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INTRODUCTION Several observational studies suggest that statins modulate the pathophysiology of sepsis and may prevent its progression. The aim of this study was to determine if the acute administration of atorvastatin reduces sepsis progression in statin naïve patients hospitalized with sepsis. METHODS A single centre phase II randomized double-blind(More)
Transport of the osmoprotectant glycine betaine was investigated using the glycine betaine-synthesizing microbe Methanohalophilus portucalensis (strain FDF1), since solute uptake for this class of obligate halophilic methanogenic Archaea has not been examined. Betaine uptake followed a Michaelis-Menten relationship, with an observed K(t) of 23 microM and a(More)
This study analyzed the progressive changes in canal shape after the use of different instruments by hand in simulated S-shaped canals. Forty simulated canals with double curvatures, 30 degrees coronally and 20 degrees apically, were randomly divided into four groups and prepared with stainless steel K-files, the ProTaper for hand use (PHU) system, NiTi(More)
PURPOSE To build an improved apparatus for measuring outflow facility by one- and two-level, constant pressure perfusion. METHODS A computer-controlled and -monitored tower adjusts the height of a fluid reservoir by a stepper motor every 5 min, to keep intraocular pressure (IOP) constant at one or two desired pressure levels (e.g. 2.5 and 12.0 mm Hg above(More)
Microbial fuel cell (MFC) is considered an alternative energy production technology that uses the degradation ability of microbes toward organic matters. The resultant products are electrons that will be transferred to the electrode and flows to cathode of the MFC through an external circuit to produce current. The flow of electrons and protons can be(More)
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