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1.  Oral choline supplementation for postoperative pain 
BJA: British Journal of Anaesthesia  2013;111(2):249-255.
Activation of nicotinic receptors with nicotine has been shown to reduce post-surgical pain in clinical and preclinical studies. Choline is a selective agonist at α7-type nicotinic receptors that does not have addictive or sympathetic activating properties. It is anti-nociceptive in animal studies. We conducted a double-blind randomized trial of oral choline supplementation with lecithin to aid in the treatment of pain after gynaecological surgery.
Sixty women having open gynaecological surgery were randomly assigned to receive 20 g of lecithin before surgery or placebo. Plasma choline concentration and tumour necrosis factor (TNF) were measured. Pain report was the primary outcome measure.
We achieved a small but statistically significant increase in choline after surgery with oral supplementation. Plasma TNF was not decreased and pain report was not different between groups at rest or with movement. There were no adverse effects of treatment.
Oral supplementation with lecithin during the perioperative period resulted in very slow absorption and thus only a small increase in plasma choline was achieved. This concentration was inadequate to reduce TNF as has been shown in other studies. The absence of an anti-inflammatory effect was likely related to our failure to demonstrate efficacy in pain reduction.
PMCID: PMC3841409  PMID: 23568851
analgesia; anti-inflammatory agents; nutritional requirements; pain; pain measurement
2.  Antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory effects of choline in a mouse model of postoperative pain 
BJA: British Journal of Anaesthesia  2010;105(2):201-207.
Choline is a dietary supplement that activates α7 nicotinic receptors. α7 nicotinic activation reduces cytokine production by macrophages and has antinociceptive activity in inflammatory pain models. We hypothesized that systemic administration of choline would reduce the inflammatory response from macrophages and have antinociceptive efficacy in a murine model of postoperative pain.
We studied the response of wild-type and α7 nicotinic knockout mice to heat and punctate pressure after a model surgical procedure. We investigated the effect of genotype and choline treatment on α-bungarotoxin binding to, and their production of tumour necrosis factor (TNF) from, macrophages.
Choline provided moderate antinociception. The ED50 for choline inhibition of heat-induced allodynia was 1.7 mg kg−1 h−1. The ED50 for punctate pressure threshold was 4.7 mg kg−1 h−1 choline. α7 nicotinic knockout mice had no change in hypersensitivity to heat or pressure and were significantly different from littermate controls when treated with choline 5 mg kg−1 h−1 (P<0.05, 0.01). Choline 100 mM reduced binding of α-bungarotoxin to macrophages by 72% and decreased their release of TNF by up to 51 (sd 11)%. There was no difference by genotype in the inhibition of TNF release by choline.
Systemic choline is a moderately effective analgesic via activation of α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. The antinocicepive effect may not be mediated by a reduction of TNF pathway cytokine release from macrophages. Although choline at millimolar concentrations clearly inhibits the release of TNF, this effect is not α7 subunit-dependent and occurs at concentrations likely higher than reached systemically in vivo.
PMCID: PMC2903311  PMID: 20511332
acetylcholine; acute pain, novel techniques; pharmacodynamics; pharmacology, dose–response; pharmacology, general
3.  Copper deficiency in a herd of captive muskoxen. 
The Canadian Veterinary Journal  1998;39(5):293-295.
At necropsy, a mature muskox cow was found to have exceedingly low serum and liver copper concentrations of 4.8 = mumol/L and 0.02 mmol/kg, respectively. Serum copper levels were also low in remaining members of the herd but returned to normal after parenteral treatment with calcium copper edetate.
PMCID: PMC1539518  PMID: 9592616
4.  Identification of murine protective epitopes on the Porphyromonas gingivalis fimbrillin molecule. 
Infection and Immunity  1996;64(2):434-440.
Fimbriae from Porphyromonas gingivalis are believed to play an important role in the pathogenesis of periodontal diseases. The aim of the present study was to identify the fimbrial protective T-cell epitopes in CBA/J mice. A truncated protein corresponding to amino acids 1 to 198, PgF1-198, was generated and allowed us to demonstrate that the N terminus of the protein contains T-cell epitopes. With synthetic peptides, an immunodominant sequence was identified between amino acids 103 and 122. The corresponding peptide, PgF-P8, induced T-cell proliferation after in vitro restimulation of in vivo-primed cells, giving a stimulation index comparable to the one obtained with r-fimbrillin, and induced production of both Th1 and Th2 cytokines. Growth supernatant contained significant levels of interleukin 2 (IL-2), gamma interferon, IL-4 (28 pg/ml), and tumor necrosis factor alpha. Immunization of mice with r-fimbrillin, PgF1-198, and PgF-P8 induced production of antibodies specific to r-fimbrillin and PgF-P8. In addition, by using the mouse chamber model we found that mice immunized with PgF-P8 were dramatically protected against a normally lethal injection of P. gingivalis. Animals immunized with PgF-P8 40 days prior to challenge showed a 60% survival rate when challenged with P. gingivalis, compared with just 25% survival in control animals and just 5% survival in mice immunized with PgF-P8 only 21 days prior to challenge. Although the protection depended on the time of immunization before the bacterial challenge, it did not correlate with in vivo local cytokine production (IL-2, IL-4, IL-6, tumor necrosis factor alpha, and gamma interferon), specific antibody levels, or the isotype of anti-PgF-P8 antibodies produced.
