Chikako Tanaka

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Brown balls, of a similar size but different shape to termite eggs, were found frequently in the piles of eggs of the subterranean termite Reticulitermes speratus. rDNA analysis identified the ball as the sclerotia of the fungus, Fibularhizoctonia sp. nov, which is phylogenetically closest to decay fungi, Athelia spp. Laboratory observation showed that the(More)
Some public areas in Japan such as parks and gardens can be highly contaminated with pigeon feces. We examined levels of four bacterial contaminations in fecal samples from feral pigeons in 7 prefectures. We isolated Salmonella Typhimurium and S. Cerro from 17 (3.9%) of 436 samples, as well as Mycobacterium spp. including M. avium-intracellulare complex(More)
PURPOSE N(1),N(12)-diacetylspermine (DiAcSpm) in the urine of colorectal and breast cancer patients was examined to establish its usefulness as a novel diagnostic tool for detecting these cancers at clinically early stages. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Urine samples from 248 colon cancer patients and 83 breast cancer patients as well as 51 patients with benign(More)
Feast/famine regulatory proteins comprise a diverse family of transcription factors, which have been referred to in various individual identifications, including Escherichia coli leucine-responsive regulatory protein and asparagine synthase C gene product. A full length feast/famine regulatory protein consists of the N-terminal DNA-binding domain and the(More)
The native polysomes of Saccharomyces cerevisiae were visualized in liquid solution by atomic force microscopy without external contrasting, such as shadowing and negative staining. This study showed native polysomes as lined particle with a height of ca. 27 nm, which is agreement with the height of 80S ribosomes in previous study. We found a small(More)
Serotonin 5-HT1A and 5-HT2 receptors were examined in the postmortem brains of controls and patients with chronic schizophrenia. In the prefrontal cortex from patients with schizophrenia, 5-HT1A receptor binding was increased, while 5-HT2 receptor binding was decreased, when compared to controls. The increased 5-HT1A receptor binding or the decreased 5-HT2(More)
Mutations in the tau gene, which is located on chromosome 17, were found causative for autosomal dominantly inherited frontotemporal dementia and parkinsonism linked to chromosome 17 (FTDP-17). To determine if cognitive deficits could be caused by tau mutations, two transgenic mouse lines were generated expressing a four-repeat isoform of human tau or its(More)
We have characterized and localized phorbol ester binding sites in human autopsied brains, using [3H]phorbol 12,13-dibutyrate ([3H]PDBu). When the tissue was homogenized in the absence of Ca2+ chelator (10 mM EGTA/2 mM EDTA), Scatchard analysis of the specific [3H]PDBu bindings to both particulate and soluble fractions yielded a single class of(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to investigate the incremental clinical utility of CT and high-resolution SPECT fusion imaging. MATERIALS AND METHODS Eighteen patients with nasopharyngeal cancer or cancers around the maxilla were scanned with high-resolution SPECT at the time of initial diagnosis (18 studies) and during follow-up after(More)
Because sentinel lymph nodes (SLNs) of esophageal cancer can be widely located between the neck and the upper abdomen, lymphoscintigraphy plays an important role in their detection, but some modifications are required to clearly visualize their locations. Recently, we applied the stereoscopic imaging method by adding the 10-degree oblique view to the(More)