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Ma®c-ultrama®c fragments of a dismembered ophiolite complex are abundant in the late Precambrian Pan African belt of the Eastern Desert of Egypt and northeast Sudan. The ultrama®c bodies in the Eastern Desert of Egypt are mostly characterised by the harz-burgite±dunite±chromitite association. Because of their severe metamorphism, almost all primary(More)
CONCLUSION This study demonstrates that the co-administration of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) (LPS/TNF-alpha) can induce the expression of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), which results in the generation of apoptosis in cultured human nasal microvascular endothelial cells (HNMECs). Since LPS and TNF-alpha have(More)
This work proposes a new method for relating words and image segments by finding semantic coherence between these two cues on multiple layers. The method is based on the matching of visual segment clusters with words on various levels of abstraction. Our purpose here is to ease two main problems encountered in content-based image retrieval, namely, lack of(More)
OBJECTIVE inflammatory mediators such as prostaglandins (PGs), leukotrienes (LTs), and platelet-activating factor (PAF) have been identified in human middle ear effusions (MEEs), as well as in the experimentally induced MEEs of animals. However, the exact function of LTs in the middle ear cavity is still unknown. In this study, the role of LTs was(More)
α-Lipoic acid (ALA) has a chiral center at the C6 position, and exists as two enantiomers, R(+)-ALA (RALA) and S(-)-ALA (SALA). RALA is naturally occurring, and is a cofactor for mitochondrial enzymes, therefore playing a major role in energy metabolism. However, RALA cannot be used for pharmaceuticals or nutraceuticals because it readily polymerizes via a(More)
R(+)-α-lipoic acid (RALA) is a naturally-occurring substance, and its protein-bound form plays significant role in the energy metabolism in the mitochondria. RALA is vulnerable to a variety of physical stimuli, including heat and UV light, which prompted us to study the stability of its complexes with cyclodextrins (CDs). In this study, we have prepared and(More)
Although the quest for Earth's oldest rock is of great importance, identifying the youngest exposed pluton on Earth is also of interest. A pluton is a body of intrusive igneous rock that crystallized from slowly cooling magma at depths of several kilometers beneath the surface of the Earth. Therefore, the youngest exposed pluton represents the most recent(More)
We examined aluminous mafic rock (with or without corundum or sapphirine) alternating with peridotite from the Ronda peridotite massif, southern Spain. On the basis of petrographic characteristics, these mafic rocks show a decompression history from high pressure (P 1.5 GPa), but on the basis of their geochemical characteristics, they are crystal(More)
In situ Os/Os ratios are determined on Os-rich platinum-group minerals in podiform chromitites both in the Proterozoic ophiolite, Eastern Desert, Egypt, and in the Phanerozoic Oman ophiolite. Because they have very low Re/Os, these primary minerals reflect the initial Os/Os ratios of their parental magmas. The platinum-group minerals (PGM) in the central(More)