PMCID: PMC173782  PMID: 8550188
5.  Fetal growth in muskoxen determined by transabdominal ultrasonography. 
A 5 MHz commercial sector scanner was used to monitor 13 muskox pregnancies and establish normal fetal growth curves. Examinations were carried out between 40 and 197 days of gestation and pregnancy could be detected throughout the period. Early pregnancies were found by scanning lateral to the udder but as pregnancy progressed the fetus was found closer to the dam's umbilicus. Measurements of cranial and abdominal diameters taken at about two week intervals in seven uncomplicated pregnancies in four cows were used to construct fetal growth curves. These can be reliably used in the reproductive management of muskoxen. In addition a series of regressions based on measurements of the fetuses of muskoxen killed in the Arctic are provided. These allow cranial and abdominal diameters to be related to fetal weight and crown-rump length.
PMCID: PMC1263691  PMID: 7954117
6.  Generation and purification of recombinant fimbrillin from Porphyromonas (Bacteroides) gingivalis 381. 
Infection and Immunity  1993;61(3):1040-1047.
Fimbrillin is the major subunit protein of fimbriae from the human periodontal pathogen Porphyromonas (Bacteroides) gingivalis. We describe here the generation and initial characterization of recombinant fimbrillin (r-fimbrillin) isolated from P. gingivalis 381. A fragment of DNA encoding the gene for fimbrillin was generated by polymerase chain reaction and cloned into the expression vector pET11b. Plasmids containing the recombinant gene were transfected into Escherichia coli. Clones were selected on plates for ampicillin resistance and individually screened by sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) for protein production after activation with IPTG (isopropyl-beta-D- thiogalactopyranoside). One clone, OW0.2, produced significant amounts of a 42-kDa protein after induction with IPTG. This clone contained the pET11b plasmid with a 1-kb insert that had sequence homology to the gene encoding fimbrillin. The majority of recombinant protein from clone OW0.2 was found in the cytoplasm within inclusion bodies. Protein aggregates were solubilized in 8 M urea, and SDS-PAGE analysis showed two major protein bands, one at 42 kDa and the other at 17 kDa. These two proteins coeluted from a DEAE-Sepharose column at 0.15 M NaCl and were reactive to rabbit antiserum to fimbrillin in a Western blot (immunoblot). A preparation giving a single protein band at 42 kDa in SDS-PAGE was obtained by size fractionation by using continuous-elution electrophoresis. Lymph node cells from animals immunized with either fimbrillin from P. gingivalis or r-fimbrillin showed antigen-specific proliferation to both P. gingivalis fimbrillin and r-fimbrillin in an in vitro recall assay. Therefore, it appears that r-fimbrillin is chemically, antigenically, and serologically identical to fimbrillin isolated from P. gingivalis 381.
PMCID: PMC302836  PMID: 8094377
7.  Genetic relationship of putative colonization factor O166 to colonization factor antigen I and coli surface antigen 4 of enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli. 
Infection and Immunity  1992;60(9):3799-3806.
Plasmid DNA from two strains of enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli harboring genes encoding coli surface antigen 4 (CS4) and from seven Indian enterotoxigenic E. coli isolates cross-hybridized at low stringency but not at high stringency with two polynucleotide probes derived from the colonization factor antigen I (CFA/I) operon. Low-stringency Southern blot hybridization of PstI-digested plasmid DNA from the seven Indian isolates yielded characteristic restriction fragment patterns, distinct from those of CS4- and CFA/I-associated plasmid DNA. Two of the Indian strains were transformed with a recombinant plasmid harboring the cfaD gene, which encodes a positive regulator of CFA/I and CS4 genes. The cfaD transformants produced large amounts of putative colonization factor O166 (PCFO166) irrespective of whether the nutrient agar contained bile salts, a growth factor otherwise required for adequate PCFO166 expression. A considerable interstrain variation in the level of PCFO166 production could be explained by differences in the proportion of bacteria that were fimbriated, as visualized by electron microscopy. The N-terminal amino acid sequence of PCFO166 fimbrial protein showed a high degree of homology with the corresponding sequences of CFA/I and CS4.
