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The goal of this study was to examine whether alteration of sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) protein levels is associated with early-onset diastolic and late-onset systolic dysfunction in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic rat hearts. Four-week diabetic rat hearts exhibited slow relaxation, whereas 6-wk diabetic rat hearts exhibited slow and depressed(More)
To study pathophysiological roles of mesothelial barrier functions in protection against cancer cell invasion, we isolated mesothelial cells from the rat abdominal cavity and then cultured them with 10(-6)M all-trans-retinoic acid (RA) for 10 days. Mesothelial barrier function assessed by measuring transcellular electrical resistance (TER) and the(More)
The enhancement by pregnanolone (5 beta-pregnan-3 alpha-ol-20-one) and propofol (2,6-diisopropylphenol) of [3H]flunitrazepam (FNZ) binding to GABAA receptors in rat whole brain homogenate has been investigated. Two components in the concentration-effect relationship for pregnanolone were distinguished by the sensitivity of one component to antagonism by(More)
1. Interactions were investigated between loreclezole, chlormethiazole and pentobarbitone as potentiators of depolarization responses mediated by gamma-aminobutyric acid(A) (GABA(A)) receptors on afferent nerve terminals in the rat cuneate nucleus in vitro. These drugs were also compared as modulators of [3H]-flunitrazepam (FNZ) binding to synaptic(More)
BACKGROUND Butyric acid, one of the key products formed when β-glucans are degraded by the microbiota in the colon, has been proposed to be important for colonic health. Glutamine bound to the fibre may have similar effects once it has been liberated from the fibre in the colon. Both β-glucans and glutamine are found in high amounts in malted barley.(More)
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