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Angiogenesis has an essential role in many important pathological and physiological settings. It has been shown that vascular permeability factor/vascular endothelial growth factor (VPF/VEGF), a potent cytokine expressed by most malignant tumors, has critical roles in vasculogenesis and both physiological and pathological angiogenesis. We report here that(More)
Dopamine (DA) is a monoamine neurotransmitter of both central and peripheral nervous system. Its role in the neural-immune communication has been discussed in the present review. Results reveal that in vivo damage or stimulation of specific central dopaminergic system suppresses or enhances functional activities of the immune effector cells. The possible(More)
A sialyltransferase involved in the biosynthesis in vitro of LD1c (NeuAc alpha 2-8NeuGc alpha 2-3Gal beta 1-4Glc-NAc beta 1-3Gal beta 1-4Glc-Cer) has been characterized from 9 to 11-day-old embryonic chicken brains. The CMP-[14C]NeuAc:LM1(alpha 2-8)sialyltransferase (SAT-2) sedimented (75%) at the junction of 0.75 and 1.2 M on a discontinuous sucrose(More)
The sialyl-fucosyl-lactosamine-epitope present in sialyl (SA)-Lex (NeuAc alpha 2-3Gal beta 1-4 [Fuc alpha 1-3]GlcNAc beta 1-3Gal beta 1-4Glc-Cer), a carcinoembryonic antigen, has been recognized recently as a ligand for the binding of leukocyte-endothelial cell adhesion molecule 1 (LECAM-1) to myeloid and tumour cell surfaces. We have recently detected the(More)
INTRODUCTION Lifestyle and dietary habits play an important role in carcinogenesis. Carcinoma of the gallbladder is no different. The present study was carried out to evaluate the roles of lifestyle, menstrual and reproductive factors in gallbladder cancer. METHODS A prospective case-control study involving 78 newly-diagnosed cases of carcinoma of the(More)
Recent studies suggest that insulin-degrading enzyme (IDE) in neurons and microglia degrades Abeta, the principal component of beta-amyloid and one of the neuropathological hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease (AD). We performed parametric and nonparametric linkage analyses of seven genetic markers on chromosome 10q, six of which map near the IDE gene, in 435(More)
In a porcine model of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), we investigated changes in the plasma levels of 8-iso-PGF(2alpha), a marker for oxidative injury, and 15-keto-dihydro-PGF(2alpha), an inflammatory response indicator during the post-resuscitation period after cardiac arrest. Twelve piglets were subjected to either 2 or 5 min (VF2 and VF5 group) of(More)