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Ghrelin is a gastric peptide hormone and neurotransmitter, ligand for the growth hormone secretagogue receptor (GHS-R1). The hypothalamus was identified as the main source of ghrelin in the CNS, therefore the effects of the peptide have been mainly related to this part of the brain; numerous studies over the past decade demonstrate its importance in food intake, body-weight regulation and glucose homeostasis. Data about the existence of extrahypothalamic ghrelinergic neurons are still controversial, however the distribution of GHS-R1 outside the hypothalamus indicates that ghrelin also has an important role in the regulation of many other processes. The spectrum of functions and biological effects of ghrelin on neurons is remarkably wide and complex. It varies from modulation of the membrane excitability, to control of neurotransmitter...
Ghrelin - Growth hormone secretagogue receptor 1a (GHS-R1a) is involved in many important functions including growth hormone (GH) secretion and food intake. In this chapter, we explore existing nucleotide polymorphisms, transcriptional analysis, gene expression of the bovine GHS-R1a gene and its genetic association with growth and carcass traits in cattle. Firstly, we evaluated haplotype variety and characterized the microsatellite ((TG)n, 5’-untransrated region (UTR)) and nucleotide polymorphisms of the GHS-R1a gene in cattle. Nucleotide sequencing of this gene (~6 kb) revealed 47 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), four indels and the microsatellite ((GTTT)n, Intron 1). The 19 haplotypes were constructed from all nucleotide viability patterns and divided into 3 major groups. Four SNPs (L24V, nt456(G>A), D191N and nt667(C>...
Comment: LaTeX2e with iopart.cls, 84 pages, 19 figures (graphicx package), 374 updated references. Published in Reports on Progress in Physics, vol.62, pp. 395-464 (1999)
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Comment: 13 pages, 9 figures, significantly revised. Published version in PTP
The effects of antibiotic combinations against Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections frequently found in hospitalized patients were investigated. By means of an agar plate dilution checkerboard method, combinations of piperacillin-fosfomycin, cefoperazone-fosfomycin, and cefsulodin-fosfomycin were synergistic against 80.0, 85.0, and 82.6% of the strains tested. The mean fractional inhibitory concentration indices of piperacillin-fosfomycin, cefoperazone-fosfomycin, and cefsulodin-fosfomycin were 0.48, 0.42, and 0.46, respectively. The synergistic activities of these combinations were enhanced by the addition of a small amount of tobramycin, 0.25 micrograms/ml.
This paper presents a new scheme to treat escaping stars in the orbit-averaged Fokker-Planck models of globular star clusters in a galactic tidal field. The existence of a large number of potential escapers, which have energies above the escape energy but are still within the tidal radius, is taken into account in the models. The models allow potential escapers to experience gravitational scatterings before they leave clusters and thus some of them may lose enough energy to be bound again. It is shown that the mass evolution of the Fokker-Planck models is in good agreement with that of N-body models including the full tidal-force field. The mass-loss time does not simply scale with the relaxation time due to the existence of potential escapers; it increases with the number of stars more slowly than the relaxation time, though it ...
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