dose-dependent manner with(More)
The effect of angiotensin II (AII) on calcium exchanges in isolated rat aorta was investigated using the 45Ca lanthanum technique. AII induced a rapid (10 s) and long-lasting (120 min) increase of calcium uptake and enhanced calcium release for a short period. AII-stimulated calcium uptake was antagonized by saralasin and verapamil but not by indomethacin.(More)
BACKGROUND Ischaemia/reperfusion (I/R) of the intestine causes mucosal injury associated with a high death rate in rats. AIM To investigate whether nitric oxide (NO) might be implicated in the recovery of the intestinal mucosa after ischaemic insult. METHODS Wistar rats were subjected to mesenteric artery occlusion for 90 minutes. The animals were given(More)