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(both: ŭ`rə), city (1991 pop. 157,082), Bihar state, NE India, on the Son Canal. A major road and rail junction, it is the administrative center for a district that produces grain, sugarcane, and oilseed. There are limestone deposits on the outskirts. Ara was the scene of fighting during the Indian MutinyIndian Mutiny,
1857–58, revolt that began with Indian soldiers in the Bengal army of the British East India Company but developed into a widespread uprising against British rule in India. It is also known as the Sepoy Rebellion, sepoys being the native soldiers.
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 (1857), when the British were attacked by Kunwar Singh.
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(ah -ră) (Altar) A small constellation in the southern hemisphere near Scorpius, lying in the Milky Way, the brightest stars being of 3rd magnitude. It contains the bright globular cluster NGC 6397, visible through powerful binoculars. This is possibly the nearest such cluster to the Solar System. Abbrev.: Ara; genitive form: Arae; approx. position: RA 17h, dec –55°; area: 237 sq deg.
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(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Ara, asteroid 849 (the 849th asteroid to be discovered, on February 9, 1912), is approximately 152 kilometers in diameter and has an orbital period of 5.6 years. Ara was named after the American Relief Administration (ARA) and represents the giving of aid. In a natal chart, its sign and house position indicates where and how one is most likely to give aid or to be aided by others. When afflicted by inharmonious aspects, Ara may indicate lack of aid or giving aid for the purpose of self-aggrandizement or as a manipulation.


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A constellation with a right ascension of 17 hours and declination of 55°S. Also known as Altar.
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Any Classical structure elevated above the general ground level which is used to make offerings to the gods.
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Our study revealed four frequent ABCC6 variants (p.Q378X, p.V848CfsX83, p.R1357W, and p.R419Q) occupying 77.5% (31/40 alleles) of the total alleles.
Two novel ABCC6 variants (p.H647Y and p.S1125F) were identified in the current study.
In conclusion, our results suggest that ABCC6 variants play a significant role in patients with AS in the Japanese population and that four variants (p.Q378X, p.V848CfsX83, p.R1357W, and p.R419Q) are highly correlated with AS.
Schuurman et al., "Mutations in ABCC6 cause pseudoxanthoma elasticum," Nature Genetics, vol.
3421C>T mutation in the ABCC6 gene in pseudoxanthoma elasticum patients.
New ABCC6 gene mutations in German pseudoxanthoma elasticum patients.
Characterization of the drug resistance and transport properties of multidrug resistance protein 6 (MRP6, ABCC6).
MRP6 (ABCC6) detection in normal human tissues and tumors.
[4] Human genes: ABCC6, ATP-binding cassette subfamily C, member 6; CFTR, cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (ATP-binding cassette subfamily C, member 7); SPP1, secreted phosphoprotein 1 (previously OPN, osteopontin); and XYLT1, XYLT2: xylosyltransferase I and II.
Because 27 of the 53 investigated relatives were identified as heterozygous carriers of 1 ABCC6 mutation, we divided this group into symptom-free carriers and symptom-free noncarriers and reanalyzed the obtained data.
The disorder is caused by mutations in the ABCC6 gene, which encodes for MRP6, a transmembrane transporter with an as yet unidentified function.
Most of these individuals had been identified as carriers of only 1 ABCC6 mutation but did not manifest any clinical signs of PXE.