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  • 1
    ISSN: 1471-4159
    Source: Blackwell Publishing Journal Backfiles 1879-2005
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Mouse α4β2 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAchRs) were stably expressed in HEK293T cells. The function of this stable cell line, termed mmα4β2, was assessed using an aequorin-based luminescence method that measures agonist-evoked changes in intracellular calcium. Agonist-elicited changes in intracellular calcium were due primarily to direct entry of calcium through the α4β2 channel, although release of calcium from intracellular stores contributed ˜ 28% of the agonist-evoked response. Agonist pharmacologies were very similar between the mmα4β2 cells and most cell lines that stably express human α4β2 nAchRs. Based on agonist profiles and sensitivity to the antagonist dihydro-β-erythroidine (DHβE), the predominant α4β2 nAchR expressed in the mmα4β2 cells exhibits a pharmacology that most resembles the DHβE-sensitive component of 86Rb+ efflux from mouse brain synaptosomes. However, when evaluated with the aequorin assay, the mmα4β2 nAchR was found to be atypically sensitive to blockade by the presumed α7-selective antagonist methyllycaconitine (MLA), exhibiting an IC50 value of 31 ± 0.1 nm. Similar IC50 values have been reported for the MLA inhibition of nicotine-stimulated dopamine release, a response that is mediated by β2-subunit-containing nAchRs and not α7-subunit-containing nAchRs. Consequently, at low nanomolar concentrations, MLA may not be as selective for α7-containing nAchRs as previously thought.
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    Oxford [u.a.] : International Union of Crystallography (IUCr)
    Acta crystallographica 46 (1990), S. 1148-1150 
    ISSN: 1600-5759
    Source: Crystallography Journals Online : IUCR Backfile Archive 1948-2001
    Topics: Chemistry and Pharmacology , Geosciences , Physics
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  • 3
    ISSN: 1600-051X
    Source: Blackwell Publishing Journal Backfiles 1879-2005
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Background: C1-esterase inhibitor (C1eIn) is an important modulator of complement activation via the classical pathway. Deficiencies or dysfunction involving this inhibitor underlie the condition of angioneurotic oedema.〈section xml:id="abs1-2"〉〈title type="main"〉Aim: The purpose of this report is to describe a female patient who presented at the age of 24 years with an apparently aggressive form of periodontitis and severe oedema, localised to the free gingival tissues. After 21 years of repeated surgical reduction of the gingiva, a diagnosis of C1eIn dysfunction was made.〈section xml:id="abs1-3"〉〈title type="main"〉Methods: Exhaustive serological investigations were performed along with histopathology.〈section xml:id="abs1-4"〉〈title type="main"〉Results: All investigations were unremarkable, until the function of the C1eIn molecule was investigated. These demonstrated a functional activity of only 29% and a raised C1q at 157 mg/l. Subsequent repeated investigation with careful specimen handling demonstrated undetectable levels of C1eIn and normal C1q. A diagnosis of C1eIn dysfunction was made, although at present it is unclear whether this represents an unusual variant of hereditary dysfunctional C1eIn deficiency. The patient was managed by various means, including steriodal and non-steroidal drugs, the latter forming part of her maintenance regime.〈section xml:id="abs1-5"〉〈title type="main"〉Conclusions: To our knowledge, this is the first case of angio-oedema localised to the free gingiva. The role of stress in the acute exacerbations of oedema and bone loss is discussed along with the diagnostic pitfalls associated with this case.
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    Oxford [u.a.] : International Union of Crystallography (IUCr)
    Acta crystallographica 50 (1994), S. 1114-1117 
    ISSN: 1600-5759
    Source: Crystallography Journals Online : IUCR Backfile Archive 1948-2001
    Topics: Chemistry and Pharmacology , Geosciences , Physics
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    Oxford, UK : Blackwell Science Ltd
    Anaesthesia 56 (2001), S. 0 
    ISSN: 1365-2044
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    Topics: Medicine
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    ISSN: 1365-2044
    Source: Blackwell Publishing Journal Backfiles 1879-2005
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Ninety-one patients were randomly allocated to one of two groups. Group A was induced with a single vital capacity breath of 6% (end-tidal) sevoflurane in nitrous oxide–oxygen (2 : 1 l.min−1), whereas group B was induced with intravenous fentanyl 1 µg.kg−1+ propofol 2 mg.kg−1 followed by nitrous oxide–oxygen (2 : 1 l.min−1) and sevoflurane. Induction was considered to have been achieved when the bispectral index value decreased to below 70. Mean induction time in group A (95.2 s, 95% CI 88.5–101.9 s) was longer than group B (70.3 s, 95% CI 66.3–74.3 s; p 〈 0.0001). Mild coughing was more common in group A, but relative hypotension was more common in group B. There was no difference in the emergence times. Thirty minutes after emergence, there was no difference in the incidence of adverse effects, with the exception of essentially mild abdominal pain which was more frequent in group A.
