Akihiro Miwa

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Plants possess active defense systems and can protect themselves from pathogenic invasion by secretion of a variety of small antimicrobial or antifungal proteins such as thionins. The antibacterial and antifungal properties of thionins are derived from their ability to induce open pore formation on cell membranes of phytopathogens, resulting in release of(More)
BACKGROUND Menkes disease is a lethal disorder associated with copper metabolism. Although early treatment with copper-histidine injections can improve outcomes, early diagnosis is difficult because the clinical features of Menkes disease are subtle or do not manifest in affected neonates. Previous report stated that the low activity of dopamine(More)
BACKGROUND Infants with congenital cytomegalovirus infection (CCMVI) may develop brain abnormalities such as ventricular dilatation, which may potentially associate with sensorineural hearing loss. There is currently no recognized method for quantitative evaluation of ventricle size in infants with CCMVI. Our objectives were to establish a method for(More)
BACKGROUND Autosomal dominant pseudohypoaldosteronism type 1 (PHA1) is a rare inherited condition that is characterized by renal resistance to aldosterone as well as salt wasting, hyperkalemia, and metabolic acidosis. Renal PHA1 is caused by mutations of the human mineralcorticoid receptor gene (MR), but it is a matter of debate whether MR mutations cause(More)
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