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World J Gastrointest Pharmacol Ther. Oct 6, 2010; 1(5): 102-106
Published online Oct 6, 2010. doi: 10.4292/wjgpt.v1.i5.102
Figure 1
Figure 1 A schematic illustration of the synthesis of melatonin from tryptophan and serotonin.
Figure 2
Figure 2 Photographs of the face of a HIV positive patient with an esophageal ulcer of 6 cm (about 3. 2 inches) who used the dietary supplementation with melatonin, vitamins and amino acids in four different time periods (with permission)[8,9]. A: March 2002: Before the ulcer appeared (patient weighed 80 kg); B: October 12, 2003: During the period of the ulcer (patient weighed 40 kg); C: November 14, 2003: After 32 d of treatment (patient weighed 70 kg); D: July 2, 2004: after 9 mo of treatment. The patient now has body weigh as of March 2002 (80 kg).
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Figure 3 Endoscopy records performed on patient (of the group A)[8,9]. A: July 2003: Showing the ulcer (indicated by an arrow); B: July 2004: Showing that the ulcer had practically disappeared after 9 mo of treatment.
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Figure 4 Histological cuttings of a biopsy from a patient with an ulcer of 6 cm (3. 2 inches)[8,9]. A: During the period of ulcer; B: After the treatment with melatonin, vitamins and tryptophan.
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Figure 5 Chemical structure of melatonin and omeprazole.
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Figure 6 Action mechanism of melatonin.