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Zn is an essential trace element for all organisms. In human subjects body growth and development is strictly dependent on Zn. The nervous, reproductive and immune systems are particularly influenced by Zn deficiency, as well as by increased levels of Zn. The relationship between Zn and the immune system is complex, since there are four different types of(More)
Splicing regulates gene expression and contributes to proteomic diversity in higher eukaryotes. However, in yeast only 283 of the 6000 genes contain introns and their impact on cell function is not clear. To assess the contribution of introns to cell function, we initiated large-scale intron deletions in yeast with the ultimate goal of creating an(More)
Silicon (Si) confers several benefits to many plant species when absorbed as silicic acid through nodulin 26-like intrinsic proteins (NIPs). The NIPs belong to major intrinsic protein (MIP) family, members of which form channels with high selectivity to control transport of water and different solutes. Here, comparative genomic analysis of the MIPs was(More)
We investigated the value of procalcitonin kinetics as a prognostic marker during ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). This prospective, observational study was conducted in a medical intensive care unit in a university hospital. All consecutive patients with microbiologically proven VAP who survived 3 days after its diagnosis were included and grouped(More)
Screening synthetic combinatorial libraries may facilitate rapid drug lead discovery by substantially increasing the number of molecules tested. Drug discovery efficiency and productivity can be further improved by designing libraries to maximize their molecular diversity or by comparing them to existing collections of compounds and/or libraries to select(More)
BACKGROUND The mechanisms responsible for the increased susceptibility of fetuses to cytomegalovirus (CMV) were studied by comparing CD8(+) T cell responses to the virus in susceptible fetuses to those in their comparatively more resistant mothers. METHODS Included in the study were 16 transmitter mothers who underwent seroconversion during the first(More)
Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE) is a progressive, fatal neurological disorder of childhood and early adolescence. It is caused by a persistent measles virus infection of the brain without any available treatment to date. The physiopathology of the disease is largely unknown. Considering the potential role of humoral immunity in the pathogenesis(More)
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