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Fast food makes the immune system more aggressive in the long term

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(University of Bonn) The immune system reacts similarly to a high fat and high calorie diet as to a bacterial infection. This is shown by a study led by the University of Bonn. Unhealthy food seems to make the body's defenses more aggressive in the long term. Even long after switching to a healthy diet, inflammation towards innate immune stimulation is more pronounced. These changes may be involved in the development of arteriosclerosis and diabetes. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)

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Long-lasting adaptations of the innate immune system through the bone marrow

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Radboud University Nijmegen) The immune system not only detects and destroys pathogens such as microbes but also plays a role in the onset of diseases such as arteriosclerosis. Scientists from Radboud university medical center, Bonn, Dresden and Pennsylvania, studied a new mechanism that regulates the immune system's functioning. They discovered that cholesterol inhibitors may prevent infections, that a high-fat Western diet can have a long-lasting effect on our immunity and that even our stem cells can be disrupted. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

Ra Medical co-founder Burstein touts innovation, planning and caring as keys to success for medtech execs

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 19:00:35 +0100

This year has been an exciting one for Ra Medical, maker of the Dabra arteriosclerosis laser designed to treat peripheral artery disease. In May, the Carlsbad, Calif.-based company received a nod from the FDA for the Dabra, clearing it for sale in the US – something it had applied for approximately three years prior. And in September, the company revealed plans for a new funding round looking to raise up to $15 million to support the newly cleared technology. The path to commercialization has been a long, and satisfying, journey for co-founder and executive vice president Melissa Burstein. She credits the company’s belief in their product and a culture that prizes innovation for its success. “We are pleasantly surprised with the demand for our Dabra product and we see d...

New way to treat cholesterol may be on the horizon

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(Houston Methodist) A breakthrough discovery by scientists at Houston Methodist Research Institute could change the way we treat cholesterol. Researchers found new evidence that challenges a 40-year notion of how fast we eliminate it from our bodies. This accidental discovery reveals a new pathway in the cholesterol-elimination chain that will be key to developing new drugs to lower cholesterol. Their findings are described in the American Heart Association's Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology journal. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Ra Medical looks to raise $15m

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 21:12:47 +0100

Ra Medical  is looking to raise $15 million, having already raised $650,000 in a new round of equity financing, according to an SEC filing posted this week. Funds already raised in the round came from 3 anonymous investors, with the 1st sale noted on September 5, according to the filing. The company has not yet said how it plans to spend money in the round. Ra Medical is aiming for a Feb. 2018 initial public offering, CEO Dean Irwin told, after having received a nod from the FDA for its Dabra arteriosclerosis laser in May, clearing it for use in the US. The post Ra Medical looks to raise $15m appeared first on MassDevice. (Source: Mass Device) +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for August 25, 2017

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 19:00:01 +0100

Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. This tissue paper is made from actual organ tissues Northwestern University researchers have created biomaterials made from animal organs and tissues that could potentially support natural hormone production in young cancer patients and aid wound healing. The materials, aptly named tissue papers, are made from structural proteins that are excreted by cells and give organs their forms and struct...

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Ra Medical CEO Irwin aims for Feb 2018 IPO

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 17:30:41 +0100

In May, Ra Medical received a nod from the FDA for its Dabra arteriosclerosis laser, clearing it for use in the US. It was a decision the company had been waiting on for approximately 3 years, CEO Dean Irwin told in an interview, and signaled a significant shift forward. “In 2014, we submitted to the FDA, and here in 2017, just on May 24th, we received the go ahead to begin marketing in the United States,” Irwin said. Ra Medical won CE Mark approval in the European Union last October, giving the company time to launch in the region, which it’s been operating in for several months, Irwin said. “That was a much shorter process,” Irwin said. “We’ve been operating in Europe now for several months, and here in the United States for a few months. We’ve now done ...

Thieme and Schattauer launch new open access journal TH Open

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 09:59:01 +0100

Thieme has joined forces with Schattauer Publishers to launch a new open access journal: TH Open. It will provide updates on the latest developments in vascular medicine, complementing Schattauer’s established subscription title Thrombosis and Haemostasis. The new open access journal will follow the PWYW (pay what you want) pricing strategy, which leaves the decision of how much the publication of an article in the new English-language journal is worth up to the author. TH Open will be officially introduced at the ISTH 2017 Congress, the global meeting in thrombosis, hemostasis and vascular biology to be held in Berlin on July 8 – 13, 2017.  Vascular medicine research continuously develops new diagnostic tools and treatments for vascular diseases ranging from arteriosclerosis ...

