William David Rees

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A complex combination of adult health-related disorders can originate from developmental events that occur in utero. The periconceptional period may also be programmable. We report on the effects of restricting the supply of specific B vitamins (i.e., B(12) and folate) and methionine, within normal physiological ranges, from the periconceptional diet of(More)
Maternal protein deficiency during pregnancy is associated with changes in glucose tolerance and hypertension in the offspring of rats. In this study the growth of rat fetuses was examined when the dams were fed diets containing 18% casein, 9% casein or 8% casein supplemented with threonine. The extra threonine was added to reverse the decrease in(More)
The effect of 28 days' continuous administration of oral indomethacin on gastroduodenal morphology, gastric mucosal blood flow, and gastric mucosal prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) metabolism in man was studied to define further the mechanisms of mucosal injury induced by indomethacin. Indomethacin caused acute gastroduodenal damage in all cases, which was maximal(More)
AIMS The aim of the study was to compare the effects of meloxicam and piroxicam on the gastroduodenal mucosa in healthy adults. METHODS Forty-four healthy volunteers were given a 28 day course of either meloxicam 15 mg, piroxicam 20 mg or placebo. Damage to the oesophageal, gastric and duodenal mucosa was assessed, mucosal blood flow (MBF) measured at(More)
Epidemiological studies of human populations show that poor growth in utero predisposes an individual to the later development of type 2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetes mellitus and hypertension in adulthood. This phenomenon is not confined to man; feeding pregnant rats diets moderately deficient in protein has a similar effect, programming the adult blood(More)
Maternal protein deficiency causes fetal growth retardation which has been associated with the programming of adult disease. The growth of the rat fetus was examined when the mothers were fed on diets containing 180, 90 and 60 g protein/kg. The numbers of fetuses were similar in animals fed on the 180 and 90 g protein/kg diets but the number was(More)
Methyl deficiencies have been implicated in metabolic programming during the periods of oocyte and embryo development. Semisynthetic methyl-deficient diets (MD) with no folic acid, 0.05% choline, and approximately one-half the recommended content of methionine were fed to female rats for 3 wk prior to mating and for the first 5 d of gestation. During the(More)
The human erythrocyte sugar transporter has been labelled at its internal site with cytochalasin B and at its outside site by the azidosalicoyl derivative of bis(D-mannose) (ASA-BMPA). The cleavage of the transporter by various proteinases has been studied. Chymotrypsin, subtilisin and V8 proteinase give parallel fragmentation patterns for the two labels(More)