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(1-->3)-beta-D-glucan is a characteristic fungal cell-wall constituent. To assess the clinical usefulness of this glucan in screening for invasive fungal infection or fungal febrile episodes, we measured the plasma concentration at the time of routine blood culture in 202 febrile episodes by means of factor G, a horseshoe-crab coagulation enzyme that is(More)
We report of a woman aged 52 years born to consanguineous parents and seeking treatment for progressive dementia and delusion. Neurologic examination revealed dementia and emotional instability, indifference, and confabulation. There was also mild spasticity of the bilateral lower limbs. MRI revealed diffuse white matter hyperintensity on T2-weighted images(More)
We have systematically characterized gene expression patterns in 49 adult and embryonic mouse tissues by using cDNA microarrays with 18,816 mouse cDNAs. Cluster analysis defined sets of genes that were expressed ubiquitously or in similar groups of tissues such as digestive organs and muscle. Clustering of expression profiles was observed in embryonic(More)
OBJECTIVE The histological features of cortical tubers in patients with tuberous sclerosis (TS) were studied by the proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS). MATERIAL AND METHODS The subjects were 4 children, mean age of 10 years, with clear evidence of tubers on MRI and SPECT. Four age-matched control children served as control subjects. Spectra were(More)
A case of pituitary adenoma which had progressed from subclinical pituitary apoplexy to subacute pituitary apoplexy on the occasion of cerebral angiography is reported. A 29-year-old man, complaining of bitemporal hemianopsia, was admitted to our department. Plain skull X-p revealed enlargement and double floor of the sella turcica. No abnormal(More)
may suggest shared predisposition to these autoim-mune diseases and lung cancer. Advice on smoking control would be appropriate for patients with these diseases. In conclusion, the increased risk of COPD but not lung cancer in patients with many autoimmune diseases suggests that the defined autoimmunity may predispose to COPD. Another possibility is that(More)
Monocytic lineage cells (monocytes, macrophages and dendritic cells) play important roles in immune responses and are involved in various pathological conditions. The development of monocytic cells from human embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) is of particular interest because it provides an unlimited cell source for(More)
We describe a method of sample preparation to detect scrapie-associated fibril (SAF) proteins in small amounts of scrapie-infected mouse tissues by Western blot analysis using an antiserum to a synthetic peptide that corresponds to the N-terminal region of hamster prion protein. SAF proteins were efficiently detected in brain tissue by this procedure. The(More)