Snake venom is key ingredient in experimental drug for heart patients

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 20:18:27 +0100

An experimental antiplatelet drug has surprising bite. Based on a protein found in snake venom, the new drug prevented blood clotting in mice without causing excessive bleeding after an injury, according to research published Thursday in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology. The drug has yet to be tested in humans. (Source: - Health)

Snake venom is key ingredient in experimental antiplatelet drug

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 20:18:27 +0100

An experimental antiplatelet drug has surprising bite. Based on a protein found in snake venom, the new drug prevented blood clotting in mice without causing excessive bleeding after an injury, according to research published Thursday in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology. The drug has yet to be tested in humans. (Source: - Health)

Bathroom scales will inform about life threatening conditions

Tue, 16 May 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(Kaunas University of Technology) Weighing oneself has become one of the most common morning rituals. However, your weight is not the only message that can be delivered by your bathroom scales: the team of researchers at Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) Institute of Biomedical Engineering are developing the multifunctional scales, which can monitor your health and inform about potentially dangerous life conditions, such as arteriosclerosis or cardiac arrhythmia. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)

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Well : Heart Healthy in the Amazon

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 15:03:09 +0100

What some Bolivians with the world ’ s healthiest arteries might tell us about cardiac fitness. (Source: NYT Health)

New unknown risk factor for arteriosclerosis identified

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 14:30:17 +0100

Following a blood infection, the first class of antibodies produced by the immune system are IgM antibodies. They form the " vanguard " of the immune response, before other cells are activated to fight the infection. Some people are deficient or completely lack these antibodies, so that they develop congenital immune deficiency. Researchers have now discovered how this deficiency can also lead to an increased risk of arteriosclerosis and consequently even to serious cardiovascular diseases. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Smokers have higher lifetime risk of abdominal aortic aneurysm

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 19:59:02 +0100

This study adds to the literature by reporting AAA lifetime risk from a community-based cohort with long follow-up,” Tang told Reuters Health by email. The researchers used data from more than 15,000 middle-aged people who were at risk of developing AAA based on an initial assessment between 1987 and 1989. The participants made three subsequent visits for exams and assessments through 1998. Nearly 6,000 people were still alive between 2011 and 2013 and underwent an ultrasound exam at a fifth assessment visit then. Over the 22-year follow-up period, there were 590 diagnosed, ruptured or repaired AAAs. In 2011, the ultrasound scans found 75 more cases that had gone undetected. Based on these results, researchers calculated that for participants who began the study, 1 in 17 would go on to d...

To the Brain and Back - "Fantastic Voyage" pulsed by Anatomy from Asimov

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:56:02 +0100

Autumn 1966: A Medical Operation that's critical to Military Operations - ... an operation vitally urgent to the security of the free world... a voyage into inner space, into the living body, via a submarine and everyone in it shrunk down to the size of a single cell... inserted hypodermically and transported by the body's circulatory system, through the heart and the lungs, into the brain... so that a laser beam might dissolve a life-threatening blood clot, in a brain that holds an earth-imperiling secret.... ... $4 million will be spent to make this milestone of entertainment and showmanship. That was the 1966 promotional pitch to motion picture distributors and theater owners. A 1966 ad for Fantastic Voyage proclaimed, "You've never been HERE before!" A 1966 magazine review describ...

Late Failing Heart AllograftsLate Failing Heart Allografts

Tue, 23 Feb 2016 05:59:36 +0100

Learn more about the role of antibody-mediated rejection and coronary arteriosclerosis in late failing heart allografts. American Journal of Transplantation (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)

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Asthma Diagnosis Tied to Higher Risk for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Rupture (FREE)

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0100

By Kelly Young Edited by André Sofair, MD, MPH, and William E. Chavey, MD, MS A recent diagnosis of asthma is associated with higher risk for rupture in older patients with abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), according to an observational study in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)

Sleep Fragmentation Linked to Cerebrovascular Pathology Sleep Fragmentation Linked to Cerebrovascular Pathology

Thu, 14 Jan 2016 22:19:06 +0100

Greater sleep fragmentation -- defined as interruption of sustained sleep by repeated awakenings -- is associated with arteriosclerosis and subcortical infarcts at autopsy. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

