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BACKGROUND Extracellular matrix proteins (ECMPs) of the basement membrane type, such as the heparan sulfate proteoglycan perlecan, laminin, entactin, collagen IV, and fibronectin are present in and have been implicated in the genesis of amyloids. As in many forms of amyloid, perlecan, laminin, collagen IV, and fibronectin are present in Alzheimer deposits.(More)
Simulation-based training is becoming an accepted tool for educating physicians before direct patient care. As ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia (UGRA) becomes a popular method for performing regional blocks, there is a need for learning the technical skills associated with the technique. Although simulator models do exist for learning UGRA, they either(More)
Alzheimer beta-amyloid protein precursor (beta APP) is expressed endogenously and abundantly by human neuroglioma (H4) cells. Its secretory processing has been shown to involve discrete proteolysis within the beta A4 region, thus preventing beta-amyloid formation, by an enzyme which has been referred to as 'beta APP secretase'. This cleavage results in(More)
The efficacy and safety of cetirizine were evaluated in 419 patients with seasonal allergic rhinitis. Using a 4-way, double-blind randomization schedule, patients were given a 1-week course of once daily cetirizine (5, 10, or 20 mg) or placebo. Patient and physician efficacy ratings corresponded, indicating superiority of cetirizine to placebo (P less than(More)
Various GABAA receptor subunits share four highly homologous putative transmembrane domains (M1 to M4) and have been proposed to form an ion channel of pentameric structure with M2 lining the pore. The carboxyl terminal side of M2 contains three amino acid residues containing a hydroxyl group, which are Thr 265, 266 and serine 268 in the alpha 6 subunit. In(More)
BACKGROUND In vivo amyloid formation apparently involves several extracellular matrix components that are usually found associated with basement membranes. These include laminin, heparan sulfate proteoglycan, collagen type IV, and entactin. These components have also been found in neuritic plaques. We have therefore been examining interactions between(More)
gamma-Glutamyltranspeptidase is synthesized as a core glycosylated propeptide (Mr 75,000) which is subsequently cleaved to yield a stable heterodimeric structure (subunit Mr 50,000 and 30,000). The propeptide represents an insignificant mass of the transpeptidase but higher molecular weight bands designated H1 (Mr 85,000) and H2 (Mr 100,000) are readily(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the utility of femoral nerve blocks in postoperative pain control after hip arthroscopy. METHODS Forty consecutive patients scheduled for hip arthroscopy were randomized into 2 groups for postoperative pain control. Half were to receive routine intravenous narcotics for pain scores of 7 or above in the postanesthesia care unit (PACU),(More)
The baculovirus expression system was used to generate recombinant Alzheimer's amyloid precursor (AAP) proteins. Recombinant baculoviruses were constructed, designed to express full-length 695-, 751-, and 770-amino acid forms. Recombinant baculoviruses designed for constitutive secretion were engineered by placing a termination codon between the(More)
It has recently been suggested that peripheral nerve or plexus blocks performed with the use of a nerve stimulator at low currents (<0.5 mA) may result in neurologic damage. We studied the infraclavicular nerve block, performed with the use of a nerve stimulator and an insulated needle, in a prospective evaluation of efficacy and safety. During a one-year(More)