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Aqueous extract of leaves of Indigofera suffruticosa (AELIs) were studied for adverse effects in preimplantation mouse embryos. Two-cell mouse embryos were cultured for 94 h in human tubal fluid medium (HTF), and AELIs at a concentration of 5 or 10 mg/ml. On Day 4 of culture, morulae and blastocysts were collected for morphological analysis of blastomeres.(More)
BACKGROUND Schistosomiasis mansoni is a parasitic liver disease, which causes several metabolic disturbances. Here, we evaluate the influence of Apolipoprotein E (APOE) gene polymorphism, a known modulator of lipid metabolism, on plasma lipid levels in patients with hepatosplenic schistosomiasis. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS Blood samples were used for(More)
Various organic and aqueous extracts of leaves of Indigofera suffruticosa Mill (Fabaceae) obtained by infusion and maceration were screened for their antibacterial and antifungal activities. The extracts were tested against 5 different species of human pathogenic bacteria and 17 fungal strains by the agar-solid diffusion method. Most of the extracts were(More)
Glucose metabolism by sloth fat cells with and without addition of insulin was investigated. The data were compared to the results obtained with rat fat cells incubated under the same experimental conditions. Sloth fat cells showed a very low glucose oxidation to 14CO2 and incorporation into total lipids. The glucose incorporated into lipids is mainly in(More)
This paper reports the characterization of the antidiabetic role of a hydroethanolic extract from Parkinsonia aerial parts (HEPA), in normal and alloxan-induced diabetic rats, treated with HEPA (125 and 250 mg/kg; p.o.). Oral glucose tolerance test, acute oral toxicity test and preliminary phytochemical analyses were performed. The diabetic rats treated(More)
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