Consumer Health Tips: How to Avoid Medication Errors

Thu, 07 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0100

Medication errors: Cut your risk with these tips Grapefruit: Beware of dangerous medication interactions Too much vitamin C: Is it harmful? Chronic stress: Can it cause depression? Arteriosclerosis/atherosclerosis overview   (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)

Control Inflammation and “Turn Off” Disease-Causing Genes

Tue, 15 Sep 2015 21:26:46 +0100

The single most important thing you can do to prevent premature aging is to control inflammation. Inflammation is the body’s effort to heal itself. But too much produces disease. In fact, most of the diseases associated with aging are essentially inflammatory diseases. That includes cancer, heart disease, arthritis, arteriosclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes. And the truth is that we’re all inflamed thanks to a modern diet that includes inflammation-friendly ingredients like sugar, cheap vegetable oils, and refined carbohydrates. Most doctors are not educated in the role of nutrition in disease. And they often recommend the bland buzz phrase of eating a “balanced diet.” But that’s usually just a balance of junk, like breads, cereals, and other pr...

Sleep Problems May Hint At Future Heart Disease Risk

Thu, 10 Sep 2015 21:36:07 +0100

By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Adults who get too much or too little sleep may have the beginnings of “hardening" of the arteries, which can be an early sign of heart disease, according to a new study. “Many people, up to one third or one fourth of the general population, suffer from inadequate sleep – either insufficient duration of sleep or poor quality of sleep,” said co-lead author Dr. Chan-Won Kim of Kangbuk Samsung Hospital of Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine in Seoul, South Korea. Several studies have linked inadequate sleep with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke, but other conditions like depression or obesity could influence this association, Kim told Reuters Health by email. “In contrast, we studied if sleep of inadequate du...

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Save Your Brain

Wed, 06 May 2015 18:28:41 +0100

Alzheimer’s is one of the most devastating and dreaded diseases I’m confronted with at my South Florida anti-aging clinic. And because I’m based in a part of the country that’s a major retirement Mecca, I see more seniors than the average American physician – and proportionally more Alzheimer’s sufferers. Many patients fear Alzheimer’s more than cancer or any other debilitating disease. They’re terrified of this cruel, progressive and degenerative illness that attacks the brain, steals memory, confuses thinking, and can turn even the most intelligent and achieving adults into mental infants. Mainstream doctors will tell you there’s no way to reverse this dreaded scourge. And they’ll tell you that only expensive Big Pharma drugs have a...

Breakthrough identification of important protein

Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:59:34 +0100

Danish researchers are the first in the world to develop a secure way of measuring the important protein apo-M. This could prove relevant for research into diseases such as diabetes, arteriosclerosis and sclerosis, they say. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Why You Should Avoid Statins

Tue, 03 Feb 2015 19:22:19 +0100

At my anti-aging clinic, I continue to wage war against what I call the “medical-industrial complex.” And I do it for one reason only – I care more about my patients than I do about profits. Big Pharma clearly takes the opposite view. And now it seems these pharmaceutical behemoths won’t be happy until every man, woman and child is popping anti-cholesterol pills. Researchers at Duke University recently issued a report recommending that even children and people as young as 30 should be on statins, if they have just slightly elevated cholesterol levels.1 And why wouldn’t researchers at Duke recommend such a thing? Guess where great chunks of their funding comes from … yep, Big Pharma. That research team at Duke University includes two doctors who have admitted to ...

Sunshine and Telomeres

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 20:59:58 +0100

A warm sunny day … what could feel better? Yet the warm sun on our skin that we all crave gets a lot of bad press from the medical establishment. Far from being a source of illness that will kill you before your time, the sun is your best hope to live longer and prevent illness. Did you know, for example, that people living in places that get more of the sun’s UV radiation have the lowest incidence of cancer?1 That doesn’t mean sunlight lowers the “risk” of getting cancer. Getting more sunlight keeps people from actually getting cancer. Studies show sunlight prevents skin cancer, prostate2 cancer, lung3 cancer, colorectal4 cancer… and it lowers rates of leukemia, breast cancer, bladder cancer and lymphoma. I could list many more. Part of the sun’s protecti...

