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We investigated the glucose transporter mRNAs expressed in FRTL5, a rat thyroid cell line, and their regulation by TSH by means of the polymerase chain reaction. FRTL5 cells as well as rat thyroid tissue expressed three types of glucose transporter mRNAs: GLUT1 or erythrocyte/HepG2/brain isoform, GLUT2 or pancreatic beta-cell/liver isoform, and GLUT4 or(More)
We report a 57-year-old woman with multiple system atrophy (MSA) of 15-month duration. The patient developed dysarthria, followed by impaired balance of gait, mild limb ataxia, and saccadic eye movement. A postmortem examination performed after she was found dead in a bathtub revealed neuronal loss restricted to the olivopontocerebellar system, being more(More)
Goshajinkigan, a herbal medicine, has long been used in Japan to alleviate the subjective symptoms of diabetic neuropathy; however, its effects have not been confirmed objectively. We evaluated its effects on subjective symptoms and on vibration sensation in patients with diabetic neuropathy. The oral administration of 7.5 g/day of Goshajinkigan for 3(More)
Lewy bodies (LBs) were observed in the giant pyramidal cells of Betz in the motor cortex of a patient with Parkinson's disease (PD) of 8-year duration. The patient had shown typical clinical features of PD. No dementia or pyramidal tract signs had been observed. The LBs, found in 8 of 747 Betz cells counted (1.1%), appeared as homogeneous or laminated,(More)
We report a family of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg)-responsive X-linked Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease Type 1 (CMT1X) with a novel gap junction protein 1 mutation. Two of three siblings in the family complained of subacute motor and sensory impairment, and their symptoms improved after the administration of IVIg. Additional IVIg treatment also resulted in(More)
This rapid, simple amidolytic assay of protein C activity in whole plasma involves activation by protein C activator from the venom of Agkistrodon contortrix contortrix (Protac) and use of a Cobas Fara spectrophotometer programmed for kinetic assay. Plasma is incubated with activator venom in the presence or absence of antibody to human protein C in the(More)
We have applied the technique of single-strand conformation polymorphism analysis to detect mutations of the glucokinase gene in 50 Japanese patients with late-onset type 2 diabetes and in 50 normal Japanese subjects. Out of the 50 patients with late-onset type 2 diabetes, we observed three kinds of variant patterns: one in exon 1b, one in exon 4, and one(More)
A 60-years-old woman with polycythemia vera with marked thrombocytosis and intolerable erythromelalgia was presented. A single dose of 400 mg aspirin was effective to improve the pain and cyanosis. And we studied the relationship between platelet aggregation rate and symptoms after administration of several antiplatelet drugs. A single dose of 100, 200, 400(More)