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We have prepared an mAb specific for a human cell surface component (termed anti-Fas mAb). Anti-Fas shows cell-killing activity that is indistinguishable from the cytolytic activity of TNF. Fas antigen was characterized by western blotting, indicating that Fas antigen is a cell surface protein with a molecular weight of 200,000, which is different from the(More)
Many studies have demonstrated the association between telomere length in mitotic cells and carcinogenesis and mortality, but little attention has been focused on post-mitotic cells and human life expectancy. We assessed the relationship between telomere length in cerebral gray and white matter and longevity in 72 autopsied Japanese patients aged 0-100(More)
Many studies have demonstrated the association between telomere length in mitotic cells and aging, but the relationship between telomere length in post-mitotic cells and aging in human populations has remained largely unclear. In this study, we assessed the dynamics of telomere length (terminal restriction fragment length—TRF) in normal pituitary glands(More)
We have conducted systematic studies to measure telomere length in human tissues of all types. Progressive telomere shortening with aging was studied in specimens of normal pancreas obtained at autopsy from 69 subjects aged 0 to 100 yr, and age-related shortening of telomere length at a rate of 36 base pairs (bp) per year was detected. Mean telomere length(More)
Previous studies of telomeres and telomerase have focused mostly on mammals, and data for other vertebrates are limited. We analyzed both telomere length (terminal restriction fragment length) and telomerase activity in a small freshwater teleost fish, the medaka (Oryzias latipes), and found that the telomeres shorten during ageing despite the fact that a(More)
Many data pertaining to the accelerated telomere loss in cultured cells derived from Werner syndrome (WS), a representative premature aging syndrome, have been accumulated. However, there have been no definitive data on in vivo telomere shortening in WS patients. In the present study, we measured terminal restriction fragment (TRF) lengths of 10 skin(More)
We attempted to clarify myocardial telomere dynamics using samples from 530 autopsied patients using Southern blot analysis. Overall regression analysis demonstrated yearly telomere reduction rate of 20 base pairs in the myocardium. There was a significant correlation between myocardial telomere and aging. Moreover, regression analyses of telomere and heart(More)
We have developed an accelerated molecular dynamics (MD) method to model atomic-scale rare events. In this method, a smooth histogram of collective variables is first estimated by canonical ensemble molecular dynamics calculations, and then a temperature-dependent boost potential is iteratively constructed to accelerate the MD simulation. This method not(More)
Background. Only a few biomarkers based on metabolic parameters for evaluating liver fibrosis have been reported. The aim of this study was to investigate the relevance of an index obtained from three metabolic variables (glycated albumin: GA, glycated hemoglobin: HbA1c, and branched-chain amino acids to tyrosine ratio: BTR) to the degree of liver fibrosis(More)
Serum hyaluronic acid (HA) is a well-established marker of fibrosis in patients with chronic liver disease (CLD). However, the relationship between serum HA level and protein-energy malnutrition (PEM) in patients with CLD is an unknown. We aimed to examine the relationship between serum HA level and PEM in patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC) compared(More)