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Polystyrene, which is one of the most utilized thermoplastics, is highly durable and is considered to be non-biodegradable. Hence, polystyrene waste accumulates in the environment posing an increasing ecological threat. In a previous study we have isolated a biofilm-producing strain (C208) of the actinomycete Rhodococcus ruber that degraded polyethylene(More)
We analyzed the possible association between aldosterone synthase (CYP11B2) T-344C polymorphism, which is associated with increased aldosterone activity, and the prevalence of atrial fibrillation (AF) in 196 consecutive patients who had symptomatic systolic heart failure (HF; left ventricular ejection fraction <40%) for > or =3 months before recruitment.(More)
Purpose: Angiotensin II, which plays a crucial role in the myocardial remodeling process of heart failure, is generated via the angiotensin-converting enzyme and chymase pathways. We studied angiotensin-converting enzyme and chymase-1 polymorphisms in patients with systolic heart failure and the correlation with clinical status and left ventricular(More)
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