Dare to Be 100: Fat, Carbs, Calories

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:15:06 +0100

These three items were the centerpiece of my early science life. I wrote my honors thesis at Williams College about arteriosclerosis which at that time was considered to be heavily influenced by dietary fat. Then after medical school I entered a wonderful time of life learning much about F, Cs, and Cs. The 1960s overflowed. The high point of those years was those spent in the intellectual and physical embrace of two multi-million dollar research grants from the NIH. The first dealt with the control of cholesterol synthesis, and the second "The Effect of Diet on the Metabolism of Fat In Man." This second grant supported a five-bed metabolic study unit at the Lankenau Hospital in Overbrook, Pennsylvania. The study beds were staffed with full nutritional and biochemical backup as we fed spec...

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Ask Well: Blockages in the Heart and Brain

Mon, 05 Jan 2015 20:53:28 +0100

A reader asks: Why do people get blockages in the arteries of the heart and brain, but rarely in other organs? (Source: NYT Health)

Well: Ask Well: Blockages in the Heart and Brain

Mon, 05 Jan 2015 19:49:20 +0100

A reader asks: Why do people get blockages in the arteries of the heart and brain, but rarely in other organs? (Source: NYT)

Books: Martha Weinman Lear Returns to Medical Memoir, With Less Fury, in ‘Echoes of Heartsounds’

Mon, 27 Oct 2014 20:07:55 +0100

Martha Weinman Lear returns to the territory she covered in “Heartsounds,” but this is not a sequel so much as a rueful epilogue, a brief account of her own recent skirmish with heart disease. (Source: NYT Health)

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New research can improve heart health

Wed, 18 Jun 2014 04:00:00 +0100

(University of Copenhagen) For the first time, researchers at the University of Copenhagen and Rigshospitalet are able to show that a particular gene variant lowers the risk of arteriosclerosis by 41 percent, making the variant an obvious target for future drugs for cardiovascular disease treatment. The results are based on data from nearly 76,000 subjects and have just been published in the renowned New England Journal of Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)

Attack is not always the best defense

Tue, 27 May 2014 04:00:00 +0100

(Friedrich-Schiller-Universitaet Jena) For many inflammatory diseases as asthma, rheumatism, arteriosclerosis and cancer there are only few effective therapies. But now pharmacists at Jena University developed three new drug candidates against inflammation. The scientists present the potential therapeutic agents in the British Journal of Pharmacology and the Journal of Medical Chemistry. The agents are able to suppress a key enzyme in the body's own cascade of inflammation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Novel marker and possible therapeutic target for cardiovascular calcification identified

Thu, 13 Mar 2014 04:00:00 +0100

(Brigham and Women's Hospital) Led by Dr. Aikawa, a team of researchers at BWH and Kowa Company, Ltd., a Japanese pharmaceutical company, has discovered certain proteins in osteoclasts, a precursor to bone, that may be used in helping to destroy cardiovascular calcification by dissolving mineral deposits. The research, described in the March 2014 issue of Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, suggests a potential therapeutic avenue for patients with cardiovascular calcification. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

New coating may reduce blood clot risk inside stents

Mon, 09 Sep 2013 08:00:00 +0100

Coating artery-opening stents with a new compound may someday eliminate a common side effect of the treatment, according to preliminary research in the American Heart Association journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology. Stents are tiny mesh tubes that prop open clogged arteries so blood will flow freely to heart muscle, relieving chest pain and reducing the risk of heart attack... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

Chest Pain Patients Could Get Quick DNA Test for Heart Problems

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 10:00:00 +0100

Testing fragments of DNA in the blood may be a fast way to find out if a patient's chest pain is due to coronary artery disease according to a new US-led study published online this week in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology. When patients complain of chest pain, they have to undergo a time-consuming and expensive set of tests to find out if the cause is something to do with the heart or some other problem, such as in the muscles, lungs or esophagus... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

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Researchers Identify Target To Prevent Hardening Of Arteries

Mon, 20 May 2013 08:00:00 +0100

The hardening of arteries is a hallmark of atherosclerosis, an often deadly disease in which plaques, excessive connective tissue, and other changes build up inside vessel walls and squeeze off the flow of oxygen-rich blood throughout the body. Now, researchers at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute have described the molecular and cellular pathway that leads to this hardening of the arteries - and zeroed in on a particularly destructive protein called Dkk1. Their study was published online today by Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

The Life Threatening Toll of Stress

Sat, 18 May 2013 13:29:42 +0100

New research confirms the life threatening toll of stress. What can you do to combat stress and break this cycle? read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)

