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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.


(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.


(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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Room, Adrian. Dictionary of Astronomical Names. London: Routledge, 1988.
Schwartz, Jacob. Asteroid Name Encyclopedia. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 1995.


A constellation with a right ascension of 17 hours and declination of 55°S. Also known as Altar.


Any Classical structure elevated above the general ground level which is used to make offerings to the gods.
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The combined effects on age of disease onset of activity-affecting variants of genes encoding antioxidant enzymes and ABCC6 mutations likely to cause complete loss of MRP6-transport activity also suggest the involvement of MRP6 in the regulation of oxidative stress; however, these arguments will continue to be speculative as long as the physiological substrate of MRP6 remains unidentified.
The strong expression of ABCC6 in liver and kidney, organs not primarily affected by PXE, lead to the assumption that PXE is a systemic disease (38).
Cystic fibrosis is caused by mutations in CFTR (cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator), member 7 of the same ABC transporter subfamily as ABCC6.
Characteristic for PXE is a great variability in the clinical course and phenotype of PXE, even among patients with the same or functionally similar ABCC6 mutations.
The 16-kb deletion spanning exons 23 to 29 of the ABCC6 gene was identified in the heterozygous state in 9 PXE patients.