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Green tea polyphenols (TEA) are known to exhibit antioxidative activity as well as tumor-suppressing activity. In order to examine the tumor-suppressing activity of TEA against adult T-cell leukemia (ATL), we cultivated peripheral blood T lymphocytes of ATL patients (ATL PBLs), an HTLV-I-infected T-cell line (KODV) and healthy controls (normal PBLs) for 3(More)
To elucidate the microvascular mechanisms of change in tumor blood flow elicited by vasopressors, a functional morphometric study of the s.c. microcirculation within a rat transparent chamber was performed. Arteriolar vessels were classified centripetally (a2-a5) according to Strahler's method. Arteriolar pressure in each segment both under normotension and(More)
The genus Chaetomium fungi are considered to be a rich source of novel and bioactive secondary metabolites of great importance. Up till now, a variety of more than 200 secondary metabolites belonging to diverse structural types of chaetoglobosins, epipolythiodioxopiperazines, azaphilones, xanthones, anthraquinones, chromones, depsidones, terpenoids, and(More)
To confirm the geographic and ethnic segregation of HTLV-I and HTLV-II carriers in native populations in South America, we have conducted a seroepidemiological study of native populations in South America, including HTLV-I carriers distributed among seven ethnic groups in the Andes highlands of Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, and Chile, and two ethnic(More)
The worldwide geographic and ethnic clustering of patients with diseases related to human T cell lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1) may be explained by the natural history of HTLV-1 infection. The genetic characteristics of indigenous people in the Andes are similar to those of the Japanese, and HTLV-1 is generally detected in both groups. To clarify the(More)
Because serum levels of soluble intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (sICAM-1) are elevated in cancer and sICAM-1 is angiogenic, we tested the ability of sICAM-1 to promote tumor growth. Our preliminary experiments showed that exogenous sICAM-1 significantly stimulated the growth of human tumors in vivo. Human fibrosarcoma transfectants, which express ICAM-1,(More)
Blood flows of normal tissues (subcutis, liver, kidney cortex, bone marrow) and tumor tissues (SLC) were measured during a daytime period (3-9 HALO) and a nighttime period (15-21 HALO) by the hydrogen clearance technique. Rats were subjected to an artificial light-dark cycle with light from 7 A.M. to 7 P.M. In all normal tissues, there were no significant(More)
The Nivkhi are a native people isolated in the Nogliki region of Sakhalin, Far East Russia, where our group recently recognized human T-cell lymphoma virus type I (HTLV-I) infection. In order to trace the Nivkhi's ethnic background and the HTLV-I carriers, we investigated HLA class I and II allele types of 53 Nivkhi (including four HTLV-I carriers). Major(More)