Jekyll into Hyde: Breathing auto emissions turns HDL cholesterol from 'good' to 'bad'

Wed, 15 May 2013 20:00:00 +0100

Academic researchers have found that breathing motor vehicle emissions triggers a change in high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, altering its cardiovascular protective qualities so that it actually contributes to clogged arteries.    In addition to changing HDL from "good" to "bad," the inhalation of emissions activates other components of oxidation, the early cell and tissue damage that causes inflammation, leading to hardening of the arteries, according to the research team, which included scientists from UCLA and other institutions.   The findings of this early study, done in mice, are available in the online edition of the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, a publication of the American Heart Association, and will appear in the journal's Ju...

Well: Safety: Air Pollution Tied to Heart Disease

Thu, 02 May 2013 17:21:18 +0100

Following more than 5,000 people in six cities and air pollution data, researchers found that the greater the level of air pollution, the greater the thickening of the carotid artery, a known risk for heart attack and stroke.     (Source: NYT Health)

Diet, 'Anti-Aging' Supplements May Help Reverse Blood Vessel Abnormality

Thu, 02 May 2013 09:00:00 +0100

A diet low in grains, beans and certain vegetables - combined with "anti-aging" supplements - improved blood vessel function, in a study presented at the American Heart Association's Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology 2013 Scientific Sessions. The blood vessel abnormality, or endothelial dysfunction, occurs when cells lining the interior wall of blood vessels malfunction. It's a serious condition that's often one of the first signs of heart disease. Of the 200 51- to 86-year-old people in the study, 40 percent were women... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

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Walking Reduces Heart Risk As Much As Running

Fri, 05 Apr 2013 07:00:00 +0100

Brisk walking can reduce a person's risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol just as much as running can. The finding came from a new study published in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology which examined 33,060 runners in the National Runners' Health Study and 15,045 walkers in the National Walkers' Health Study... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

Study Of Blood Plasma Improves Our Understanding Of Thrombosis, Aneurysms And Arteriosclerosis

Wed, 20 Feb 2013 09:00:00 +0100

The results are significant because they can help to improve our understanding of medical conditions, such as thrombosis, aneurysms and arteriosclerosis. The research team is publishing its results in Physical Review Letters and the American Physical Society has highlighted the work on its Physics website*, placing it on the Focus List of important physics news. Blood flows differently than water. Anyone who has ever cut themselves knows that blood flows viscously and rather erratically. The similarity between blood and ketchup is something not only filmmakers are aware of... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

Low vitamin D levels proven to be deadly, increase mortality

Wed, 13 Feb 2013 06:00:00 +0100

The most comprehensive epidemiological review ever conducted on the association between vitamin D and mortality has revealed that low vitamin D levels are directly linked to early death from heart disease and other causes. Published in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis... (Source:

Quinoa brings riches to the Andes

Mon, 14 Jan 2013 18:11:29 +0100

Bolivian and Peruvian farmers sell entire crop to meet rising western demand, sparking fears of malnutritionA burst of colour on a monochromatic panorama, a field of flowering quinoa plants in the Bolivian desert is a thing of beauty. A plant ready for harvest can stand higher than a human, covered with knotty blossoms, from violet to crimson and ochre-orange to yellow.Quinua real, or royal quinoa, flourishes in the most hostile conditions, surviving nightly frosts and daytime temperatures upwards of 40C (104F). It is a high-altitude plant, growing at 3,600 metres above sea level and higher, where oxygen is thin, water is scarce and the soil is so saline that virtually nothing else grows.The tiny seeds of the quinoa plant are the stuff of nutritionists' dreams, sending demand soaring in th...

RAGE Splicing Variants in Mammals

Tue, 01 Jan 2013 05:00:00 +0100

The receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE) is a multiligand receptor of environmental stressors which plays key roles in pathophysiological processes, including immune/inflammatory disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetic arteriosclerosis, tumorigenesis, and metastasis. Besides the full-length RAGE protein in humans nearly 20 natural occurring RAGE splicing variants were described on mRNA and protein level. These naturally occurring isoforms are characterized by either N-terminally or C-terminally truncations and are discussed as possible regulators of the full-length RAGE receptor either by competitive ligand binding or by displacing the full-length protein in the membrane. Accordingly, expression deregulations of the naturally occurring isoforms were supposed to have s...

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