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    ISSN: 1365-2044
    Source: Blackwell Publishing Journal Backfiles 1879-2005
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Sixty patients in early labour were randomly allocated to one of three groups. The control group received intrathecal fentanyl 25 µg, the ropivacaine group received intrathecal fentanyl 25 µg and ropivacaine 2.5 mg while the bupivacaine group received intrathecal fentanyl 25 µg and bupivacaine 2.5 mg. The incidence of pruritus was 100% in controls, compared with 85% in the ropivacaine group (not significant) and 75% in the bupivacaine group (p = 0.003). The severity of pruritus was significantly less in the ropivacaine (p = 0.006) and bupivacaine (p = 0.001) groups. Most patients developed pruritus by 30 min. Pruritus above the abdomen was not reduced in patients receiving local anaesthetics. There were no significant differences in the mean pain visual analogue score, systolic blood pressure, maternal heart rate and upper level of reduced pin-prick sensation in the first 30 min. Intrathecal ropivacaine and, more so, intrathecal bupivacaine reduce the incidence and severity of pruritus from intrathecal fentanyl for labour analgesia.
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    British journal of dermatology 148 (2003), S. 0 
    ISSN: 1365-2133
    Source: Blackwell Publishing Journal Backfiles 1879-2005
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Summary Background Antibiotic resistance is a significant problem both in hospitals and the community. Topical antibiotics are widely used for dermatological problems and this may be leading to the emergence of resistant bacteria. Objective To assess the level of fusidic acid-resistant Staphylococcus aureus inpatients with dermatological problems. Methods All microbiology samples over a 4-month period were tested for antibiotic sensitivities. Patients with cultures positive for S. aureus were studied. Results The study shows 50% of S. aureus isolates from dermatology patients were resistant to fusidic acid. This figure rose to 78% inpatients with atopic eczema. Of patients with fusidic acid-resistant S. aureus isolates, 96% had used a fusidic acid-containing preparation within the previous 6 months. The level of fusidic acid resistance in S. aureus samples cultured from nondermatology patients was only 9·6%, a level significantly below that for dermatology patients (P 〈 0·001). Conclusions High levels of fusidic acid-resistant S. aureus are found in dermatology patients. Inappropriate use of topical antibiotics in dermatology patients leading to fusidic acid resistance may threaten the efficacy of systemic fusidic acid for the treatment of serious S. aureus infections. Education of health professionals and restriction of the use of fusidic acid is needed.
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  • 9
    ISSN: 1600-0714
    Source: Blackwell Publishing Journal Backfiles 1879-2005
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Background:  Altered glycosylation of glycoconjugates is among the important molecular changes that accompany malignant transformation. The purpose of our study was to investigate clinical usefulness of circulatory levels of total and lipid bound sialic acid for early diagnosis and management of oral cavity cancer patients.Methods:  Blood samples were collected from 41 untreated oral cancer patients, 20 patients with oral pre-cancerous conditions (OPC) and 20 healthy subjects. Serum sialic acid (total and lipid bound) levels were measured spectrophotometrically.Results:  Serum levels of total and lipid bound sialic acid were significantly elevated (P 〈 0.001) in untreated oral cancer patients as compared to healthy individuals as well as patients with OPC. Multivariate analysis documented that the progressive rise in total and lipid bound sialic acid was significantly associated (P = 0.0001 and 0.039, respectively) with stage of malignant disease.Conclusion:  The data revealed significant elevations in sialic acid levels in oral cancer patients and suggested potential utility of these parameters in diagnosis as well as determining clinical stage of the malignant disease.
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