PMCID: PMC257392  PMID: 1354200
8.  The complication of pneumatic retinopexy. 
There have been 26 published series with a total of 1274 detachments operated with pneumatic retinopexy. Eighty percent were reattached with a single procedure and 98% with reoperations. New breaks occurred in 13% and PVR in 4%. The complications published in 101 papers on pneumatic retinopexy in the last 5 years are analyzed as to frequency, prevention, management, and results.
PMCID: PMC1298586  PMID: 2095021
9.  Parathyroid hormone and lipopolysaccharide induce murine osteoblast-like cells to secrete a cytokine indistinguishable from granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor. 
Journal of Clinical Investigation  1989;83(1):149-157.
Osteoblasts are the cells responsible for the secretion of collagen and ultimately the formation of new bone. These cells have also been shown to regulate osteoclast activity by the secretion of cytokines, which remain to be defined. In an attempt to identify these unknown cytokines, we have induced primary murine osteoblasts with two bone active agents, parathyroid hormone (PTH) and lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and analyzed the conditioned media (CM) for the presence of specific cytokines. Analysis of the CM was accomplished by functional, biochemical, and serological techniques. The data indicate that both PTH and LPS are capable of inducing the osteoblasts to secrete a cytokine, which by all of the techniques used, is indistinguishable from granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF). Secretion of GM-CSF is not constitutive and requires active induction. Production of the cytokine is dependent on the dose of PTH or LPS added. It has been demonstrated that the addition of GM-CSF to bone marrow cultures results in the formation of increased numbers of osteoclasts. Therefore, these data suggest that osteoblasts not only participate in bone remodeling by formation of new matrix but may regulate osteoclast activity indirectly by their ability to regulate hematopoiesis.
PMCID: PMC303655  PMID: 2642917
10.  Interleukin 1 gene expression in cultured human keratinocytes is augmented by ultraviolet irradiation. 
Journal of Clinical Investigation  1987;80(2):430-436.
Interleukin 1 (IL-1) is a family of polypeptides initially found to be produced by activated monocytes and macrophages that mediate a wide variety of cellular responses to injury and infection. Epidermal epithelial cells (keratinocytes) produce "epidermal cell-derived thymocyte activating factor" or ETAF, which has been recently shown to be identical to IL-1. Human epidermis is normally exposed to significant amounts of solar ultraviolet radiation. Certain ultraviolet wavelengths (UVB, 290-320 nm) are thought to be responsible for most of the immediate and long-term pathological consequences of excessive exposure to sunlight. In this study, we asked whether exposure to UVB irradiation induced IL-1 gene expression in cultured human keratinocytes. Cultured human keratinocytes contain detectable amounts of IL-1 alpha and beta mRNA and protein in the absence of apparent stimulation; these levels could be significantly enhanced 6 h after exposure to 10 ng/ml of 12-O-tetradecanoyl-phorbol-13-acetate (TPA). Exposure to UVB irradiation with an emission spectrum comparable to that of sunlight (as opposed to that of an unfiltered artificial UV light source) significantly increased the steady state levels IL-1 alpha and beta mRNA in identical populations of human keratinocytes. This was reflected in the production of increased IL-1 activity by these cultures in vitro. In the same cell population, exposures to UVB irradiation did not alter the level of actin mRNA; therefore, the effect of UV irradiation on IL-1 represents a specific enhancement of IL-1 gene expression. Local increases of IL-1 may mediate the inflammation and vasodilation characteristic of acute UVB-injured skin, and systemic release of this epidermal IL-1 may account for fever, leukocytosis, and the acute phase response seen after excessive sun exposure.
PMCID: PMC442255  PMID: 3497177
11.  Computed tomography in the management of orbital infections associated with dental disease. 
Two patients developed orbital infection secondary to dental infections. In one patient the infection spread from maxillary premolar and molar teeth to the infratemporal and pterygopalatine fossa and then through the inferior orbital fissure to the subperiosteal space. A subperiosteal abscess in the posterior orbital wall developed, which subsequently spread within the muscle cone. In the second patient infection of an anterior maxillary tooth caused a pansinusitis and unilateral orbital cellulitis. In both patients computed tomographic scanning of the orbit proved valuable in localising the infection and, in one case, planning a surgical approach to the orbit. The infection in both patients responded to treatment, with no permanent visual impairment. Appropriate antibiotics and prompt identification and surgical drainage of orbital abscesses are essential for the preservation of vision in cases of orbital infection.
PMCID: PMC1039771  PMID: 7066283
13.  Deep X-ray Treatment 
Postgraduate Medical Journal  1943;19(207):64-66.
PMCID: PMC2477976  PMID: 21313297

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