Atsumasa Uchida

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Osteoarthritis (MIM 165720), characterized by degeneration of articular cartilage, is the most common form of human arthritis and a major concern for aging societies worldwide. Epidemiological and genetic studies have shown that osteoarthritis is a polygenic disease. Here, we report that the gene encoding growth differentiation factor 5 (GDF5) is associated(More)
Human lymphocytes and their subpopulations from the peripheral blood and pleural effusions of cancer patients were tested for cytotoxicity against fresh tumor cells isolated from carcinomatous pleural effusions of the same patients. Fresh tumor cells were relatively resistant to lysis by autologous unseparated lymphocytes in a 4 h Cr-release assay. Positive(More)
Nucleotide excision repair (NER) is carried out by xeroderma pigmentosum (XP) factors. Before the excision reaction, DNA damage is recognized by a complex originally thought to contain the XP group C responsible gene product (XPC) and the human homologue of Rad23 B (HR23B). Here, we show that centrin 2/caltractin 1 (CEN2) is also a component of the XPC(More)
In total hip arthroplasty, a modular acetabular component with a sandwich insertion (alumina ceramics/polyethylene/titanium) was proposed. The polyethylene layer might reduce the rigidity of the ceramics and prevent an impingement between the ceramic liner rim and the femoral neck. A case of an acetabular liner fracture of the ceramic sandwich cup was(More)
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of human arthritis. We investigated the potential role of asporin, an extracellular matrix component expressed abundantly in the articular cartilage of individuals with osteoarthritis, in the pathogenesis of osteoarthritis. Here we report a significant association between a polymorphism in the aspartic acid (D) repeat(More)
Twelve patients with carcinomatous pleural effusions were treated with single intrapleural (i.pl.) administration of OK432 on day 0 and the effects of i.pl. OK432 on natural killer (NK) cell activity were followed on day 7. Two patients showed no clinical evidence of therapeutic benefit from i.pl. OK432. In the other 10 patients, pleural effusions and/or(More)
INTRODUCTION Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a fraction of plasma in which several growth factors are concentrated at high levels. The active soluble releasate isolated following platelet activation of PRP (PRP-releasate) has been demonstrated to stimulate the metabolism of IVD cells in vitro. The in vivo effect of PRP-releasate on degenerated IVD remains(More)
Lymphocytes from peripheral blood (PBL) and from pleural effusions (PEL) of cancer patients were tested for cytotoxicity against tumor cells freshly isolated from carcinomatous pleural effusion of the same patient. Significant lysis of autologous tumor cells was recorded for 4 of 28 PBL samples and for 5 of 28 PEL cases when investigated in a 4-hour 51Cr(More)
Mobile-bearing total knee arthroplasty (TKA) has several theoretical advantages over fixed-bearing TKA. We conducted a prospective randomized trial to compare the results of mobile-bearing and fixed-bearing posterior-stabilized TKA in the same patients using the same femoral component design of a mobile-bearing prosthesis in one knee and a fixed-bearing(More)
PURPOSE To compare the apparent diffusion coefficients (ADCs) of myxoid and nonmyxoid soft-tissue tumors using line-scan diffusion-weighted imaging (LSDWI), and to investigate the myxoid matrix influence on ADCs of soft-tissue tumors. MATERIALS AND METHODS This study enrolled 44 patients with soft tissue tumors. They were divided into two groups: one with(More)