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Oxytocin concentrations were measured radioimmunologically in sows on the day of standing oestrus over a 6-h period (controls, n = 6) or 1 h before and 5 h after mating (n = 5) or transcervical infusion of either 100 ml saline (0.9% (w/v) NaCl, n = 7) or saline plus 10 micrograms oestradiol (simulation of seminal oestrogens, n = 5). In the controls,(More)
Autoimmune-associated congenital heart block (CHB) is a rare complication of pregnancy in mothers with Anti-Ro/SSA antibodies (SSA-abs), resulting in fetal myocarditis, atrioventricular block, hydrops fetalis and/or intrauterine fetal death. As these antibodies are supposed to be directly involved in the pathogenesis of CHB, their removal should be(More)
The congenital heart block (CHB), diagnosed in structurally normal hearts, is strongly associated with, if not caused by, maternal SSA/SSB antibodies (Abs). It develops between 16 and 24 weeks’ gestation, coincidentally with the increased transplacental IgG passage, and a window of unique cardiac vulnerability. Less is known about rare CHB cases in which(More)
In 2 prepubertal bulls 10-min blood samples collected during a 24-h period showed that gonadotrophin and testosterone peaks occurred regularly at intervals of 6h in one animal and 8h in the other. There was a clear relationship between the LH, FSH and testosterone peaks. The increase of gonadotrophin levels was followed 20 +/- 6 (s.d.) min later by an(More)
Traditionally, male pigs are surgically castrated without anaesthesia to avoid later occurrence of the sex odour of androstenone in the carcass. Active immunization against gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) is a painless alternative which inhibits LH and thus steroidogenesis in the Leydig cells. In a preceding study we clarified the return of Leydig(More)
Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) in pancreatic cancer can be limited by its proximity to organs at risk (OAR). In this analysis, we evaluated the toxicity and efficacy of two different treatment approaches in patients with locally recurrent or oligometastatic pancreatic cancer. According to the prescription method, patients were divided in two cohorts(More)