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The protective effects of phosphoramidon, a dual inhibitor of endothelin-converting enzyme and neutral endopeptidase (E.C. 24.11), on renal function in ischemic acute renal failure were investigated in anesthetized rats. Intravenous infusion of phosphoramidon (0.03 and 0.1 mg/kg per min) significantly suppressed tubular sodium wasting (measured by(More)
Platelets have been implicated in the pathophysiology of ischemia-reperfusion injury. In this study, antiplatelet effects of cyclic GMP (cGMP)- and cyclic AMP (cAMP)-mediated agents were evaluated in renal ischemia in pentobarbital-anesthetized rats. Renal ischemia was induced by unilateral occlusion of the left renal artery (40 min) followed by reperfusion(More)
The possible role of sympathoadrenal stimulation and endothelin release in cyclosporine (CS)-induced hypertension was ascertained in intact and pithed rats. CS (20 and 40 mg/kg), administered by i.v. infusion over 10 min, produced a dose-dependent increase in blood pressure: 19 +/- 5 and 31 +/- 2 mm Hg in intact rats and 13 +/- 4 and 18 +/- 2 mm Hg in(More)
Malignant lymphomas represent about 9% of cardiac neoplasms. Despite its life-threatening nature, the cardiac manifestations are often subclinical. In about 20% of deaths from lymphoma, cardiac involvement is found only in autopsy. The authors present the case of a 77-year-old female admitted due to intense back pain, vomiting, generalised pruritus, fatigue(More)
The authors report the case of a 50-year-old alcoholic man with chronic hepatitis C virus infection, who presented to the emergency department with fever and exuberant ecchymoses and petechiae on both legs. After a careful examination and laboratory assessment, the not-so-obvious hypothesis of scurvy was disclosed. Simply with vitamin C replacement and(More)
The authors report the case of a 69-year-old man with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and previous pulmonary tuberculosis, who presented to the emergency department with abdominal and low back pain, anorexia and weight loss, rapidly evolving into shock. An initial CT scan revealed pulmonary condensation with associated cavitation and an iliopsoas mass(More)
Phosphoramidon inhibits both endothelin converting enzyme (ECE) and neutral metalloendopeptidase (NEP). The contribution of ECE and NEP inhibition to the antihypertensive effects of phosphoramidon was investigated in SHR and DOCA-salt hypertensive rats. SCH 32615, an active acid of the potent and selective NEP inhibitor prodrug SCH 34826 was used as a(More)
Anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (anti-NMDAR) encephalitis is a rare condition characterized by emotional and behavioral disturbances, dyskinesias, and extrapyramidal signs. It occurs in young women of reproductive age and is classically described as a paraneoplastic phenomenon. We present a 36-year-old, HIV-positive female who was admitted to the(More)