Fumihiko Mizutani

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Infants born to serum HCV-positive 12 mothers were enrolled in the study. Nucleotide sequences amplified by primers deduced from a noncoding region were compared between mothers and their infants. The rates for detection of serum TTV in 12 mothers and their infants were 10/12 (83%) and 9/12 (75%), respectively. Serum TTV DNA was not detected in any infant(More)
We analyzed the PHKA2 gene in four Japanese families with hepatic phosphorylase kinase (PhK) deficiency. Mutational analysis of PHKA2 cDNA was performed by reverse-transcribed polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and direct sequencing, and each mutation was confirmed on the genomic DNA. In boys with low erythrocyte PhK activity (i.e., x-linked liver(More)
The prevalence rates of serum TT virus (TTV) DNA among children with or without a history of transfusion or liver disease were studied by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) using either the Okamoto primer set or the Takahashi primer set developed more recently. Using Okamoto and Takahashi primer sets, the prevalence rates were 31.6% (12/38) and 78.9% (30/38),(More)
BACKGROUND Recently, sporadic cases of acute hepatitis and fulminant hepatitis caused by hepatitis E virus (HEV) have been reported in Japan. However, few reports have addressed the issue of HEV infection during childhood. METHODS This study included 5 patients with fulminant hepatitis, 30 patients with acute hepatitis, and 309 patients without history of(More)
Recently, genomic DNA of the novel TT virus (TTV) was isolated from patients suffering from posttransfusion hepatitis of unknown etiology. We examined sera from 197 children who visited the Department of Pediatrics at Toyohashi National Hospital. Sera were tested for TTV DNA by seminested polymerase chain reaction (PCR) using a set of primers synthesized(More)
To clarify the prevalence of Japanese children thought to be at a risk for infection with GB virus-C (GBV-C)/hepatitis G virus (HGV), we investigated the detection rates of serum GBV-C/ HGV ribonucleic acid (RNA) by reverse transcription-seminested PCR and serum anti-HGV-E2 antibody by ELISA in 162 children with histories of blood or plasma product(More)
TT virus (TTV) is a novel viral agent, detected recently in non-A to E hepatitis cases. Little is known about its natural history or routes of transmission in childhood. For the detection of serum TTV DNA, semi-nested polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was carried out using TTV-specific primers and TTV nucleotide sequences were determined by the dideoxy(More)
The pathogenecity of the TT virus (TTV) especially during childhood remains obscure. We investigated the prevalence of TTV in 40 patients with non-A to C hepatic dysfunction (non-A to C hepatic dysfunction group). Five patients with fulminant hepatitis of unknown etiology were enrolled in this group. We also examined 380 children without a history of(More)
Immunohistochemical localization of lutropin β (LHβ) and follitropin β (FSHβ) in the pituitary gland of the frog Rana japonica was studied by the peroxidase-anti-peroxidase method and the two-face, double-labeling method with different-sized gold particles at the light-and electron-microscopic levels, respectively, using monoclonal antibodies against(More)
BACKGROUND In recent years, progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis has been classified into at least three types by genetic analysis: PFIC1, PFIC2, and MDR3. Liver transplantation is effective for treating patients with this intractable syndrome. Confirming the correct diagnosis is of paramount importance because prognosis after transplantation(More)