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The possibility that bradykinin, a potent vasodilator, might be a physiological antagonist of the renin-angiotensin system was investigated. 11 norman subjects, ranging in age from 21 to 33 yr were studied. Seven of the subjects were given a 10 meq sodium, 100 meq potassium, 2500 ml isocaloric diet. After metabolic balance was achieved, they were infused(More)
No alpha(1)-antitrypsin could be detected in the serum of a 24-year-old man with advanced pulmonary emphysema by agarose electrophoresis, immnuno-electrophoresis, double diffusion in agarose gel, or alpha(1)-antitrypsin genetic typing by a combination of starch-gel electrophoresis and crossed antigen-antibody electrophoresis. A circulating(More)
We describe a patient in whom selective IgA deficiency and homozygous alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency were discovered. Clinically, the patient suffered from chronic sinopulmonary infections, destructive emphysema, and bronchiectasis. The interrelation of IgA and alpha1-antitrypsin was studied. Twenty-three alpha1-antitrypsin-deficient sera were screened for(More)
An 11-year-old girl contracted pneumonia with consolidation of the left lower lobe, infiltrates in the lingula and left upper lobe, and a large left pleural effusion, accompanied by a Mycoplasma complement-fixation titer increasing to 1:16,384. Serial chest radiographs demonstrated resolution of the pneumonia and effusion, followed by development of a(More)
It is possible to determine alpha1-antitrypsin Pi types from serum obtained at necropsy. The Pi types were identical in 37 paired antemortem and postmortem samples. Blood transfusion in the 72 hours preceeding death may produce serum that cannot be typed. The frequency of the Pis allele was high in this study (0.074) and may reflect terminal alterations(More)