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Retinal vasculogenesis and ischemic retinopathies provide good model systems for study of vascular development and neovascularization (NV), respectively. Vascular endothelial cell growth factor (VEGF) has been implicated in the pathogenesis of retinal vasculogenesis and in the development of retinal NV in ischemic retinopathies. However, insulin-like growth(More)
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of whole body vibration (WBV) on oxygenation of vastus lateralis muscle during squatting exercise. Eighteen male subjects [mean age, 27.3 +/- 6.0 (SD) years; mean height, 171.8 +/- 4.9 cm; mean weight, 64.4 +/- 6.1 kg] performed squatting exercise on a vibration platform for 3 min with and without(More)
We have purified S-100 protein from bovine brain using Ca2+-dependent affinity chromatography on N-(6-aminohexyl)-5-chloro-1-naphthalenesulfonamide (W-7)-Sepharose (Endo, T., Tanaka, T., Isobe, T., Kasai, H., Okuyama, T., and Hidaka, H. (1981) J. Biol. Chem. 256, 12485-12489). By essentially the same procedure, W-7-Sepharose binding protein has been(More)
We compared effects of feeding arginine- and/or proline- deficient diets (-Arg, -Pro, and -Arg, Pro) with those of a complete diet (Complete) in rats whose small intestine had been massively resected. After 4 weeks, the rats fed -Arg and -Arg, Pro lost weight (a mean of 28 and 32 g, respectively), whereas those fed Complete and -Pro gained 80 and 58 g,(More)
AIM To clarify the incidence of choroidal neovascularisation (CNV) and predisposing findings for development of CNV in the second eye of Japanese patients with unilateral exudative age related macular degeneration (AMD). METHODS The second eyes of unilaterally affected patients with exudative (neovascular) AMD treated in our clinic during the past 10(More)
AIM To identify the predictive factors for the presence of small bowel lesions in patients with obscure gastrointestinal bleeding (OGIB). METHODS A total of 242 patients with OGIB (overt 149: occult 93) were retrospectively included in the present study. Capsule endoscopy (CE) was carried out to investigate the small bowel, and detected lesions were(More)
In the preceding paper in this issue, we described the overproduction of one mutant chicken lysozyme in Escherichia coli. Since this lysozyme contained two amino acid substitutions (Ala31----Val and Asn106----Ser) in addition to an extra methionine residue at the NH2-terminus, the substituted amino acid residues were converted back to the original ones by(More)
The small intestine has been presumed to release citrulline as a precursor for the endogenous arginine synthesis. We studied the effect of intestinal resection and arginine-free diet on rat physiology. We maintained rats with massively resected small intestine (R rats) and those with transected intestines (T rats) on either control or an arginine-free diet.(More)
The most common cause of new blindness in young patients is retinal neovascularization, and in the elderly is choroidal neovascularization. Therefore, there has been a great deal of attention focused on the development of new treatments for these disease processes. Previous studies have demonstrated partial inhibition of retinal neovascularization in animal(More)