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Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) is one of the most potent survival-promoting factors for motor neurons. We showed that introduction of the HGF gene into neurons of G93A transgenic mice attenuates motor neuron degeneration and increases the lifespan of these mice. Currently, treatment regimens using recombinant protein are closer to clinical application than(More)
Living cells produce reactive oxygen species (ROSs). To protect themselves from these ROSs, the cells have developed both an antioxidant system containing superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) and a redox system including peroxiredoxin2 (Prx2, thioredoxin peroxidase) and glutathione peroxidase1 (GPx1): SOD1 converts superoxide radicals into hydrogen peroxide(More)
The SJL mouse is a model for human dysferlinopathy (limb-girdle muscular dystrophy type 2B and Miyoshi myopathy). We used cDNA microarrays to compare the expression profiles of 10,012 genes in control and SJL quadriceps femoris muscles in order to find genes involved in the degeneration and regeneration process and in dysferlin's functional network. Many(More)
We investigated motoneuron degeneration after proximal nerve injury in presymptomatic transgenic (tg) rats expressing human mutant Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase (SOD1). The right facial nerves of presymptomatic tg rats expressing human H46R or G93A SOD1 and their non-tg littermates were avulsed, and facial nuclei were examined at 2 weeks postoperation.(More)
Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) and Fisher syndrome (FS) are immune-mediated peripheral neuropathies, and most of these cases were known to be associated with a preceding infection. Recent reports evidenced an increase in the number of infectious disease cases after the earthquake. The aim of this report is to investigate the incidence and clinical features(More)
The problem of scheduling in permutation flowshops has been extensively investigated by many researchers. Recently, attempts are being made to consider more than one objective simultaneously and develop algorithms to obtain a set of Pareto-optimal solutions. Varadharajan et al. (2005) presented a multi-objective simulated-annealing algorithm (MOSA) for the(More)
We report a 49-year-old previously healthy woman with acute onset of decrease in attention, dysarthria and ataxia, accompanied by drowsiness. On admission, there were cloudness of consciousness, hallucination and left hemiparesis. Cerebrospinal fluid study revealed a cell count of 1/mm3, and the cytology was class I with a slight increase in protein. MRI of(More)
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