Daisuke Kato

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Proteases are one of the largest and best-characterized families of enzymes in the human proteome. Unfortunately, the understanding of protease function in the context of complex proteolytic cascades remains in its infancy. One major reason for this gap in understanding is the lack of technologies that allow direct assessment of protease activity. We report(More)
Delayed engraftment or graft failure is one of the major complications after cord blood transplantation (CBT). To investigate factors impacting engraftment, we conducted a retrospective analysis of adult patients who underwent reduced-intensity CBT at our institute, in which preparative regimens mainly consisted of fludarabine, melphalan, and total body(More)
STUDY DESIGN Prospective consecutive series. OBJECTIVE To determine patient expectations in lumbar spine surgery and assess the level of fulfillment of those expectations. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA Little has been offered in the literature in specific regards to lumbar spine surgery. METHODS Ninety-eight patients, 49 patients who underwent discectomy(More)
Sulphated glycosaminoglycans such as heparin inhibit the early step of dengue virus infection through interaction with envelope (E) protein. Here, we found that chondroitin sulphate E (CSE), but not CSD, which contains the same degree of sulphation, inhibited dengue virus (DENV) infection of cells with adsorption. CSE significantly reduced infectivity of(More)
BACKGROUND Lumbar disc herniation often causes sciatica. Although surgery may provide relief of sciatic pain, it is uncertain how surgery affects the relief of low-back pain. The purpose of the present prospective study was to assess the efficacy of discectomy in the treatment of low-back pain associated with lumbar disc herniation. METHODS Between 1998(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Intravascular large B-cell lymphoma (IVL) has been treated as fever of unknown origin (FUO), and many patients have been treated inadequately based on incorrect diagnoses. We previously cares for a patient with IVL who tested positive for prostatic acid phosphatase (PAP), a marker of prostate cancer. Since then, we have regularly(More)
We retrospectively analyzed 12 consecutive adult severe aplastic anemia patients who received unrelated umbilical cord blood transplantation after a reduced-intensity conditioning regimen (RI-UCBT). The conditioning regimen consisted of 125 mg/m² fludarabine, 80 mg/m² melphalan, and 4 Gy of total body irradiation. The median infused total nucleated cell(More)
[chemical reaction: see text]. A solid phase approach is presented for the synthesis of azapeptide inhibitors and activity based probes (ABPs) for cysteine proteases. This synthetic method allows the incorporation of diverse reactive warheads linked to different peptide recognition elements. Application of this method to the synthesis of a series of caspase(More)
Five gallbladder cancer (GBC) cell lines were examined for morphological changes in collagen gel culture. GBh3 and HUCCT-1 cells formed tubules in response to treatment with epithelial growth factor (EGF) and hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), and showed high levels of expression of E-cadherin (ECD), and low levels of SNAIL, vimentin, transforming growth(More)