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Osteoprotegerin (OPG)/osteoclastogenesis inhibitory factor (OCIF) is a soluble member of the tumor necrosis factor receptor family of proteins and plays an important role in the negative regulation of osteoclastic bone resorption. Whether OPG/OCIF circulates in human blood and how its level changes under pathological conditions is not known. To address(More)
To investigate the reliability and validity of 4 selected scales from the Japanese version of the Job Content Questionnaire (JCQ. Karasek, 1985)-decision latitude, psychological demand, supervisor support, and coworker support-a survey was conducted on a total of 626 employees of telephone and electric companies in Japan. The survey questionnaire was(More)
A cross-sectional study on 6,676 workers consisting of 4,243 males and 2,433 females aged 20-58 yr in a metal product factory was conducted to elucidate the relationship between work characteristics, e.g. job demand/control/support, sedentary job, overtime work and shift work, and waist to hip ratio (WHR) as well as body mass index (BMI) taking alcohol(More)
Muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA) was measured directly along with blood pressure at rest in 69 healthy women (20-79 yr old) and 76 age-matched healthy men (16-80 yr old). All were nonobese and normotensive. In the women and men the MSNA was positively correlated with age (women: y = 0.788x - 5.418, r = 0.846, P < 0. 0001; men: y = 0.452x + 12.565, r(More)
Alcohol fermentation of starch was investigated using a direct starch fermenting yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae SR93, constructed by integrating a glucoamylase-producing gene (STA1) into the chromosome of Saccharomyces cerevisiae SH1089. The glucoamylase was constitutively produced by the recombinant yeast. The ethanol concentration produced by the(More)
The immunogenicity of Leucocytozoon caulleryi sporozoites for chickens and their reactivity in vitro with specific immune sera were studied. Almost all of the chickens that had been immunized with the sporozoite antigens survived the sporozoite challenge. The degree of parasitemia observed in the immunized chickens was significantly lower than that found in(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Recent years, inflammation and oxidative stress have been addressed in relation to interactions between fatty acid (FA) and depression. To study the associations between FAs and depressive symptoms in men, serum FA proportion was compared with perceived depression. We also measured α-tocopherol (a-Toc) levels to investigate the(More)
To determine whether the baroreflex control of sympathetic nerve activity is attenuated in the elderly, muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA) from the tibial nerve was monitored using microneurography, and heart rate and blood pressure were recorded during the depressor (phase II) or pressor (phase IV) period to Valsalva's maneuver in 10 younger subjects(More)
Previous in vitro and animal experiments have shown that sulforaphane, which is abundant in broccoli, inhibits Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection and blocks gastric tumor formation. This suggests that broccoli consumption prevents chronic atrophic gastritis (CAG) introduced by H. pylori infection and, therefore, gastric cancer. For an epidemiological(More)
A factor which inhibits osteoclast-like cell formation was found in the conditioned medium of human embryonic lung fibroblasts, IMR-90. The factor, termed osteoclastogenesis inhibitory factor, OCIF, was purified to homogeneity. OCIF is a heparin-binding basic glycoprotein and has been isolated as a monomer with an apparent molecular weight (Mr) of 60,000(More)